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Kiss Away the Blues

Over 200 guests kissed Away the Blues at our exciting Women in Business lunch which launched the 2017 Liptember campaign to raise funds and awareness for women's mental health. 

We were joined by special keynote speaker, World Champion surfer Layne Beachley, renowned for her astounding exploits, unwavering attitude and inspirational achievements. However, with success can come dark times - Layne shared her own story of despair and how she overcame that struggle to become a mentor for other women.

Our event raised $5,500 for Liptember which will support national research programs through organisations including the Centre for Women's Mental Health and Lifeline.

Why women's mental health? 

  • One in three Australian women will suffer depression or anxiety during their lifetime.
  • Postnatal depression affects 15% of women within the first year after childbirth.
  • Research, support programs and prevention strategies are more affective when applied with a gender lens.

Networking Evening and Chloe Shorten joins us to 'Take Heart'!

Women in Business guests connected like never before on Wednesday 3 May, thanks to fabulous networking tips from expert Nikki Heald.

Afterwards, guests settled in to enjoy hearing insights and experiences on the ‘new normal’ for many families from Chloe Shorten, a communications specialist and mother of three. 

In the twenty-first century, what we each view as a 'family' can be as varied and unique as we all are.

Having created her own stepfamily, Chloe found herself surprised at the lack of helpful information and unexpected tripwires for families of all shapes and sizes who didn't fit into the traditional cookie-cutter mould. She was heartened by sensible advice, the resilience of her children and the joy of watching her husband become a father three times over.

Celebrate International Women's Day with Special Guest Speaker Dr Gill Hicks

In March we celebrated International Women's Day (IWD), recognising the achievements of women at our first major Women in Business lunch for 2017.  

Featuring internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, Dr Gill Hicks, the lunch embodied the theme of this year's IWD, 'Be Bold for Change'. After losing both legs in the London terrorist bombings in 2005, Gill learnt to walk again and made the decision to dedicate her life to advocating for peace. Now a thought-provoking, powerful and life affirming speaker, Gill left her impressive career at the helm of some of the UK's most respected and prestigious institutions to share her story with the world. Having endured unimaginable trauma, Gill's remarkable courage and determination to truly triumph over tragedy is nothing but inspirational. 

Celebrating inspirational women closer to home, we also showcased the achievements of Western Sydney women, proudly hosting the Western Sydney University's Women of the West Awards, announcing the winners at our lunch. 
 
This year our IWD event will support two fabulous services that care for critically ill newborn babies - NETS (The Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service) and the Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, supporters and guests we raised over $14,000 to support these great charities and their work!