Fe­male tal­ent pro­moted

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Onslow Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal women to join a pro­gram that pro­motes fe­male pro­fes­sional and so­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties in town.

Women of Onslow is a new ini­tia­tive by the cham­ber of com­merce that aims to help women net­work with oth­ers in the com­mu­nity and de­velop their skills through a range of events ev­ery few months.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Chantelle King said us­ing feed­back the OCCI had re­ceived from a plan­ning ses­sion in March, they were hop­ing to put on busi­ness work­shops, guest speaker talks and in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, with the first event ex­pected to be held in late May or early June.

Ms King said she had started the pro­gram to give Onslow women sim­i­lar pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties as those in other parts of WA.

“I’ve at­tended a lot of women’s events in Kar­ratha with the Pil­bara Women’s Net­work, and also in Perth, and I wanted to have some­thing like it in Onslow,” she said.

“The Pil­bara is a male-dom­i­nated re­gion, so it’s re­ally im­por­tant to get all the women to­gether and max­imise their skills and as­sets.”

The March plan­ning work­shop was at­tended by about 15 peo­ple and fa­cil­i­tated by life­style coach Amanda Ewin. Pil­bara Heavy Haulage Girls chief ex­ec­u­tive Heather Jones was guest speaker.

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