Non-Networking Events

Our collective aversion to networking started many years ago, when we were all beginning in our careers. In a bid to escape the typical shindigs in very male-dominated industries, we all rocked up to events that felt the need to over-emphasise a cliched brand of femininity.

The further our careers developed the more we realised that it wasn’t just the pink-washing of #girlboss events that felt out of step - it was the very nature of the events themselves. "Networking" seemed to be all about distributing business cards over lukewarm hotel quiches while people in shoulder pads blabbed about their rise to the top. Where was the connection, the deep conversation, the camaraderie?

So, we do things a whole lot differently. Back in December 2015, we hosted our first un-pink, non-networking event. We organised a cookie swap with the help of Sarah Coates of The Sugar Hit, and invited 12 of our very favourite and most collaborative creative cookies to sit down for tea, treats, and a really honest natter.

This first event was so worthwhile that we've decided to make non-networking a regular feature of our social calendar. In 2016 we'll be inviting the brightest sparks in the business world here in Brisbane to weigh in on issues that affect us all, including:

  • Scaling Up & Scaling Out Internationally
  • Self Care & Entrepreneurship 
  • Creating Culture Within Organisations
  • Time - Our Most Important Resource
  • End Of Financial Year Planning
  • Future Proofing Our Businesses In Rapidly Changing Industries
  • Making The Most Of Seasonal Trade
non-networking event

Building Company Culture


Creating a culture was something top of mind when we started planning our third small scale get-together. We had just rebranded and grown, and many friends and fellow business owners were seemingly in the same place. They were wanting to know how to create a culture now that there was more than one person, how to reinvigorate a stale corporate culture or just how to set a culture for their party of one!

Over charcuterie and cheese from our friends at Botero, a handful of ladies from financial advisors, lawyers, entrepreneurs and pyjama designers gathered to discuss all things culture. Carla Thurgate, owner of Inside Out Consulting and co-owner of Cheveux Design & Espresso (which she owns with sister, Nadine), shared her own experience managing other company culture and change management.

Scaling Up & Scaling Out


Continuing on from the success of December's cookie swap, we hosted our second small scale get-together for Brisbane's most innovative and interesting business women in February. As we grow ourselves, we wanted to know... what are the challenges associated with scaling up and scaling out? 

Over Botanica salads and fresh baked cookies we joined together for a conversation about growing our businesses in ways that take advantage of the opportunities presented by international markets. Sarah Pearce of Travelshoot was on hand to share her experience building an internationally oriented business.


Cookie Biz


At the end of 2015, we thought it was high time the entrepreneurial community in Brisbane started a different kind of conversation. So we invited a small group of 12 creative, switched on business women to Showroom for an un-pink, non-networky afternoon tea. 

It turns out was no better way to celebrate the end of a busy year, fortify ourselves for hectic Christmas trading, and pave new paths of future collaborations than with a good old fashioned cookie swap. We were spoilt rotten to have the wisdom (and carrot cake) of Sarah Coates from The Sugar Hit as our co-host.


Deane & Co. Talks

Rachel Service AKA The Happiness Concierge

6 July 2016 | $65.00

We are so excited to bring you our very first D&Co Talks event and our first interstate guest, Rachel of The Happiness Concierge.

After falling victim to burnout in her late 20s, Rachel is now an advocate for working smarter. Rachel helps others achieve what they’d like out of life, without sacrificing quality along the way. You can read more about Rachel’s journey here.

We feel incredibly lucky to have Rachel join us in Brisbane to share her tips and tricks for knowing your boundaries at work. Whether you're self employed, employed, freelancing or looking for the perfect role; being able to articulate your boundaries will help you deliver your best work, avoid burnout and have the head space to build your ultimate career.

In this workshop, we will focus on:

  • How to understand your priorities and balance that around your KPI's / Job Description;
  • Saying no: to your boss, clients, even your friends;
  • Negotiation tips: how to land on a work life balance that works for you and your employer;
  • How to have tricky conversations about how much you’re worth;
  • How to make space for more ace in your life.
  • We hope you are able to join us for this very special and interactive workshop!

Where: Lightspace at 30 Light St, Fortitude Valley
Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Cost: $65 (includes two drinks)



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Our workshops are info-packed and designed to give you the key concepts, tips, and hacks to help you run your creative business more effectively and efficiently. Taught by three entrepreneurs who've started their own highly successful ventures in design, retail, digital marketing, and PR, you'll be in the best possible hands to learn how to apply the strategies business development professionals use.

We don't have any workshops running at the moment, but we're always adding new dates to the calendar! Here are some examples of what we do. Keep checking back for the latest, or email us if you'd like more personal advice.



Business Planning 101

They say that failing to plan is planning to fail. In this session we'll take the guess work out of how to get organised and develop a strategy for how to work efficiently on your business.

You'll leave this session with a personalised plan you can action straight away and gain the confidence to make this your most profitable quarter yet.

Branding Your Small Business

Branding is like a fingerprint. It shows your customers how your business is distinctive from all the rest of your competition. Branding isn't advertising, but it does help you sell more and market your business more effectively. It's about packaging up what you stand for, in your own style, with your own words. When you're a creative entrepreneur running a small company, branding your business means branding you. So what does that look like? That's what this workshop will help you clarify. 


For small business owners, getting press is one of the best tools in your self-promotional arsenal. But how can you get bloggers and mainstream publications to even open your emails, let alone write articles about you? We'll talk about our experiences on both sides of the fence – as businesses gaining coverage in Collective Magazine, Design*Sponge, Blog Society, The Design Files, The Brisbane Times and more, and as bloggers and editors who are constantly being pitched to. Learn the secrets and tricks of the trade to get yourself on the radar of editorial influencers!