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I always enjoy reading more women have joined the ranks of senior leadership and continue to provide a pathway for other aspiring women to follow - Yamatji and Noongar woman Dorinda Cox has been announced as the first aboriginal woman to represent Western Australia in the Senate and Jo Clark OAM, a former water polo olympian has been appointed General Manager of BrainStorm Software to take tech to new heights. And it's fantastic to see Cara Peek, founder of Saltwater Country has been named 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award National Winner in recognition of her work in creating opportunities for remote and regional First Nations people of Australia. It's heartening that so many women who have followed their purpose continue to light the way for others.

It has been promising to hear that some of our Australian borders will be opening up in time for Christmas. I know I am keen to visit some of my interstate family and friends and give them loads of hugs. It's a relief for many at a time when hope and positivity is the fuel for moving forward with strength and resilience together. And for businesses across Australia who have taken the brunt of the physical and financial impact, it is a hopefully a time for renewal and optimism. I for one am smiling as many of our WNA events are back on the calendar - if you are keen for a day or night out, our WNA events have something to offer everyone.

Gail Eaton-Briggs, author of 'Conscious Grit: From stuck to unstoppable' is keen to find 10 women to try her new course - Find the Unstoppable You 30 Day Challenge. If you need help developing your business confidence, motivation to step into a new form of leadership, or want to know more about yourself, this could be your opportunity. Contact Gail for more information.

Our Humble Leaders book has twelve fantastic stories of leadership, tenacity, determination and resilience which have been inspirational to those who have heard or read them. Excitingly, I am also pleased that two of these wonderful ladies will be with us on the couch at the Christmas Charity Luncheon to discuss their business and personal journeys. This book is a great Christmas gift idea to purchase for a special person in your life.

For members and friends in Hobart who attended our special event with Freya Downie - what an evening that was on Wednesday! Owner of Freya's Delights and creator of that delicious caramel sauce, she was a revelation to many and a young and upcoming entrepreneur on a mission. Her stories of her athletic pursuits and small business ideas was a great lesson for everyone in the room!

With Christmas on the horizon and hopefully a bit of freedom and travel, don't forget to share details of your business and special offers and deals with our WNA members and friends who might be keen to access them over the next few months. Our WNA Facebook Group is always a great place to connect, learn, and lead as well!

Finally, the Queensland Government is seeking interest for procurement opportunities for the Brisbane Olympic Games and a new Business Grant might be the opportunity for you to develop capability and success moving forward. Also I've included a podcast for those who want to learn more about clean energy and a leader and trailblazer has recently stepped down from her post but her leadership lessons will be an example for those who follow in her footsteps.

As always, I am open to your feedback and only ever a phone call away.

Stay safe and well this week and reach out if you need.

Janelle Bostock

CEO of Women's Network Australia


Episode Five of our Business Insights 

Virtual Series is on Tuesday 9 November from 

12.00pm to 1:00pmThis session features Erin van Nieuwkuyk of Goddess Natural Perfume who wants women to truly know their worth!


Business in Melbourne is re-emerging and we are just as excited as you are! Business networking is vital and Binh Rey, a highly esteemed Trademark Attorney will energetically lead the discussion. Melbourne friends - sign up for a great event!


Are you ready to 'Dare to Dream' big? With borders starting to open up and freedom on our doorstep soon, we are keen to see you at the WNA Christmas Charity Luncheon. Held on a beautiful Thursday at the tranquil Victoria Park Golf Complex, the day will once again support the incredible work of Women's Legal Service Queensland. It's a busy time for our event crew who are busy making the day super special for all involved!

Hurry! Book your tickets now!

We have had a wonderful response to the day - thank you! Please book your seat or table as soon as possible because we are nearing capacity - exciting times!  Early bird single tickets are $165.00 and tables of 10 are $1600.00 - please click here to secure your seat at one of the best Christmas events of 2021! Early bird prices end on 31 October.

Align your brand with a dedicated Sponsorship opportunity!

Thank you to those businesses who have signed up to support our event - if you are keen to be involved in a greater capacity this year, then why not align your brand with and be recognised as one of our valued sponsors. Please reach out to our Head Office team who are keen to support your endeavours or call me directly to learn more!

We need your help with raffle prize donations!

Whether it's beautiful jewellery, a toy package for kids, a facial voucher or beauty product gift package - we love raffle prize donations. All of our wonderful donations go towards furthering the important cause of Women's Legal Service Queensland and looking after women and families who need assistance. Again, please reach out if you have a product or package you could donate.

Purchase your raffle tickets!

If you are keen and organised, you can purchase your raffle tickets online here! You have to be in it to win it and don't forget, you can purchase tickets even if you can't make it along to the event! 


If you love a spirit or premium whisky, then you need to attend our next Hobart Event! Kristy Booth-Lark, owner of Killara Distillery, is a second generation distiller and has over 18 years' experience in the distilling industry having worked for many years at her parent's business, Lark Distillery.

Killara Distillery is one of the few world-wide distilleries to be owned and operated by a female and what a powerful advocate Kristy has been in the distilling industry for women. Alongside winning numerous awards nationally and internationally for the whisky she has produced, Kristy has also promoted the progression of women in the industry through setting up the Australian Women in Distilling Association in 2017.

Join WNA and a fantastic network of Tasmanian members to hear about Kristy's inspirational business journey and enjoy a Christmas Luncheon. Held at the wonderful RACV Hobart Hotel from 12:00pm to 2:30pm, come along and enjoy a beverage or two as we celebrate the year that was.

Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games - Procurement Opportunities

The Queensland Government is keen to engage suppliers as part of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brisbane in 2032 and have established a Register of Interest to support this process. The Games will create a 20-year pipeline of opportunities for Queensland businesses to:

  • Participate in exciting projects
  • Create valuable new partnerships and supply chains
  • Develop their business capability.
Register for the Buy Queensland supplier newsletter to receive updates on how you can be involved in the Games. With planning only in its infancy, opportunities will be further developed in time. There is a free masterclass being held at Brisbane Business Hub on 16 November to learn how to win procurement opportunities for your business - check it out here.

Brisbane Women in Business Grants

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has launched the Women in Business Grant 2021 to provide funding to support female business owners to grow and develop their business. 

The grant will support women in business to thrive and grow with confidence, encourage networking and collaboration through an expert business community and boost the economy through skill development and local purchasing. Find out more via the links below.

A Podcast for the Climate and Clean Energy Trailblazers

Holly Ransom is a woman on a mission! I am not sure when she sleeps but this woman is another trailblazer and incredible Australian leader with a focus to improve the world for future generations. As the author of The Leading Edge, host of her masterpiece podcast - Coffee Pods, public speaking extraordinaire and many other titles, her latest creation is innovative and forward thinking. Energy Trailblazers is a podcast and video conversation series designed to accelerate global clean energy and climate solutions by chatting to global experts in this area. 

From Change Agent Elisabeth Brinton to energy mobility CEO Francesco Venturini and Master Negotiator Chris Voss, there is sure to be an episode to intrigue your fancy. If you are like me and need an education in climate change and driving a positive future for clean energy, I encourage you to listen in and learn from these formidable educators.

Angela Merkel - Another Trailblazer and Courageous Leader

Last fortnight, I brought to you the wonderful work of Megumi Miki and her quiet leadership ideals. If you had a chance to view her website or read some of the book, there are some fascinating insights for organisations and leaders to support quiet leaders more effectively in their professional lives. Furthermore, the quiet leadership theme continued with a moving documentary on one of the world's most powerful women who has recently stepped away from political office. 

She has been a trailblazing leader having served 30 years in politics and an incredible four terms as the German Chancellor - she is Angela Merkel. A recent Four Corners documentary on Angela Merkel paints an incredible journey of a strong, determined, yet quietly driven woman who embraced her own unique style to lead in many an intimidating environment. Her courage through adversity, over public scrutiny and other challenges is a great example for others to follow.

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