High tea for women in business

A lavish High Tea provided the sustenance for the first Port Pirie event of 2021 for the Women in Business Regional Network.

At the Port Pirie lunch were, at back, new chapter convenor Di Brennan, Karen Seindanis, Jenna Porter, Cheryl Rossiter, speaker Dee Scown with, at front, Kelly St John-Sweeting, Cheryl Bruce, Jeanette Flynn and Jane Jeffrey.

The event, held at the Comfort Inn Flinders on Main, was focused on putting together an “ideal week”.  The guest speaker was Gladstone business coach and author Dee Scown.

Dee shared tips and templates she uses with her clients to help them plan out what an ideal week (not a perfect week) looks like.  One of the first priorities when putting it together was to include a break for lunch, as this was often overlooked in a busy businesswoman’s day.

Recognising that life doesn’t always go to plan, “white time” was also included to cater for any hiccups or additional tasks.  Dee said having a template of an ideal week created a sense of routine, and was a great point of reference when things didn’t go right, to be able to then reset and start again.

The concept of having a plan, even a short-term one, has become even more important post-2020 when our lives became chaotic due to COVID-19 restrictions and changes.

At this week’s lunch local insurance broker Di Brennan from DCB Insurance was announced as the network’s first chapter convenor.  Di will be the local point of contact and will be organising and running the local events.

Network founder Carolyn Jeffrey said Di was the ideal choice as she was a foundation member of the network and had championed the Port Pirie chapter since its inception almost two years ago.

“I will be popping back from time to time, and staying in touch with our members, but it seems there are some great speakers lined up for the future and I’ve got great confidence that Di will further grow the chapter and continue the network’s aims and objectives to provide a safe, supportive organisation for regional women in business offering connections, promotions, training and advocacy,” Carolyn said.

Details of the next Port Pirie event will be announced shortly.