Iona Presentation College

Empower Me, Inspire Her

Empower Me, Inspire Her

11 June 2022 | 9.00AM - 6.30PM | Iona Presentation College Senior School Campus

Ionians, join us for this amazing day!

A symposium for all Iona women - Past Pupils, daughters, mothers and grandmothers!

Improve your financial acumen, gain some tips for improving your wellness, learn how to dress with flair, edit your online presence, career mentoring and so much more! Plus, enjoy networking opportunities over lunch and sundowner (included in your ticket).
This is a day not to be missed.

See below for details on the different sessions, and for information on each of the guest speakers throughout the day.

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Symposium Sessions

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Lyn Beazley AO FAA FTSE

We warmly welcome Professor Lyn Beazley AO FAA FTSE to IPPA's inaugural event; Empower Me, Inspire Her.
As co-founder of the Financial Toolbox and as a woman working in a largely male-dominated industry, Lyn's story is set to inspire. 

Lyn's career in brain research was followed by her appointment as Chief Scientist of Western Australia from 2006 to 2013 advising the WA Government on science, innovation and technology.  Lyn is passionate about science which she continues to promote along with gender equity, to the WA community and beyond. Named the WA Australian of the Year 2015 Lyn has a dedicated focus on young people. As an inaugural inductee into the WA Women's Hall of Fame Lyn is proud to be Patron of Women in Technology WA. Most recently, Lyn has helped found The Financial Toolbox - to empower women, including those in at-risk situations, via greater financial know-how.

Justin Langer AM

We warmly welcome Justin Langer AM to IPPA's inaugural event; Empower Me, Inspire Her.
As a father to four daughters, brother and son, we look forward to hearing Justin's story of sporting success, overcoming adversity and the important role of family. 

Until the announcement of his retirement from test cricket in 2007 Justin was one of Australia's great top-order batsmen, playing 105 tests and scoring 7,696 runs including 23 test centuries. Few have worn the baggy green with greater pride.

Along with Matthew Hayden, Justin formed a hugely successful opening partnership, which ranks as the best in Australian history.

After retiring from his playing career Justin moved into the coaching arena firstly as Batting-Mentoring Coach of the Australian test cricket team and later as Assistant Coach.

In 2012 Justin achieved a long-held dream when he was appointed Coach of Western Australian cricket (Perth Scorchers and Western Warriors). After six very successful years as Coach of WA Justin was offered the role of Coach of the Australian cricket team in May 2018.

After four years in that all encompassing role Justin resigned to spend more time with his family and friends. Leading into that decision, the Australian men's team had won the T20 World Cup for the first time, the Ashes and were ranked the number one team in international cricket. At the same time Justin was entered in the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and was awarded Wisden's Coach of the Year.

Justin is patron of Solaris Care, Children's Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation, Kyle Andrews Foundation and an ambassador for the Fathering Project, Ear Science Institute Australia, the Bravery Trust and Ovarian Cancer Australia. He was named as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to Australian cricket in the 2008 Queens Birthday Honours List. He has written six books and is in the process of writing his next book on Leadership.

Money Matters


The Financial Toolbox  provides affordable financial education to women from different backgrounds, careers and industries, with the aim of empowering women so that they can take control of their financial lives, make informed decisions and maximise situations to reach financial goals.

In this 'panel session' discussion will be facilitated by Aymee Mastaglia née Bartlett (Class of 1994) IPPA Chair & State Manager WA for Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ.

Aymee will lead an informative discussion that includes experts from The Financial Toolbox from the following fields: Superannuation, Personal Finance and Strategic Direction and Estate Planning and Deceased Estates. Read their bios below:

Poonam Di Iorio - Director, NEXIA AUSTRALIA

Poonam is a new age and unique advisor who brings a different perspective to the table and empowers clients through informed decision-making and improved financial literacy.

Advising clients on complex superannuation structural issues, estate planning, retirement planning, self-managed super funds, superannuation solutions, superannuation compliance, strategic advice and wealth management.

A champion of inclusion, ethical conduct and social responsibility, Poonam maintains an interest in Millennials and women's interest groups where she endeavours to improve their financial literacy and understanding of superannuation and related obligations and entitlements.

Poonam Di Iorio - LinkedIn

Katie McDonald - Director, BOUTIQUE ADVISORS

Katie provides personal strategic advice to executive families, whose lives are busy juggling family, work, mortgages and holidays.

Katie has 15+ years personal finance literacy experience. She is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), holds a Degree in Business (Finance) and an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning.

Outside of work Katie spends most of her time hanging out with her family and is on the committee for 100 Women and Women in Wealth.

Katie McDonald - LinkedIn

Norma Falconer, Licensed Financial Planner

With a career spanning over 30 years in the Financial Services Industry, South African born Australian, Norma Falconer has worked in banking, founded, grown and sold 3 financial planning businesses, started a stockbroking branch, and worked in an insurance company.

She has managed investments and retirement funds for high-net-worth clients, helped clients manage their risk by implementing personal insurance solutions, and supported Business Owners to implement their Succession Plans.

Driven by her commitment to educating, empowering, and equipping others to be connected to their money and aligned with their values, Norma is devoted to helping people Take Control of their lives, which leads to a purposeful life of health, wealth happiness and financial freedom.

Norma McDonald - Website

Lisa Monaco, Senior Associate - BIRCHSTONE TAX LAW

Lisa specialises in estate planning and deceased estates. Lisa was named as a finalist for the Lawyer's Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards in 2019 and 2020 for her estate planning work.

Lisa has worked with clients in most Australian states, having studied the different succession laws across several of those jurisdictions. Lisa has a Bachelor of Laws (IWA), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (ACT) and a Master of Laws in Wills and Estates (NSW/QLD/VIC).

Lisa Monaco - BIRCHSTONE

Women's Wellness


Noisy Guts is an Australian gut health company, led by the experienced, dedicated and passionate team of Dr Josephine Muir (IPPA Class of 1987), Dr Mary Webberley and medical advisor Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall. Collectively this dynamic team are on a mission to improve gut health.

Career Connections


Lois Keay-Smith, founder of Career Wisdom, is a qualified career practitioner and career counsellor. A career changer herself, Lois had an earlier career in the financial services industry in corporate relations.

Lois has worked with a variety of clients including executives, elite athletes, ballet dancers, professional rugby players, and young people with cancer.  She helps those who are looking for their 'next' and want to voluntarily change careers, as well as those navigating 'tricky transitions'.

Lois is the author of 'Make Your Move', a Fellow of Leadership Western Australia and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Trust in 2019 on the topic of Careers Beyond Cancer.

Your Signature Style


The daughter of an eclectic fashion lover and creative, Ryah Eastman got her start in Interior Design as a result of her flair for accessorising and having that "Joie de vivre". That quickly led to being recommended for styling sessions from friends and before she knew it her skills were in demand in Perths' vibrant creative and corporate community.

Ryah is a professional personal style coach and corporate image expert.  She is the creator and founder of Flair by Ryah, a bespoke styling service specialising in helping women to discover their own distinctive 'Style Signature' - empowering them with the skills to dress with intention, confidence, joy and flair.

Whether it be personal styling for everyday life, corporate image crafting, or personal branding, Flair by Ryah works closely with clients to uncover their 'Inner Brilliance', translating this into a look and feel that reflects who they are, and who they wish to be.

Empowering Each Other


Dress for Success (Perth) is a registered charity that is part of a global movement of change, empowering women to obtain economic independence by providing them with work-appropriate attire, job support mentoring, access to career development workshops and a supportive network to enable them to move forward and achieve self sufficiency through gainful employment.

In this session, IPPA Member Vicki Butler (Class of 1991) will empower the audience with real life stories and inspire Ionians, to continue the mission of the Presentation Sisters to give back to those less fortunate. Bring along your workwear and donate to this wonderful charity. Iona girls, do make a difference.

Would you like to sponsor this event?

To support the Iona Past Pupils' Association and this inspiring event for all Iona women please contact Team Leader, Iona Community Relations and Development, Georgia Allen OR 9384 0066

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for all sessions, and will provide your business with a wonderful opportunity to support an event aimed to inspire and empower.

Thank you to our following sponsors . . .