SBW Committee

Ama Kalma

Committee member

Ama spent 11 years at a large publishing corporation in Germany (8,000 employees at that time), working her way up to executive management in distribution.
She also spent over 30 years as an independent entrepreneur in Germany, Hawaii and Australia in the following businesses: discotheque (Germany), communication training & mediation service (Hawaii), car rental (Hawaii), record label (Australia), import and export via Ebay in the EU (Australia), business consultancy specialised in Internet marketing (Australia)
Communication training & mediation service (Hawaii), car rental (Hawaii), record label (Australia), import and export via Ebay in the EU (Australia), business consultancy specialised in Internet marketing (Australia)
Ama is especially interested in:
- Equality of women in business, government and home
- Non-violent communication on all levels
- Education of creative and critical thinkers for the future

Jennifer Joiner

Committee member

Jennifer has enjoyed a 30-year career in health care with experience in finance, business planning, sales, marketing and general management. She has strong international experience, including successful management of diverse distributor relationships throughout USA and Asia. Her passion is building strong relationships with customers, employees and business partners.

Her roles include leading the Australian operations of General Electric Medical Systems, Bayer Diagnostics and Applied BioSystems. She was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with a venture capital-backed technology start-up in USA before it was successfully sold.

Jennifer served as a Board Director of the Monash Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia for seven years.

Fiona Sheridan

Committee member

Fiona has over 20-years’ experience in Business Development and Partner Management. She has worked with a wide variety of customers and partners, from start-ups and small to medium-sized business through to large corporates, government departments and educational institutions across Australia and New Zealand. She also has a strong interest in supporting women in business having spent five years as a board member of Women in Technology (WiT)—one of Queensland’s most respected and active technology industry associations.

As a long-time Byron resident, Fiona is delighted to have moved back to the region full-time. She now works with Sourdough Business Pathways as Mentor, Events and Program Manager, managing the connection of highly experienced business people with local organisations needing advice and guidance with the development of their businesses.

Donna Cooper

Committee member

Donna moved to the Northern Rivers with her partner Scott, some 18 years ago with the intention of creating a family beyond of the Sydney rat race. They have a 16 years old son; flourishing and loving life (teenage style).

Coming from an event/production background Donna secured projects producing and managing events around the country for various Sydney event companies as a freelance Event Producer while working remotely from her home office in Stokers Siding. Donna partnered in an Incentive House/Marketing company, freelanced for various event/production companies and prior to that, travelled the world extensively.

Donna has enjoyed the best of both worlds; her love of the country life and connecting with a like-minded community as well as loving the injection of city living and the challenge and enjoyment of being involved in large scale, high end events both in Australia and abroad.

She first became involved with Sourdough Business Women (SBW) when she joined the first SBW u.lab hub. She was so impressed with the u.lab journey she wanted to get further involved. In 2018 she facilitated the u.lab hub for SBW and became part of the SBW committee.

``I love this time we are all living in. It's changing at such incredible speed and as an eternal optimist I can only feel excited at the world's potential to change during this disruptive time. As His Holiness the Dalia Lama once said 'It will be the Western women that will save the world' (one community at a time with our wonderful men at our side of course).``

Susanna Carman

Committee member

Susanna Carman is a Strategic Designer and masters candidate in Design Futures at RMIT University working at the intersection of Design, Futures and Leadership. Her design consultancy, SC Integral Design, is dedicated to the development of future readiness in education, health care and community leaders so that they are able to respond skilfully to the complex challenges of this century. Services include facilitating events, leading co-design processes and delivering incubator programs to champions of social innovation committed to scaling impact.

Kate Ramsay

Committee member

Kate Ramsay is a leadership coach and mentor and the Managing Director of AnD Leadership Consulting, a business that provides transformational services to leaders. She has been consulting to industry since the mid 1980s and coaching since 1990, and has had more than 12,000 hours coaching experience. Her particular passion is to support women to be the best they can be in their lives and their work.

Kate’s extensive experience, integrity, insight and passion for coaching and mentoring have enabled her to achieve outstanding results in supporting leaders and entrepreneurs to live their vision and achieve their full potential.

Kate lives her philosophy of and/both by living in the hills inland from Byron Bay and commuting to coach clients in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. She gives back to her community by providing local women with pro bono mentoring support through the Sourdough Business Pathways mentoring program.

Susan Nancarrow

Committee member

Susan has worked in health care delivery, management and research as well as higher education governance and executive leadership roles. She has an interest and expertise in the future of the workforce, particularly in the health care, and is currently a Director on the Northern New South Wales Local Health District Board. She is committed to supporting the development of women in leadership roles. Susan lives with hr young family on the far north coast of New South Wales where she is a keen surfer, gardener and aspiring creative artist in her spare time.

Margot Cairnes

Committee member

Margot is a pioneer in her field. She is creative, visionary and intuitive – using these qualities to assist people in bridging the tremendous gap between the mechanistic ways of business of the past, and the new paradigms for business in the future. At the core of Margot’s work is the compelling connection between a leader’s personal inner journeys, their ability to drive levels of corporate success and their ability to profoundly influence the wellbeing of their wider communities.
Margot is highly regarded and respected as an inspirational mentor, advisor and partner to Boards and CEOs of multinational companies. She addresses crucial strategic issues in people, management and leadership to devise whole organisation transformation projects. Margot works with people bringing alignment, heart, authenticity and strength in an ever changing world.
Margot is particularly focused on digital disruption, out of the box thinking and creating a sustainable local economy.

Marina Mangano

For over eighteen years, Marina has partnered with clients to assist them in further developing their operations and successfully achieving their business goals.

After completing a Bachelor of Business - Accountancy and completing the Professional Year program with the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Marina’s first 10 years in the industry were spent in public practice, thereafter working for 6 years as a Finance Director for a family group.

A career break saw her travel around the world, backpacking parts of Asia, Africa and Europe before returning to Australia nearly three years later. She now works closely with entrepreneurs and investors helping them better understand their business and achieve their goals.

Marina is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held several board positions. She supports a number of local not-for-profit organisations and sits on various committees on a pro-bono basis. She is also a business mentor to local start-ups.