January’s theme was ‘Creativity’ and it was explored through meeting women who had forged creative careers, workshopping the girls’ own creative voices and understanding the stories shaping their world, and seeing behind the scenes at a dynamic, modern ad agency that was creating different forms of creative every day.
We were joined by 35 participants + 60 Premiere Attendees
100% rated the events 4+ stars | 74% reported feeling more confident | 94% reported feeling more inspired
94% said they’d recommend to a friend! (Hint hint, nudge nudge…)
January Monthly Meetup @ The Coterie
After months of waiting, it finally arrived. The first event of 2019 and our official Girl Shaped Flames program. Our Monthly Meetup was held at the incredibly stylish and relaxed The Coterie at QUT and our girls were connected with special guests Elisabeth Harvey, founder of NICO Underwear, Kelley Sheehan, Editor of Peppermint Magazine, and Rachael Saara, indigenous artist and designer at Gilimbaa Agency.
After exploring their Journey Stories to hear challenges the women had faced when pursuing creative careers, along with the wins and favourite parts, the girls broke up into small groups to discuss more closely their experiences. The day finished up with a generous personal artwork gifted to each girl from Rachael and a snazzy copy of Peppermint Magazine – score!
January Workshop “Find Your Creative Voice”
Monday saw our Girl Shaped Flames be guided by inspirational and light-filled Katrina Graham, President of Women In Film and TV Australia through an exploratory (and revealing) workshop to discover their creative voices. Understanding societal influencing factors on storytelling, gender representation and characters was thoroughly discussed, along with analysis of favourite shows, who was crafting and writing them and how the ‘voices’ sounded.
Group work followed to explore different approaches to storytelling, including angles, emphasis and context.
Loads of fun and interactivity – and hosted by the incredibly generous SAE Institute!
Company Excursion to Khemistry
What. A. Day. Our Girl Shaped Flames were treated to their first Company Excursion experience, seeing behind the scenes of one of Australia’s fastest growning digital advertising agencies. Kicking off with a industry presentation from GM Priscilla Jeha, we then welcomed 4 of Khemistry’s Extraordinary Women to our Q&A stage (ok, we couldn’t fit an actual ‘stage’, so more like ‘stools’ ;p)
The 4 women were pummelled by questions from the girls who wanted to know how they had got their jobs, did they love their jobs, how do they maintain passion for what they do, what did they do outside of work and how to get a job in media.
The girls then scored a real treat, but being invited to devise and then record their very own 5 minute podcast episodes!!
After a quick yummy lunch it was straight back into it with deep-dive overviews of two key departments: Digital and Production, and the finishing the day with a presentation on Communication Strategy from their Head of Strategy, Caroline Starekey.
Exhausted but thrilled, the girls left giving the experience 5 stars and feeling their confidence and inspiration levels rise!
Girl On Fire Webseries Premiere
Hatched out of a kernel of an idea by Ky Furneaux, Hollywood Stunt Artist, Survival Expert and Author and FUEL’s Founder, Tanya Meessmann, the dream was realised on Friday night when the Girl On Fire Webseries enjoyed it’s world-wide premiere at New Farm Cinemas! Starring Jenna, Summer and Lucy – there was laughter, surprises and even a few tears as the audience (some of the more seasoned cinema-goers sunk into oversized bean bags at the front!) absorbed the journeys of three amazing girls.
Set for public release later this year, keep your eyes peeled for Girl on Fire!
It takes a tribe to pull an experience like this together, so we’d like to thank:
THE EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN! As listed above, as well as MC and FUEL Founder Tanya Meessmann for their time, efforts and invaluable knowledge shared across all of the events.
THE VOLUNTEERS! Alana, Hayley and Samara who worked tirelessly to provide a friendly, calm and supportive environment for the girls throughout, and an extra-special shout-out to Katie for being our Social Media extraordinaire for our January Monthly Meetup!
THE VENUE PARTNERS: QUT Creative Enterprise (The Coterie), SAE Institute Australia, Khemistry, and New Farm Cinemas
WHAT YOU HAD TO SAY:
“Enjoyed hearing about Katrina’s different careers as sometimes it seems what you do at Uni will be for the rest of your life”
“Loved hearing how people managed to accomplish the things they are passionate about.”
“Meeting all of the other Girl Shaped Flames was really great!”
“Such an incredible learning experience, thank you!”