• Grad. Cert. Social Impact University of Western Australia Business School (2011)

  • Certificate 1V Training and Assessment TAA40104 (2008)

  • Grad.Cert. Training and Development: 'Instructional Design' unit(2008)

  • Grad.Cert. Management (Business) Edith Cowan University WA (2005)

  • Bachelor of Arts Murdoch University WA Double Major: Womens Studies and Sociology (1997)

Former Board Member Linkwest for 2016/2017

  • Peak Body for small and micro community organisations and groups across Western Australia.

Professional Development

  • Australian Business Volunteers Modules (2014):

    1. Capacity Building

    2. Cross-Cultural Communication Asia-Pacific

    3. Working in the Asia-Pacific Region - Adapting to a New Culture

    4. Cultural Awareness

    5. Cultural Values - Asia-Pacific

    6. Australian Culture

  • Cranlana Programme, Wisdom in Leadership Perth, WA (2010)

  • Leadership WA Signature Program - Awarded Regional Scholarship - 10 month Leadership Signature Program (2009)

  • Honorary Research Associate, University of WA Centre for Women and Business (2003 - 2006)


  1. 2016 - Bearing Fruit MICROFINANCE Empowering women, families and communities.

  2. 2013 - A tree needs water to bear fruit: Enterprising women creating reservoirs for poverty alleviation.

Magazine Publications

  1. Honestly Woman Issue 1: Oct-Dec 2016, 'Bearing Fruit, Economic Empowerment' Pages 46-49.
  2. Australian Country Style May 2006, Bridge Builder Pages 13 - 15.

Journal Publication

  1. 2006 - SEANNZ Journal, 'Enterprising Women in Rural, Regional and Remote Australasia, Small Enterprise Research 14, 1, 2006, pp.83-94'.

Conference Papers

  1. 2006 - ICSB Annual Conference Melbourne, 18-21 June 2006, Outback Women Business Owners and their Businesses: Similar or Different to their Urban Sisters? (Leonie Still & Viti Simmons).

  2. 2005 - SEANNZ Conference Armidale, NSW, Enterprising Women in Rural, Regional and Remote Australasia (Leonie V. Still & Viti Simmons). Best paper award.

International Activities

2017 - 2011

  • Australian Business Volunteers - Hanoi City Vietnam assignment (Social Enterprise March-June 2017) onsite

  • Presenting at International Indigenous Research Conference November 2016, Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland NZ. Theme - Prosperous Indigenous Economies.

  • Book tour of New Zealand - Bearing Fruit MICROFINANCE Empowering women, families and communities.

  • Raising funds for Nepal earthquake relief in partnership with Hands with Hands with Hands (HwH).

  • Qualitative research undertaken in Nepal with HwH for 2nd publication.

  • Small group tour - 'Textiles of Gujurat' in India covering a range of textiles, historical family businesses and distribution channels necessary for products created by women in rural villages and sold in urban settings.

  • Qualitative research undertaken on behalf of HwH linked to Microfinance Cooperatives in rural villages Chitwan District, Nepal 2011.

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation at Sudbury House AGM on the topic of, Value Add in the Community Sector 2017

  • Presented at the 7th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference 15-18 November 2016 at Auckland University - Properous Indigenous Economies.

  • Manukau Councils - The Southern Initiative - Book launch - N.Z.

  • Nga Ngaru Rautahi O Aotearoa Inc Symposium - Presentation - N.Z.

  • Ministry of Social Development Seminar in Wellington, N.Z. Topic Microfinance Cooperatives and Reframing for developed economies, 2016.