Esperance Chamber of Commerce announce Esperance Women’s Leadership Network

Women in business: Business Local advisor Tammy Maloney and Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer Kylie Ryan. Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Women in business: Business Local advisor Tammy Maloney and Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer Kylie Ryan. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

The Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry have announced the development of a Women’s Leadership Network in a bid to increase the number of women in local workplaces.

The initiative, which aims to develop and nurture the leadership skills of local women, was given the go-ahead after the Chamber successfully secured funding from the Department of Communities.

Chamber chief executive officer Kylie Ryan said the network aimed to play a role in reducing the gap between male and female participation and success in employment.

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Aa part of the initiative, a series of activities and workshops will run on a monthly basis to connect women in business with each other and key stakeholders and work to overcome barriers in the workplace.

Ms Ryan said the initiative had already generated a considerable amount of interest within the community and the first of the monthly activities were due to commence as early as February with a morning ‘Meet and Greet’ and a Guest Speaker.

According to a report compiled by the Australia Bureau of Statistics on Australian Women in Business, 34 per cent of Australia’s business operators are women and the numbers are rising.

The series of workshops will cover topics including barriers to gender equality, how to overcome barriers in the workplace, women in non-traditional roles, gaining financial independence, literacy and public speaking, positive profiles and giving back.

Ms Ryan said the success of the project would be measured by engagement, the guest speakers and how they are received, the range of topics covered, the feedback received, and the capacity of the project to be sustained beyond the grant period.

For more information or to get involved with the initiative, contact Ms Ryan on 9071 5142 or ceo@esperancecci.com.au