Lana Wilkinson, Ali Clarke and George Georgievski lead Geelong Women’s Business Club’s empowering event

Lana Wilkinson, Ali Clarke and George Georgievski lead Geelong Women’s Business Club’s empowering event

Be inspired and empowered as renowned speakers talk about different topics about life, career and business.

Driven by the belief that every woman is capable of achieving amazing things in business and life, the Geelong Women’s Business Club is back with its second Geelong event of the year following an empowering event back in March with Amy Bett, Julia Warren, Mia Plecic, Kim Micallef and more, raising funds for Support Your Girls foundation.

Now taking to the beautiful 1915 in North Geelong on Saturday, August 6 (after being rescheduled from June), Geelong Women’s Business Club’s highly anticipated networking event is bringing together like-minded speakers to both inspire and empower guests across life, business and career topics.

The key takeaways

  • Geelong Women’s Business Club (GWBC) is hosting an event dedicated to success in business and life
  • Special guests include Lana Wilkinson, Ali Clarke and George Georgievski
  • The event is raising money for River’s Gift with a portion of every ticket purchased donated

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Leading the event and hoping to empower more women in life is keynote speaker Lana Wilkinson – Australia’s leading fashion stylist, with a clientele that includes Megan Gale, Rebecca Judd, Whitney Port, Millie Macintosh, Rachel Zoe, Ruby Rose, Zoe Foster Blake, Anna Heinrich, Elyse Knowles, Rachael Finch and Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Driven by a strong work ethic, her distinctive creative flair makes her an influential figure in the Australian retail landscape.

Building on this love of fashion and a desire to design, Lana’s eponymous brand was founded in 2019. Her mission is to create contemporary, statement making shoes that can be accessible to every woman. The brand focuses on occasion dressing, with an emphasis on bold hues and feminine details. This means that every woman can have a piece of Lana’s renowned personal at home in their own wardrobe.

Joining Lana for the event is also Ali Clarke, owner and founder of Bondi Blades, Australia’s first derma razor company. After working 20 years for Commbank as a Mortgage advisor, I came up with this idea when on maternity leave to save myself time and money. Bondi Blades are now stocked Australia wide in over 1,000 stores including Blooms Pharmacy & Chempro Chemists. If you’ve been longing to turn your side hustle into a full time business, don’t miss Ali who will be sharing her inspiring journey.

Rounding out the keynote speakers, this year also includes George Georgievski of School Lunch Box on the lineup. George’s lunchbox creations have captivated people all over the world, with American Express Magazine crowning him the most inspiring lunch creator in the world’. Known as ‘the school lunchbox dad’, George is an engaged parent to two daughters. He has taken to social media with over 500k followers to share his inspirational bento-style lunchbox creations. With over 30 live Television appearances and international segments in Europe George remains down-to-earth and humble. George and his dynamic personality will be on stage dishing up the deets about how he captivated people around the world with his passion. He’ll be sharing everything you need to know about social media, and tips and tricks to growing a local social media following.

Alongside these fantastic keynote speakers, a Q&A panel will also feature GWBC founder Merrin Schnabel, mental health and child loss awareness advocate Amie Rohan, and founder of Amber Athletica Amber Smith while the evening will be MC’d by Jessie Belle, Owner and celebrant @jessiebellecelebrant and Co-owner of Big Love Elopements.


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This incredible lineup of guests have all seen success in their business careers but, their individual definition of success varies.  Coming from all aspects of business, their stories and experiences will no doubt leave guests feeling empowered, and inspired and of the realisation that there is no set way to grow in business, just opportunities to learn and take away different aspects that may assist with the next step.

GWBC proudly teams up with different charities at each event to help the local community. At this event, the charity partner is River’s Gift. Established in November 2011 by Karl Waddell and Alex Hamilton, these two devastated yet focused and determined parents were searching for answers surrounding the sudden and unexpected death of their healthy baby boy, their first child, River. River passed away in his sleep at just 128 days of age, with no specific cause of death established after a thorough forensic investigation. River’s death was classified as a SIDS incident.

Alongside the keynote speeches and Q&A panel, the event will also feature canapes and champagne on arrival followed by a sit-down dinner, goodie bags, prizes to be won on the night and of course, networking and good times to be had.

The event will be held at 1915 in North Geelong on Saturday August 6 from 5pm until 9pm, with the opportunity to network afterwards. Tickets can be purchased here