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.