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Dear Guest,

What a month May has been! We have had some excellent events around the country, welcomed numerous new members and celebrated the many benefits of being part of this wonderful network. We are keen to continue the momentum and positive energy materialising through June. We are getting very excited about drawing the winner of our May Member Month Hamper! If you attended a WNA event in May or referred a new member to our organisation, you are automatically in the draw which we will announce in the coming days.

In this edition, we share a couple of events that will grace us this month including our casual yet engaging online Socialise at Sunset which you can join next Friday 11 June. We also have a special day planned for our WNA Hobart members with the dynamic and delightful story-telling entrepreneur Simone de Haas towards the end of June. And because we love planning ahead, you can prepare for the "Kickass Woman" Jody Sainsbury in July who believes the future is truly female!

I must admit I am not always the best sleeper particularly during a hectic week full of business meetings, managing work challenges, completing school and family commitments, and navigating the small daily stresses that sometimes impact our most valuable wonder pill - sleep. Leanne Sklavenitis' latest WNA blog was a fantastic reminder for me on the power of creating a regular sleep pattern and rituals and I hope her tips help you strive towards better sleep, rest and overall wellbeing. Like Leanne, you are all experts in your fields, so please share your thoughts and experiences with the rest of the WNA network through our WNA blog and in our WNA Facebook.

For a little something else, we have a powerful reminder to look after our planet and take action on World Environment Day, I have a book that will assist aspiring B-Suite leaders to find a new leadership level, you can purchase your Beanie to conquer brain cancer and listen to a short but sweet podcast designed by two leadership experts who are keen to see us all thrive through lockdown.

An extension of your lockdown Melbourne friends and WNA family is not easy and we have been sending many good thoughts and hugs your way. Self care is the buzz word these days but it really is important for all of us. Take those small moments throughout each day to find your bit of tranquillity - whether that's with a warm cup of chamomile or liquorice tea, strolling in your local park for 15 minutes, ringing someone who matters to you, or cooking that hearty plate of parsnip soup. The little moments really do help us all stay in a positive frame of mind and ready to be our best selves.

I will leave you with a bit of WNA wisdom - "Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go". Stay close to your friends and family, stay healthy and care for each other. Please give me a call if you need anything.

Thank you as always for your support of WNA.

Janelle ♥


While the WNA world has moved back into physical events, there is sometimes nothing like connecting with all of you nationally from home. If you are like me and enjoy spending some Friday afternoons with a nice glass of bubbly or a hot cup of tea, what better way to spend it than with more WNA friends online!

It's a great way to share tips and ideas that have worked in your business during the week. You can share a virtual hug if you had a challenging day or two, or you might just enjoy a casual conversation with friends as well. We are all friendly, supportive and happy to collaborate and share with everyone on the call.

Join your fellow WNA members online on Friday 11 June:

4.30pm-5.30pm AEST

Registration is free for members! (We also love welcoming new friends!)


Stories can be powerful business tools and successful leaders use them to engage their teams. Entrepreneurs use the art of storytelling to drive sales, and speakers use stories to transform. With this in mind it stands to reason that if you want to create greater personal and business influence, you need to learn how to tell a good story. Stories can change the way we think, feel and act.

Stories can capture our imaginations, illustrate our ideas, arouse our passions, and inspire us in a way that cold, hard facts often can't. Throughout this dynamic presentation, multi-award winning Theatre Director & Entrepreneur, Simone de Haas will share her top tips for identifying your perfectly persuasive business story, the techniques for sharing it most effectively, and how to monetise your message for increased sales and customer engagement.

Simone is a Corporate Story Strategist, International Speaker and Mentor, and Executive Speaking Coach. She specialises in helping business owners, entrepreneurs, and CEO's tell their entrepreneurial story in a way that resonates with their target market - and in doing so, help them better monetise their products and services.

Join your fellow WNA Hobart members on Friday 25th June:


RACV Hobart Hotel


Get comfortable with the idea of change.....says our Guest Speaker, Jody Sainsbury from Kickass Women. Working for a Global resources company has given Jody an interesting glimpse of the latest innovations - an "Internet of Things" through which everyday objects communicate with one another are no longer things of the distant future.

In saying that, Jody hardly recognises herself these days. Jody is not talking about the way she looks, but rather what she does. For the past eight years in Jody's role as a coal train driver she has learned more from her transformation from high heels to high vis than just the fact that women indeed need to be retrained, mobile, and tech savvy to adapt to the new world of work skills.

Kickass Women kicked into gear in advocating and putting plans in place for the development of the future of work for women.....defining her. A campaign about promoting the future skills women will require to work alongside with Artificial Intelligence and automation and that by relearning and rearming ourselves, both by nature and by culture, women are better placed to benefit from learning how to work with the Bots.

Join your fellow WNA members on Thursday 22 July:


The Paddington Tavern, Given Terrace, Paddington


Tomorrow is World Environment Day around the globe and it's an important reminder for all of us how important our planet's ecosystems are. Since 1974, the day has helped engage governments, businesses and citizens to address pressing environmental issues. It's an important time for ecosystem restoration and bringing to our attention some of the exploitation and damage that is being done to our precious environment.

The statistics are damning - every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch and over the last century approximately 50 percent of our wetlands have been destroyed. 50 percent of our coral reefs have already been lost due to damage and by 2050 up to 90 percent could be gone forever, even if global warming is limited to an increase of 1.5 degrees. Protecting our ecosystems and striving for healthy environments can enhance people's livelihoods, support climate change, and prevent the collapse of biodiversity.

The theme this year is "Reimagine, Recreate, Restore" and it's time for #GenerationRestoration to step up and make change. We can participate in boldly reviving our planet in 10 years by changing our actions:


Rebecca Houghton has a reputation and a passion for helping mid-level leaders - the B-Suite. Her programs create a powerful impact on those who want to step up. As one of Australia's leading Talent and Leadership coaches and facilitators, Rebecca works with large and small organisations across the public sector, health and retail.

Her latest book Impact, shows you how, through ten practical tools to use on a daily basis. These 10 ways to level up your leadership will help you improve your B-Suite game and have greater impact. Rebecca is passionate about passing on her knowledge and hard-won learnings on the B-Suite pathway. They are the foundation of her Level Up Program, designed for all B-Suiters who seek more impact but lack the confidence, influence or headspace to get it right.

Rebecca also offers mentorship, workshops and webinars designed for leaders to develop their skills, and facilitates conversations around organisational change.


Mark Hughes was an inspiring rugby league player on the field and has been even more inspiring off the field with his work with the Mark Hughes Foundation and Beanie for Brain Cancer Day. The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) is a charity formed in Newcastle by Mark and Kirralee Hughes following Mark’s diagnosis with Brain Cancer in 2013. The Mark Hughes Foundation’s mission is to raise much needed funds for research, to create awareness and support brain cancer patients and their families. Brain cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in children, and adults aged under 40 in Australia, yet alarmingly very little is known about brain cancer, its causes or how it is treated.

Mark and his team have launched the 2021 Beanie for Brain Cancer campaign and need everyone's help to continue the fight against brain cancer, continue to raise awareness and raise the funds that allows our dedicated scientists to continue researching and the wonderful Brain Cancer Care nurses to keep caring. 

How can you help?


Lockdown has been tough for everyone and we are thinking of everyone struggling with the effects it may have, particularly our Melbourne friends and WNA family. There are many podcasts available but a new one I came across this week had some great messages for all of us.

The Daily Check In podcast run by psychologist and speaker Dr Amy Silver who helps organisations and individuals manage emotions for high performance and wellbeing, and Author, Trainer and Speaker Shane Michael Hatton who is passionate about creating remarkable leaders.

For the last week or so during Melbourne's latest lockdown, Amy and Shane have been reflecting in 10-15 minute bursts on the ways to choose courage, navigate challenges and control our emotions as we navigate another lockdown.

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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