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Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network

This year’s International Women's Day theme is #inspireinclusion, and I’m comforted to know that our members bring these behaviours and values to life every day. I can think of so many events and examples in which our extraordinary members live and breathe this daily.

When I think about who inspires me – it’s YOU!

I remember arriving on the Sunshine Coast in 2017. I took a leap of faith to return to my place of birth, a location filled with wonderful childhood memories and pristine beaches. I remember having serious trepidation about the big move, I came for a career opportunity but was certainly excited by the location and, economic and social opportunities it provided my son James, and I. It was all about planning for a better future.

At the time of my arrival, I could count the number of people on one hand, aside from my amazing family. I had to work hard to establish a personal and professional network, and in addition to the school, child’s sport, and nippers communities, I needed to find a group of people to connect with.

I perused many chambers and networks, attended many events, and met wonderful people. But when I found the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network – it just clicked!

You know that feeling when you walk into a room, and it’s warm and inviting. A space where people talk to you and want to know you, where you are encouraged to participate and celebrate. A space where you can be yourself, authentic and vulnerable, and learn without judgement? That’s what I felt when I joined the network. I showed up, put in the effort and was rewarded with the most extraordinary professional and personal relationships.

Most of my friendship circle is born from this network, and I couldn’t be prouder to call them my friends. They are some of the most incredible, trailblazing women I know.

I am constantly inspired by our members, their stories, the achievements, the challenges they have overcome. I think back to all the work we’ve done together to build strength and resilience, not to mention the great relationships and cross-pollination of business.

So, this IWD24, I want to say thank YOU for including me back in 2017, for always supporting and celebrating each other, and for helping all women be the very best and happiest version of themselves.

However you celebrate International Women’s Day this year, just know you’ve already made a difference.

Today and everyday #inspireinclusion.

Feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn, and please come and see me at events. 

Looking forward to succeeding with you in 2024.

Congratulations to our 2023 Award Recipients!

Sustainable Business Woman of the Year – Jacqui Atique, ECOllaboration - sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council

Micro Small Business Woman of the Year – Beth O'Leary, Woombye Cheese Company - sponsored by University of the Sunshine Coast

Corporate Business Woman of the Year – Angela Tondelstrand, Catton & Tondelstrand Lawyers - sponsored by BOQ Maroochydore

Young Business Woman of the Year – Josie Collins, Helimods - sponsored by Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay

Professional Business Woman of the Year – Anna Owen, Sunshine Coast Grammar School - sponsored by Pacific Motor Group

    Outstanding Business Woman of the Year – Renee Cooper, Indepth Accounting - sponsored by Pacific Law


    View more photos of the 22nd Annual Awards Gala on our Facebook page. 

    Celebrating 20 Years of Outstanding Business Women

    Honouring those who have gone before us and leading the way for those to come forth and shine, the Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Business Women's Awards in 2018. We are honoured to share our proud history in this wonderful feature publication made possible by our Executive Committee Member Lizzie Henebery in partnership with the talented and dedicated team at My Weekly Preview.



    View more photos on our Facebook Page!


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