Supporting the Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs  

At our May 2022 Ladies Who Long Lunch, the theme for the event was focused on Young Entrepreneurs, to celebrate and highlight young and future entrepreneurs from the Moreton Bay Region.  

Both Kirsty Fields and Jo Stevens were extremely delighted to have on the Empowerment Panel Belinda Boyce, Eva Porter and Alayna Fong who are three inspirational young women who are achieving incredible things in their fields.  

As a community, we believe that it is important that we encourage our future generations to be the best version of themselves. 

Kirsty collecting table packets to recycle

But why is it important for Women to support our future Female Entrepreneurs? 

Women have come a long way in business, and it is important to celebrate our success. It is also important that we support the next generation of female entrepreneurs who are just getting started. By offering mentorship, guidance, and resources, we can help create an environment where young women are empowered to follow their dreams. Let’s take a look at why it’s so crucial for us to support our upcoming entrepreneurs.  


The Benefits of Mentoring our future generation.  

Mentoring and providing young entrepreneurs with invaluable advice and insights can help them to succeed in their chosen field. Mentors can share their experiences and provide young women with a safe space where they can ask questions without fear of judgement or criticism.  

This can be especially beneficial for young female entrepreneurs who may feel intimidated by the male-dominated landscape of business and entrepreneurship. By having a mentor who understands their challenges and goals, they can gain confidence in themselves as well as valuable knowledge about succeeding in their chosen field.  


Breaking Barriers  

Young female entrepreneurs face numerous barriers when starting out in business. They are often given fewer resources than their male counterparts and may lack access to capital or networks that could help them get ahead. By supporting and mentoring young women, we can help break down those barriers and give them a better chance at success. Additionally, by supporting young female entrepreneurs, we can create more role models for other women who may be considering starting their own businesses or pursuing leadership positions.   

Supporting our up-and-coming female entrepreneurs is essential if we want to see more women succeed in business – not just now but for years to come. By mentoring and supporting young women we can empower them to pursue their dreams without fear of failure and create an environment where all women have equal opportunities to reach their full potential! 

Inspirational Young Entrepreneurs

Meet our Empowerment Panel at our Ladies Who Long Lunch – Inspirational Young Entrepreneurs. 

Belinda Boyce – Belinda is the founder of Matchsticks Digital and has over 15 years’ experience in marketing, communications and events. Belinda has been responsible for developing and executing some of the Moreton Bay Region’s most notable projects.  

Belinda is a creative, motivated and passionate Marketing & Communications Director, and she has a genuine passion for marketing, communications, events, brand development and partnership management, and has combined these with her exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, and ability to manage multi-faceted teams, to deliver award-winning projects, events and campaigns. 

Alayna Fong – At the time of our event. Alayna was in her final year of a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts at the University of Queensland. Alayna was also completing a combined major in ancient history and history, and is also studying two minors in peace & conflict studies and religion studies.   

In January 2022, Alayna was nominated as the President of the UQ Journalism and Communications Society (JACS). Her vision for this society is to bridge the gap between fellow Brisbane university journalism and communications students, to ensure there is a community for all students who have an interest in this industry. 

Eva Porter – Eva is the director and founder of Porter Designs, a Landscape Architecture studio that creates inspirational and stylish outdoor spaces for her clients to make beautiful memories within. She designs for life in the landscape from residential gardens, play spaces in schools to regional parklands. 

Eva is a director on the national board for the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM) where she intentionally grows and shapes the landscape design industry and has been recognised locally and regionally winning awards for her business achievements including ‘Young Entrepreneur Excellence Award’ in the Moreton Bay Region. 

This event was held at the Tempest Seafood & Teppanyaki Restaurant in Scarborough on Friday 20th May 2022

Alayna Fong
Eva Porter

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