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Dear Guest,

What a whirlwind week of events, fundraising and networking it has been! I was honoured to join the 'Conversations on the Red Bench' at the Red Roses Foundation International Women's Day breakfast on Monday in front of a packed room. It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss ways in which women can and should support each other, ways that we can work together for mutual success and at the same time help the more vulnerable among us. Thank you to Betty Taylor, CEO, for having me!

Every year it feels like IWD brings out the female voice with increasing chorus. We continue to make the changes that our world desperately needs for gender equality and advocate for more opportunities for women to be their best selves at home and in the workplace. The challenges that many women overcome each day just to live healthy and safe lives is tremendous and over the last week I have heard many stories that made my heart sing and my drive to do my part for the world even stronger. This week is also a powerful reminder that choosing to challenge does not need to be a huge endeavour but every small action or encouragement could just make a difference in another woman's day or life.

Last night in Brisbane, fashion and fun were the name of the game and some fantastic frocks and leisure wear were on show. I am pretty sure my credit card got another workout after a shopping spree but genuinely it was fantastic to see the support for our WNA members. Our WNA Charity High Tea is approaching rapidly and our raffle is now live so please jump online to purchase your tickets and get in the draw for some exquisite prizes. 

Socialise at Sunset is on this afternoon and after a momentous week on the networking calendar, I am keen to hear you share your #ChoosetoChallenge stories. Our Hobart members were so keen for more events we created another amazing opportunity in March for you to join in - The Customer Experience is Your Golden Ticket! Belinda Shaw will be amazing so join the occasion now!

Keep forwarding your event details as the WNA team is keen to promote and support your events each week. Don't forget to provide as much detail as you can and share them in the WNA Facebook Group! And if you enacted some great #ChoosetoChallenge ideas this week, please also share them with WNA as we would love to profile how you are making a difference.

For a little something else, you can watch some inspirational videos from inspiring female speakers and check out how Dress for Success played their important part for vulnerable women and pay inequality. I have more free tickets to one of the documentaries of the year about women's surfing, there's some motivation from the Australian Women's Cricket Team, and you can read about how one association is inspiring a difference within the transport industry of Australia. Finally, I saw this quote below and I think it captures what IWD is all about nicely.

'When women are successful, we are all successful. We need to stand behind them, to make sure that they have the tools to continue the march toward progress and be the leaders they are born to be.'
- Bonita Stewart, Vice President of Global Partnerships at Google

Keep #ChoosingtoChallenge and have a great weekend! 

Janelle ♥

The Friday 26 March event is now a sell-out and only a couple of weeks away! I am honoured to have Lady Mayoress of Brisbane Nina Schrinner and the highly esteemed Dame Quentin Bryce along as our guests of honour as well as Leigh Muirhead who will lead proceedings. The exquisite Lisa Lockland-Bell  will also be there, to perform for us. Having everyone in the room at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane will cap off what has been an inspirational month around Australia.

The online multi-draw raffle is open to members and supporters to purchase tickets and be part of our WNA Charity High Tea prize draw. Please share these details with family and friends and show your support for Women's Legal Service Queensland.

There are a number of fabulous prizes such as a Tracie Eaton Fine Art Reproduction and an exquisite diamond pendant from Starfire Diamond Jewellery. Winners will be drawn on the day and will be notified by telephone and email (if provided).


As we reflect on all the wonderful stories and women who have made change in our lives, I would love to see as many of you as possible on our special Zoom catch up later today. I am keen to hear from you on how you have chosen to challenge the status quo this week and how you will continue to empower yourself and other women in your networks to push for change and a more equitable world for all women and girls.

Socialise at Sunset is proudly a FREE event for WNA members and a great way to finish off your work week and embrace the weekend. Check the times below for your state/territory.

Get your ticket and connect with us nationally at 4.30pm AEST.

QLD:  4.30pm

NSW | VIC | TAS | ACT:  5.30pm

WA:  2.30pm

SA:  5.00pm

NT:  4.00pm


Bring your work crew, family and friends to another fantastic networking opportunity in Hobart. Customers want an experience - not just service and WNA is fortunate to have Belinda Shaw along to discuss how retail owners can breathe life back into their bricks and mortars stores and become more resilient using her Retail Recalibration process.  Belinda Shaw is the Resilience Expert who engages with professionals to build themselves and their teams by engaging them in the Resilient R.O.A.R process. You will become more focused on your capabilities, your team, and ensure everyone is doing the job they love most and are best at. Purchase your ticket now!

Date: Friday March 19

Time: 12.00pm-2.30pm AEDT

Location: RACV Hobart Hotel, 154-156 Collins Street, Hobart TAS

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


I don't know about you but I do love listening to empowered women in powerful videos. There have been many during this week's celebrations and in recent times, so I thought you may like to watch a few in a quiet spare moment! Get ready for goosebumps!

Kirstin Ferguson - UN Women International Women's Day Event
Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - 6 essential lessons for women leaders
Gloria Steinem - To future generations of women, you are the roots of change


In line with the IWD theme #ChoosetoChallenge, Dress for Success staff and clients did just that when they took on Skywalk above Sydney's Tower Eye on Monday 8 March. By officially launching Empower Hour, a campaign encouraging Australians to donate an hour of their salary in support of women struggling with unemployment, Dress for Success is helping to take women to new heights in their careers. 

On the walk 268 metres above Sydney's street level, staff and clients struck the #ChoosetoChallenge pose, holding their hands up high in a show of solidarity in their commitment to help forge an inclusive world. The women also held up one finger for the cameras which represents one hour of pay via the #empowerhour campaign to help a woman who may be struggling with unemployment.

For more information on Dress for Success or to donate to Empower Hour, visit
#dressforsuccess #iwd2021 #empowerhour

If you ever wanted to see a film about how women have fought to change their workplace for the better, then Girls Can't Surf is for you! Stephanie Gilmore also described it as "an empowering history of badass women."
It's the 1980's and the world of professional surfing is a circus of fluoro colours, peroxide hair and radical male egos. Girls Can't Surf follows the journey of a band of renegade surfers who took on the male-dominated professional surfing world to achieve equality and change the sport forever. Featuring surfing greats Jodie Cooper, Frieda Zamba, Pauline Menczer, Lisa Andersen, Pam Burridge, Wendy Botha, Layne Beachley and more, Girls Can't Surf is a wild ride of clashing personalities, sexism, adventure and heartbreak, with each woman fighting against the odds to make their dreams of competing a reality.

Please contact me for tickets which are courtesy of Madman.


This week on International Women's Day, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has taken the pledge to #ChoosetoChallenge and drive positive change in the industry. In 2021, there are more women in transport than ever before. While there are clear benefits and many success stories, the ATA says there is plenty more to be done to achieve gender parity and grow the female workforce. It is the role of the ATA and members to foster strong leaders through programs like Driving Change and advocate on behalf of industry to ensure the right legislation and policies are in place to support out ambition.

Of all transport workers, 26.4 percent are women, primarily in administration roles, with only 3 percent in the driver workforce. The ATA identified unconscious bias and fear of discrimination as predominant barriers to gender equality and inclusivity, followed closely by a lack of understanding and resources of how to create and maintain positive workplace cultures. There are plenty of opportunities and roles in the trucking industry to be filled by men and women and it is important to remove gender bias, smash stereotypes, and foster positive workplace culture.

2021 Diversity Program Fact Sheet

2021 Diversity Program Nomination Form


If you are a women's sport fan and in particular a cricket fan, you must watch the new documentary which profiles the success of the ICC Women's World Cup 2020. Cricket set a significant goal to have the biggest crowd watching a women's cricket international match at the MCG last year and 86,000 fans turned up to support Australia and India as they dreamed of World Cup Victory. It was a victory for dreaming big and a victory for women's sport and cricket internationally.

Watch 'The Record' Documentary on Amazon Prime

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