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"Every voice matters" - 2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame

This week, as we celebrated the contributions and achievements of many Australians, I was inspired and overawed by the sheer determination and fierce advocacy of Grace Tame, our newest Australian of the Year. Grace's inspiring story of overcoming sexual abuse and wanting to help other survivors to tell their stories on their terms brought tears to my eyes and goosebumps to my body.

Grace's legal case against her perpetrator in Tasmania was the catalyst for the #Letherspeak campaign along with a number of other courageous survivors. Their fight and advocacy helped change Tasmanian victim gag laws that silence many sexual abuse survivors. Her speech was influential and moving for me to view and I hope that her message "that our voices can empower others to help others" inspires something in you today to support others in your work and community.

On another subject that I am passionate about, working for an end to domestic and family violence, I am proud and privileged to be a guest panellist for the Red Rose Foundation International Women's Day Breakfast Event alongside a number of other inspiring guest speakers such as the Assistant Commissioner Tracy Lingard. Please read on if you are keen to come along and support Red Rose Foundation and the important work they do.

It's only three weeks away until our much anticipated Brisbane and Hobart WNA events which are great opportunities for WNA members to connect in a real way and enjoy each other's company. I would love to see many of you there in force - please read on to register and save your seat! I have also provided the link to a short online course from University of Melbourne on Artificial Intelligence and Women that starts next week and could be the right move for you to upskill in the digital transformation space.

Last week we featured five of our exceptional WNA leadership team members on our socials. This week you will meet another five ladies who keep WNA ticking along with energy and focus. I have introduced these five distinguished women a bit further on! They are here to assist so please reach out!

The Innovator's Playbook is our book of the week and brings many insights around creativity and innovation. Also, if you know any young and budding writers, please share with them the details of the 2021 Questions Writing Prize which is now open! Which reminds me, our WNA blogs keep coming in fierce and fast - keep them coming and enjoy the wisdom each and every one brings!

Additionally, in February we are keen to share some love and kindness amongst our membership and we'd love all of you to join in and support this idea. I've shared two podcasts that are short and succinct and will help with your daily news fix and decision fatigue!

As I reflect on Grace's quote - every voice matters, I encourage you to make your voice count in your family loungerooms, at your office desks with your employees, on the phone with your dear friends or anywhere that you can make a daily difference. Every contribution, small or large, can make someone else's day that much brighter.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 

Janelle ♥

Red Rose Foundation International Women's Day (IWD) Breakfast 2021

I am proud to be a guest speaker for this event alongside a number of wonderful guest speakers including:

*Assistant Commissioner Tracy Lingard APM QPS

*MC; Kelly Higgins Devine

*Conversations from the Red Bench with Kylie Hill, Nicole Edwards, Yasmin Khan and me!

IWD is celebrated globally on 8 March every year in honour of the remarkable contribution of women in our society. The day also commemorates the inspiring role of women around the world to secure women's rights and build safer and more equitable societies.

The Red Rose Foundation actively works to end domestic and family violence related deaths in Australia including homicide, suicide and accidental deaths that arise from incidents and/or histories of domestic violence. You can read more about their contribution here.

Click here for information on tickets and other event info!


Our first Brisbane event of 2021 will give you the opportunity to connect in a very real way. We are keen to showcase how you pivoted and adapted your business in 2020. In addition, we've had members win major awards, adapt their businesses to online mode successfully and many have increased production significantly. Please register now for your opportunity to be featured also. I'm looking forward to welcoming you and getting real about the benefits of networking in 2021!

Event details:

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021
Time: 9.30am-11.30am AEST
Venue: Paddington Tavern, 186 Given Terrace, Paddington, QLD, 4064
Tickets: Members $55.00, Visitors $85.00 (all inclusive of GST)


You can join in for another special event in Hobart at a new venue for WNAl! We're looking forward to trying out Botanica Bar Salamanca and are lucky to have locked in Gail Eaton-Briggs as our first Hobart speaker of 2021. 

Gail will take you through the stages of the model she has developed (Conscious Grit: from Stuck to Unstoppable), while sharing her personal story of how she moved from being in the zone of unconscious grit to the zone of conscious grit.

Event details:

Date: Friday 19 February

Time: 12.00pm-2.30pm AEDT

Venue: The Loft, Botanica Bar, 23 Salamanca Square, Battery Point

Tickets: Members $69.00, Visitors $99.00 (all inclusive of GST)

Price includes one complimentary drink on arrival.


Women's Network Australia is proud to be hosting our inaugural charity high tea featuring Conversations on the Couch with The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO and Lady Mayoress of Brisbane, Nina Schrinner. With radio host Leigh Muirhead as our Master of Ceremonies, we are looking to foward to an event filled with wonderful and relevant conversations, as well as a great opportunity to network with like-minded business women. All proceeds from the event raffle will go to our charity partner, Women's Legal Service Queensland. This is an event not to miss! 

Event details:

Date: Friday 26 March 

Time: 11:00am-2:00pm AEST

Venue: Stamford Plaza Brisbane, 39 Edward Street, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Tickets: Earlybird rates currently available - $125 (single ticket) or $1,200 (table of ten) - incl GST


The University of Melbourne have created a Future of Women at Work Series which is ideal for working women professionals who want to understand how their industries may be impacted by technology - and how they can future-proof their skillsets. It is particularly valuable to women who want to upskill to succeed in their professions into the future. In an increasingly digital world, workplaces are transforming rapidly. Research shows women could be disproportionally impacted by these shifts.

Artificial Intelligence and Women is a 6 week online (21 hour) + 20 hours of assessment module that will arm you with a fundamental understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation - and how these could affect your profession. Upon completion you will be awarded your AI and Women Melbourne MicroCert.

If you are keen to learn more about technology or AI, you can register for the next course on Monday February 1 ($1190.00 inc GST).

Additionally, many universities are offering FREE courses for upskilling such as University of Queensland's - Leading High Performing Teams which you can complete in your own time, online and learn more about your own leadership capability and how to lead your people and businesses.


WNA is proud of the leaders who represent our network and last week we brought five of those awesome ladies to your attention! This week I wanted to introduce you to the rest of our amazing leadership group. Check out each of the links to read more about these inspirational ladies and also check out our WNA Facebook page for more information!

*Stacy Farrell - Content Box - Sydney, New South Wales

*Binh Rey - Baxter IP Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys - Melbourne, Victoria

*Melissa Donaldson - Allsure Insurance - Geelong, Victoria

*Alison Rogers - Stellar International - Tasmania

*Marianne Rom - Social Ediquette - Inglewood, Western Australia

Reach out to me or any of our WNA leadership team to assist you with your business and personal goals.


Innovation drives growth in organisations and entire economies, yet it's rarely successful. In this new book, design thinking expert and Methodry founder Nathan Baird draws on over 20 years of hands-on experience, tools and methods to provide a practical and customer-centric approach to innovation. Baird links the process of creativity, design and innovation to business success and shows how to succeed in a crowded market of new ideas.


Do you know a talented young Australian writer (18 to 30 years) that enjoys writing non-fiction or fiction stories? This is the opportunity to share this note with them. The 2021 Questions Writing Prize is now open! The prize awards $2000 to the best writing submitted and is a great chance to flex your creative muscles.

Your writing piece can be either fiction or non-fiction, but it must be between 1500 and 2000 words. The lucky winner will then have their work published in an upcoming issue of Questions.

Previous winners have included Yasaman Bagheri for The Story Bridge and Joshua Lee for Day-bag.

Deadline for submissions is 1 May 2021 and there is no submission fee. To find out more and to enter, visit the Questions website.


In February we're kicking off a month of "Spread love and kindness" in the WNA Facebook and LinkedIn Groups. We encourage to WNA members to share stories of their wonderful experiences working with or purchasing from other WNA businesses. It also gives WNA members the opportunity to promote their business and encourages members to support each other!


The Briefing - 20 minute episodes

A news show that serves you the latest headlines each morning. Plus, they go deeper and 'brief' you on one topic per day via interviews. Hosted by Tom Tilley (former presenter of Triple J's Hack) with regular rotating co-hosts Jan Fran (from ABC's Pineapple Project), The Project and SBS's The Feed), Annika Smethurst (News Corp Journalist) and Jamila Rizvi (author, presenter and political commentator). Here's a couple for your ride to and from work to try:

Creating good habits - and why we make resolutions we can't keep (20 minutes)

The seasonal worker crisis and how it will impact you (18 minutes)

The Next Right Thing - (10-25 minute episodes)

A weekly podcast to help clear the decision-making chaos, quiet the fear of choosing wrong, and find the courage to finally decide without regret or second guessing. Emily P Freemen's short but captivating episodes seem to just speak good advice for me at the right times.

The episode on Is It Time To Move On? really captured my thoughts this week particularly when making some personal and business decisions and moving confidently forward once you have made a decision. 

Do you know someone who would benefit from being part of WNA? 

Feel free to forward our Member Benefits link so they can join too! 


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