June / Dames & Dumplings - Brisbane

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AGDA run a number of events focussed on helping up and coming creatives in finding their feet, in gaining confidence and in making those first crucial steps in their careers.

In 2018, we’re adding a new event to the mix: Dames & Dumplings.

To all of the up and coming creative women, this is for you. Dames & Dumplings will be an evening for you to mix and mingle with like-minded dames and a number of established creative women in our industry.

To kick the night off, we will be holding a session of debates and discussions with our trio of guest dames around the topic of Confidence. Tackling everything from questions like “Am I even allowed to feel confident?” (Spoiler alert: hell yes!), to confidence in knowing when to say no and how to say no, in trusting your gut and in talking about and managing your money.

Then, we’ll be serving dumplings. Because, well, dumplings. And alliteration!

Our guest dames for the evening will be:
// Tanja Hall, Director at Jolt
// Jen Jeavons, Co-Founder and Creative Director at Pixel Palace
// Kelley Sheenan, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Peppermint Magazine

Arrivals and drinks from 5.30pm. Debates and discussions from 6:00pm. With serving of the dumplings and mingling of the dames from 7:00pm.

Tickets are limited to 40, so get in quick. If you miss out, keep your eyes peeled as we’re aiming to run another Dames & Dumplings event soon.

Thursday 21st June
Drinks from 5.30pm
Debates and discussions from 6:00pm
Fat Dumpling Restaurant, 2 King Street, Bowen Hills

Tickets - SOLD OUT!
Members — $30
Public — $45
Students — $30

Wine & Dumplings included in ticket price.
Please let us know of any dietary requirements when booking.


Our guest Dames in detail.


Tanja Hall 976 607

Tanja Hall
Director - JOLT

Tanja is the Director of JOLT, a strategic brand studio based in Brisbane, which focusses on brand identity and management and design thinking in business. Having worked with an extensive list of clients across diverse industries over the past 29 years, Tanja's focus for the studio is now on collaborative partnerships with like-minded clients and creating a work space where she and her team can pursue their individual passion projects.

Tanja is also a former President of AGDA Queensland and Board Member of AGDA National where she worked to deliver events, initiatives and education to the design profession while increasing awareness of the value design contributes to business, education and culture. Tanja has worked closely with allied industry, assisted with judging of professional design awards and contributed to advisory councils for education and design initiatives.


Jen Jeavons 976 607

Jen Jeavons
Co-Founder and Creative Director at Pixel Palace

Jen Jeavons is a Brisbane-based digital designer, Creative Director, entrepreneur and singer/songwriter – so probably not the best person to challenge at a drunken karaoke night.

Having travelled the world as a backing singer for Savage Garden and then again with her award-winning band, Aneiki, Jen refocused her creativity, setting up shop in Brisbane in 2007 to launch her digital studio, Pixel Palace. Jen graduated from Shillington College in 2010 and now specialises in UX/UI and front end design. Working with companies who want something outside the box for their online presence, Pixel Palace has grown exponentially over the last 8 years, designing and developing sites for client such as RSPCA, Cloudland, Womens Agenda and Peppermint Magazine to name a few.

Whilst developing her creative heart in Aneiki, Jen wrote and performed the most played Australian song on radio in 2002 (“Pleased To Meet You”) and later that year was awarded APRA’s ‘Break Though Songwriter of the Year’).  But it’s design where she found her calling, and with her Brisbane based team, now creates awesome, innovative websites that truly make a difference for their clients – ‘art with impact’ in the digital space.

These days Jen is super passionate about helping creatives value their work and run profitable businesses working with clients they love. She has presented at events such as Curvy Creative Womens Conference and WordCamp Brisbane as well as presenting sessions at Brisbane Girls Grammar for their IT and Design students.


Kelley Sheenan 976 607

Kelley Sheenan
Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Peppermint Magazine

Kelley Sheenan is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Peppermint Magazine, as well as a designer, photographer, mother and passionate serial social entrepreneur. With a background in graphic design, photography and fashion design combined with an obsessive interest in ethics, natural living and environmental awareness, she was driven to try and bridge the gap between sustainability and style. Peppermint – created in 2008 – is now the leading eco fashion and lifestyle magazine in Australia and beyond, showcasing sustainability, style and substance.

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June 21

$45 - Ticket
$30 - Member
$30 - Student