Small Business Victoria: Panel event | Fashion, coaching, food


Been meaning to get out and foster your community of peers? Let me and Kylie make it easy for you: Kemi NekvapilJulia Ostro and Karishma Kasabia + their candid business-owner conversation = a great night out.

Saturday 25 August, 2018
2 - 4:30pm


Ground Floor, Studio 2
87 Gladstone St
South Melbourne 3205

Light refreshments provided.

All tickets include a signed copy of The Leap Stories book.

Maybe you’ve got a business itch you’d like to scratch, a possibility you’re pondering, or are teetering on the edge of leap. This live panel event is for everyone who is considering starting their own business, side gig or would like to be a bit braver in their working life. We’ll explore what you need to consider, how to get yourself organised and put together the building blocks for moving forward.



Today Kemi Nekvapil is a life coach. But her path to there was laid first by working as a baker, actor, chef, yoga teacher and raw food advocate across three continents. She’s also the author of two books: Raw Beauty and The Gift of Asking. Kemi is a seasoned leaper, having recently returned from taking a year off with her family to caravan around Australia.

Kemi’s work to empower women to choose a life bigger than their fears.

Julia Busuttil NishimuraOstro

Julia is a cook, teacher and author. Her food celebrates simple ingredients and seasonal produce and is influenced by her Maltese upbringing and time living in Italy. She teaches cooking and baking workshops to both children and adults and contributes to publications such as Country Style Magazine, Assemble Papers and The Design Files. 

Julia’s debut cookbook, Ostro, was released in September 2017. Ostro was shortlisted for a 2018 ABIA – Illustrated book of the year, listed in Australian Gourmet Traveller’s best food books for 2017 and received praise from Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver. 

Karishma KasabiaKhòlò

Karishma is an entrepreneur and creative at heart, she’s a terrible networker and doesn’t know how to use primer. She built and ran a design agency for a decade. Kish+Co worked with clients the likes of Monash, George Weston Foods, Carbon Market Institute and of course local faves; cafe owners, bakers and artists. 

In 2015, she sold Kish+Co, took a year off. Tried being a resin artist, a writer and a photographer. Nothing stuck. Then came: Khòlò. Beautiful, gorgeous clothes. To bring the happy to your wardrobe. 

Ethically made by a Sedex certified company in Kolkata, their youngest employee is over 21 and there is no over time. Yes. Brocade, sequins, pastels and bring on the crazy.

Since the launch of Khòlò in 2017, it’s been featured in Vogue, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and more. It won the Lustr Award for Independent Designer and made the cut for Melbourne Fashion Week this year.  

MC Tess McCabe, Creative Minds
MODERATOR Kylie LewisOf Kin

 If you’re looking for inspiration, courage and practical insights from business women who’ve all taken leaps you don’t want to miss this session! We're going to dive into what goes into taking a leap - practically, strategically, emotionally and financially.

This is your opportunity to ask questions, plan your next steps, make friends with like-minded folk and walk away with the courage to take action towards your leap the next day.

If you have a burning desire to play a little bigger in your working life, come and talk with kindred spirits who can help light your path.

Hosted by Kylie Lewis, founder of Of Kin, business coach and author of The Leap Stories.

All day paid parking is available nearby.
Tram 109, stop 126 Montague St is close by.
Tram 96, stop 126 City Road is close by.

Tickets are transferable to another person, but not refundable.