Women inspire each other
THE Southern Business Women’s Network Inc exists for the benefit of all women.
The group’s mission is to cultivate an environment where women are able to network with confidence and equality, to be enriched through learning, and to prosper through connection with women from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions.
Each month the group dines at a fabulous location in South Gippsland or Bass Coast, and members are inspired by the life and work experiences of some amazing women.
The group is thrilled to have Christina Lovison, an accredited leadership/management coach, speak at the August 14 dinner meeting.
Christina’s expertise is in helping organisations enable leadership development, incorporating personal growth in the fields of emotional intelligence, leadership resilience, conflict management, women’s leadership development, as well as organisational coaching through change and conflict.
The network was formed some 15 years ago in Leongatha with just 20 members. It now boasts some 145 members and spans South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires, and exists for the benefit of all working women.
Over the years, demand saw bi-monthly meetings become monthly meetings with guest speakers at numerous restaurants and cafes in various locations from Cowes to Mirboo North to Fish Creek.
The network’s mission was to cultivate an environment where women were able to network with confidence and equality, to be enriched through learning, and to prosper through connection with women from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions.
The group’s members believe networking is about developing business relationships, sharing knowledge and experience, and building trust.
The group understands that networking is not the same as selling, and that over time, building relationships and trust will generate referrals and develop members’ businesses.
The success of the network has sat with its committees over the years.
Since 2011, the network has trebled its membership. A website was introduced in 2012 and more recently a Facebook page, now 450 likes.
The incoming committee in September is brilliant, with already countless new ideas and all excited about what is to come.
The network strives for excellence as a like-minded community by maintaining and enhancing knowledge and skills, by encouraging the professional development of all, and by fostering the aspirations of members and guests at network events.
You can be an employee, self-employed; be retired from work, looking for work; planning a business; or on leave from your business or place of work.
The network would love for all our members to be open minded, with a sense of fun, adventure and a desire and preparedness to try new things, to look outside the square, and to share their knowledge and experience with others.
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