OCTOBER 2014 ____________________________________________________

REFERRON: Sydney : 10  October 2014

referron 1014Join us next Friday in Sydney @ Referron,

I’m talking about the Connected Customer and how to engage them at BSI Connect.

More information here: http://buff.ly/1mPVTVK



DiG FESTIVAL: NEWCASTLE : 16 – 17  October 2014

DiG logo 2014I am so excited to be speaking at DiG Festival this year!!

Thursday 16 October :

  • Presentation: Why Every Business is a Retailer
  • Workshop: Customer Service in the age of ‘Me’
  • Panel: The Future of Retail

Newcastle, the capital of the Hunter Valley, will play host to the inaugural DiG Festival and Conference.

Design + Interactive + Green-tech = DiG

The Australasian DiG Festival and Conference will feature a series of Keynote Presentations, Panels, Performances and Workshops lead by international, national and local industry leaders. There will be a strong emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and ethical business.

DiG is attracting several major speakers to anchor the event and ensure that it is seen as a truly national event.  Topics covered will make you think and introduce innovation.

Check out the speaker and workshop lineup here.

A vibrant social activity and fun with a Welcome FunctionStart-Up Awards Evening and Sponsor Events.


BURST into 2015, 1 Day Retail Workshop : MELBOURNE 27  October 2014

burstinfo_1014Melbourne Retailers & Wholesalers are in for a treat!

Tara Dennis, Jules Brooke, Melissa Hobbs & I are talking retail
for a full day at Reed Gift Fairs Burst into 2015 Workshop.

Morning Tea, Lunch & Afternoon Tea provided.

Not to be missed!!

More information here: http://buff.ly/1rHUG3i




SEPTEMBER 2014 __________________________________________________

REED GIFT FAIRS : 20 – 23 September

I’m excited to be a RETAIL HUB expert at Reed Gift Fairs in Sydney in September #ReedRetailHub

Follow the signs & you will find us at The Retail Hub is at Sydney Exhibition Centre Glebe Island.

See the schedule here: http://www.reedgiftfairs.com.au/en/sydney-september/Retail-Hub/

I’m talking all things #Retail, come & say hi:

Saturday 20 September @ 11:00 am ‘7 Powerful Ways To Boost Retail Profits, in any economic climate’
Sunday 21 September @ 3:30 pm ‘Social Media & More’
Monday 22 September @ 2:00 pm ‘It’s All About The Customer’


More information here.


SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK : 23 – 27 September

I will be hosting and taking part of a retail panel during Social Media Week, ‘The Consumer Journey‘ with wonderful experts:

  • MeganWilkes: Co-Founder, Q&CO / NET-A-PORTER
  • Declan Lee: Facilitator of Stuff, Messina
  • Chloe Dutschke: Editor/Social Media Manager, Shoes of Prey
  • Nigel Lopez-McBean: Associate Director – Social Media & Content Marketing , Optus

What is Social Media Week?

We are experiencing one of the biggest shifts in how we communicate in human history. Because of this, our aim is to provide the best information, ideas and inspiration to help people understand how to achieve more in a hyper-connected world.

Social Media Week is a leading media platform and worldwide event with local presence and global reach across five continents, including Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia.

More information here.


AUGUST 2014 ___________________________________________________________________


Open Heart International provides the opportunity for those living in developing countries to receive the specialised healthcare that they deserve, yet cannot access. In November we are taking approximately 40 medical and other professionals to Tanzania and Rwanda to conduct cardiac surgeries on children needing medical interventions.

Support Open Heart International by joining us for Secret Hearts – a night of fine food and dazzling cabaret all in support of this amazing cause.

Click here for more information.

Open Hearts 2014

OCTOBER 2013 ___________________________________________________________________

DiG FESTIVAL: 3 – 4 October 2013

DIG_web-logo-cba-v2I am so excited to be speaking about “Retail in the Age of the Empowered Customer‘ at this inaugural event!

Newcastle, the capital of the Hunter Valley, will play host to the inaugural DiG Festival and Conference from October 2-5, 2013.

Design + Interactive + Green-tech = DiG

The Australasian DiG Festival and Conference will feature a series of Keynote Presentations, Panels, Performances and Workshops lead by international, national and local industry leaders. There will be a strong emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and ethical business.

DiG is attracting several major speakers to anchor the event and ensure that it is seen as a truly national event.  Topics covered will make you think and introduce innovation.

A vibrant social activity and fun with a Welcome FunctionStart-Up Awards Evening and Sponsor Events.Check out the speaker and workshop lineup here.



We are going to be talking about ‘Leaning In’ Nicola Swankie!



SEPTEMBER 2013 ___________________________________________________________________


Social Media Women 17 September: Social Food; The Blogs, Venues & Experiences

The White Horse Hotel, 381 Crown St, Surry Hills

Read More Here

For centuries people have connected, bonded, shared experiences & made memories over food.
Social Media has changed the way we connect, the things we share & removed borders.

This month we have 3 Fabulous Foodies who have built great connected communities around different areas who used Social Media to build their business: The Blogger, The Restauranteur, The Experience Giver

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Eventbrite - Social Media Women September 2013: Social Food; Blogs, Venues, Experience


AUGUST 2013 ___________________________________________________________________



What is it & Why Should We Care?

It will change how products are consumed, sold & ultimately made.

Collaborative Consumption ImageIt will affect business and the models we use.


According to www.collaborativeconumption.com:

A new economic model has arrived. Named by TIME as one of the “10 Ideas That Will Change the World”, collaborative consumption describes the shift in consumer values from ownership to access. Together, entire communities and cities around the world are using network technologies to do more with less by renting, lending, swapping, bartering, gifting and sharing products on a scale never before possible. From Airbnb to Zipcar to Taskrabbit,  collaborative consumption is transforming business, consumerism and the way we live for a more fulfilling and sustainable quality of life.

Learn more about how collaborative consumption is changing the world via TED and the book What’s Mine is Yours.

What is it?
Why should we care?
How do we integrate it into our businesses if at all??

We look at 2 businesses who have been built on it, Speakers are:
* Lisa Fox from Open Shed and
* Bek Lambert from eXpertLocal

Click here to read more


JULY 2013 ___________________________________________________________________


Learn about New Technology & The Impact on Business Models

The internet has revolutionised our world.

The next generation of the digital revolution is called ‘The Internet of Things’.

More objects are becoming embedded with sensors and gaining the ability to communicate. The resulting information networks promise to create new business models and disrupt existing business models.

Kate Carruthers will provide some insight into this next stage in the digital revolution.

About Kate

Kate Carruthers is an expert and forecaster in online collaboration, social media, digital integration, unified communication, email and search marketing.

With extensive experience in senior executive roles for diverse organisations such as GE, AMP, Westfield and State Government she currently works in business strategy and implementation roles. Kate has also lectured in postgraduate business at Macquarie University and taught TAFE level courses in business and management.

She is Co-Founder of Social Innovation Sydney and was a long standing member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers and is a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society. She is on the Advisory Board for the Schools of Computer Science & Software Engineering and Information Systems & Technology at the University of Wollongong.

Twitter: @kcarruthers
Blog: http://katecarruthers.com/blog/


JUNE 2013


Social Media Women June 2013 event

 Blogger Outreach:

How brands and influencers can work together with Hannah DeMilta

Learn how brands and agencies are currently working with Australian bloggers. We will cover some of the “do’s” and “don’ts” of working with bloggers, talk bout best practice and share different reasons brands choose to engage influencers.

  • What defines a blog?
  • Overview of the Australian blogosphere
  • Why should brands work with bloggers?
  • How to find bloggers relevant to your brand
  • What are some tips to working with influencers
  • When does this work well?

About Hannah

Hannah looks after all things social media, community and blogger outreach for tech start-up Canva. She also curates the Sydney edition of The Fetch, keeping across what’s happening locally to share the best events, news, jobs and opportunities all in one place.

Mostly recently she worked for Rocketman Media, a specialist influencer outreach agency that partners brands and bloggers. In 2011 she organised ‘The Blogger Relations Forum’ a half-day event for 80 bloggers and brands. She has also spoken at various industry events including Digital Parents Conference and the 2012 Beautify Bloggers Utopia weekend.


Eventbrite - Social Media Women May 2013



MAY 2013  ___________________________________________________________________


SPEAK EASY: Ask Your Social Media Questions

All of your questions answered! Every month we have questions that range from “What is…?”, “How to…?”, “Why…?”. 

Bring your questions with you or click here to email it to me.

No question is too basic or complicated ~ just ask!!

I have flagged the following questions already asked:

  • outsourcing
  • crowd-funding
  • google +
  • pinterest
  • instagram
  • blogs
  • building community
  • seo and search


April 2013  ___________________________________________________________________

TUESDAY 30 April 2013  ::  MEDIA140

“Social Search” What Does It Mean To Your Business?

Facebook announced ‘Graph Search’ as a way to revolutionise social search and transform how people find recommendations, places and people. What are the implications of this new way of searching on existing businesses built on social data – recommendations, directories etc.What are the privacy implications now that all the posting you made to Facebook are search friendly and be seen and used by anyone. How are Google, Twitter and others likely to respond. We’ll take a closer look the important changes Social Search will bring to businesses built in social data and how you can take advantage of it.

OUR PANELISTS (more added soon) Read More About Them Here: http://bit.ly/YgYY2Z

Kate Carruthers http://katecarruthers.com/blog/

Hannah De Milta http://hannahdemilta.com/

Phil Ohren http://linkd.in/ZA5scm


SATURDAY 21 April 2013

My friend Judith has organised a wonderful event The Greatest Gift – more info: A reminder of the amazing women speaking at our event on 20 April:

  •   Therese Kerr (Miranda’s mum) from KORA Organics by Miranda Kerr
  •   Michelle McGrath from Sacred Self’s self-love tips – Fall in love with yourself every day,
  •   Path To Wellness with Melissa Ambrosini
  •   Julie Parkter from Beautiful You
  •   Susan Pearse from Mind Gardener
  •   Gretel Killeen – author, writer

Self-love, organics, nutrition, body image, how to re-wire your brain to live the life you want, authenticity…
You won’t want to miss it! Earlybird ends on Friday. Can’t wait to see you there!



Bringing a Creative Social Media Idea to Reality @ Social Media Women. Pip Jamieson from The Loop shares her insight!
More info here.

Pip Jamieson is co-founder of creative community The Loop, Australia’s leading networking site for creative professionals.

A Sydney based Londoner with a distinctive marmite laugh (you either love it or hate it) Pip started her career working on the BRIT Awards before moving to MTV where she spent six glorious years working in a number of roles around the world.

In 2009 she launched The Loop with her great friend Matt Fayle! The rest, as they say, is history!

Pip will share her experiences as a ‘disruptive entrepreneur’ and her journey in what is takes to bring a creative social media idea to reality.

About The Loop:

The Loop (www.theloop.com.au), is a career networking and portfolio-building site for creative professionals, kinda like a sexy linkedIn or professional facebook.

Creatives can promote themselves online by creating a FREE online profile; including portfolio, showreel and resume and gain access to tons of industry jobs. The aim of the site is to help connect creatives with one-another and with industry, with the eventual aim of bagging them that dream collaborator, job or client.

In short it’s a living, breathing online community of creative people.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheLoopOz

Website: www.theloop.com.au

Instagram: www.instagram.com/_the_loop

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLoopOz


SUNDAY 7 April 2013 :: EVENT

All About Women @ The Sydney Opera House,

A jam packed day of fearless discussion about topics that matter. Here’s a snippet of what to expect during the festival.  This lineup is FABULOUS!! I’m hoping to get to a couple myself:

Festival Info, click here.


MARCH 2013  ___________________________________________________________________

26 March 2013  ::  media140

Sydney media140 a great panel discussion on “Women: Social Media & Influence” ~ what is the status quo & can we influence the influencers

If you market to women, this is for you!
Great Panel leading the discussion: Deborah Bibby, editor of Real Living Magazine, author & journalist Cassandra Wilkinson, author & columnist Kerri Sackville & former news presenter, now advisor to Govt John Kerrison.


12 March 2013  :: Social Media Women

EVENT: Meet Andrea Zanetich creator of Fox In Flats & learn HOW in just 2 years has Fox In Flats become one of the top fashion & beauty blogs in Australia @ Social Media Women tomorrow night!
Awarded: 2011 Star Beauty Journalism Awards. Finalist, Best Beauty Blog.

Andrea will be drawing on her experience to share tips for using social media to grow your blog and your business.
Learn how Andrea’s vision became a reality in the digital space.
If this is your customer, learn how to engage them and what is important!


Saturday 2 March


I’ll be at Life Instyle tomorrow for a Round Table Discussion on “Consumer Behaviour Online & Offline and Its Impact on Retail” @ 11 -12 pm.

Sold out in 15 mins but there should be standing room 🙂

Royal Hall of Industries & Hordern Pavilion, Entertainment Quarter  |  Errol Flynn Boulevard (access via Lang Rd), Moore Park, Sydney


These events may be of interest:

Saturday 2 March | HEALTHiVATE 2.0

Special Offer for Social Media Women to attend Healthivate 2.0: Blogger’s conference on Health & Wellbeing.

This is a great event and we have been given a discount code for you, it will be in your newsletter on Wednesday.
Signup here: http://eepurl.com/khyA

Healthivate is a blogger conference with a focus on Health & Wellbeing to be held in Sydney on Saturday March 2, 2013. The themes Healthivate will encompass include: Eating. Living. Giving. Movement Building. We have secured some awesome speakers including Twitter’s Claire Diaz Ortiz, Professional Blogger Kathryn Vercillo, Lyndey Milan, Sara Leonardi McGrath, Ingrid Ozols and more. A special highlight will be a surprise guest discussing Social Entrepreneurs in the Health Space.

More here: www.healthivate.com


FEBRUARY 2013  ___________________________________________________________________

Tuesday 19 February 2013  | SOCIAL MEDIA WOMEN


TIME:   6.00 pm
LOCATION: Ginger’s @ The Oxford Hotel
                          Oxford St, Darlinghurst

REGISTER HERE: www.socialmediawomen.eventbrite.com


Tuesday 5 February 2013  |  CITY TALKS & UTSpotlight

With Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

TIME:   6.30 pm
LOCATION: Centennial Hall, Town Hall Sydney

REGISTER HERE: http://ht.ly/gQvv7


View 2012, 2011 & 2010 Events here.