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.
Vice President: Courtney Hunter (Solicitor Director, Commins Hendriks Pty Ltd)
Treasurer: Emma Grant (Senior Accountant, Selby Watson & Co)
Kirsty McKelvie (Accountant, Rules Club Wagga)
Cristy Houghton (Creative Director, Embarketing)
Jennifer Galloway (Head of Strategic Development, Division of Marketing & Communication, Charles Sturt University)
Sommer Deaves (Owner and trainer, LPL studio – Lash Studio, Education Academy & Mentoring)
Aims and Objectives of Women in Business Wagga
Provide women in businesses throughout the Riverina region with networking opportunities to form business and personal relationships;
Provide members with mentoring opportunities and information about further educational opportunities to enhance their business skills and career prospects;
Host networking events with inspiring speakers;
Enter into arrangements with government and/or corporate organisations to obtain funding to achieve the goals of Women in Business;
Encourage and inspire women to serve on boards of corporate, not for profit and government organisations;
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.;
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;
Have business women's achievements recognised in the Riverina; and
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 have:
Implemented its fourth mentor program
Hosted 11 member events with keynote speakers (two than 2016-17)
Formalised our Strategic Plan • Achieved the highest number of attendees at an event – 285 ticket sales (Michelle Bridges keynote)
Implemented a partnership with the girls @ Mt Austin High School – mentoring program
Implemented quarterly meetings with Wagga Wagga City Council – keeping up to date with our community/funding opportunities/top of mind.
Submitted funding proposals for additional financial support
Proposed a special resolution to increase the committee from seven to nine
Took out Indemnity Insurance Coverage Policy
implemented its third mentor program (2017 calendar year)
hosted nine member events with keynote speakers & networking opportunities
hosted an additional events for participants in the mentoring programs
continued production and promotion of the Hear Them Roar video series celebrating high achieving women in our region.
published topical information about the organisation, educational opportunities and relevant local economic and business issues in social and traditional media.
encouraged women in the region to participate in AICD courses
launched a member directory on our website to encourage members to support one another's businesses and initiatives.
Annual Report available for download below; including President's Report, Treasurer's Report & Financial Report