On Wednesday 26th July, Galston & District Branch of the Bendigo Bank hosted their first Women in Business even. A meeting of the minds for local business women to network, celebrate success and learn from the experiences of others.
Facilitated by Olympian and Founder of The Queenhood, ElkaWhalan, and held at Glenorie RSL, this event saw a room filled with enthusiastic female business women engaging with a panel of wonderful guest speakers and champions of their field; Vicki Engsall (Founder of The Jojoba Company), Tracey Montford (Cake Maternity) and Jane Tweedy (Jane Tweedy Business Consulting).
As founders of globally recognised companies, The Jojoba Co and Cake Maternity, Vicki and Tracey inspired the room with stories of their now international successes. Both panellists opened up to our Women in Business about the development of their once fledgling ideas, without neglect of the hardships and knockbacks they endured as passionate and strong professionals. Following an inspiringly honest and holistic view of these business journeys, the overwhelming message for everyone in attendance was to dream big and be persistent in the execution of those dreams.
Feeling energised and aspiring to define the point of difference in their own business ventures, guests were educated by business guru Jane Tweedy on the range of business services available in the local area. From behind the scenes of her professional consultancy, Jane shared her insights in to business success and how to best overcome challenges.
There was a significant buzz among these Women in Business who were eager for the opportunity to encourage, support and connect with fellow female professionals. To be in the presence of such intelligent and inspiring women as they praise and raise each other up is to experience a new network of passionate and powerful professionals.
This opportunity could not have been made possible without the support of Galston & District Community Bank branch of the Bendigo Bank. Their initiative to support and connect women in business is a testament of commitment to the needs of the wider community.
Thanks to The Little Gym at Dural for for running activities for the children and Nati Roses for supplying roses for all the tables. Additionallly the Bendigo Bank would like to thank volunteer Bank Board Director Jackie Pakinga for organising this event.