WHY CONNECTIVITY IS SO IMPORTANT
WOMEN OF THE SUNSHINE COAST STEP UP TO SUPPORT, MENTOR, ENCOURAGE AND HELP EACH OTHER – BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN OUR COMMUNITY
You could be fooled into thinking that I am about to chat about all things technology – which is what many of us think of when we hear the words “connectivity” or “connected” – but nothing could be further from the truth. In recent weeks I have had the opportunity to observe connectivity at its best. The Sunshine Coast may not have NBN across every corner of the region but we leave every telco for dead when it comes to being truly connected. And the business women in particular deserve kudos for the role they play in this. A week ago I put a simple message on Facebook, asking any Sunshine Coast businesswomen I was connected to, to go through their wardrobes and see if they had items they could donate to a new program that is about to be launched on the Sunshine Coast. The Inspiring Women to Work Program, supports mature aged women re-entering the workforce by way of inspiring, connecting and offering support to them in their journey. When you feel good about yourself, you are more likely to project a positive image but what happens if you land that job interview and don’t have something suitable to wear and your budget doesn’t stretch to buying something new? I offered to put a call out to my Facebook friends to see if they could assist with gathering business attire we could offer program participants – and assist they did. My innocuous little post went viral and many truly beautiful women took the opportunity to clean out their wardrobes to help in my quest. This is what I love about the women on the Sunshine Coast. They support, mentor, encourage and help each other. They invite you to networking opportunities and make sure they connect you to others who will help you grow your own network. They listen to who you are and what you do and involve you with what is going on. Many of them are international and national successes but all of them share the same quality – by being connected they can influence, change and make a difference – and that they do with passion, humility and grace. The Sunshine Coast business community works on networks and connections and there is something for everyone. You can connect via business groups such as the Chambers of Commerce or Business Women’s Network, join Lions, Rotary or the Masonic Lodge or connect by volunteering at one of the many worthy charities. All are great ways to connect with others and become an engaged member of our community. And if going alone sends shivers down your spine, reach out to the group first and let them know you are coming and will be out of your comfort zone. I guarantee you will be welcomed with open arms and they will make it their mission to help you get connected.