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Dear Guest,

Last week, I took some time out to rejuvenate ready for the next couple of months and I had time to reflect on some of 2020's challenges but also successes and there have been many! Our two seasons of virtual presenters granted us various business insights including how to improve your linkedin ninja, stay visible on social media, and how we can use technology in our businesses to pivot and adapt were fantastic. 

Our Socialise at Sunset (next one - Friday 4 September) has been a gamechanger and a real chance to connect and give back. The Winter Magazine was tremendous and I am excited about creating the 30 year anniversary edition. Next week you will receive further information about how and when to submit your contributions and advertising requests for the anniversary edition! Make sure you check your emails!

As mentioned last week our first live event will be going ahead on Friday 11 September for our Hobart members! Mikala Grosse will present on #techmindfulness. Just a reminder to reserve your seat well ahead of time due to COVID-19 guidelines. For those in Queensland, please remember to book your seat for the WNA Christmas Charity Luncheon  scheduled for Thursday 26 November - which is fast approaching. We have extended the Early Bird Booking Rate until Friday 11 September so that you have some extra time to plan.

In this communique you can read more about entrepreneur Binh Rey, and how she helps brands and individuals with brand protection and trademarking as they evolve and grow. And continuing with the WNA blogs, Cheryl Gray highlights the benefits of physical, mental and social wellbeing particularly in an office environment in her article, and I love how your Apple watch is your activity keeper!

Lastly, you can read about Women's Equality Day (US) which was earlier this week on 26 August and reminds us of the advocacy and efforts of those who achieved voting for women and rights such as standing for Parliament, not just in America but across the world. And Frances Frei and Anne Morriss kindly remind us as business leaders and managers that empowering our people and our staff should be the aim to create successful companies and our own leadership progress.

Tomorrow is also Franchise Appreciation Day (Saturday August 29) so we celebrate the camaraderie amongst our franchise owners and remind you to continue to connect with and support your local franchisees. I am always looking to learn and grow as a leader and welcome your contributions on how we can empower others in our WNA connection hub. 

As always, I am here to help, so please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 

Janelle x


Binh Rey is a Trade Mark Attorney with extensive marketing expertise, as well as being an entrepreneur who has established and operated two successful businesses - an events management company and a Trade Mark Consultancy firm. Binh recently merged her practice with Baxter IP, a Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys firm. 

Here she uses her skills to assist businesses with brand protection, guiding them to what they need to protect and what they don't. Binh understands the heartbreak of a brand name being stolen from underneath a brand founder and is passionate about helping businesses stand out in their field and protecting them as they evolve and grow.

Find out more about Binh in our WNA Business Directory on our website


I took some much needed R&R last Friday, the WNA team stepped in to host another entertaining Socialise at Sunset session. It was great to have some new faces taking part, and a strong Victorian contingent who appreciated the opportunity to connect with other women around the country. Thanks to first time attendee Ping Chew for sharing the novel 'virtual cocktail event' idea! It sounds like a lot of fun and we will certainly be investigating this for a potential WNA event. If you're curious, have a look at Monsieur Cocktail.

This week a number of our WNA members have been announced as finalists in different awards initiatives, in particular, the AusMumpreneur awards. We love to celebrate your nominations and support you where possible, so please be sure to let us know when you have been nominated so that we can celebrate with you!

WNA Member, Elena Gosse, has also been announced as a Finalist in the Westfield Local Heroes initiative. Elena has nominated Women's Legal Service Queensland to receive a $10,000 grant from Westfield if she wins community voting which is now open. Women's Legal Service Queensland is also WNA's nominated beneficiary of donations from this year's Christmas Charity Luncheon. With cases of domestic and family violence on the rise as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, they need our help more than ever. 


Women's Equality Day is celebrated in the United States on 26 August to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. Women's Equality Day celebrates the achievements of women's rights activists and reminds us of the unique daily struggles that women face. This would actually follow New Zealand, who were the first nation to allow women to vote in 1893, and Australia was considered progressive by allowing women to vote and stand for parliament in 1902. However, notably, indigenous women were not allowed to vote until 1962. 

There are many ways you can support or learn more about Women's Equality Day here such as visiting a museum, by celebrating and lifting up other women around (including in our WNA community) and many other ideas.


Frances Frei and Anne Morriss are educators and optimists who want current and future leaders to be their best selves and to try to make the world a better place. As coaches and company builders, they have worked with entrepreneurial companies such as Uber, WeWork, and Riot Games and have advocated that leaders create the conditions for the people around them to become increasingly effective, to help them fully realise their own capacity and power. 

In their latest book, Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader's Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You, the authors believe there are 10 ways that managers and leaders get in the way of themselves and make a habit of self-distraction including:
  • What other people experience rarely occurs to you
  • You don't ask very many questions
  • The most interesting thing about other people is what they think of you.
If you would like to learn more from Frances Frei, check out her Ted Talk on building trust.

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