Thrive Meetup

Thrive #33 presents
Entrepreneurship, resilience and innovation with Julie Nichols

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About Julie

Julie Nichols launched the very first Handmade Market in Canberra in 2008 which is now in its 14th year and the market regularly attracts over 20,000 visitors from Canberra. It seeks to facilitate connections between Australian designers, producers, customers and the community both through in person and online markets.

I invited Julie because Handmade Canberra is a small business which packs a punch. They were awarded winner of the Canberra Region Tourism’s Resilience and Innovation award for 2021. This is a new award to recognise businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19, bush fires, storms, border closures and other restrictions on operations. So we can hear how Handmade Canberra adapted and demonstrated resilience and innovation in truly challenging times.

This is only one of a number of awards Handmade Canberra has won through the years:

  • One of the top 50 Small Business Leaders for 2020 by Inside Small Business in 2020
  • ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards – Handmade was recognised by the ACT chief minister’s export awards as an export facilitator for the creative sector in 2020
  • Canberra Business Point – Creative Design – Finalist Telstra ACT Micro Business Award – Finalist in 2014
  • Canberra Business Point – Creative Design – Winner 2013
  • Tourism – Specialised Retail – Commendation 2013
  • Telstra ACT Start Up Award – Winner 2013
  • Telstra STATE Start up Award – Finalist 2013.

About Our Session

  • A overview of Julie’s career journey and what she believes has shaped her career to date
  • What were some of the biggest career challenges Julie faced in her early career?
  • What advice would Julie give young women today?
  • What has been critical to helping Julie develop her profile?
  • How did Julie build her network and grow her audience?
  • What does Julie consider to be her mission in life? What is her body of work and why does this matter?

Thrive Meetup Details

Date: Monday, 11 July 2022
Time: 2PM Canberra / 12PM Singapore Kuala Lumpur / 5AM London Frankfurt / 8AM Dubai / 9AM Karachi / 4PM Auckland
Duration: 60 mins
Format: Zoom call (video ON)
Registration: Required
Cost: Free
Guests: Capped at 14 on a first-come, best-served basis

Thrive Meetup Agenda

2.00 PM* – 2.15 PM Introductions and networking (15 mins)
2.15 PM – 2.40 PM Rowena chats with Julie (25 mins)
2.40 PM – 2.55 PM Moderated discussion open to the group (15 mins)
2.55 PM – 3.00 PM Wrap-up and photos (5 mins)
* based on AEST


  • Meetups are complimentary to join for career women only but require registration
  • Meetups are limited to 14 guests to ensure optimal engagement and participation for all
  • If you have signed up and need to cancel thereafter, please provide early notice (at the very least, 24 hours) so as to enable other registrations to come through
  • While informative and educational, this is not intended as a webinar but as a meetup. Guests are expected to put their video on and to mingle, chat and ask questions.
  • Meetups begin and conclude on time and guests are expected to be punctual. Late entrants (more than 10 minutes) will not be allowed in to avoid disruption.
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Selection of Past Meetup Themes

  • How to Achieve More Autonomy and Financial Independence with Serina Bird
  • Supporting diversity, equality and inclusion with Fabiola Campbell
  • Crossroads, second chances and that viral campaign with Tania Singh
  • Decide like a cheetah with Ioana Jago
  • Finding your voice with Joan Collar
  • Protecting yourself, protecting your business with Shalini Nandan-Singh
  • The career pivot with Hester Spiegel van den Steenhoven
  • Things I am good at, things I am passionate about with Stephanie Looi
  • Don’t be afraid to shine your own light with Alice Rixon
  • Finding and pursuing your passion with Dana Rubin
  • Prioritising wellness at work with Elizabeth Kirk PhD
  • Developing a hacker mindset with Angela Bee Chan
  • Courage as a skill with Sandra Ford Walston
  • Strong brand visibility with Nina Shahril Khan
  • Media | mastery | mindfulness with Noelle Lim
  • Developing a kickass LinkedIn profile – Q&A with Rowena Morais
  • Easy networking tips you can use today with Shamila Gopalan
  • Developing the mindset that helps you succeed with Ulrika Brunner
  • Becoming a more visible leader with Nirmala Doraisamy
  • Branding, the heart of every business with Jia-Ping Lee
  • Using setbacks to build resilience and to lead with Malisse Tan
  • Reinvention: repurposing your career with Claudia Cadena
  • Better mental health and resilience with Urmila Dass
  • The tech entrepreneur with Shi-Ying Lau
  • Rising to the top with Jocelyn Ng
  • How to pivot into a new career with Nellie Wartoft

Selection of Recent Meetups

While the meetups began as face to face gatherings in 2017, they transformed into online gatherings from 2020 onwards. These are a selection of the most recent meetup themes.

  • Thrive 22 - Presents Finding + Pursuing Your Passion

Thrive Meetups 2020

Thrive Meetups 2019

Thrive Meetups 2018 Q3&4

Thrive Meetups 2018 Q1&2

Thrive Meetups 2017

Selection of Recent Meetup Speakers

  • Serina Bird, author of The Joyful Frugalista, host of The Joyful Frugalista podcast, and author of The Joyful Startup Guide (Australia)
  • Fabiola Campbell, Founder of Professional Migrant Women (Australia)
  • Tania Singh, CEO of Make Love Not Scar (India)
  • Ioana Jago, growth marketing specialist, project management professional and Founder of Iventum (United Kingdom)
  • Joan Collar, Managing Director – EH&B Asia Regional Leader for Marsh Asia (Singapore)
  • Shalini Nandan-Singh, lawyer, legal coach, mentor and the founder / owner of Legally Shalini (Australia)
  • Hester Spiegel-van den Steenhoven, EdTech | Investor-in-Residence | Angel investor | Founder of “42”-schools for Germany (Singapore)
  • Stephanie Looi, Founder of Sound of Flowers, co-Founder of Purely B
  • Alice Rixon, Managing Associate at Rob Dobson and Associates (Australia)
  • Dana Rubin, founder of Speaking While Female and an advocate for women’s speech and voice (USA)
  • Elizabeth Kirk PhD, Wellness Wise practitioner and Founder Beyond Ergo (Australia)
  • Angela Bee Chan – 2x TEDx speaker, eco-Innovation Leader at Schneider Electric and CEO of Hackathons International (Australia)
  • Nina Shahril Khan – CEO and Founder of PopCon and host of #JustLanggar (Malaysia)
  • Sandra Ford Walston – The Courage Expert; global speaker and author; human potential consultant and trainer (USA)
  • Noelle Lim – Presenter, BFM 89.9; Coach at Asia School of Business and Mindfulness Teacher, Kindermind Center (Malaysia)
  • Shamila Gopalan – CEO and Founder of HerWit; Coach and Mentor (Accelerator Program – LaunchHUB) at RMIT University (Australia)
  • Ulrika Brunner, CEO Inspire Group Asia (Malaysia)
  • Nirmala Doraisamy, Independent Director Petronas Dagangan Berhad (Malaysia)
  • Nellie Wartoft, CEO Tigerhall (Singapore)
  • Billie Kaur, Senior Auditor BP Business Services Centre Asia (Malaysia)
  • Jia-Ping Lee, Founder and Principal, Tempatico (Malaysia)
  • Malisse Tan, Founder and CEO Bobble (Malaysia)
  • Claudia Cadena, Founder and Principal Consultant at Thread Advisory (Malaysia)
  • Urmilah Dass, Director Valley Psychological Services, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Malaysia)
  • Shi-Ying Lau, Partner/Investor/Mentor at NEXEA Venture Capital, Angel Investors and Accelerator (Malaysia)
  • Jocelyn Ng, former COO Uniqlo Malaysia and Consultant, Jocelyn Ng Consultancy (Malaysia)
  • Jude Tan, member of the Board of Advisors, Wholesome Leaders Asia (Malaysia)

About Thrive

Thrive is a women-only private group founded by Rowena Morais. We empower career women by connecting those who are starting out professionally (and needing support) with the more established women (who can mentor and share ideas). Thrive focuses on helping women develop their profile, network and body of work.

  • Thrive runs complimentary monthly meetups for career women. Guests need to register and the meetup is capped at 14 guests per meetup to facilitate discussion and sharing. This is a meetup, not a webinar
  • Guests are welcome to join the Thrive Meetup Facebook Group

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