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SBW Tweed May Hub – Resilient Women in Business

By May 11,2022 May 2nd, 2022 No Comments

Wednesday 11 May

5:15pm start  ꟾ  7.00pm finish

Husk Distillery

You are stronger, braver and more resilient than you think.  Why tapping into your inner strength and innate resilience is essential for business growth.

As a business owner, each day you’re faced with an ongoing barrage of challenges – some bigger than others. It’s often difficult to navigate a way forward when facing these setbacks.

But even in difficult times, you’re stronger, braver and more resilient than you think.

It’s these hurdles you jump and the obstacles you overcome that form the backbone of a solid brand.

Meet three inspiring business women as they share insights from their personal stories that have enabled them to manage thriving businesses amidst unexpected challenges.

No matter where you are in your business, there’s always challenges beyond your control that can knock you off course. The key to surviving these challenges is finding the courage to pick yourself up and keep moving forward.

Hear how the principles of adversity are relevant to business and discover practical ways to build resilience including:

  • Mindset tools to face life’s challenges
  • Understanding fear and doubt for better life and business outcomes
  • Tools for balancing successful businesses
  • Identifying opportunities for growth and expansion
  • Balancing work and personal life

Our speakers: Donna Masing – Global Performance Therapy, Julia Foyster – Tweed Real Food and our MC’s Nat Quirk –Women’s Transformation Coach and Lilly Choi-Lee have all overcome unexpected, major adversity in their lives. Instead of giving up, they have used their strengths to overcome their challenges to learn, grow, develop and run thriving businesses.

Donna sums it up perfectly when she says” To sum it up, if opportunity doesn’t come knocking – then build a door”

Come along and be inspired.

About the Speakers:

Donna Masing – Global Performance Therapy
In October 2016 while on a surfing holiday overseas, Donna Masing fell off a wave and the tail of her own board collided with her temple. The force of that impact broke bones in her neck and rattled her brain from side to side, resulting in a traumatic brain injury.


Upon returning home to Australia, Donna was unable to run her business, a sports massage clinic in Northern NSW where she attended to Australia’s surfing elite and other professional athletes. She had difficulty speaking, walking, coping with groups of people, bright lights, had limited thinking capacity and could not focus on anything for any great deal of time. Doctors assured her that it would all pass and soon life would return to normal. However these things did not pass, in fact many symptoms got worse. Donna was suffering from post concussion syndrome, a complex condition where symptoms of a concussion linger for longer than normal. She was unaware at the time of the damage to her neck and nerves at the back of her skull, but these conditions were adding to daily migraines, dizziness and an overall inability to function.


After months of limited success, Donna’s Doctors asked her to begin grief counselling to accept the changes to her life were permanent and she was never going to make a full recovery. There would always be limitations, working more than a few hours a week was unlikely and chronic pain was now a part of day to day life. The traumatic brain injury had defined her.


It was Donna’s refusal to accept the cards she had been dealt that sparked her journey of healing, taking her across to the other side of the world to find the help she needed. It took years, but Donna succeeded in getting her life back and has since expanded and adapted her business to include the very treatment that helped her so much. 

Donna realised her dream of opening her own multidisciplinary clinic in December 2018 and has continued along her journey of self-belief and healing ever since. In 2019 Donna was named the Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber Outstanding Business Leader and went on to be a State Finalist.


Donna has consulted for international Doctors, Physical Therapists and Concussion Specialists on how to communicate with their TBI patients, she has presented at medical conferences, been on speaking panels at events and was featured on the front pages of both the Tweed Daily Newspaper and The Tweed Valley Weekly. She is currently writing a book about her experiences on the other side of treatment table and is starting an innovative new company to help more people get access to the therapy that changed her life.
Donna brings motivation and inspiration to our event, encouraging  us never to give up, rather to adapt. To sum it up, if opportunity doesn’t come knocking – then build a door.

Julia Foyster – Tweed Real Food

Julia Foyster is a reputable 5th generation farmer, mentor, author, and multiple award-winning Founder of Tweed Real Food – an artisan range of unique, all natural seasonings and balsamic vinegars.

After encountering disastrous climate challenges, from recurring floods, severe bush fires, a detrimental hailstorm and one of the worst droughts in Australian farming history – Julia identified farming adversity as an opportunity for growth and resilience.

Julia has recently launched her book, ‘There is a story behind every meal’, featured on Studio 10, in the Women’s Weekly magazine, and in many more publications. She is currently working on her second book.

This month’s hub will be co-hosted by Nat Quirk & Lilly Choi-Lee:

Nat Quirk – Women’s Transformation Coach + SBW Tweed Committee Member

A full stand for women to return to the truth of who they are. Mother to a young son. A daughter, sister, friend & confidant. Terminal Cancer Survivor.

In 2015 Nat was diagnosed with terminal cancer. An intense year and half of treatment followed. In that year & half Nat realised the drugs combat the physical symptoms of cancer & she needed to work with the emotional symptoms that got her here, and that would ultimately be the ‘instrumental ‘thing’ in her moving through cancer, treatment & into life beyond cancer.

Nat has gone on to work with hundreds of women, facilitating life changing transformation through her online programs, in person speaking & writing. A former advocate for Melanoma Patients Australia & ambassador for the Melanoma March, Nat has appeared on Chanel 7 & 9 news, ABC Radio & numerous print news publications.

Lilly Choi-Lee – TravConsult & Naturally Northern Rivers + SBW Tweed Committee Member

Resilience runs in her blood; daughter of a father who survived a Japanese concentration camp & a mother who fled a China that was about to become a closed socialist regime under Mao Zedong.  She worked to break racism, sporting & gender biases with the biggest test of her resilience in transforming her life after receiving a life-saving bone marrow transplant for leukemia.

Lilly is a passionate surfer, yogi, co-owner & founder of businesses that challenge, excite & fill her creative cup – allowing her to work in both the corporate world of aviation, tourism & travel retail as well as in the beautiful natural environment of the Northern Rivers with farmers & artisan producers.

Ticket price includes a Husk drink on arrival and Husk snack platters. Additional drinks can be purchased from the bar.

Husk Distillery -1152 Dulguigan Rd, North Tumbulgum NSW 2490

5.15pm – 7.00pm

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