Local women create empowering group
WHEN two likeminded friends get together over coffee, ideas are created.
A vision of women helping women, through empowering, inspiring, connecting, educating and nurturing one another, doesn’t have to be a dream.
Over coffee only a few weeks ago, Bri Seaton and Genevieve De Santis developed the concept of the WiNE Network.
The acronym WiNE standing for ‘Women in North East’ plans to be a collective of women from all walks of life and at various stages of life.
“It is not based purely on business or leadership, as many other women’s networks are,” Bri said.
“It is a group of women creating a village to support, empower and lift each other up.
“I’ve personally had times where I have been depleted, lacked identity and courage, and struggled to be ‘me’, let alone a mum, wife, business owner, friend and more.
“It has been challenging to ask for help, as I perceived it as a weakness.”
But what Bri noticed when she asked for support was that people would come running.
“My own experiences, which I share with so many others, demonstrated the need to bridge the gap between women, to show that as a collective we are stronger,” Bri said.
An evening for women to share their ideas, visions and stories has been organised next month with the generous support of Mansfield Constructions and the Mansfield Coffee Merchant.
The event being held on Thursday, December 5 and will include a social catch up, canapes and drinks, followed by a mind mapping session to discover what the women of the North East want from this network.
Genevieve De Santis, cofounder of WiNE, understands the benefits of sharing knowledge and education through stories.
“The ripple effect spreads far and wide; if you help one woman to be her best self, this will flow on to her partner, children, family, friends, colleagues and community,” she said.
“If you can empower one, you, in effect, empower many.”
The co-founders of the WiNE Network hope to hear from women right across the North East region in order to help purposefully design the network in preparation for an early 2020 launch.
The duo wants the WiNE network to meet the needs and desires of the amazingly diverse women residing and working in this region.
“Whether you’re a young professional, farmer, stay-athome mum, CEO or retiree, we want to know your story and how the WiNE Network can benefit you,” Bri said.
With ticket sales drying up fast, and a waitlist sure to be needed, the girls suggest you get in quick.
Ticket bookings for this event are essential, so get in fast.
Book online via www.trybooking.com/bgtra prior to November 29.
For more information, follow the Women in North East Network Facebook page.
The WiNE Network is proud to be a community supporter of Mansfield Shire Council’s 16 Days of Activism campaign, with the event being held on the international volunteer day for economic and social development.
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HENRY THE BEAR: Kristy Zerbato and Penny Stapleton took their furry friend, Henry, outdoors last Friday. The Delatite Hotel held a raffle to help find Henry a new home, with a stall at the show and in their hotel.
GIRL POWER: Bri Seaton and Genevieve De Santis, co-founders of Women in North East (WiNE).