Local women dare to dream
WITH an emphasis on inspiring women to strive and breaking down the barriers of self belief, the organisers, guest speakers and panelists at the second annual WOW Women event held on Sunday certainly didn’t disappoint.
250 women from across the Goulburn Valley turned out for the one day event and the message was simple, dare to dream and with clarity and focus, you can achieve your goals.
Keynote speakers, Janine Garner, Tracey Sofra and Lee Squire were nothing short of inspiring and the panel of local women, comprising GV Health Foundation director, Carmel Johnson, Intimo Lingerie senior director, Sheree Smith and Bluechip Genetics/Crazy Cow In Print owner, Dianna Malcolm were engaging and purposeful to say the least.
This year’s event was supported by a variety of sponsors, including platinum sponsors, who worked together with WOW Women to support, inspire and empower local women.
WOW Women founder and CEO, Tracey Sofra said, “I’m so proud of WOW Women and I’m overwhelmed by the response again this year, but if it wasn’t for the support of our sponsors we genuinely wouldn’t be able to do any of it.”
Sofcorp Financial Services partner, Glenn Trickey said, “I’m a partner in financial planning with Tracey and I’m proud to support her and her vision for WOW Women. It’s great for the local community to have something like this to get behind, it’s something positive and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.
“It’s been a great event again this year, the feedback has been really good, the speakers were very diverse and offered lots of great information. I hope everyone took something out of it and were really motivated because of the day.”
ANZ development relationship manager, Jessica Daniel said, “ANZ have an emphasis on putting women into leadership roles within our organisation, so that really aligned with WOW Women and Tracey’s vision about empowering local women. ANZ have implemented a lot of policies and procedures to support women in leadership such as superannuation top ups for women, part time work policies and the like. It’s really about local empowerment of strong leaders.”
ANZ branch manager, Lauren Bowman said, “It’s been really exciting for me to be able to support and attend the WOW Women event, I only started in Shepparton in October, so it’s been a really great opportunity to work with like minded business women and also get the brand of ANZ out there supporting our local community.”
Fernwood Shepparton owner, Danni Whitaker said, “We chose to support WOW Women because their ethos fits in really well with us in supporting women in the local community and striving to make women the best they can be. Offering our support was an easy choice.
“It’s been an awesome event, it’s been really inspiring and was a great opportunity to recharge the batteries.”
Sofra Partners director, Terry Sofra said, “To help regional women network is so important and if we can get behind business women that’s what it’s all about.
“This year’s event was just awesome, Tracey has done a wonderful job getting all the sponsors behind her and panel together. She just has a natural affiliation with people, she really does, I’m very proud.”
For more information on what WOW Women is all about, or to take part in any of this year’s regular events, visit www.wowwomengroup.com.au