~ Are you an EPIC woman in business looking to connect and engage with other energised entrepreneurs?


~ Are you ready to create a bold brand and ensure your business stands out from the crowd?


~ Would you love the opportunity to spend the day learning from awesome experts in their field in a beautiful venue, instead of sitting at your computer all day?


~ If you’re ready to build a focused business strategy, create an EPIC brand and develop creative collaborations for your business in 2016 – then this Summit is for you!



A 1 Day Premium event for Women in Business

Thursday 14th April 2016

9.00 am – 5.30 pm


EPIC Business Branding Summit creates a space for female entrepreneurs to come together in a beautiful event venue with a like-minded community of amazing women for an EPIC one day experience to develop YOUR business strategy and brand to create true impact in your market place. You’ll have the opportunity to network with awesome like-minded entrepreneurial and energised women and ask the key questions you want answers to. In this open workshop environment, we’ll provide you with insightful training and resources. What will you learn during this EPIC day?

  • How to develop the right business strategy from the start.  Don't wait years before really understanding what you need to do to create a clear action plan to move your business forward.
  • How to position your brand in a crowded market.  Stand out and know what you need to do to be seen head and shoulders above your competition.
  • You've got the strategy, you've positioned your brand and now it's time to ensure you have the right sales processes and systems in place to convert your audience into amazing customers.  You'll learn from a sales funnel expert how it's done so that you can implement your own with ease.
  • What do you do when you can't afford creative just yet?  You get creative! We'll hear from the head honcho of Unleash Creative on how to get creative in your business and find your own style.  Then once you're ready to work with creatives, we'll show you how to get the most of of those partnerships.
  • Collaboration is the key to growth hacking at it's finest.   We'll show you how to find the right businesses to collaborate with, partner with them and ensure your brand stays in tact in the process.

You’ll be walking away with actionable strategies to create real impact and direction in your business, and you’ll meet and mingle with some of the best in the biz!



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Jody Jelas

Over the last 16 years Jody Jelas has helped top business professionals and online marketers grow their brand globally and develop online leveraged offers that bring in millions of dollars a year for her clients.

Jody harnesses the power of online presence, branding, product creation, social media and marketing and is an expert in online sales and sales funnel automation.  Jody wants her clients and future business leaders to have more free time and automate their business, so they can spend their time doing what they really LOVE.   In this session Jody will be teaching you the how to's of creating the right sales funnels in your business and automated them to convert your audience into happy paying clients!

Emma Isaacs

At 35, Emma Isaacs has achieved more than most twice her age. She’s the CEO of Australia’s largest community for women, Business Chicks; has spent one on one time with Bill Gates; is a serial property investor, has raised over $10million for charity, and is mother to four children six and under.

Building an EPIC Brand takes some doing and we're thrilled to have Emma with us to share her story with Business Chicks and the branding journey that they have been on over the last 7 years.  Now growing, the strategy to build a global brand with impact is what Business Chicks are looking to do.  Get ready to hear this exciting story! Want to check out more about Emma? >>> watch here


Andrew MacKinnon

In a sea of businesses, brands and services, lurks a pirate ship chartering a new course. And for near on 15 years now it has harangued the cumbersome cruise-liners that are traditional marketing and advertising. That ship is The Taboo Group. And their Captain is Andrew Mackinnon.  

Now 15 years on, Andrew and a carefully curated creative team has spurred Taboo to evolve into a full scale creative agency, delivering campaigns for the country’s biggest brands: Nike, NAB, Cadbury, Chupa Chups, Schweppes, Witchery, Mimco and many other iconic brands.  Andrew will take you on an EPIC journey to position your brand, stand out from the crowd and ensure you know how to build a brand with impact!


Karen Lawson

Karen Lawson is one of Australia’s leading innovators and business strategists in the digital industry where she has held senior positions within  global companies such as Career One and Yahoo7! as well as joint ventures.

Karen will be our first speaker, showing you the key elements of creating the right business strategy for your business. Having created new revenue streams, solutions and disrupted traditional models, Karen is one lady you want to listen to when it comes to positioning your business strategically.

Jessica Ruhfus

Jessica Ruhfus is the Founder & CEO of Collabosaurus, an online match-making platform for strategic brand partnerships. Her passion for creative brand experiences moved her from a background in fashion PR and small business marketing to developing a partnerships platform for brands of all sizes. She believes that collaborations are necessary to build successful businesses today and has proven the concept with the growth of Collabosaurus.

In this session, Jess will focus on how you can use brand collaborations as an amazing marketing tool to grow your business.

Magdalena Franco

With over 13 years of PR, marketing and event experience Magdalena Franco has worked for well known companies such as Network Ten, Feld Entertainment (Disney on Ice), Funtastic and Faber-Castell.  Magdalena is now the Head Honcho of Unleash Creative,  which has been dubbed as inspiring an online and in real life community of creatives via events, workshops, DIY’s, inspiration and collaboration.

Having worked on projects for Etsy, Craft Victoria's Craft Cubed Festival and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week to name a few, Magdalena will show you how to great creative in your business as well as how to get the most out of your partnerships with creative providers!


AMAZING event Suzanne! Loved the whole day so many brilliant engaging and knowledgeable speakers. I got so much out of today, you gals did a wonderful job! I met so many friendly women and I think it’s great we can be so supportive and nurturing of women in business.

Wow! Epic it promised to be and epic it certainly was! ‪#‎EPICBPS‬.  Thank you Suzanne, Sarah, Tahlia, & Margot and the rest of the team. You were superb. And our speakers simply inspiring. Gorgeous women changing lives!

A very BIG shout-out to Suzanne Chadwick for hosting! All the speakers today were informative and of course it was just an honour to watch and listen to Lisa speak in such a way that blows away many minds.

What a fantastic EPIC event. Great opportunity to engage with great women in business, while listening to very entertaining and knowledgeable speakers. I learnt so much. I can’t wait for the next one!

 The event was all about empowering women. There was a variety of content delivered well. Content was interesting and relevant and the women at the event were wonderful. So organised and beautifully executed. Suzanne, you are a natural!

EPIC was everything it promised to be. There are so many things that I took away from the day.  The speakers were great, the content was relevant to my business and I know exactly how I can use this information for my business to move forward.  What a day! Can’t wait till the next EPIC event!

Congrats Suzanne and team for a very successful, entertaining insightful and informational day!!! Each speaker provided an ‘ahhh ha' moment that I could take away and utilise in, my biz…thank you! And love the fact that I had these amazing women around me.

Such a great day thank you Suz & team!  I know I'll take so much of what I've learnt today and implement it in my business. Connecting with other women who are at the same stage as me has been so encouraging as well.  I'll definitely be at the next one!!

Thank you to the incredible Suzanne Chadwick for putting together an amazing event today (& this evening). I had a wonderful day & have a mind full of inspiration! Thanks to all the speakers for their knowledge & great presentations- so valuable! And of course to Lisa Messenger!

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You’ll spend the day in beautiful surroundings as we are hosted at one of Melbourne’s most exclusive and beautiful event venues – Carousel situated on Albert Park Lake overlooking the city skyline. This event has been created to not only give you the tools you need to build a strong business brand in 2016 and provide amazing training and insights, but it’s an opportunity to connect with fellow female entrepreneurs in a setting that allows you to enjoy your day, have real conversations and experience real connection. You’ll feel like you’ve had a day of decadence for your mind, body and business!



running sheet 8.00 – 8.45 pm                   Registration

9.00 – 12.30 pm                 Three Speakers & Morning Tea break – Karen Lawson, Andrew Mackinnon & Jody Jelas

12.30 – 1.30 pm                 Lunch

1.30 – 4.00 pm                   Three Speakers – Magdalena Franco, Jess Ruhfus & Emma Isaacs

4.00 – 5.30 pm                   Cocktails & Canapes

Parking:  There are 104 car spaces in front of Carousel and parking is $15 for the day which is run by the council.


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As always, I'm surrounded by amazing women supporting The Connection Exchange to grow and deliver exceptional quality events with fun and ease. The 2016 EPIC Business Branding Team includes:

– Virtual Assistant and Events Coordinator  – Tahlia Meredith from The Melbourne Freelancer (left)

– Designer & Social Media Manager – Sarah Poppy of Sarah Poppy Marketing – Design – Social Media (right)


If you have any questions, please contact me directly at suzanne@theconnectionexchange.com