It’s been a while since I’ve done anything career orientated, so I thought that I’d get my act together and give all those career women out there something they can use.
As the saying goes, it’s not about what you know, it’s all about who you know. So the question is, how do you meet those people that will help you get to where you want to be? We meet people via our work and schooling networks, and you can add to them via online platforms like LinkedIn, but personally, I’m a big believer in the benefit of networking events.
I try to attend a few different events a year. Some of a social nature and others come in the form of technical training. Given technical training is very specific to your line of work (I’m an accountant by trade, and let me tell you, no one wants to go to tax or accounting standards update unless they absolutely have to), so i’m going to focus on social and motivational events that anyone can attend.
There are stacks of great events coming up, but like with so many other things, often we don’t hear about them until after they have already happened and we’ve missed out. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything coming up, here is a list of great events to check out.
Breakfast with Lorna Jane
What: Spend a morning with the queen of women’s active wear
Who: Run by Business Chicks
When: Thursday 25th June 2015
Where: Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Run the World Conference
What: Hear from some of the most successful female entrepreneurs in Australia as they share their secrets to success
Who: The League of Extraordinary Women
When: 20 September 2015
Where: Docklands, Melbourne
The 2015 Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium
What: An opportunity to explore leadership, life and career development
Who: Women and Leadership Australia
When: 14 & 15 July 2015
Where: Park Hyatt Melbourne
Turia’s Inteplast Gala Night
What: Spend the night with Turia Pitt and help her raised funds for Interplast
Who: Ruby Connection
When: 19 June 2015
Where: Hilton Melbourne South Wharf
Breakfast with Meagan Quinn (co-founder of Net-a-Porter)
What: Listen to Meagan Quinn share her experience over the last 25 years in high end luxury products.
Who: Casey Cardinia Region
When: 25 November 2015
Where: Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham
Alisa Camplin ‘Hitting New Heights’
What: Spend a morning with Alisa Camplin, Australia’s first female Winter Olympic gold medallist.
Who: Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Business Breakfast Series
When: 18 June 2015
Where: Frankston Arts Centre
If none of these event float your boat, check out the Casey Cardinia Region website as they have a couple of other scheduled events that are worth a look.
For events on a smaller scale, it’s worth contacting your local council as most of the Victorian based councils run regular business networking events which can be quite good.
If you come across any other events that I haven’t included above, make sure you add them in the comments below. Also, if you attend any of these events, I’d really appreciate your feed back. It’s always good to know if an event is really worth while or not.