28th AUGUST 2024



We believe a common trait amongst all great leaders is courage.
The unwavering courage to be your best authentic self.
The courage to step up, speak up and show up.
The courage to embrace the gifts of imperfection.
The courage to see failures as an opportunity to learn and grow.
The courage to be YOU.

There is no denying the magic that occurs when women come together to CONNECT, COLLABORATE and GROW.

It is an energy that lights a spark, igniting a fire within us, to lead and inspire others. It lights us up to leave a lasting impact on those around us.

IGNITE24 will be showcasing the courage and strength of many extraordinary women.

Women who LEAD WITH COURAGE and we have no doubt that they will inspire the spark within you to do the same.

Highlights from IGNITE22

Are you ready to join us and IGNITE the fire within?


Why you'll love IGNITE


IGNITE is as much about connecting with yourself as a Leader, as it is connecting with others. Take time to self reflect and grow your community of like-minded female leaders and build meaningful connections.


Grow your community by making meaningful connections with other professional women. Facilitated networking opportunities to discuss what really matters to you in your leadership and business.


Collaborate with other incredible women who are wanting to ignite their own passion for leadership and personal and professional success.




Keynote presentations from amazing women at the top of their game.


Leadership Development workshop facilitated by Luminate Leadership.


Facilitated Panel discussion, including Q&A, with inspiring business leaders.


Quality content from smart and inspiring women. No matter your experience, you'll gain valuable knowledge to enhance your Leadership and community.


Practical tools to apply to your personal leadership and to bring back to your business and team. Lessons that extend long after the conference is over.


You will leave with your cup full. Learn how to apply life changing lessons to find greater fulfilment in your career and personal life.


Meet our speakers





Speaker, Educator, Author

Lael Stone is an educator, TEDx speaker, author, mother, and parenting counsellor who has been working with families for over 20 years.

She is the co-creator of Woodline Primary School, an innovative new school based on emotional well-being and connection. Lael was the co-host of The Aware Parenting Podcast and a sought-after public speaker who talks candidly about her experiences and her great passion for helping adults become more aware of their stories and imprints.

As well as sitting on a few advisory boards and consulting with organisations around emotional awareness and trauma-informed practices, Lael has teamed up with The Resilience Project to deliver presentations all over Australia in 22/23.

At IGNITE23, you will hear Lael explore Why Our Stories Matter and What We Make Them Mean.

What does the way I was raised have to do with how I lead and interact with others? This talk explores the imprints and belief systems that shape the way we think, interact and create in our lives. This is not just about positive thinking or goal setting, this talk invites people to reflect on what happened in the past that now affects their future. We explore why we get triggered, why we sabotage ourselves, and what holds us back from living the life we want.

A conversation that invites you to dive deeper into the unconscious patterns that stop us from living our truth and creating what we desire. We often have to look at the past to see the future we want.





Founder & Chief Evangelist of Circonomy,
Speaker, Impact Entrepreneur

Founder and Chief Evangelist of Circonomy, TEDx Speaker and named as one of the Global 100 Inspirational Leaders for 2022, we welcome Yas Grigaliunas.

Yas is the girl that sat in the front row in class, a firstborn child with energy to burn, having worn many career hats including: sales, business development, manager/leader, project management, training & admin, HR, customer experience, intrepreneur & entrepreneur. Best summed up as a multipotentialite!

Her WHY? It's simple!! To make a difference & create meaningful impact daily.

A business professional, positive, passionate & energetic. Yas strives for excellence & is capable of being productive anywhere & anytime. As an intrepreneur, she created a multi-million dollar sales department from the ground up, with award winning growth year-on-year for over a decade. Transitioning successfully from B2B sales management to lead a project building the company online store, which today represents one of the largest contributors of revenue from a single B2C retail department.

An entrepreneur of impact, with a focus on designing & executing solutions for the circular economy, through the activation of dormant goods (excess stuff) in the community.

Positive, energising & occasionally exhausting. Yas loves people & has an innate passion to give & help others.

Yas' presentation will be largely focused on the importance of Authentic Leadership, sharing the scars and the depths of her REAL REEL (not the highlights reel) of Leadership, Business and Self-Love.





CEO of Children's Hospital Foundation
and Non-Executive Director

When it comes to courage, this Speaker wears it like a cape!⁠ Meet Lyndsey Rice.

Lyndsey Rice is the incredible CEO of the Children's Hospital Foundation.  At Luminate Leadership we have the opportunity to work closely with CHF as one of our partners, we are so lucky to witness first hand the Leadership displayed by this incredible woman we can't wait for her to share her story.⁠

Lyndsey is a leader that strongly embraces her 'feminine' leadership traits such as vulnerability, courage and kindness. She is a leader who thrives on delivering impact through connection  and authenticity.⁠

Lyndsey has served on executive teams of some of country’s largest health charities and held governance and non-executive roles at Daffodil Centre and ChildFund Australia.⁠

She holds a 1st Class BA Hons Degree in English Language and Literature, is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia, where she is also a volunteer mentor.⁠
⁠Lyndsey is a Non-Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer with 15+ years leadership experience gained across international markets.

Lyndsey is recognised as a visionary leader with experience leading large, multi-disciplinary teams, and is passionate about building inclusive, engaged and inspiring cultures to achieve the best possible outcomes for the communities we serve.

We can not wait to hear Lyndsey share the story of her career at IGNITE and hear her tips and advice for being an authentic Leader.





Founder & Director of
Luminate Leadership

Cherie Canning is a passionate optimist and the Founder and Director of Luminate Leadership.

Cherie founded Luminate Leadership in 2020, in the midst of the pandemic with one purpose in mind; to grow and inspire the leaders of today to create a better tomorrow.

Her intention is to embrace human based Leadership traits such as authentic communication, connection,  collaboration and empathy. She passionately believes these are the skills for great Leadership now and for the future of work.

It’s her mission, and the mission of Luminate to share these skills with as many Leaders as possible. inspiring them to be the best humans they can be and bring as much joy and fulfilment to their work and lives.

Cherie will be presenting at IGNITE again this year, her presentation based on the The 3 C's to Leading with Courage.





Composer, TEDx Performer

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Waveney Yasso studied Contemporary Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Since graduating, she has dedicated her time to performing and composing, as well as children’s theatre.

She’s worked with the best in the industry, sharing the stage with Beyoncé’s band, Xavier Rudd and has workshopped with Billy Joel’s and P!NK’s bands.

Waveney has the ability to capture audiences with her emotive lyrics and catchy melodies.

Her passion for politics and world events is evident and strongly portrayed through her music. Her influences include a range of artists such as Blue King Brown, Lauryn Hill, Amel Larriex, Eryka Badu and more.

Amongst her many original compositions, Waveney is co-writer of a beautiful, lyrical Acknowledgement of Country and we can not wait for her to open IGNITE23.

Meet our PANEL





Alana is a proud descendant of the Waanyi and Kalkadoon tribes of North West QLD, and is currently living on Kabi Kabi Country in the Sunshine Coast.  Alana has successfully pioneered an 11 year Sales and Marketing Career in the Beauty Industry.  After many years of market feedback, Alana designed a multi-tasking sun protection and skin healing product known as Ochre Sun.

Alana also holds a position as an First Nations Advisory Consultant with IPS who deliver innovative and focused consulting services that inspire people and provide purpose for their clients.  IPS embrace opportunities to create meaningful pathways for Indigenous communities and businesses.




Kara has been an advocate and voice for those who need it most throughout her career which has spanned across law, politics and community services.

Her skillset is unique with expertise in community campaigning and advocacy, domestic violence, women’s issues, law reform, policy, fundraising, communication and media. She is a former (or reformed!) politician, founded Australia’s first expert Domestic Violence law firm, has worked as the Principal Lawyer at Women’s Legal Service Queensland is a former Vice President of Queensland Law Society and more recently has taken on a range of board and advisory positions.

Kara has been recognised locally and nationally as the Australian Young Lawyer of the Year, one of the 50 Best and Brightest in Queensland, one of the 125 Leading Women in Queensland and as the Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.


Ayda Shabanzadeh


Ayda Shabanzadeh is regarded as one Australia’s sharpest minds in Finance and Real Estate over the past two decades for her work Property Development, Sales, Property Management & Finance.

Founder of the Grow Group, Director of Newstead Realty, as well as Managing Director of several multi-million dollar property and finance companies across Australia & Asia, Ayda regularly contributes to media outlets, such as; The Australian Financial Review, Domain, The Courier-Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, Sky News, Brisbane Times, Smart Investor, Your Mortgage and Cosmopolitan. Ayda is also a published author and podcast host.


Introducing our Platinum sponsor for IGNITE 24...



IGNITE = To excite feelings or passions. This is EXACTLY what occurred within me at IGNITE22. From the minute you walk into the room not only will you be graced with the thick presence of a room full of powerful women but you are reminded that that power is within yourself - you just need to wake it up. The IGNITE conference will inspire you to step into your powerful self!

rachel - LSKD

When Cherie announced the IGNITE Conference in 2022, our team jumped at the opportunity, following on from our energetic and inspiring coaching from Cherie throughout 2022. We were not disappointed. The day was full of incredible female leadership, networking and empowerment. Lifting each other up and filling our own cups. Looking forward to seeing what’s ahead for IGNITE in 2023.

Kate - cornerstone medical recruitment


We are proud to announce that our charity partner for 2023 is the Childrens Hospital Foundation


I booked my ticket and can no longer attend. What can I do?

Whilst our tickets are non-refundable, we fully understand that life gets in the way of our best made plans! You can transfer your ticket to someone else. Please let us know their name so we can update our details.

How do I get to the venue?

Fortitude Valley Train Station is 400 metres walking distance away.
McWhirters Secure Car Park is 100 metres walking distance away, and early bird parking can be booked using the above link.

Can I purchase a 'pay it forward' ticket?

What a beautiful gesture! We are providing our community with the opportunity to pay it forward and purchase a ticket for another woman who would not normally have the opportunity to attend an event like IGNITE.
Please purchase a ticket via the booking link and enter SPONSOR into the name field. Two weeks in advance of the event we will notify you of the lucky attendee. Thank you for your kindness.

Can I purchase tickets now and decide who I'm bringing later?

Of course! Purchase the ticket via the booking link and include TBA in the name field.
Please advise us at hello@luminateleadership.com.au two weeks in advance of the event so we can print their personalised lanyard. Don't worry, we'll remind you if it slips your mind to let us know.

What if I’m not a leader, will the conference still be relevant for me?

Absolutely! Whilst the conference is designed for Leaders, at Luminate we believe you don't need a title to be a Leader. If you are someone who wants to grow, connect and be a part of an inspired community, we welcome you.

I don’t identify as a woman? Can I still attend?

Absolutely! Everyone is welcome.

Is this event accessible for all abilities?

Absolutely, please contact us on hello@luminateleadership.com.au for any specific needs.