Each year, ten Queensland women across a variety of industries are invited to become White Cloud foundation’s 10 Leaping Ladies. Representing business, aviation, medicine, military, construction, sport, media and more, these woman are leaders in their field.
Ten Leaping Ladies funds practical support services for at risk Queensland women. The White Cloud Mums program hopes to prevent the development of, or aid recovery from, perinatal depression. The event has the goal of raising $10,000 to support 80 women.
Meet our 10 Leaping Ladies;
Kay McGrath : is an award winning journalist and presenter with 40 years experience in the media. She has presented prime time news bulletins in Queensland for 32 years.
Working with the Seven Network Australia for the last 28 years, the popular 6 o’clock news presenter’s brand is trusted and strong. Kay currently anchors weekend bulletins and files special interest stories.An authentic operator, she ‘walks the talk’ and is a long time committed child protection campaigner. Kay is Patron of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, former patron of Protect all Children Today, an Ambassador for Act for Kids and Vice Patron of the Queensland Breast and Prostate Cancer Associations
Alyssa Azar : is the youngest Australian to climb the world’s highest mountain, Mt Everest. Alyssa is one of Australia’s most experienced young adventurers and has taken on some amazing challenges.
At the age of 8 Alyssa became the youngest person to cross the Kokoda Track. She then went on to trek into Mount Everest Base Camp at 10 years old; climb the highest 10 peaks in Australia at 12 years old; the highest mountain in Africa – Mt Kilimanjaro – at 14 years old.
She then set her heart on climbing Mount Everest. She had climbed in New Zealand, South America and Nepal by 15, travelling to all of these countries on her own.
In 2014, at the age of 17, her first attempt to climb Mount Everest was stalled when an avalanche struck and killed 16 people. This is the worst single tragedy in the history of climbing the mountain
At the 18 years old Alyssa made a second attempt on Mount Everest in 2015 where 18 people were killed at Base Camp, now the single worst tragedy on the mountain, and a further 10,000 people were killed in Nepal due to a massive earthquake.
On the 21st May 2016 at 3:45am, Alyssa Azar became the youngest Australian to stand on the summit of Mount Everest.
This was her third attempt and proves that she’s willing to overcome any obstacles or challenges to achieve her desired goals.Alyssa believes in setting big goals, making a plan and taking action no matter what personal or other obstacles present themselves.
Dr Amanda Dines: is the Executive Director Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She is a Monash medical graduate, has Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health, and holds fellowships of the Royal Australasian Colleges of Medical Administrators and General Practice.
Dr Dines has worked at the RBWH since 2007; firstly as Deputy Executive Director Medical Services, and more recently as the Executive Director Cancer Care at RBWH and Metro North Hospital and Health Service[MNHHS].
Dr Dines served in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Medical Officer for 24 years, during which time she deployed on operational service to Iraq and East Timor, and commanded the RAAF Health Services Wing based at Amberley QLD, and the Canberra Area Medical Unit. She transferred to the RAAF Specialist Reserve in 2007 and is currently an Honorary Aide de Camp to the Governor General.
Dr Dines professional interests include Leadership development for in Healthcare, Disaster Management and Research Ethics and Governance.
Catherine Michael: Catherine Michael created CM ink, a strategic communications and marketing consultancy, after a 20-year career helping iconic brands grow with her practical, creative but disciplined approach.
She provides frank advice, based on experience and insight, to boards, senior management, and marketing and communications leaders in both small to large, public and private companies.
Catherine Michael has held senior and director level in-house roles with the Foster’s Group, Golden Casket Lotteries, The Body Shop, Nintendo, Kmart Australia, Mincom, Triumph International and consulted to 7- Eleven, Paradise Foods, Ernst & Young Qld, Technology One, ENERGEX, Merlo coffee, Lady Gowrie, Super Butcher and Telstra.
Catherine is a director on the board at White Cloud Foundation.
Catherine has a Journalism degree from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from RMIT in Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Karen Cantwell: After 15 years working at an executive level within the Advertising and Marketing industries, in 2012 Karen Cantwell established iStaySafe Pty Ltd, an organisation dedicated to child safety. She then began an educational journey herself as she navigated her way through the GPS tracking, manufacturing and telecommunications industries to develop the TicTocTrack® child safety watch and software platform. This was launched to the Australian market in 2014.
TicTocTrack® is now being used in every state and territory across Australia with the company currently developing their second-generation 3G model. “Working passionately with parents, carers and children on solutions to keep them safe ensures every day at work is an exciting one” says Karen.
Ms Cantwell holds a Masters in Business Administration from QUT with minors in International Business and Marketing
Nicole Hewitt Donaldson: Nicole is the co-founder and Chief Exploration Officer of TAG International. She also coaches and consults with leaders and business owners assisting them to develop a masterful mindset and maximise potential.
Nicole was the first female soldier in a British Army Infantry Battalion. She was also the first female Officer Cadet assigned to the British Army Infantry Corps, going on to serve with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers as part of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) thus paving the way for other women.
In addition to her military service Nicole trained as a nurse and later qualified as a teacher. She has taught and tutored in diverse locations from Mauritius to the Middle East.
Nicole and her husband were part of the SAS family at the time of the Blackhawk accident and she has walked hundreds of kilometres in support of veteran welfare and defence families in need. She has been known to climb both urban and natural structures, and is a qualified abseiler.
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Education and is a Dean’s Scholar. She is a trained Demartini Method© Facilitator; a trained Demartini Values© Facilitator; a qualified NLP practitioner; and an Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner.
Dr Sarah Kelly, BCom, LLB (Hons), MBA, PhD (The University of Queensland)
Dr Kelly is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland T.C. Beirne Law School and has just completed four years in the role of MBA Director, in which she has led the program to a ranking of number 1 in Australia and 10th globally. She is a director of the Brisbane Lions AFL club, the Wandering Warriors and Sports Analytics. She recently founded Spark International Student Services, offering academic, lifestyle and career support for international students. Sarah has multidisciplinary training in law, marketing and psychology and has practiced previously as a commercial lawyer. She has won awards for her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, most recently for her establishment of an international immersion program for MBA students. Sarah’s research and consulting interests include sports law and marketing, branding strategy and impacts, and international trademark law. She has conducted research and consultancy with industry, government and the not-for-profit sector. Sarah has published in several international journals in her field.
Katrina Face: Katrina is the Senior Project Manager with Destination Brisbane Consortium, responsible for the world class Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct, that is set to put Brisbane firmly on the map as a global tourism, leisure and entertainment destination.
In her extensive career she has successfully managed and delivered many Civil Engineering Projects; Residential, Hotel and High Rise Commercial Projects, including leading the design on large high profile bids. More recently Katrina was involved in managing the design bid and Project Managing the fitout for the recently completed State Government offices at 1 William Street. Katrina has a Honours Degree in Bachelor in Engineering, Civil Engineering from Sydney University.
No stranger to putting herself out on a limb Katrina is looking forward to joining her fellow leaping ladies in raising awareness and much needed funds in support of women in recovery from Perinatal depression.
Dana Bradberry : is the First Officer on the Boeing 737 for Qantas Airways and a mum to son George. Dana is adventurous by nature and enjoys training for triathlons and mountain biking. Dana tells us ” although I’ve never had any interest in jumping out of a plane, I have always wanted to try abseiling”.
Jano Dawes: Finalist 2016 Queensland Business Woman of the year awards, Owner The Prop House, Director VM+
There aren’t many human beings as committed, passionate or creative as Jano Dawes. She has captured these elements and channelled them into her leading Brisbane business The Prop House. At the same time she has built a family and an enviable support network. Jano reflects smaller businesses with an insight into the unique challenges operators face and has a sound understanding of how retail combined with visual excitement contribute to a creative precinct.
She is proud to have been a member of the Business South Bank board since 2009. During this time Jano has been Chairman of the Showcase Sub-committee and assisted in the design, character and success of this event. She has also been part of the BSB Membership Subcommittee for the past 4 years.
Her career has witnessed all colours of the spectrum – from the pinks and whites of pure joy and celebration, to the red of passion and commitment, through the greys of difficult times, to the greens and blues of holding firm and planning for the future. Now in 2017, her colours shine brighter than ever as she celebrates 22 years of business in Brisbane.