Meet a Member – Clare Conroy

4 September 2014

Clare Conroy

This article is the first in our new member profile series. Our members tell us that one of the things they really love about being part of our community, is getting to know likeminded women. So, each month, we’ll feature an interview with a member, so you can get to know each other a little better.

Clare recently hosted one of our Women Out Front + workshops, which are an extension of our highly successful Women Out Front series where our members come together to share their professional skills, expertise, and passions.

Clare’s workshop was a two-hour crash course on design thinking, a human-centred methodology for investigating problems, acquiring information, analysing knowledge, and developing solutions.

You in a nutshell:

Novice mum, new business owner, design thinker, trainer, non-fiction reader, lover of learning…. oh, and I’m 33!

What’s your highlight of 2014?

A couple of highlights…. Firstly, being involved in YWCA Canberra’s first She Leads Conference. Secondly, finally taking the leap to start my own business.

What’s on your playlist?

I’ve been putting together some playlists for my design thinking workshops with lots of upbeat, funk tracks. At the moment I’m really liking Beck’s Que’ Onda Guero.

Why did you join the Y?

I joined the Y when my friend Emily mentioned to me that she’d been to the Women Out Front (WOF) board governance and finance workshops. I’ve always been interested in being on a board and thought the workshops sounded worthwhile, so I joined the Y and signed up for the next round of workshops. I think there is a really positive energy that comes from professional women supporting other women which I wanted to be part of and to contribute to at the Y.

Who inspires you?

I’m a big TED fan (having produced TEDxCanberra for three years from 2010-2012), and one of my favourite and most inspiring TED speakers is the amazing Eve Ensler (author of the Vagina Monologues). Her advice about happiness – in that it exists in action, and in telling the truth, and in giving away what you want the most – is something that I think about often.

What’s the change you want to see in the world?

I’d like to see more people rediscover their creative confidence. As kids we start out with a belief that we’re creative and a desire to play and experiment, but as we get older we tend to lose that confidence and are quick to declare ourselves as ‘not creative’. The world definitely needs people who believe in their own capacity to design their lives and to creatively tackle challenges and issues that they care about!

Want to get in touch with Clare?

Visit, send an email at, or follow her on Twitter at @StickyNoteCo.

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