Monday, May 11th, 2020 - Newsmaker

Find out how three Australian women have been able to adapt and thrive through the COVID-19 healthcare crisis, finding new markets and customers amidst all the adversity:  an Aged Care app that brings families closer even when they're apart; a pivot from wine to sanitiser products; and a mental health practice designed to help people through challenging times.

Women In Innovation SA, the peak body for South Australian women in STEM, will host this online event:

South Australian Businesses Innovating through COVID-19 Online Event – 5PM, May 11

Event host and Women In Innovation board member Haley Tamblyn will speak to:

  • Alison Nikula, Founder, CareApp and Women in Innovation award winner 2018
  • Trudy Dickson, Director, Ambleside Distillers
  • Tamsin Simounds, Co-Founder, The Edge

The panel will discuss:

  • Why doing nothing wasn't an option for these companies
  • How to make quick business decisions in a rapidly changing environment
  • Communicating with clients through change
  • Leading business through transformational change
  • Caring for your well-being through stressful times

Introducing the Panel

Allison Nikula, Founder, CareApp

Allison Nikula is the founder of nationally awarded and internationally recognised application, CareApp. An Occupational Therapist with rare experience in both clinical healthcare and technology, Allison bridges the gap with flair and pizazz.

Like 1.3 million other older Australians, Allison’s grandparents needed a little extra support to stay at home. Allison’s family wanted to be active contributors to their care, but communication was fragmented and visibility about their care and well-being was poor.

With the seed for CareApp sown, Allison embarked on creating CareApp. As a market led innovation, Allison initially consulted with prospective users with nothing more than sketches on a piece of paper and some wireframe mock-ups. A proof of concept was created and tested before a minimum viable product was developed and launched in March 2018.

Trudy Dickson,  Director Ambleside Distillers

In 2014 Trudy Dickson embarked on a journey  to open a distillery on a greenfield site on the family Hahndorf property. 3 years later the doors at Ambleside Distillers opened, launching  the family business into the burgeoning Australian Spirit  producers market.

The journey has been full of innovation, exploration and learning. The goal was to make an award-winning product and to share the spirit making experience in a purpose built Tasting Bar where visitors can meet the distillers, enjoy their spirits and cocktails, share locally sourced food and take in the relaxing Adelaide Hills property views.

In just over two years Ambleside Distillers has double their production targets, produced Award winning gins and now employ over 10 staff.

Tamsin Simounds, Co-Founder at The Edge

Tamsin Simounds is a modern psychology practitioner and leadership strategist, helping Australia’s top leaders achieve transformational change.

Her work has been featured in Thrive Global, Smart Company, Business Chicks and Women’s Agenda and with a client roster that includes well known brands like ANZ, Flight Centre NZ, Australian Institute of Conveyancers and Zoos South Australia, she's fast becoming the go to trainer for Australia's emerging leaders.

Known for her fluff-free, results-driven approach, Tamsin is a certified coach, highly trained in leadership strategy and human behaviour. She holds a long list of  certifications including Diplomas in Modern Psychology, Management and Leadership, and certificates in The Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognitive Fitness via Harvard University.

Please contact Women In Innovation board member Leila Henderson to arrange interviews or for more information.

Phone: 0414 69 70 71

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