Is it what you know or who you know?

Thank you! We had a great night. Follow the discussion on Twitter @shespeaksnorth and hashtag WhatWhoYouKnow and photos on our Facebook page.

We’re often told it’s who we know, but learning how to develop these relationships is equally important.

Networking, leaning in, and finding sponsors, mentors, and coaches are all things we’re supposed to be doing… but are we making the most of the opportunities in front of us? Our expert panelists will share their tricks of the trade and experience in building your business and your personal profile.

We’ll look at:

  • Whether traditional networking events play to women’s strengths and how accessible they are to LGBTI women.
  • The opportunities for networking.
  • Simple ways to build your personal brand.
  • How LGBTI entrepreneurs can leverage their contacts within the community to build their businesses.
  • The importance of mentoring and sponsors and what these relationships look like.

Join us for a drink, a panel discussion and networking on Thursday 25 June from 6pm at Francesca’s Bar, 222 High Street Northcote.
6pm                       Doors open
6.30                        Event start
6.30                        Jo Thomas, panel Chair opens the evening
7.30 – 8pm          Question time

Secure your place now

Your panelists for the evening of Thursday 25 June


Sheryl Thai, Co-Founder, Cupcake Central

Sheryl Thai started her career in the IT industry. During the economic downturn her role was made redundant and as a result she started her online cupcake business and baked at home with little capital.

The business started to flourish as name of “Cupcake Central” spread through word of mouth and orders began flowing through.

With her partner, Thin Neu, Cupcake Central opened their first shopfront in August 2010. In the last four years, they have opened 3 Cupcake Central stores in Melbourne (with a few pop ups in between), self-published a cookbook “Hatch That Dream” and in 2013 Sheryl won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Australian Start Up Awards.

Sheryl also seeks to encourage other young female entrepreneurs to go ahead and ‘hatch that dream’ of theirs, co-founding League of Extraordinary Women.

Cupcake Central
League of Extraordinary Women


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Tori Berquist, Outreach Coordinator – Victoria at Out for Australia

Tori is the Victorian Outreach Officer for Out for Australia, an organisation that seeks to support and mentor aspiring LGBTIQ professionals as they navigate their way through the early stages of their career. By pairing established professionals with LGBTI youth about to enter the workforce, Out for Australia connects the LGBTI community and provides a supportive and inclusive environment for networking and professional development.

Tori is also a fifth year medical student at Monash University and the current President of the Monash University Medical Undergraduates Society.

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Clarita Farrugia, Founder and Director, Tom-Boi

Tom-Boi is a Melbourne based fashion company born from an idea that fashion shouldn’t discriminate based on gender. Tom-boi’s range of underwear is designed specifically for ‘the Boi in every girl’.
Clarita Farrugia created her business in 2012 and, with little more than the support by of her family and seed funding from ShareTree, Tom-Boi has developed a cult following.

Discover Tom-Boi undies.


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Natasha Norton, CEO, Accuteque and Vice President GLOBE Melbourne

Natasha’s extensive professional experience has included organisational, operational and  people management. In her leadership role at Accuteque and as Vice President of our partners, GLOBE Melbourne, Natasha is motivated by  enabling others in their professional lives. She finds it rewarding to seek new ways to make a difference in today’s ever changing workforce in order to bring out the best in her team.

GLOBE Melbourne


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Panel Chair: Jo Thomas

Jo chairs our She Speaks panels, asking the questions you wish you’d thought of and several you wish she hadn’t.  Despite a shocking timekeeping capability, Jo keeps our panel (almost) on track and makes sure you get the most from our carefully selected and insightful panelists.

Join us on Thursday 25 June

6pm for a 6.30pm start


Francesca’s Bar

222 High Street Northcote

Getting here


Tickets are limited and we’ve always sold out.  Secure yours now.

Your ticket includes refreshments, choice of a welcome drink and entry to the event.

  • $20 Full
  • $15 Concession
  • $10 for Globe Melbourne members, please have your membership ID at the event.

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Whilst every care is taken, the above dates may be subject to change without notice due to availability of speakers and venues.