LEAD­ING LADIES SHINE BRIGHT

THE BUSI­NESS NET­WORK IN­SPIR­ING WOMEN TO BE THE BEST THEY CAN BE

Life & Style Weekend - - BUSINESS - WORDS: SALLY WAGHORN

Mother, friend, best friend, lover, col­league, man­ager, coach. These are just a few of the ti­tles women jug­gle daily.

We are of­ten on to the next chal­lenge, next meet­ing or next busi­ness goal be­fore the choco­late dust has set­tled on our dou­ble-shot cap­puc­cino.

Shine Busi­ness Women is an or­gan­i­sa­tion for pro­fes­sional busi­ness women who are highly skilled, highly mo­ti­vated and look­ing for “next level” learn­ing and in­spi­ra­tion along­side like-minded go-get­ters.

You can imag­ine the en­ergy in the room last week at its in­au­gu­ral con­fer­ence when more than 200 “su­per­women” gath­ered to learn and cel­e­brate.

How many times have you had a crazy idea or de­sire to start some­thing new but haven’t had the guts to take the leap?

Jetts CEO Elaine Job­son said only 20 out of ev­ery 100 busi­nesses would make it past the first year of busi­ness.

Of course, the pur­pose of that state­ment was not to scare a room full of en­trepreneur­s but rather to look at what it is that the 20 per cent are do­ing bet­ter than most.

If you were to ask open­ing speaker Rochelle Courte­nay, founder of Share the Dig­nity, I’m sure she’d say pure pas­sion and re­lent­less per­sis­tence.

Her story is so mov­ing and in­spir­ing it leaves you clench­ing your cof­fee and won­der­ing how you can do more to help the 175,000 Aus­tralian women in home­less ser­vices.

Lynn Le­vitt of For­mula 1 Fi­nance spoke can­didly about her road to suc­cess and dove deep into goal set­ting – an­other habit of the 20 per cent of busi­ness own­ers who make it, I’m sure.

There were plenty of other sen­sa­tional speak­ers at the event, in­clud­ing Naomi Sim­son of Red Bal­loon and Chan­nel 10’s hit show Shark Tank.

Each speaker had dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences to share but the over­all mes­sage was clear.

The Shine Busi­ness Women or­gan­i­sa­tion is all about sup­port­ing, help­ing, in­spir­ing, nur­tur­ing and em­pow­er­ing women to be the best they can be.

There’s some­thing spe­cial about a tribe of busi­ness women band­ing to­gether to lift each other up.

“For some time, we be­lieve there has been a gap in the mar­ket for women to con­tinue their per­sonal ed­u­ca­tion, growth and de­vel­op­ment if they have been work­ing for many years, are es­tab­lished in their own busi­nesses, or have been a man­ager,” said Shine founder and CEO Zoe Sparks.

As high achiev­ers, women of­ten put ev­ery­one else first, yet must be con­scious of how they “show up” each day re­gard­less of the mad­ness they may have left at home.

Shine Busi­ness Women is cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for real con­ver­sa­tions, real con­nec­tions and en­abling women to reach new heights in the busi­ness arena re­gard­less of where they are start­ing.

Its events and re­treats are de­signed to make you feel wel­come, and are sched­uled to work around school drop offs, client meet­ings and fam­ily com­mit­ments.

When was the last time you took some time to work on you and your busi­ness? Does some­one you know need an in­jec­tion of un­bi­ased, friendly fe­male sup­port?

You may be a high achiever, or most cer­tainly will know one.

The kind who puts Won­der Woman to shame with her re­lent­less drive to do bet­ter, leav­ing oth­ers in awe, think­ing “how does she do it?”.

Well, next time you see her rush into the of­fice like she’s just run a marathon be­fore work, tell her she looks amaz­ing to­day.

Be­cause un­be­known to you, just one of the many achieve­ments des­tined for her on that day might be some­thing sim­ple like leav­ing the house without a smudge of Weet­bix on her last clean blouse for the week.

You know what?

That’s amaz­ing in it­self.

Keep it real and shine on sis­ters. www.shineb­usi­ness­women.com

PHOTO: BENJY SPARKS

PANEL: Sami Muir­head, Cather­ine Mol­loy, Zoe Sparks, Sarah Dun­can and Lau­ren Verona.

PHOTO: ME­GAN GILL PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Zoe Sparks, Ker­rie Ather­ton, Ju­lia Jones-walker and Megyn Car­pen­ter.

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