Esperance Women's Leadership Network concludes empowering series

Three inspiring business leaders shared their journeys to success at the final installment of the Esperance Women's Leadership Network.

The series of forums, hosted by the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry, provided opportunities for local women to develop their leadership skills and connect with other women in business.

The latest event on November 29 featured three talented speakers who spoke about the importance of perseverance and investing in personal goals.

Twilight Yoga Studio owner and teacher Melisa Rowe opened the event, sharing the story of her successful career since buying her first business when she was just 21-years-old.

Esperance Anglican Community School assistant principal Lisa Marquis followed, explaining her role in evolving the school's Big Picture program, which empowers students to take control of their learning and links them with mentors.

Ms Marquis said since the program began two years ago, it had put many young students on the pathway to university and other career opportunities.

"I believe that young people need to learn more than just knowledge to be successful," she said.

"They need to be creative and critical thinkers, and they need to have curiosity and great communication skills."

"Big Picture acknowledges that students have to set their own passions and capabilities."

Ms Marquis encouraged the crowd to invest in themselves, feel comfortable in moments of career uncertainty and be open to making mistakes.

"I gave myself the tools and skills to back up the unspoken dream, just in case I had the opportunity again one day," she said.

"Never underestimate the importance of surrounding yourself with like minded individuals who share the same drive and ambition to succeed, mentors are important to all of us."

TV Financial Services founder Tamara Virgo spoke about how she turned her small business into a thriving independent mortgage and finance company.

"Life is too short to be going through the motions. I knew that if I wanted to do something differently and if I wanted to help someone else make a difference I had to think beyond what I'd grown extremely comfortable to believe my corporate career would provide," she said.

"My journey has been filled with challenges and also an amazing amount of highlights, but most importantly it is one that has allowed me to adopt a belief that 'no' needs to be removed from the vocabulary, because the impossible is possible if you believe.

"Even though life throws us challenges, we need to not be limited by those challenges, we are all strong, we all have dreams and anything is possible if we persevere.

"We are so lucky to be part of an excellent community in Esperance, to be able to share and raise each other up and I believe that we can all help each other achieve, success is not about self."

Closing the workshop, Esperance Chamber executive officer Bronwyn McLeod thanked the speakers for sharing their stories.

She said although the event was the last in the Department of Community supported series, similar events would be held next year.

"I think it is supporting women, not necessarily just business owners, but supporting women in whatever role they choose," she said.

"It doesn't matter whether you are a mother or a teacher, it is what you make of yourself and that you believe that you can achieve."