Mental health and wellbeing summit for women

A Ground Breaking Event, The First of its Kind in The Illawarra

Are you a woman feeling overwhelmed by the expectations of everyday life? Juggling a hectic schedule? Feeling like you are lost, lonely or burned out? Are you on a quest for happiness, confidence and personal growth, craving change and improvement but unsure where to start? When you or someone close to you finds their mental health is out of sync it can be debilitating.The IAMPOWER SUMMIT has been created to equip you with the necessary tools to improve your own mental health and wellbeing or to help someone struggling around you.Maintaining optimal wellbeing is essential for your overall health. Equipping yourself with effective tools and strategies is not only vital for handling life's unexpected challenges but also for navigating daily demands. With only 100 seats available, don't miss this unique opportunity to come together with other women, get inspired to take control of your mental health and wellbeing, and gain invaluable knowledge, tools and strategies.Sign up now for this groundbreaking event, designed exclusively for women, by women on 25 May 2024 in The Sebel, Kiama.

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The Summit Program

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The full-day IAMPOWER event will be held at the Sebel in Kiama and promises a day of transformation, inspiration, knowledge and connection. The perfect recipe to empower women and equip them to take on challenges. Here’s how:

Real Life Stories

Gain valuable insights from our keynote speakers on a range of subjects relevant to women's mental health and well-being. Connect your own experiences with a range of relatable and inspiring stories. Our speakers will share their personal journeys with mental health to show you that you are not alone and that it can be done.

Bonding Time and Group Exercises

Forge meaningful connections with fellow attendees through group exercises.

Engaging Q&A Sessions

Get answers to your burning questions and gain insights from our expert speakers.

Waves of High-Vibe Activities

Experience moments of pure energy with activities made to raise your vibe and create deep connections.

Workbooks and Step-by-Step Exercises

Dive deep into self-discovery and transformation with practical tools and structured exercises. This beautifully designed workbook also contains additional resources to support you through any daily challenges.


Nourished from the inside out with a healthy morning tea and lunch thoughtfully prepared by the Sebel chef using fresh ingredients and local produce.


A year from now you will wish you had started today.

Karen Lamb


Each speaker is carefully chosen to empower you through a holistic experience and expert knowledge.

Panel discussion ~ Women's Mental Health & Wellbeing.
Desiree Savage ~ Journalist, Broadcaster & Editor
It's Ok To Not Have It All
Sonia Rivas ~ Breath Expert & Women Empowerment Mentor
Anxiety - The Power of the Breath and Inner Connection
Juliana Scopel ~ Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor
Supportive Movements & Body Awareness
Morning tea
Natali Lazaroski ~ Psychologist, EMDR Practicioner
Trauma's Influence on Women's Lives
Sulin Sze ~ Women's Health Naturopath Expert
Heal Your Hormones in Perimenopause and Menopause
Dr Cindy Pan ~ Celebrity GP & Author
Happiness, Longevity & Quality of Life
Deborah Devaal ~ Art Therapist & Wellbeing Coach
Mind, Body and Soul: Filling your Cup in Every Aspect of Life
Natalie Harris ~ Business Event Coordinator & Reiki Healer
Final Q&A

The five most prevalent mental health issues among Australian women in 2023 according to The Liptember Foundation research are:

Depression (45%) • Anxiety and generalised anxiety disorders (GAD) (44%) • Body image issues (34%) • Psychological distress (16%) • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (14%)

Who Can Benefit From IAMPOWER?

Anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by the expectations of everyday life. The dedicated mum juggling a hectic schedule, the hard-working businesswoman feeling the effects of burnout, or even a spiritual seeker on a quest for personal growth.

Anyone feeling the weight of fear and self-doubt holding them back, trapped by the unsettling confines of their own thoughts. Those craving change and improvement but unsure where to start.

When you or someone close to you finds their mental health is out of sync it can be debilitating. The IAMPOWER Summit has been created to equip you with the necessary tools to improve your own mental health or to help someone struggling around you.

We believe that empowerment is a significant factor in mental well-being. The event will inspire and empower women to take control of their mental health and provide them with tools and strategies to do so.

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Prioritising our wellbeing is crucial for overall health. Having effective tools and strategies is not just for tackling life's surprises but also for managing daily demands. When coupled with a supportive community of like-minded women, you will be unstoppable. Together, we embark on a journey to reconnect with what it means to live well.

It is time to reconnect with what it means to live well

Depression ranks as the most widespread mental illness, impacting 45% of australian women.

That's why we've decided to direct a portion of ticket proceeds towards Liptember, an Australian charity dedicated to advancing women's mental health and research. Together, we can make a difference in our lives and the lives of others.

Alarming statistics indicate that half of Australian women are are currently dealing with mental health issues, with nearly a quarter confronting severe mental disorders.

Among these, depression ranks as the most widespread mental illness, impacting 45% of Australian women, with a significant proportion occurring in women over the age of 50 and those residing in regional and rural areas.

Liptember Foundation Research 2023

About Your Hosts & Speakers

Deborah Devaal, Sonia Houria and Natalie Harris are on a mission to empower women, help them unlock their potential, enable them to live their best lives and start their journey of healing and growth.

Deborah Devaal

Your host

Deborah is an Art Therapist and Wellbeing Coach with a holistic approach to nurturing individuals' wellbeing, addressing emotions, and fostering resilience. She specialises in understanding and navigating the complexities of emotional and mental health challenges. Drawing from a wealth of therapeutic examples, practical techniques, and supportive strategies, Deborah supports individuals in navigating life's obstacles, improving their coping skills, and overall wellbeing through individual therapy, online programs and community events

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Sonia Rivas

Your host

As a certified Apnea Survival instructor and spiritual and empowerment coach, Sonia’s devotion lies in helping individuals establish a profound connection with their inner selves, revealing their true potential while tackling their fears and anxiety. Her journey is about more than reaching personal heights, it involves reaching them with authenticity and a renewed sense of self. Sonia is the visionary behind “Women Make Waves,” a venture that serves as a beacon of strength for women yearning to express themselves fully and push their limits in playful ways.

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Natalie Harris

Your MC

Natalie offers her expertise in hosting the ‘IAMPOWER’ summit. She has a gift for helping weave connections among audiences and foster a deep sense of community. She is a force of nature and the driver behind TO.GET.HER Spirit, a local business committed to empowering women on their path to financial freedom. Her genuine warmth and radiant presence will ensure that you feel welcomed and supported every step of the way. She is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

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Dr Cindy Pan

Medical practitioner & best-selling author

Dr Cindy Pan is a medical practitioner, bestselling author, and renowned media personality, who you may recognise from Channel Seven's 'Sunrise' and 'The Morning Show,'. With a wealth of experience in general practice, sexual health, and women's medicine, she offers valuable insights into a wide range of health and lifestyle topics. Dr. Pan has graced numerous television shows and documentaries, captivating audiences with her engaging style and profound insights. Beyond her professional pursuits, she is deeply committed to philanthropy and advocacy. Serving as an Ambassador for esteemed organisations like Plan International Australia, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and Heartkids Australia, she tirelessly works to make a positive impact on society.

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Sulin Sze

Women's Health naturopathy expert

Sulin Sze is a Women's Health naturopathy expert, specialising in women's health from puberty to menopause. With expertise in naturopathy, Western and Chinese herbal medicine, she provides evidence-based solutions for various conditions, including mental health, hormonal balance, and infertility. Sulin empowers women to achieve optimal health. She is also an ambassador for the Australian Traditional Medicine Society and Beaches Women's Wellness, and the founder of Wild Medicine Academy, offering online herbalism courses.

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Desirée Savage

Journalist, broadcaster, and editor

Desirée Savage is a journalist, broadcaster, and editor known for her captivating storytelling. With experience at Australia's top media organisations such as the ABC, Triple M, and Australian Community Media, she brings a wealth of expertise to every conversation. Beyond her professional pursuits, Desirée wears many hats as a master of ceremonies, adventurer, and devoted Illawarra mum. Her fierce spirit and unwavering positivity make her a true inspiration.

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Natali Lazaroski

Trauma psychologist

Natali is a mother, psychologist and founder of The Shellharbour Clinic, a psychology practice for life’s traumas. Her interest in psychology was initially sparked by her own life challenges, and after completing her psychology studies, Natali developed a passion for working with trauma to help individuals overcome their past and lead fulfilling lives. With over 10 years of clinical experience, Natali founded The Shellharbour Clinic in 2021 as a private psychology practice. Her vision was to create a space where people can feel not only welcomed and valued but also empowered to heal.

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Juliana Scopel

Wellness movement specialist

As the owner and lead instructor at SurfCoast Pilates Studio, Juliana combines her background in physiotherapy with her expertise in Pilates, holding a Diploma in Polestar Pilates for Rehabilitation. Her approach emphasises movement and wellness, tailored to meet the individual needs of her clients. Outside of the studio, Juliana is an accomplished surfer and athlete, recently claiming the title of Australian O40 longboard champion. Her dedication and perseverance in the water inspire us all.

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How it all began

Sonia, Deborah and Natalie's journey began amid the waves and the breathtaking landscapes of the Illawarra region, brought together by a shared love for surfing at the iconic spot The Farm and for waterfall adventures. What truly solidified their friendship was the commitment to support and empower others.

Their shared vision and unwavering dedication to transforming lives in meaningful ways set the stage for the creation of an event that promises to move mountains and make a lasting impact.


100% Women By Women

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Our mission for this event is rooted in the celebration of women, their talents, creativity, and abilities. That's why it holds great significance that the IAMPOWER Summit is both conceived and executed by women. Every aspect, from conceptualisation to execution, is infused with feminine energy, providing a platform to promote equilibrium in opportunities and wages. By organising this event, we aim to make a meaningful impact on women's mental health in several ways:

Education and Awareness

The event will provide a platform for keynote speakers to address important topics related to women's mental health and well-being. Through their insights and expertise, attendees will gain valuable knowledge, enabling them to better understand and manage their mental health.


We believe that empowerment is a significant factor in mental wellbeing. The event will inspire and empower women to take control of their mental health and provide them with tools and strategies to do so.

Community and Support

The event will create a sense of community where women can connect, share their experiences, and find support. The power of shared experiences and a supportive community cannot be underestimated in improving mental health.

Fundraising for Mental Health Initiatives

A portion of ticket proceeds will be directed toward Liptember, an Australian charity focused on women's mental health and research. By contributing to this cause, we are actively supporting initiatives that can make a real difference in women's mental health.

Promoting Women’s Genius

By creating an event run by women for women, we are fostering a space for women to truly explore and create in their zone of genius. Allowing a platform where inclusiveness is a given. This, in itself, can have a positive impact on women's mental health by addressing issues related to accessing opportunities and room for creative expression of their zone of genius through their work.

Overall, our event seeks to create a positive ripple effect, improving the mental health and wellbeing of women through education, empowerment, community, support, fundraising, and gender balance.


What will I get out of attending the Summit?

You will get equipped with tools and applicable exercises to improve your mental health and wellbeing, as well as access to a selection of expert speakers and high-quality sponsors.
The Summit offers an opportunity to participate in transformative workshops and connect with a supportive community.

I've tried everything, why is this different?

IAMPOWER offers a unique blend of expertise, community support, and diverse perspectives for a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing. You will receive immediate prompts to begin incorporating changes.

Why did IAMPOWER choose Liptember as your charity beneficiary?

Liptember aligns with our mission, contributing to mental health awareness, research and supporting women to achieve their optimal mental health. We believe in the ripple effect for everyone.

Is the Summit suitable for all levels of knowledge on mental health and wellbeing?

Yes, the Summit caters to individuals at all knowledge levels.

How will the Summit be conducted?

The Summit will be held face-to-face at the Sebel Hotel, Kiama.

Are there networking opportunities?

Yes, there will be networking opportunities during morning tea and lunch.

Is financial assistance available?

No, but early bird tickets offer cost savings. Save $51 by booking before 21 Jan 2024.

Will the sessions be recorded for later viewing?

Some sessions will be recorded for later access.

Is the Summit inclusive and diverse?

Yes, the Sebel venue is accessible, and the summit embraces inclusivity and diversity.

Is there accommodation available?

Yes, enjoy 10% off at Sebel Kiama for the night before, the night off, or both nights. Simply call the Sebel to book, mentioning IAMPOWER (02) 4230 7500

Are there group discounts?

No, the event is priced at its lowest for all participants.

How can I contribute or participate as a speaker?

Reach out to us at iampowerevents@gmail.com.

How can I connect with other attendees before the event?

Join our exclusive Facebook group; the link will be provided after purchase. Connect with your tribe!
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Let us help you discover the invaluable tools and strategies that will empower you to transform your life and reignite your spirit.

Secure your seat today for the 2024 IAMPOWER Summit presented on Saturday, May 25th, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Sebel, Kiama (Tickets available online only).

Together let’s break down the barriers of mental health. Your transformative journey to become the woman you aspire to be begins right here. Let’s embark on this path together and seize the lives we were destined to lead.

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The Sebel, Kiama