Meet our Founder + Editor
I'm Kimberley Furness, a national award winning business woman and mum of four from regional Victoria.
I'm a long time content creator for print and digital, a social media trainer for rural business owners and the host of chart topping podcast A Friend of Mine.
I started my first business, digital and content agency Write Style Communications, in 2014 as a vehicle to share my extensive knowledge and skills to help other business owners with their marketing and make sense of social media.
In 2017, I launched OAK Magazine in just six weeks from concept to print.
There are lots of little puzzle pieces as to why I started OAK:
- A love of print magazines since high school
- A former journalist who was craving share people's stories once again
- Inspired by Lisa Messenger's print magazine journey with Collective Hub
- Growing frustration with how our stories are treated in the media
- Eagerness to learn from other women in business.
These puzzle pieces came together when I had an opportunity to speak at a women in business event in Moama, Victoria, and include something in the gift bag. I took that opportunity to create a magazine that featured women in business.
It really has then been a case of ‘from little things, big things grow’. OAK started out as a tiny 24 page magazine that covered Victoria and southern NSW and now it is 100+ pages plus a podcast, events and thriving online community, and we share stories from all across Australia.
I’m changing how we tell and share stories. These stories centre around regional and rural women who run a business.
These stories are changing the way women view themselves and what’s possible.
You can't be what you don't see.
Women in business are the fastest growing cohort in Australia. You wouldn’t know it though. We are under-represented and missing from the media.
I found the courage to launch a print magazine with only my experience as a 22 year old journalist/sub-editor in an industry that people said was either dead or dying.
I’ve challenged the status quo by tackling the under-representation of women in the media - specifically those running a business in rural Australia.
Visibility is one of the most powerful tools we have to inspire women to pursue their dream and to leap without fear of failure.
Through the stories of OAK, rural women in business can see what they can be, and for me it’s been a journey to understand that I can be me and do business my way that is grounded in community and collaboration. I've come to realise my postcode isn’t a barrier but an opportunity.
2022 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award - National Runner Up
2022 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award - Victorian Winner - media release
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People respond to Kimberley’s warmth, authenticity and enthusiasm. She’s a natural connector who walks the talk and finds meaningful ways to open the doors for women, and to keep those doors open.
Kimberley deftly blends strategy and diplomacy with refreshing ‘call it how it is’ candour. She’s committed to sharing the highs and lows, and to facilitating courageous conversations; humanely telling human stories. Kimberley creates a click bait free zone.
Because she listens and puts audiences at ease, Kimberley uncovers nuggets of gold, the layers underneath, the kernel of people’s stories. She’s available to share her story too.
If you would like to book Kimberley for your next event, please get in touch to discuss dates and rates via email.
In the media
December 2022 - Guest speaker - The Morning Show
4 November 2022 - Guest speaker - Conflux Bendigo - Crisis or opportunity: the future of publishing
15 October 2021 - Host - Rural Women's Day with Laura Hall, Phylli Designs
27 October 2021 - Panel moderator - SBE Australia - Funding your business journey
29 July 2022 - How Kimberley Furness launched a print magazine to get rural women heard - Women's Agenda
8 March 2022 - Bendigo's Kimberley Furness win's AgriFutures Rural Women's Award - Bendigo Advertiser
10 February 2022 - Bendigo magazine editor in the running for AgriFutures Rural Women's Award, Bendigo Advertiser
15 October 2021 - Strathfieldsaye's Kimberley Furness is celebrating rural and regional women, Bendigo Advertiser
March 8 2022 - ABC Country Hour (Interview at 41:17)