Entrepreneurial Women's Breakfast: Navigating career pivots

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  • Breakout Space, iAccelerate Centre, Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong
  • Contact Detailsalumni@uow.edu.au

The panel

Yael Stone, Angela Saville, Ellie, Tamantha Stutchbury

Yael Stone
Funding Director, Hi Neighbour and Australian actor

Yael Stone is best known for playing Lorna Morello in the award-winning Netflix series, ‘Orange Is the New Black’.

In January 2020 during the height of the Australian bushfires, Yael announced that she would be abandoning her US Green Card, returning home to Australia as a symbol of her commitment to reducing CO2 emissions. Since then, Yael has become the Funding Director of Hi Neighbour — an organisation that uses solar projects to fund scholarships for local workers training for technical low carbon jobs. She’s also currently studying a Bachelor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong (UOW).

Angela Saville
Founder, Business Owner & Entrepreneur, Savvy Fitness

Angela Saville is the example of a perfect pivot. She left the stability of teaching after seven years to follow her love of fitness and created Savvy Fitness (Savvy). While Savvy has become one of the biggest outdoor fitness companies in Australia, Angela’s business journey has not been without its challenges. The pandemic shut down her business almost overnight and it was Angela’s adaptability that propelled it forward during this time. More recently, Savvy has integrated with Amplified Health, a reputable provider of allied health and clinical therapies. Angela now directs over 50 staff, and services over 1,000 clients for recreational and clinical needs. Angela will unveil her insights on successful pivots and the invaluable lessons she has learnt during her career.

Ellie Lezcano
Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Binary Tech Global

Ellie Lezcano has played a significant role as the CFO at Binary Tech Global, driving the growth of the company and expanding the application of its emerging Massive Internet of Things (IoT) technology into new markets. Starting in 2016 as Binary Beer — with the goal to connect the world's beer kegs through the internet — COVID-19 lockdowns and the subsequent freeze on all keg movements globally led to an urgent need to pivot for business sustainability. Identifying opportunities in the medical and waste management industries, the Binary team rebranded and relaunched their core-technologies to become global leaders in Massive IoT in multiple industries. Ellie brings a wealth of experience as CFO, managing financial decisions as well as day-to-day operations through unpredictable times.

Dr. Tamantha Stutchbury (Host)
Director, iAccelerate

Dr Stutchbury is the driving force behind iAccelerate, UOW's dynamic business accelerator and incubator. In her role as Director, Tamantha is dedicated to fostering an ecosystem where budding entrepreneurs can flourish, offering them the essential resources, expertise, and guidance to succeed.

Event details

Date: Thursday, 21 September, 2023
Time: 7.30 am – 9.00 am
Venue: Breakout Space, iAccelerate Centre, Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong
Cost: Complimentary for UOW alumni and their guests
Parking: Paid parking is available in the public carpark located next to the Science Space building at the Innovation Campus

Please register below before Thursday, 7 September, 2023. For event enquires, please email alumni@uow.edu.au 



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