International Women’s Day Interview

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International Women’s Day Interview

In March, our Director, Justine Lennane, was given the opportunity to talk to Canberra Women in Business for International Women’s Day.

Meet Justine Lennane, Owner/Director of

Gumnut Dance

Justine answers our three questions below:

CWB: What business/work achievement are you most proud of?

Justine: I’m so proud of the children who come through our program and grow into confident, creative young people. It’s a privilege to be a part of their growth through creative dance education. I’m always proud of my amazing all-female team and their passion for what we do. I’m proud of how I’ve handled the challenges of COVID-19 and navigated my business through.

CWB: Why do you #ChooseToChallenge?

Justine: I challenge the status quo because I want the world to be a more egalitarian place for my son, daughter and everyone. Change comes through conversation, education and legislation. If we don’t all choose to challenge, the entrenched biases and inequalities in our society will remain.

At Gumnut Dance, our program is so much more than learning to dance. We provide a non-judgemental environment, where children learn to accept themselves and others. We help children build their confidence and resilience, which in turn helps them when they need to stand up for themselves and others. I like to think we are reinforcing and assisting the good work that parents and teachers are already doing.

CWB: What are three of your favourite female-owned Canberra businesses?


I couldn’t choose just three!

Branded Graphics (Vanessa Schimizzi), Integral Embroidery (Kerrie Butler),
The Bec Taylor School of Music (Bec Taylor), Cornucopiacakes/Kiwi Kitchen

(Trilby Rippon) and Dinner Rush at the kitchen (Siobhan Palmer).

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