With more than 20 years of experience in business growth education and strategy, Tara has built an extensive career in adult learning and knowledge application, with a particular focus on peer-to-peer learning. This has been developed by being one of the key team members that established the Executive Programs for QUTs Graduate School of Business, working with Monash, La Trobe and other global educators (vocational, workplace and tertiary) in program design and change projects. She is a passionate advocate for building regional economic sustainability by developing grassroots business skills and finding ways to connect business owners and leaders. She believes that actively skilling regional business innovation, entrepreneurship and social capital will be the key to our country’s economic growth.
Tara is a vocal advocate for regional businesses and has been a key contributor to and member of several initiatives that take a strategic approach to regional business development. Her key consistent message is that sustainable businesses are a prerequisite for sustainable regional communities. Tara has founded three training organisations in Safety Leadership (Registered Training Organisation) in the Pilbara WA and SE Qld, Neuroscience Leadership and now Business Growth Education (groei). As a program facilitator with USQ’s ground-breaking WiRE Program, Tara has worked to support businesses owners and leaders to know the “how” to grow their business and teams through the unique Virtual Multi-Level Mentoring (VMLM) approach developed through the program.
Tara has previously held roles as Chair of the Port Hedland Small Business Centre and Committee Member for the Pilbara Economic Development Commission. She is currently a business mentor for a number of regional business chambers, mentor and judge on regional start-up weekends, business awards and innovation accelerator hubs. She is the vice-president of Innovate Noosa and produces two podcasts The Importance of Being Human and On Track. Tara lectures in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Decision Making, Business, Leadership and Management for a number of leading Australian institutions and is currently undertaking her PhD on the ‘Process, outcomes and impact of acquiring and leveraging entrepreneurial capital: A case study of regional female entrepreneurs’