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Julia Telford built and runs her business, Engage & Create Consulting from Goondiwindi, South West Queensland – her home for the last 8 years.

The focus of Engage & Create Consulting is to support the viability and vibrancy of businesses and community organisations across regional Australia. With over a decade of experience in Landcare and catchment management, she now works with regional communities across the country on a range of projects, with the focus on identifying needs in business and implementing creative solutions to address them. Julia’s passion lies with small businesses, sustainable agriculture and regional women in leadership.

Two years ago Julia purchased a PR & marketing business to expand the business support that can be offered through Engage & Create Consulting. She is also ¼ of the Goondiwindi Business Hub, a venture she entered into with her partner and another couple from Goondiwindi. The Hub is now home to 7 small businesses who have long-term tenancy, as well as providing hot desking and short term accommodation for other businesses. This has been a valuable addition to the Goondiwindi business community.

Julia was listed as one of the 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness in 2014 and was a finalist in the community contribution category. She completed the AICD Company Directors Course as part of a Federal government regional diversity bursary, and a board member on Regional Development Australia for Darling Downs South West Queensland ( Last year Julia was nominated for the 2018 100 Faces of Small Business for Queensland Government and 2018 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.

Julia offers presentations on a wide range of topics including:
– Women in Leadership
– Don’t get sick to get your business sorted (a presentation established after her breast cancer diagnosis)
– Resilience of Regional and Rural communities, using her breast cancer diagnosis as an anecdote

She also offers strategic presentations in the following topics:
– How to communicate effectively
– Grant writing
– Time management
– Defining your purpose and abilities
– Myers Briggs

Previous speaking experience

Julia is an experienced keynote speaker who has presented at various events in recent times including the Toowoomba Tina X Talks at the Toowoomba Small Business Expo, the Goondiwindi Rugby Union Ladies Day, Colour of Change Breast Cancer Luncheon in Toowoomba and the Australian Women in Agriculture Conference.

Julia has also featured on the panel for the Queensland Premier’s Women on Boards event, which aimed to promote more women becoming board members.

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