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#ColourFULL 2020 is a conference and awards night created by women of colour for women of colour and change makers.

Media Release

23 July 2019

The future is #ColourFULL for women in leadership and entrepreneurship


On July 16th, over 157 ambitious, driven and talented women of colour eagerly met on a cold Melbourne night for the launch of #ColourFULL at YBF Ventures.


#ColourFULL is Australia’s first leadership and entrepreneurship conference and awards night by women of colour for women of colour and allies and is hitting the Melbourne conference scene in March 2020.

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#ColourFULL 2020 was founded by entrepreneur and thought leader Winitha Bonney, who has previously worked in the start-up communities in the US and Canada, and also as a senior executive in the corporate and government sector.

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The launch event for #ColourFULL was held at YBF Ventures Melbourne who are located within a historic building, setting the tone for history making through this monumental event.


The launch event provided attendees with a mini conference experience. There were networking opportunities, mentoring, coaching, inspiration and advice for women of colour to “equip and empower them for a life in leadership and entrepreneurship”.

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The evening was jam packed with speed mentoring and two panels of women of colour including executives from NAB, Harcourts, Bank of Melbourne and VicSuper, start-up entrepreneurs, investors and RMIT and student associations. The panel also featured one man of colour and a woman who is not of colour talking about the responsibility organisations have to decolonize and continuously improve and check privilege and access.

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A ground breaking key note speech was given by Kemi Nekvapil on resilience and creating personal power and there was also a moving presentation from the ambassador of the evening, Sadhana Smiles, who is one of the only women of colour CEOs in Australia.


Attendees included political staffers, government staff, NGOs, corporate executives and community leaders – it was a powerful and exceptional event.


The launch event was created with input from over 100 women of colour and the energy in the room was palpable, highly energetic and charging, highlighting the incredible need for a visionary event like #ColourFULL.

#ColourFULL will take place in March 2020 in Melbourne. For more information go to: https://www.aminaofzaria.com/colourfull


For further media information contact: Winitha Bonney, 0438 599 932, hello@winitha.com

About Us


#ColourFULL 2020 is an interactive leadership & entrepreneurship conference and awards night by women of colour (WoC) for women of colour, change makers and organisations who want to know how to advance women of colour. The theme is 'The New Normal', focused on the actions, tools and strategies individuals and organisations need to take to create equity for WoC, where it becomes the new normal. #ColourFULL will be held in March 2020.

 WoC face a double glass ceiling in their professional lives; gender and race. #ColourFULL provides a platform for WoC to be elevated, empowered, inspired and equipped to advance in leadership and entrepreneurship. Organisations facing challenges with diversity and advancing WoC will be equipped through co-designed solutions with WoC, strategies and tools. Organisations will be empowered and supported to be change makers in their organisations, learn how to advance WoC in the workplace and have access to a room full of talented, skilled, qualified and driven WoC who are ready to advance their careers.

The conference will focus on programs and initiatives such as sponsorship, mentoring, coaching and an aim to create a membership-based community and private network for the advancement of women of colour in leadership and entrepreneurship via Amina of Zaria.

The event will feature an awards ceremony, recognising remarkable women of colour who are taking the lead socially, culturally and professionally, highlighting them as inspiring role models so that we can ‘see it to be it’.

The conference is also for diversity and inclusion individuals, managers, consultants, allies and leaders of organisations who are interested in the advancement of women of colour and would like to hear robust conversations and keynotes from this incredible community firsthand.

Want to know why we need a flagship event for women of colour for equality and advancement? Then read this article and this article on the definition of a woman of colour.

Want to attend? Want to get involved? Want first access to freebies and giveaways to help you succeed in life?

Please fill out the form below. It will take less than 2 minutes!

Thank you and be blest.

If you would like to know how your organisation can close the gap for women of colour or adapt to the future of work, please email hello@aminaofzaria.com. Or alternatively, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us via the email above and we will reply promptly.

We value the personal comfort and safety of all. All participants, attendees and members of #ColourFULL and Amina of Zaria are expected to abide by the code of conduct to ensure the psychological, physical and cultural safety of all.