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The Power of Storytelling

Our final major Women in Business event for our 10th anniversary year finished off with a bang! Over 250 guests joined us at the picturesque Oatlands House to hear 'The Power of Storytelling' with the delightful Annabel Crabb, along with Cath Keenan, 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero and co-founder of Sydney Story Factory.

Both Annabel and Cath shared how their love of words and writing stories have been an essential part of shaping their own lives, and how sharing that experience and instilling a love of writing in young people can make a world of difference for them too. Words and storytelling and being able to express one's ideas are vitally important skills in anyone's life.

We are thrilled to have raised $7,360 on the day for the Sydney Story Factory's creative writing centre opening in Parramatta in May 2018. From this new hub, creative writing and storytelling workshops will be conducted with thousands of marginalised young people aged 7-17 from all over Western Sydney.

We have a fantastic opportunity for those in our Women in Business community who may be interested in volunteering at Sydney Story Factory's Parramatta hub. Information sessions will be conducted from late January 2018 and more information can be found by contacting their Volunteer Manager, Craig New - craig@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Read more about our lunch with Annabel Crabb and Cath Keenan in Lawyer's Weekly.

Champagne High Tea Supporting Pink Ribbon

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.