After5 helps women up­skill

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them­selves in com­mu­ni­cat­ing and net­work­ing from a busi­ness point of view,” he said ahead of the Au­gust 26 event.

“There will be some ladies here tonight who are re­ally fine-tuned on that and will max­imise their time and they may not learn very much but they’ll have fun and there are oth­ers who will be do­ing it for the first time.”

Through­out the night, women en­joyed net­work­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, cock­tails, canapes and a talk by key­note speaker Michelle Cowan.

Mrs Cowan be­came Aus­tralia’s first WAFL as­sis­tant coach at age 21 and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of her own com­pany at 25. She is a player de­vel­op­ment coach at Mel­bourne Football Club and has been ap­pointed as se­nior coach for Fre­man­tle Football Club’s women’s team.

Mrs Cowan said women’s net­work­ing events were vi­tal in re­gional ar­eas.

“We need women to get around, net­work, con­tinue to em­power and sup­port each other,” she said.

In her talk, Mrs Cowan spoke about how she climbed the ranks in the male-dom­i­nated sports in­dus­try, how she jug­gled work and fam­ily and the key to her suc­cess — pas­sion, plan, peo­ple and power or the “four Ps”.

“I re­ally hope that you do walk out of here tonight with some real key take­aways that you’re go­ing to im­ple­ment in your life,” she said to the crowd.

“I hope one of those Ps has set off a lit­tle light; a spark.

“I chal­lenge you to hope­fully walk away from to­day with im­ple­ment­ing some­thing around one of those four Ps.”

The next Pil­bara Women’s Net­work event will be a lun­cheon on Novem­ber 8 in Kar­ratha.

The lun­cheon in­cludes drinks on ar­rival, a three-course meal, an op­por­tu­nity to net­work with busi­ness­women, and pre­sen­ta­tions by guest speak­ers.

Visit busi­ness­cen­tre.org.au.

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