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NSW WIF High Tea 06/05/2016

NSW Women in Franchising High Tea

Friday 6 May 2016

Join us for High Tea celebrating all women (including mums) on 6 May, 2016.

This event brings women from the franchising community together every year. It is our day to network, enjoy a little bit of indulgence and celebrate our achievements together.

This year we are delighted to welcome as guest speakers three accomplished women who are all disrupting the status quo in their respective industries. 

Winner of the FCA's 2015 Franchise Woman of the Year Award, Marlies Hobbs, Co-founder, Paleo Cafe, will be delivering a keynote presentation about the creation of the growing Paleo Café franchise.

Marlies will then be joined on a panel of passionate and successful business women by Meagan Colburt, Director, Vision Personal Training and Anna Hopkins, Creator, Protein Bread.

Natalie Brennan, Head of Corporate Brand Support, Foodco will be facilitating the day.

Our famous goodie bags are back, each guest will receive a good bag with over $150 worth of freebies.

Time: 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Date: Friday 6 May, 2016
Venue: Moore Park Golf Club
             Cnr Anzac Pde & Cleveland St
             Moore Park Sydney NSW
Tickets: $59.00 for Members, $69.00 for Non-Members
Parking: Complimentary parking is available onsite

About the Keynote Speaker & Guest Panellist - Marlies Hobbs, Co-founder, Paleo Café

Marlies is the Co-founder of Paleo Café, she is also a mother to two young sons and wife to Jai.

After the birth of Marlies and Jai Hobbs' first son, Troy, who suffered from severe reflux caused by a dairy intolerance, Marlies discovered it was the same intolerance that had caused her adult acne and digestive problems.

Adopting the paleo lifestyle not only resolved Marlies' skin and digestion issues, she lost weight, slept better and felt fit, healthy and alive. It was this discovery that fuelled her endless passion for sharing the paleo lifestyle. 

Formerly a planning and environment lawyer, Marlies decided to pursue her dreams and left her career in law, risking everything to open the first Paleo Café in Cairns in October 2012. With an explosive response and demand for more Paleo Cafés, Marlies quickly established the business as a franchise and in 2014, accepted an offer to sell the flagship Cairns café to focus her energy on spreading the paleo message in Paleo Café HQ.  

As well as being a mother to two beautiful boys, Troy and Zac, she has the thriving family business and a successful cookbook to her name and can also add the title of 2014 Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year award to her list of achievements.

Today, Marlies plays a large role in the strategic direction and growth of the Paleo Café brand, as well as finalising menus and offering legal support.  Her passion for Paleo living is infectious and she has big dreams of showing people there are alternative ways to live and to inspire them to find the right work/life balance. In between dreaming up inspirational, follow-up cookbooks and continuing to create a world-class franchise support system, she's also planning ways to give chefs a brighter future through Paleo training courses and also inspiring other businesses to create ergonomic work spaces that promote balance and productivity.

Marlies and her team at Paleo Café have also been recognised with the following awards:

  • 2015 Australian Winner of the International NextGen in Franchising Award
  • 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
  • 2014 Best New QSR (Quick Service Restaurant)
  • 2014 TNQ20 Young Entrepreneur Award
  • 2014 TNQ20 Emerging Business Award
  • 2014 Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year

About the Panellists:

Guest Panellist - Meagan Colburt, Director, Vision Personal Training

Meagan Colburt is the Director of Happiness for Australia and New Zealand's largest Personal Training franchise company, Vision Personal Training.

Vision's network of 50 locations in Australia and New Zealand employs over 400 Personal Trainers generating over $45 million in revenue annually and has twice been named Australia's Personal Training Business of the Year.  She has spent the last 15 years working across a range of exciting business and management roles across a variety of industries.

Having grown up in high end hospitality environments, Meagan understands the impact of a high quality customer experience and the impact these interactions may have on a consumers mood and life choices.  With her own personal experience around the road to feeling fit and strong, Meagan believes that health and happiness is an integral part of a more productive society that the choices we make around nutrition and exercise are an extension of our inner person.  The choice to work with a company like Vision Personal Training is driven by a passionate desire to drive a society where a balanced life perspective is achieved.

Combining business smarts with a passionate and unwavering commitment to a happy and fulfilled life, Meagan's role with Vision Personal Training is focused on ensuring the Core Values of the company are upheld across all business disciplines through each franchise and their subsequent team players. In recent times, Meagan has led the way in overhauling Vision's Studio Management Training, which has led to a 37% increase in Franchise Owner training engagement. Notably, attendees returning to be re-trained in Meagan's new format are experiencing financial growth 62.2% higher than the network average.

Meagan lives in the beachside suburb of Cronulla with her husband and two beautiful children.  She loves keeping fit, enjoying time with family and friends, and planning for her next holiday!

Guest Panellist - Anna Hopkins, Creator, Protein Bread

From a unique background that fuses farming, fast food and fitness, in 2010 Anna Hopkins fulfilled her childhood dream, and opened a healthy fast food café Whole Meal Café. Consumer demand and a curious mind saw Anna create Protein Bread, Australia's Lowest Carb Bread.

Word about this new super low carb, gluten free bread spread within the health and fitness community and the café struggled to keep up with demand. From this demand, The Protein Bread Co was born in 2013.

Anna brought on business partners and sold the café to focus all resources on this new fast growing company which now has it's products distributed nationally through a range of cafes, health food stores and supermarkets.

Growing up in rural NSW, Anna lived 30 minutes from the nearest town. Showers were timed and television was a treat. Simple living, resourcefulness and resilience were in her blood, so on moving to Sydney; Anna fell seamlessly into a career with McDonalds.

Rising through the ranks to the position of Regional Manager was a natural transition. Over ten years she built her region to the highest sales volume in Australia, with a team of 1200, was a finalist in the Telstra Young Retailer of the Year, opened multiple Restaurants, and was invited to the Global Innovation Centre in Chicago to develop the new kitchen platform for Australia.

Armed with both corporate and entrepreneurial success, in 2015 Anna Co-founded The Low Carb Living Group. Driven by a belief that "Everyone deserves to feel their best" the company produces all natural, high protein, low carb products under its two brands - The Protein Bread Co and Anna's Low Carb Kitchen, with a strong online and instore presence.

Anna is the Author of the 'Non Recipe Book', was listed in the Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs of 2015, has featured in Marie Claire, and written for Women's Health & Fitness.

Facilitator - Natalie Brennan Head of Corporate Brand Support Foodco (Muffin Break & Jamaica Blue)

Natalie has worked at Foodco for 15 years and in that time has been able to influence the retail offer of two brands in the portfolio. Natalie has been behind the introduction of meal and snack offers to accommodate the wide range of dietary requirements including, gluten & dairy free product.

After her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2013 she was determined to find a snack option to meet her sons' needs. The introduction of the lower Carb Muffin in Muffin Break is a direct response to her passion around providing snack options that can also meet the needs of low sugar, low GI and high fibre diets.

Educated originally as a teacher, Natalie spent the first 10 years of her career in Operational Training roles in Brisbane with multi-unit operations. After gaining a Commerce degree as an adult student (majoring in Industrial Relations) her passion for Human Resource Management was further ignited. This gave her the opportunity for a role working for Spotless Foods in HR and Training for the 2000 Sydney Olympics where she led the training for over 3000 catering staff who were employed for the 10 day event. After spending time in this role with Spotless on other major sporting events Natalie took up a position in 2001 as HR and Training Manager for the Foodco Group, and is now a Senior Manager overseeing all the support departments for the brands including, Product, Training & HR.

At 45, Natalie became the mother of her now twin four year old boys. She is desperately still trying to work out how to get work/life balance, but is happy to share her tips on being a fulltime worker and "geriatric" mother of multiples.
Venue: Moore Park Golf Club
Venue Address: Cnr Anzac Pde & Cleveland St, Moore Park, Sydney, NSW
Starting: 1:30 PM
Friday 6th May 2016
Ending: 4:00 PM
Phone Enquiries: 1300 669 030

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