WA: Thanks For Asking - Women In Adland Edition

Date: Wednesday, 29 November
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: ARARA and Tupí, PERTH
Tickets: $35 (includes two complimentary drinks & finger food)



‘Thanks for Asking’ is not just another industry gathering; it's a transformative experience designed to foster open communication. Having the conversations that everyone needs to hear and building meaningful connections for good.

Join us for the ‘Women in Adland Edition’ and hear from female leaders in the industry. Learn from their experience and gain valuable insights into the diverse paths and challenges they’ve faced along the way.

Date: Wednesday, 29 November
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: ARARA and Tupí, PERTH
Tickets: $35 (includes two complimentary drinks and finger food)

Interactive Panel Discussion:
The central feature of this event is the "Deep Dive Q&A" session. Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to submit their "deepest, darkest, most confidential" questions when registering for the event, providing a safe space to seek advice on challenges and concerns they might not feel comfortable asking/discussing elsewhere. These questions will be curated and presented to our panel during the event.

As an added bonus we will also be joined by Employment Lawyer, Jo Alilovic (Director, 3D HR Legal) for a fireside chat after the panel! Agency leaders and attendees will have the opportunity to pose legal questions and have confidential chats with a legal expert throughout the night.


Jo Bulline: Co-owner, Trilogy Advertising & Marketing

Jo is the co-owner of Trilogy Advertising and Marketing, an independent agency celebrating
20 years this month, and one of the few in Australia owned by women.

Her career started when she was pursuing her love of writing by studying Journalism,
Language and Culture and got offered the opportunity for work experience at an advertising

Having grown up in country towns she knew little about ad agencies and their roles, but
discovered an exhilarating world of creative communications and knew she had found her

Work experience led to employment and further exploration of most facets of advertising
and marketing through progressive promotion in the field of account service at some of
Perth’s largest agencies. She has worked on a range of high-profile businesses such as
AlintaGas, Burswood Resort Casino, Police & Nurses Credit Society, and Kleenheat,
contributing to the launch or evolution of their brands.

Jo now leads strategic planning at Trilogy and delights in collaborating on brand creation and
development, and the associated creative representation.

Jo is a passionate ambassador for the industry, for equal opportunity, literacy, and dog
rescue. And she still loves writing.

Rikki Burns: Head of Creative, Marketforce

Rikki is an Art Director with 20 years experience across both traditional and digital fields. You’d think after that long in advertising she’d be an empty human shell, but amazingly she remains passionate about creativity, and its power to make real change.

She’s worked in Perth & Sydney with brands like Kellogg’s, Harvest Road, Amnesty International, RAC, Lotterywest, Brownes, Synergy, The University of Sydney, HBF, West Australian Ballet, and a billion more.

Taryn Payne: Head of Business Management, 303 MullenLowe Perth

Taryn is a strong female lead with local and international experience both on the brand and agency side.

She is Head of Business Management at 303 MullenLowe Perth, leading key clients including St John Ambulance and P&N Bank. During her career she has pitched and led top global and local brands including Coca-Cola, GHD, Simple Skincare, Castrol USA, Bunnings, Bankwest, ECU, The Perth Mint, Curtin University and Water Corporation.

Taryn cut her teeth at The Brand Agency Perth, before moving to the UK to set up The Brand Agency London. There she built this into a 15-person full service creative agency to launch Bunnings Warehouse in the UK, which was a top 30 advertiser by annual spend.

Beyond advertising, Taryn has an MBA from UWA and the London School of Economics, and extensive training and in business strategy and leadership. She’s passionate about people; building respectful client relationships and helping agency teams thrive.

Tess Palmyre: Founder, Brandable

Tess is the Founder of Brandable, an independent agency that champions inclusion in brand strategy, communications and design. She works with purpose-led brands to centre diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in their marketing and communications and has a clear mission to build inclusive brands, from the inside out. Tess has worked agency and client side across education, health, First Nations, and not for profit sectors.

A proud Seychelles-born, Creole woman of colour, Tess has spent most of her life living on Noongar Country and is the foster mum to two young Noongar djookian (sisters).

Jo Alilovic: Director, 3D HR Legal

Jo is an employment lawyer, author, business owner and podcast host.

Jo believes in creating winning workplaces by challenging the assumptions that leaders hold about what work looks like, and how, when and where it is done – and inspiring them to think what could be. She works with business owners and leaders who want to go from people problems to teams that get results – coaching them through difficult conversations, helping set workplace expectations, investigating complaints and providing workplace training to facilitate positive cultural change.

In the last 5 years Jo has made time for her passion projects. The Juggle podcast – designed for professional women who want the career and the fulfilling family life; and her first book, Homeforce - a practical guide to building a productive and engaged remote team, sharing her expertise as an employment lawyer and personal experience running a remote team for the last 8 years.