9 to Thrive is heading to Melbourne: here’s what to expect!

9 to Thrive is heading to Melbourne: here’s what to expect!

You can pop in and out between meetings, come for a half-day or join us for the full two days – it’s completely up to you!

BY Business Chicks, 8 min READ

We’re still on a high from Sydney, and we’re SO ready to do it all over again in Melbourne next week!

If you haven’t been before, 9 to Thrive is a high-octane two day expo full of panel sessions, live interviews, keynote talks and demonstrations. Adding to the fun, we have pop-up shops, photo booths, free massages, blowdries, manis and live illustrations from some of our favourite artists. Joining our Founder and Global CEO Emma Isaacs and CEO Olivia Ruello will be Tash & Elle of They All Hate Us, Sophie Cachia, Jessica Rowe, Celeste BarberJustine Cullen, Samantha Wills, Dr Libby Weaver and so. many. more. incredible women.

Scroll down for what our speakers in Melbourne will be covering and check the full schedule and panel times here for the second stage topics and speakers. (You’ll also receive a program on the day.) Remember you can pop in and out between meetings, come for a half-day or join us for the full two days – it’s completely up to you!


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Time: 9:30-10am

Speakers: Justine Cullen, Jessica Rowe & Emma Isaacs 

Does balance really exist? How do you do it all? If these two questions make you want to stick chopsticks in your ears, then this is the panel for you. Emma Isaacs, Justine Cullen and Jessica Rowe know what we’re talking about and in this session, we’ll look at why work and parenting is always a juggle, what happens when the wheels fall off, and why no one ever asks how the working dads ‘do it all’.

KEYNOTE:  Dr Libby Weaver, Exhausted to Energised

Time: 11:15-12:o0pm

Dr Libby Weaver is one of Australasia’s leading nutritional biochemists, a seven-time number one bestselling author, an international speaker, and best of all, won’t tell you to give up coffee! In her keynote, she’ll cover the way foods affect our moods, and what changes you can make to bring energy back into your life to take on all those new #goals you’ll be setting after 9 to Thrive.

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Time: 1:15-1:45pm

Speakers: Samantha Wills, Megan Hess & Aimee Marks

Moderator: Emma Isaacs

It’s one thing to start a business, but how do you turn it into a brand? Samantha Wills, Megan Hess and Aimee Marks of TOM Organic are the smart people who know how it’s done. They’re joining us to talk about what separates a business from a brand, how to find your company purpose, and how to get customers to stop talking about what you do, and to start talking about who you are.


Time: 2:45- 3:15pm

Speakers: Olivia Ruello, Barb de Corti & Christine Corbett 

Moderator: Shelly Horton

Business Chicks’ CEO, Olivia Ruello, Founder and CEO at Enjo Barb de Corti, and Christine Corbett, CCO of Australia Post are proof that you don’t have to wear a suit and tie to lead a successful business. They’ll be talking about the value in female leadership,  how they got to where they are, and the part we can all play in getting more women into top jobs.


Time: 4-4:30pm

Speakers: Sophie Cachia, Celeste Barber & Taline Gabriel

Moderator: Shelly Horton

They say should never measure your worth on the number of ‘likes’ your social media posts you receive… Unless you’re one of these three women. With millions of followers, Celeste Barber, Taline Gabriel and Sophie Cachia are some of most popular Instagrammers in Australia and we want to know just how they got there, what they’ve learned and what life really looks like when you’re Insta-famous.



Time: 10:30-11:00 am 

We all know the term Activewear, but it was Lorna Jane Clarkson who first coined the term way back in 1989. With a background as a fitness instructor, Lorna was frustrated with the uninspiring range of gym wear available on the market. She began sewing her own, and soon grew a following for her custom-made pieces. She now has over 200 stores; we’ll ask Lorna how she built her empire, and how she wants to inspire the next generation to dream big and believe in themselves.


Time: 12:00-12:30pm

Speakers: Thessy and Yiota, Sabo Skirt  & Lauren and Lisa Maree, Glamazon

Moderator: Shelly Horton

These four are proof of that your age has nothing to do with your ability to run a successful business. Over 30 minutes, Thessy and Yiota of Sabo Skirt  & Lauren and Lisa Maree of Glamazon talk about why they started their businesses, what they learned since, and why building a business could be the best move you ever make.

IN CONVERSATION WITH: Bonnie Hindmarsh, Lana Taylor

& Erin Cayless, Three Birds Renovation

Time: 1:15-1:45 pm

Moderator: Shelly Horton

Friends for 15 years, the ‘Three Birds’ walked away from their corporate careers three years ago in pursuit of a more fulfilling life. Rather than work long hours to build someone else’s business, they wanted to work shorter hours to build their own. When they started renovating a house, they soon realised they weren’t just building a house, but their own dream lives. They’ll inspire you to do the same.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH: Elle Ferguson & Tash Sefton of They All Hate Us

Time: 2:45-3:15 pm

Moderator: Shelly Horton

There are few fashion bloggers who have been able to maintain the cut-through and longevity that Tash & Elle have in the 10 years since they started their blog, ‘They All Hate Us’. What initially started as a tongue-in-cheek daily email of images between the two best friends now boasts over 600K website visits a month and an Instagram following of millions of loyal followers. We’ll ask them how they did it, what lessons they learned and what they’re turning their influence to next.

For the full lineup, times and tickets, check out the 2-day Melbourne schedule here.

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