University of Tasmania
1 July, 2021

Secure your spot for this FREE and unmissable virtual event!

Hear from inspiring guest speakers and like-minded entrepreneurial business women in this exciting and informative livestream panel! In partnership with the University of Tasmania, this Summit brings together an invaluable alliance of industry partners offering Enterprising Women access to a network of great resources and connections. Best of all, you will have the opportunity to brainstorm and develop your ideas on the road to the National Kickstarter Challenge!


10 AM - 11:30 AM


Curly Haslam-Coates
Wine Educator

Life is better with bubbles.
in 2008, Curly spent 5 days in Tasmania as part of her Vintners Bursary Prize, awarded for her Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 3 results. Those 5 days changed the trajectory of her life forever.
From the mid-’90’s, Curly worked in high-end hospitality and wine retail in the UK, until that fateful journey to Tasmania. By 2010, she had finished her WSET Diploma and set her sights on a return to Tassie.
Since her return, Curly is still a tall woman in a very short gold dress with skin the colour of chocolate souffle but she now teaches the WSET qualifications in Tasmania, is a sparkling wine tragic, a wine writer for The Wine Front, founder of The Whole Bunch Collective, a passionate advocate for childhood food, culture and nutrition education and enthusiastic support of local food and farming across Tasmania.
This dizzying array of projects all fall under the umbrella of Vintage Tasmania but she always has an eye open for projects that support equality and equity within the wine and food industries

Stephanie Trethewey
Director of Brand and Marketing

Stephanie Trethewey is a seasoned broadcast journalist and has reported for some of the country’s biggest shows including A Current Affair. Now based in rural Tasmania with her husband and their two young children, Stephanie is the Founder and Host of Motherland Australia, a podcast which shares real, raw and unbelievable stories of motherhood told by women on the land. Stephanie is also the co-founder of regenerative beef brand the Tasmanian Agricultural Company, a trailblazing business which is on a mission to produce truly carbon positive meat through non-conventional farming practices.

Daniela Cavalletti
Founder – Cavalletti Communications

Daniela is an accomplished copywriter and networker who heads the team of wordsmiths at Cavalletti Communications.
Originally from Europe, Daniela’s career has taken her around the globe. She has worked for SMEs and international corporations in diverse fields – such as investment banking, book publishing and the film industry – before starting her own business in 2009.
In 2018, Daniela moved her life and business from the mainland to Tasmania. She never looked back, and now proudly calls Launceston home.

Bess Clark
General Manager Project Marinus

Bess heads up TasNetworks’ Project Marinus, developing a second Bass Strait electricity interconnector, ‘Marinus Link’. The project builds on Tasmania’s clean energy expertise, supporting Australia’s transition to cleaner, reliable and affordable energy. The project unlocks investment in clean energy across Tasmania, supporting jobs and economic development for decades to come. The $3.5 billion project is in the Design and Approvals stage, working towards a ‘shovel ready’ Marinus Link by 2023-4.

Bess has held executive roles in the electricity networks sector over the last 15 years, and started her professional career at Sydney Water in a range of project, stakeholder and government relations roles. She’s a mum of two, supported by her husband Paul. She’s a proud Tasmanian, and a member of an entrepreneurial family with links to farming, whisky, golf and tourism industries.

Dr Jane Sargison
Engineer and founder – JSA Consulting Engineers

Jane runs JSA Consulting Engineers, a niche engineering company that she founded in 2009. She is a non-executive director of UTAS Holdings – providing strategic oversight and investment in innovation and commercialisation for UTAS research.
As a Tasmanian Rhodes Scholar, she headed to Oxford to research innovative film cooling technology for Rolls Royce jet engines for her doctoral research.
After returning home, her career has encompassed a decade of academic research and teaching at UTAS, helping launch an energy technology start-up, and contributing her expertise via a host of directorships. She was an inaugural Director of TasWater, of ARENA (the Australian Renewable Energy Agency) and more recently of TasNetworks.
Her award as National Professional Engineer of the Year in 2011 recognised her contribution and achievements in the profession. She is committed to the strategic development of local utility businesses and to encouraging more women into engineering.
Jane is also an ironman triathlete, drives an electric vehicle and promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet.

Elizabeth Skirving
Chief Executive Officer – Rural Business Tasmania Inc.

A highly experienced Board Member and Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth has a proven and extensive track record for delivering highly successful programs with different stakeholder groups across Tasmania and Australia.
Elizabeth is passionate about Tasmania, rural and small businesses, with experience in conservation and heritage. Elizabeth is a highly connected professional who maintains strong relationships across government, not-for-profit, business and academia.
Elizabeth’s background in finance and business have enabled her to hold consecutive roles as Treasurer. She also sits on the events and marketing committee for the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) where she has successfully organised their annual National Small Business Summit since 2017.
Elizabeth is known as a hard-working CEO, Board Member and community member, who is fluent in community engagement, diplomacy, industry development, marketing and finance.

Livestream Program

Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

Corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur, investor, Venture Partner, startup coach and advisor, Noga Edelstein, will welcome attendees to the livestream of the fifth Enterprising Women Summit in partnership with the University of Tasmania.

10:00am - 10:15am

Virtual Panel Discussion

Hear from the panel of engaging and inspiring guest speakers as they discuss: “Discovering how to stand up, stand out and make your business thrive.”

10:15am - 11:15am

Keynote Guest Speaker

Hear from our special guest speaker.

11:15am - 11:30am


MC, Noga Edelstein, will conclude the day and highlight further opportunities for involvement in the Accelerator for Enterprising Women.
11:30am - 11:35am

Event Videos

Couldn’t make it to one of the Accelerator for Enterprising Women Summit Events? Fear not…we’ve got you covered! Catch up on all the amazing advice, tips and entrepreneurial expertise from our guest panel by watching the event videos On Demand.