Women pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

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.”

Pic­ture: Pip Arthur

Key­note speaker and clown doc­tor Robi Mack.

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