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In Conversation with Sarah Ferguson and Nikki Gemmell

Celebrating International Women's Day with special guest speaker, Tara Moss

Our most recent Women in Business forum, appropriately held on International Women’s Day (March 8), was a celebration of the achievements of women throughout Western Sydney, Australia and the world!

This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) theme of ‘Press For Progress’ was an opportunity to reflect on progress, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination made by ordinary women.

Women in Business forum attendees were lucky enough to witness internationally acclaimed keynote speaker Tara Moss share her insights on women's representation in the media, fiction, politics and public life – as she addressed the topic of 'Labels, Leadership and Why We Need More Women's Voices'.

As has been the case with previous Women in Business forums, our IWD 2018 event helped to showcase the achievements of Western Sydney women by playing host to the Western Sydney University's Women of the West Awards.

Women in Business and Western Sydney University would like to congratulate this year’s winners; Martha Jabour – who won the Community award for her inspiring work with Grace’s Place, and Cynthia Payne – winner of the Business award for her work with Summitcare.

The event was set to raise funds in support of The Sanctuary - The Hills Women’s Shelter, a NFP organisation providing crisis shelter for women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence.  We’re incredibly proud to say that in total, the forum raised over $15,000 for The Sanctuary – which will go to assist their hardworking staff to provide ongoing safety and support to women and children in need.

A special thank you to everyone who attended this year’s International Women’s Day Women in Business forum with Tara Moss – the event was a resounding success, especially with regard to the amount raised for The Sanctuary!

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.