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I acknowledge that the world is tough right now and as a business owner, leader, mother and friend it is hard to know what to say to each other some days. With more lockdowns and cases, it truly is a time of great adversity and uncertainty. While we may not be able to see our families and loved ones in person at present, we can make small differences each day to ensure we stay positive and connected. Let's start with our own homes and make sure we are all staying healthy - check in with your partner or housemates, your children, your neighbour and your closest friend. Small interactions do make a difference and will get us through this time.

While I was sad the Tokyo Olympics concluded, my excitement hasn't waned for too long as the Tokyo Paralympics are just around the corner! From Tuesday 24 August we can follow the stories of our courageous paralympians who have toiled, sweated, overcome incredible adversity and surged forward with a steely mindset. The Paralympics will feature 539 events across 22 sports at 21 venues, so there is bound to be something for everyone. Let's get behind our Aussie athletes and encourage hard! You can purchase your green and gold virtual seat here to support our athletes and future paralympians.

I am excited about our latest innovation at WNA - our new book Humble Leaders which is full of incredible leadership stories that will keep you motivated for days. You can read on further about our exciting launch and how to purchase a copy. It's also the last chance for Queensland members to book tickets to join Kassandra Behrendt as she discusses passion and purpose next Thursday (26 August).

Finally, in other top stories you can find out more about an award that celebrates female trailblazers, and there are free movie tickets to give away for a romantic Paris drama. I have also compiled information on a collaborative Australian Charity cause that will support humanitarian disasters and it's a week to celebrate the value and brilliance of science and food innovation.

Don't forget to share your Father's Day specials in the WNA Facebook Group and 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


I never thought I would be part of a team that wrote a book - but we did, and I am very proud of the end result! Nothing is more empowering than learning from other great people who can share their wisdom and experience. Through the chapters of Humble Leaders you are introduced to twelve amazing women, all WNA members, from diverse backgrounds both culturally, career/industry wise, geographically and with very different life stories. They each offer a unique story of how they overcame their challenges and roadblocks, be that personal or professional. The writing is honest, bold and from their hearts.

WNA is excited to launch our Humble Leaders book today in Hobart, and for our upcoming book launch in Brisbane on 16 September. Tickets to this event are now available.

You can purchase your copy of Humble Leaders today for $29.95+ postage and handling.


If you have two hours free in Brisbane next Thursday, we would love for you to join us for a wonderful morning with the dynamic Kassandra Behrendt, Designer of Pagoni, who will share her wisdom about learning to trust yourself and be fearless. Kassandra believes that every woman is beautiful, unique and should be celebrated. She is on a quest to inspire women to be their true selves with confidence, face their fears head on and conquer each and every one of them! And she is also a fan of a beautiful dress or two!

Sharing her story of growth and discovery, learning a new language, fighting cancer and other health challenges, and finally bursting with passion through her jewellery design business, Kassandra's event is one you don't want to miss.

Book now for your last chance to join your fellow WNA members for a treat at the Paddo Tavern!


The Queensland Women's Strategy 2016-2021 outlines the Queensland Government's vision for women and girls, with an emphasis on gender equality and related issues across participation and leadership, economic security, safety, and health and wellbeing.

Your participation is needed to help build the vision for a gender equal future and how government agencies, industry and the community can collaborate to achieve gender equality. Feedback will be reviewed and incorporated into a new strategy which will be released before the end of 2021. This discussion paper outlines the consultation process.

You can complete the online survey here to have your say or email your written submission to - all submissions must be completed by 5pm Friday 8 October 2021.


The Australian Women's Weekly, in partnership with La Trobe Financial, is opening entries for the Australian Women's Weekly 2021 Women of the Future Awards. Now in its ninth year, the prestigious Award recognises and celebrates Australia's incredible young female trailblazers - open to Australian women aged 18-34 with a charity, innovation idea or business that aims to bring positive change to the lives of others.

The opportunities Women of the Future Awards presents are immense, offering access to experiences, visibility and networks, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet some of the most influential women in Australia in an encouraging, supportive environment. Six finalists will be flown to Sydney to attend the Women of the Future event and the overall winner will receive more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

You can support this great initiative by helping to generate awareness of the Women of the Future Awards by sharing flyers and digital assets through your edms, blogs, social media platforms, and of course your friends and family. There has never been a better time for innovation, value creation and growth for the next generation of Australian women.


Coming soon to your screens is the new romantic drama EIFFEL starring Emma Mackey and Romain Duris. Having just finished collaborating on the Statue of Liberty, Gustave Eiffel is at the high point of his career. The French government has requested he create something spectacular for the "Exposition Universelle" of 1889 in Paris but Gustave Eiffel is only interested in the city's subway project. His life is turned upside down when the great lost love from his youth reappears. Their secret affair will inspire him to change the face of Paris forever. You will never look at the Eiffel Tower the same way again!

Contact me if you are keen for some free tickets courtesy of STUDIOCANAL. EIFFEL will be released around the country on the below dates on 2 September (QLD, SA, WA, NT and Tasmania), 9 September (Hobart State) and 14 October (ACT, NSW and Victoria).



Disasters, and there have been many of them lately both domestically and internationally, need support from far and wide to recover and move forward. A historic alliance, known as the Emergency Action Alliance between 16 of Australia's largest charities, has been formed to improve how Australians can support and donate when large scale overseas humanitarian disasters take place. CEO's of charities such as Act for Peace, Baptist World Aid and Oxfam believe that through this new single fundraising entity more money can be raised from the Australian public more quickly, so that there can be a rapid distribution of funds allocated to where the money is most needed. This will be vital for saving lives and can enable quicker and more efficient rebuilding of affected communities.

You can learn more on socials and read about the 16 member organisations here.


If you are a fan of science and technology, you will likely be in tune with National Science Week which is Australia's annual celebration of science and technology. Everyone loves to get involved including students, scientists and musicians, and with over 1000 science events throughout every age group there is something for everyone to learn about. National Science Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian Scientists and also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public while encouraging younger people to take an interest in the world we inhabit.

For schools, teachers and students, this year's theme is 'Food: Different By Design', and encourages new ideas, technologies and possibilities to produce food sustainably as well as the communities and economies it supports. Why not try these ideas to foster your science learning:
  • Have a brain break - complete a quiz, group activity or science experiment
  • Colour in a food-themed picture while practicing mindfulness
  • It's cold weather so why not design your own soup for dinner
  • Learn about making dairy products, your favourite type of bread and nutrition of five different veggies
  • Host a science event at your school or community group.

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