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NOT only is Far North Queens­land a mag­nif­i­cent place to live, it’s also an ideal place for women to ex­cel in their ca­reers.

Cairns Cham­ber of Com­merce CEO Deb­bie-Anne Bender says, as Cairns is a smaller city, women en­counter var­i­ous chal­lenges but also con­sid­er­able op­por­tu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly for those will­ing to think out­side the box..

“Whilst be­ing in busi­ness can be chal­leng­ing, liv­ing in a smaller city al­lows women to ac­cess a net­work of ded­i­cated and com­pas­sion­ate lead­ers in high-rank­ing in­flu­en­tial po­si­tions to reach out to for sup­port,” she says.

“The num­ber of in­spir­ing lead­ers we can look up to and con­nect with in the Cairns com­mu­nity is phe­nom­e­nal.

“Once af­fil­i­ated with the net­work you will find your­self sur­rounded by Cairns busi­ness lead­ers who sup­port and en­cour­age one an­other’s suc­cess.”

To as­sist con­nect­ing women in busi­ness with suc­cess­ful lead­ers, the Cairns Cham­ber of Com­merce, James Cook Univer­sity and the Of­fice of Small Busi­ness have joined forces to of­fer a new pro­gramme ded­i­cated to help­ing busi­ness­women fur­ther their ca­reers.

The Ad­vanc­ing Women in Busi­ness Pro­gramme, aimed at women in mid­dle man­age­ment, will en­gage a net­work of busi­ness­women in FNQ to men­tor and sup­port par­tic­i­pants in their jour­ney to achiev­ing their pro­fes­sional goals.

Par­tic­i­pants will also have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend work­shops and net­work­ing events to in­crease con­fi­dence, skills and ca­reer growth.

“The Ad­vanc­ing Women in Busi­ness Pro­gramme is an op­por­tu­nity for women to ad­dress busi­ness man­age­ment skills gaps and re­ceive a pro­fes­sional lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme,” Ms Bender says.

Anna Fred­er­icks, Di­rec­tor of Do­mes­tic Re­cruit­ment and En­gage­ment at James Cook Univer­sity, says the univer­sity is proud to sup­port the pro­gram.

“This is an ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tive for us, both as an ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion and as a longterm mem­ber of the Cham­ber,” Ms Fred­er­icks says.

“We know what a wealth of tal­ent there is in the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity, and we fore­see long-term ben­e­fits from a pro­gram that will help more women boost their ca­reers and their con­tri­bu­tions to our re­gion’s econ­omy.”

Ms Bender says the per­cep­tion around women in busi­ness is con­tin­u­ally im­prov­ing across the coun­try, with more women gain­ing con­fi­dence in them­selves and show­cas­ing their ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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