Women in Business Wagga Wagga is a not for profit organisation supporting business women in the Wagga Wagga region.
Formed in 2004 when a need for a women’s business and networking group was identified, we support women in business via networking events, a mentoring program and promoting educational opportunities to enhance the business skills and career prospects of our members.
Providing advocacy for women in business, we encourage our members to serve on boards of corporate, not for profit and government organisations, and foster the confidence to establish and grow successful businesses.
By providing a supportive and encouraging environment, our members form positive and powerful business and personal connections and have their achievements recognised.
Whether you run your own business, are part of a small firm, are employed by a large corporation, or belong to a professional organisation, we encourage you come along to a networking event and see for yourself.
President: Genevieve Fleming (New Business Development, TechnologyOne)
Vice President: Naomi Stuart (Founder & Chief Executive Officer, FarmPay)
Treasurer: Kirsty Mckelvie (Accountant, The Rules Club)
Secretary: Courtney Hunter (Solicitor Director, Commins Hendriks Pty Ltd)
Naomi Miller (Marketing Director, Borambola Wines)
Alexis Neylan (Owner, Mayfly Media)
Aims and Objectives of Women in Business Wagga
1. Provide women in businesses throughout the Riverina region with networking opportunities to form business and personal relationships;
2. Provide members with mentoring opportunities and information about further educational opportunities to enhance their business skills and career prospects;
3. Host networking events with inspiring speakers;
4. Enter into arrangements with government and/or corporate organisations to obtain funding to achieve the goals of Women in Business;
5. Encourage and inspire women to serve on boards of corporate, not for profit and government organisations;
6. Provide advocacy for Women in Business in traditional and social media around issues such as equal pay, female representation on boards, and part time career opportunities for women returning from maternity leave etc.;
7. Encourage women in the Riverina to exploit commuting, remote working opportunities and other employment arrangements which extend the employment opportunities for women living in regional and remote areas;
8. Have business women's achievements recognised in the Riverina; and
9. Promote successful business women in the Riverina region as role models especially for young people.
This year, Women in Business has continued to stimulate, inspire and encourage women in our region to achieve their best in their careers and their businesses. We have had encouraging feedback from a various sources indicating that people feel very positive about the range of activities and initiatives this year.
During the past 12 months, Women in Business Wagga:
- completed its inaugural mentor program (end 2015 calendar year)
- launched its second mentor program (early 2016)
- hosted six member events with keynote speakers
- hosted an additional eight events for participants in the mentoring programs
- launched a 12 part pilot series on Wagga.TV featuring successful local businesswomen
- redesigned the Women in Business website
- developed the 'Hear Them Roar' video series celebrating high achieving women in our region
- secured $7,500 in funding for the 'Hear Them Roar' video series
- published topical information about the organisation and relevant issues in social and traditional media
- encouraged women in the region to nominate themselves for election onto Wagga Wagga City Council.
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