13 Wise Women: The First Book


The first book in the 13 Wise Women series was published in 2015 and was a collaboration of 13 ordinary but, in their own way, extraordinary business women sharing their knowledge and experience to create positive change for others, no matter what their stage of life.

"In sharing our stories we hope to inspire and empower women to take up the challenge of living their dreams. Of learning the power of backing yourself, striving for self-empowerment and consciously looking for your ‘Why’.

We encourage you to find your WHY, follow your dreams and make conscious choices. Understand that things don’t always play out as expected and that challenges are simply walls to be scaled to achieve growth. Ordinary people really are capable of extraordinary things. You too can be extraordinary!"

We often dream about things we would love to do, but lack the courage to take them on. This book began as a dream to inspire others to shoot for the stars.

If you would like to obtain a copy of this book please contact us.



Gail Mortimer

Gail is the Owner and Founder of Golden Health & Wellness

She is a metaphysician, speaker, educator and workshop facilitator. She is passionate about helping people empower themselves. She offers a range of services and tools for individuals and businesses which include, one-on-one consultations, information sessions, classes and workshops to mention just a few.

Holistic living, using body, mind and soul, helps her clients manage stress and a range of health issues as well as working toward getting their work-life balance right.

Contact Gail through our contact form.

Giving back is also important to her and the organisation she volunteers with and supports is www.watersafetyvietnam.com  Working to prevent child drowning in Vietnam.


Michelle Winckle

Michelle is the successful owner of hayswinckle. A boutique real estate agency.

hayeswinckle has quickly grown to one of the leading agencies in Geelong. With its 3rd office opening in under 4 years and a potential franchise growing around Victoria, hayeswinckle is all about the people and keeping real estate real.

Her passion for helping people buy and sell their homes is made evident when you see her in action as an auctioneer.

Michelle treats each home as her own and is motivated to over exceed with every sale. Each transaction leads to the next one and Michelle values every referral and testimonial. This is how she has emerged as one of the state’s leading estate agents.

Contact her at www.hayeswinckle.com.au

She is a supporter of All4Fiji Inc. A Facebook group that takes supplies to villages in need, in Fiji.


Fiona Skene

Fiona is the Owner of WISE Self Defence and has a black belt in Taekwondo, and Kyushu Jitsu and has studied Ninjutsu and Krav Maga. She is also a master and trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programing.

She works in many different fields to address preventing violence and empowering people to make a difference in their community, workplace and home. She has national and international intentions to bringing about positive change.

She teaches Empowerment and Martial Arts programs in Primary, Secondary Schools and Tertiary Education, runs workshops around the country to Individuals, Businesses and Corporations, educating and empowering adults and children and has taught over 100k clients in her teaching career.

To contact Fiona www.wiseselfdefence.com.au

Fiona Supports Bravehearts  and The Luke Batty Foundation.


Mandy Lovett

Mandy Lovett is the owner of Eye Gallery a local Geelong business woman and an Optical Stylist with a difference. She has established herself as a unique designer eyewear specialist in Geelong optometry.

Her commitment has been to provide fashionable, designer and luxury eyewear and to help clients achieve their own individual style together with the technological advances in optical lenses, glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses. From day one she has employed women offering a flexible working environment to enhance their lifestyles and family commitments.

Mandy is a member of various local community groups and committees. Her outlook and character includes helping others by sponsoring and donating to various charities and organisations.

Eye Gallery is located in Highton, Geelong and can be contacted on info@eyegallery.net.au or www.eyegallery.net.au


Mary Petherick

Mary is the Owner of Mammoth Health, a Health Food Store and Professional Clinic consulting in Naturopathy, Remedial Massage and Myotherapy. Mary has taken Mammoth Health from the bottom end of industry performance benchmarks to the top end. And along the way she has been won two Business Excellence Awards.
She is a Health and Wellness Educator with fifteen years of experience in the complementary health field. She is a sought after professional writer and public speaker, sharing her message as a leading authority in complementary health.

Mary has combined her passion for health with a wealth of knowledge and experience in educating and helping others regain wellness and pursue optimum health.
She is passionate about educating her clients on how to eat well, incorporate daily exercise, implement stress management techniques and use the power of western herbal medicine to reach their potential and live their life to its fullest.

Learn more about Living to your potential at www.mammothhealth.com.au

Mary supports Anam Cara House.



Belinda Lyle

Belinda is a Certified Practising Accountant turned ‘marketer’ and the owner of ‘B well connected’, strengthening relationships to grow your business.

She works with business owners, providing them with ideas, tools and connections they need for their businesses to stand out in a busy market place.

She believes life is too short not to enjoy what you do for a living.

Belinda is on the Executive Team of Business and Professional Women (BPW) Geelong, has completed the Leaders for Geelong Program and strives to make a difference for women in our region.

To contact Belinda www.bwellconnected.com.au

If you would like to connect with a BPW club in your area, visit their website www.bpw.com.au


Janina Lear

Janina is a budding entrepreneur who established Piccadilly Market in 2010, an artist market held in Geelong and Melbourne with 50 – 100 stallholders depending on the location.

She is currently working on The Event Makers Event with her business partner Gail. It will launch in May 2016 at the Royal Exhibition Building. A never seen before show for the events industry.

She is also a Small Business Consultant, specializing in Facebook for small to medium businesses, assisting these businesses to have an online presence.

She loves life and lives each day to the full and is passionate about helping her clients and stallholders, share their amazing wares with the world both at markets and on line.

If you would like to connect with Janina’s business go to www.piccadillymarket.com.au

Through Piccadilly Market’s platform Janina supports Rivers Gift, GAWS and The Hunger Project.


Liz Grant

Liz Grant is the founder of What Your Customers Want, helping business owners harness the value in ideas and build sustainable revenue streams for their business. Her forte is about ideas that add value: finding ideas, building them and creating profitable businesses from them.

Liz believes that opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, but they are rarely ‘convenient’. Businesses must continually evolve to stay relevant, and sustain growth. She encourages business owners to know broadly where they want to go, and then to look for and take on opportunities that build on their promise to their customers.

In addition to running her business, Liz has served on a number of community and business committees, including more recently the past Chair of the Eastern Geelong Business Network, and past President of BPW Geelong. She currently manages Small Business Smart Business, a program of the Geelong Chamber of Commerce partly funded by the Australian Government.



Sharon Hill

Owner and Director of PACE Business Services, Sharon Hill is testament to the fact that the key to a successful business is your ability to identify a need, create a solution and then sell it to the right people.

Located in modern professional offices PACE business services meets the diverse needs of business owners. Offering a complete range of business support including fully equipped state of the art serviced offices, workstations and meeting rooms for hire, Sharon knows much of her success is directly related to ‘connecting with the right people and helping them to meet their business dreams’.

Sharon is always looking for opportunities, not only for herself, but also for her clients, business associates and others.

Connect with Sharon at www.pacebusinessservices.com.au

Sharon contributes to the Give Where You Live program.


Lisa Emanuel

Lisa is an established actress and acting coach based in Melbourne and Geelong and has studied both nationally and internationally.

Fifteen years experience in the industry has given her an impressive range of credits including everything from the US movie, Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story to the successful Australian TV drama series, Underbelly, to ad campaigns for Medibank and Jeans West.

Her new venture The Actors Gymnasium, focuses on getting actors ready to work professionally in a range of performance styles. She offers both private and group training for children and adults, career mentoring and expert industry advice.

Lisa has a life long passion for the craft of acting. She thrives on helping others build a confident set of performing skills and find their way in an exciting industry.

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Lisa supports a worthy Charity Orphfund. www.orphfund.org This is a volunteer based organisation helping abandoned, orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. They do great work.


Laura Potter

Laura co-owns a real estate advocacy business GPP Property Group who assist people to maximise their outcomes when buying or selling property.

In 2013, she developed Business Women Geelong, an informal support and networking group for local women in business.

She is a self-confessed people person, driven by connecting others to create shared learning and positive change.

Laura currently works within the community engagement field in local government and is passionate about developing a culture of engagement within the community.

Connect with Laura at laura.potter@gpp.net.au

If you would like to connect with Business Women Geelong visit their Facebook page Business Women Geelong – BWG


Lara Walsh

Lara Walsh is the Creative Director and founder of indie lime, a boutique graphic design studio based in Geelong, aimed at offering branding and design solutions primarily for small to medium sized businesses. As their tagline suggests, “graphic design with a twist”, indie lime offers it’s clients above and beyond the standard graphic design services. Lara loves to work one-on-one with clients to really become a part of their business and help them to take it to the next level.

Lara believes work-life balance is a myth. To find that perfect equilibrium, where everything is always balanced, is never going to happen. For her it’s a matter of pulling out the things that are important to you, making sure you have time for all of them and not feeling guilty about doing what you love. If you really want something, you’ll work out a way to make it happen.



Shayne Sullivan

Experienced, qualified natural therapist and Myotherapist, Shayne Sullivan uses a combination of therapies to treat physical pain and injuries, and to assist her patients to live life how they want it to be.

As a former teacher and consultant, Shayne has a passion for education and conducts various trainings for other therapists. Furthering her studies at the Austin Hospital, Shayne plans to incorporate an Allied Oncology hub into Geelong Natural Therapies and to teach Oncology Massage. Her firsthand experience has led her to see the overwhelming need for these therapies which complement and support patients and their families through these challenging times.

Shayne has recently been nominated for the Pride of Australia Medal for her volunteer and clinical work as a founding member of Pastoral Healthcare Network Australia and is a regular speaker and supporter of the gym for recovering cancer patients, Strive 2 Thrive.

Live life, don’t just exist. Contact www.geelongnaturaltherapies.com.au