Women provide inspiration
More than 70 women attended the Business Centre Pilbara’s Women’s Network luncheon on Tuesday, November 8.
The main function room at the Karratha Leisureplex was filled with professional working women from all over the city.
Business Centre Pilbara Onslow business adviser Erin Walker said the Pilbara Development Series was an annual program of events and workshop focused on personal and professional development for women in business in the region.
“Now in its fifth year, with thanks to sponsorship from the City of Karratha for this year’s series, the series continues to grow in popularity and this year we had over 70 women enjoy the tellings from the keynote and motivational speakers,” she said.
“The feedback from the event so far is very positive, the speakers were ranked the best the Business Centre has had so far for their luncheons and the guests who attended have said that the networking opportunities presented at these events are imperative for the growth of their business.”
The three-hour luncheon included networking opportunities, food provided by Onyx and speeches from Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls chief executive Heather Jones and keynote speaker Robi Mack.
Ms Jones told her story about rising to the top in a male-dominated industry, shared the valuable lessons she learnt along the way and highlighted how integral truck drivers were to society.
The only organisation of its type in Australia, Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls is a not-for-profit group that provides professional development opportunities and career pathways for newly licensed truck drivers.
“Five of us girls got together one weekend around our kitchen table and Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls was formed in August 2014 to address a few issues,” she said.
“First, to promote our professional truck driving women, to address road safety issues and to encourage more ladies to join us out on the highways.”
Ms Jones brought along one of their famous pink trucks for guests to gain an inside view of what it was like to be a truck driver.
After the lunch, attendees heard from Ms Mack, who is a former clown doctor and one of Australia’s leading keynote speakers. Ms Mack uses her experience as a clown doctor to educate people on developing their emotional intelligence to help with self-leadership and awareness, performance and productivity.
A clown doctor visits children in hospital to lift their spirits and help them cope with their treatment through laughter.
Ms Mack said she enjoyed speaking at women’s events.
“The message is for men and women but I find I get a great response from women and I think maybe it’s because of all the ... stories, with the clown doctoring and the children and that there’s just more of an attraction in that,” she said.
“But in saying that, I spoke to 30 CEOs once and there was many men with tears in their eyes.
“I think women are great at community and we’re great at connection and so these events, I think, nurture us on a level that allows us to go out and give in the community, in our businesses, so I think they’re incredibly important.”
Keynote speaker and clown doctor Robi Mack.