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Dear Guest,

With a broad range of books sitting on my home lounge at any one time, Core Confidence has stood out in particular this week. Kate Boorer, Founder of Young Professional Women Australia, and Fiona Pearman, Founder of Pearman and Partners, are two leaders on a mission to encourage women to strengthen their confidence and ability to thrive. I resonated with all their ideas on building confidence but one part did stand out - being your own coach. At times across our professional careers, as women, I do believe we lose confidence at times and we get uncomfortable with not knowing enough in our respective niches or industries. Encouragingly though, by embracing a growth mindset and willingness to learn and develop in a particular business niche, we can all shine brightly and find a passion that aligns with our own values. I encourage you to read the book and find your reason to be more confident and bring your talents to the table.

It has been a busy week on the WNA front with our fifth Business Virtual Insights Series webinar on Tuesday. Erin van Nieuwkuyk has certainly found her niche with her natural perfume company, Goddess Natural Perfume, and her mission to bring more non-toxic products to our bathrooms and homes. Her entrepreneurial vision and story was an inspiration for those who joined online. If you paid for the series and missed the session, don't panic as I will be forwarding the recording for you to watch in your free time.

In event news, our WNA Christmas Charity Luncheon is just around the corner - can you believe it's November already?! 25th November will be a special day on the calendar for everyone involved - we have enlightening guest speakers with stories of strength and courage who will inspire you to "dare to dream", great food and drinks, superb company with fellow WNA members and friends, and raffle prizes galore. I am excited and I hope you are too - I will miss our interstate members and guests but am grateful for the opportunity to host this event again - please book your seat if you haven't already!

For our Melbourne and Hobart members and colleagues, there are two events coming up prior to Christmas that will encourage collaboration, networking, and enjoying a good time which is something I know many have been missing - read on to find out more! It's a great time of year to utilise your WNA membership and I wanted to remind you of the myriad of ways you can enjoy the benefits of our empowered group. Small actions such as posting in our WNA Facebook Group or engaging with us on Instagram, writing a blog on your niche or passion, attending one of our physical or virtual WNA events, and supporting other WNA members by purchasing their products or business services are great ways to utilise your membership and boost your business or profile.

Finally, November is always a great reminder about looking after ourselves especially our health. Read on to find out why you should book in your next cervical cancer screening test and how small acts of kindness everywhere can make our world a happier and peaceful place. Also I've included an article on how you can be a better colleague and friend at work and I have free tickets for a fun Christmas movie for the family to enjoy.

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

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

Janelle Bostock

CEO of Women's Network Australia


Join owner of Killara Distillery, Kristy Booth-Lark and hear her inspiring journey of being a second generation distiller and wonderful role model for women in the distilling industry. Join us for a beautiful Christmas lunch and company!


We are "daring to dream" and inching closer to one of our favourite days of the year - the WNA Christmas Charity Luncheon which will be held on Thursday 25 November in Brisbane. Our Event Partner KLM Solicitors is excited to be on board once again and we are ecstatic about their generous support, not only for WNA, but also the great work that Women's Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ) complete for vulnerable women and children in our communities. With only two weeks to go, this week we announced some exciting sponsorships!

Gold Sponsor Announcement

AIS Water, led by esteemed CEO Elena Gosse have graciously partnered with us as the Gold Sponsor for the second year running which is an incredible commitment! AIS Water is an award-winning industry influencer with almost 30 years of innovation and excellence in the design, production and supply of inline chlorine generation technology via electrolysis. Their technology is the simpler, safer and smarter way to disinfect pool water. Thank you AIS Water for your continued support of our dreams and commitment to helping those in our community who need help the most!

Silver Sponsor Announcement

WNA is also proud to announce the Silver Sponsor for the event is Ostrich180 Publishing! Ostrich180 is Australia's newest Hybrid Publishing House. The team allow you to embody your inner icon and step into your power, and certainly believe there is an author in all of us! Thank you to founder and leader Charli Fels, the energy behind Ostrich180, who is always keen to see others sparkling with their own awesomeness!

Dare to Dream with our Guest Speakers

We are incredibly excited to announce our panel of Guest Speakers who will be sharing their inspirational stories of leadership, courage and resilience. Rachael Tiernan, Director of Superstars, will be returning once again as our lively MC and she will host a jam-packed schedule on the day.

Guest speakers Margaret Campbell-Ryder, Owner and Director of Red Hill Gallery and Jody Sainsbury, Founder of Kickass Women will be a delight and inspiration for all our guests on the day. Their remarkable yet humbling stories will give you that energy lift you need to keep pursuing your own dreams. 

Major Prize Donation - A Stunning Diamond Piece!

And the brilliant partnerships keep coming! WNA is proud to announce our major prize for our Charity Raffle has once again been donated by Starfire Diamond Jewellery. Thank you to our generous WNA member and owner of Starfire Diamond Jewellery, Shweta Khan, for donating the "Herringbone Dream" Diamond Ring valued at $2,500.00. This stunning piece is intricately crafted with baguette diamonds paved to take you on a journey to a place filled with love and sparkle! 

Event Tickets Are Selling Fast - Book Now!

Now is the time to register your support for our Charity Partner - WLSQ. With exquisite food and drinks, prizes galore, inspiring guest speakers, and fabulous opportunities to meet like-minded women in business and industry, sign up to book your seat or table today. Not only will you have a great day but you will be supporting those who are affected by domestic violence in our communities. Only limited tickets remain.

Purchase Your Raffle Tickets

Last but not least, raffle tickets will be your best friend on the day. With major prizes and multiple gift packages, you need to be in the draw to win one! Even if you can't make our event this year, you can still purchase your tickets online and also support a very worthy cause. 

Get your tickets here!

World Kindness Day - 13 November

The world more than ever needs genuine acts of kindness and generosity and it's a great opportunity this weekend to make an incredible impact to those in your lives. World Kindness Day was created so individuals could perform acts of kindness and impact their family, friends, colleagues, children, and complete strangers in numerous wonderful ways. Every year on 13th November, people globally come together through random acts of kindness and to spread as many smiles as possible.

You can pledge an act of kindness as an individual or organisation and make the world a better place at the same time. It could be a phone call to a friend or family member you haven't seen in a long time, helping an elderly neighbour with their groceries or putting their bin back in their yard, buying a coffee for the next person in line on your daily commute, or sending an encouraging email to a fellow colleague based on a work achievement. Small acts add up and really do contribute to a happier, healthier and more vibrant world. 

For more ideas and kindness inspiration, check out these kindness ideas and spread a few kindness quotes to make another's day.

Free Movie Tickets For A Christmas Movie!

It's that time of year and a great time for a Christmas movie. The original story of Father Christmas is re-imagined in Gil Kenan's live action movie - A Boy Called Christmas which will be released on 25 November. An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny in this magical, comic and endearing story that proves nothing is impossible. 

This heartwarming, family movie will bring back some magic and hope this Christmas. Starring Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins, Toby Jones, Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig and  Zoe Colletti, make the time for some salty popcorn and a bit of viewing time. Contact me for your free family pass! First in, best dressed!

Tickets are courtesy of STUDIOCANAL.


National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 2021

Did you know that nearly 50% of Australian women are overdue for cervical cancer screening and up to 80% of cervical cancer cases in Australia are found in women who are overdue or have never been screened! That's a scary fact and a great reason for all women to prioritise this part of our health now.

Held from 8-21 November, the theme this year will build on last year's message and encourage women aged 25-74 that it is "Time to Catch Up". As the COVID-19 pandemic has put many plans on hold, it has also been a time when many women have put their Cervical Screening appointments on the back burner. The hope is to raise awareness that will build on the World Health Organisation's Vision of a world where cervical cancer is eliminated as a public health issue by 2030.

The Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation has launched #ThePreventionPact to help save lives. Join the pact and commit to staying on top of your health by completing your screenings. By signing up and getting three friends to commit, you could win a $100 Mecca gift voucher.

You Can Be An Ally In Your Workplace

I am always looking for the next article or piece of wisdom that will help shape me as a leader or help me be a better team player in business and within the networks I am involved with. I loved the latest article from Melinda Briana Epler titled, "How to be an ally in the workplace: 13 ways to do it". It is a credible and easy read for those who are keen to improve in this area. I have picked out a few of her ideas that really struck a chord with me and I hope you find they help you in your organisation or small business too:
  • Get to know people and show compassion and curiosity about their interests and lives
  • Acknowledge important religious and cultural holidays and life milestones such as birthdays
  • Encourage everyone in your organisations and teams to participate and share their ideas and thoughts
  • Provide consistent and quality formal and informal feedback to help develop the next generation of leaders
  • Provide opportunities for people who don't normally present to speak on a topic of their passion.
If you enjoyed the article like I did, you may also enjoy Melinda's 10 minute Ted Talk on the same topic - always learning, always developing which is great!

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