I joined this fabulous Australia wide group of top chicks in June 2011 when actively looking specifically for a women’s networking group, but it wasn’t until August 2012 that I finally took myself off to my first event.
I booked some work in Brisbane, checked into the Sofitel for the evening and the next morning took myself off to breakfast in the ballroom featuring the amazing Doctor Catherine Hamlin. I’d never before experienced The Business Chicks buzz or the magic of quite such a treasure of a guest speaker and came away a little awed, knowing no-one, but having definitely had a lovely start to the day. (And picking up a signed copy of the book Catherine’s Gift.)
In December of the same year, Sir Richard Branson was touring and I took myself and a colleague (#businessbloke) off to that event in Brisbane as well. Ummm… Wow! Rockstar entrance at that event! (For Sir Richard, not me…)
By then, I was fairly hooked. I’ve since travelled to Melbourne to see the incredible Brene Brown, Seth Godin and Arianna Huffington; to Canberra for Deborah-Lee Furness; Adelaide for Michelle Bridges and Sydney for Todd Sampson. Locally, Dr Lois Frankl and Ita Buttrose have graced the Gold Coast stage, soon to be followed by Naomi Simpson and Sir Bob Geldof. Not forgetting Rachel Zoe and Bobbi Brown in Brisbane.
And that doesn’t cover the guests I’ve missed! You don’t get a speaker line-up like that from too many organisations! And I will knock Perth off my To-Do List! And New York…. San Fransisco…. LA…. Did I also see reserved Hong Kong and UK accounts on Instagram? Global BC Domination on the way!
I’ve also managed to accidentally wangle my last couple of ‘Anniversary of Birth’ days with the BC crew (turning 39 each time) and guess I know where I’ll be around the start of August this year… when turning 39 again. Someone will let me know when I can’t pull it off anymore, right?
Social media is a fabulous medium for making connections and I’ve made some gorgeous friends through the BC Community both local and interstate, of BC members and the team itself. It’s always great to catch up with these friends at Premium Member nights, Networking events and their big events of course.
The wonderful Gwinganna experience opened up a great new bunch of connections and friendships (and was so close to home!)
This year I’m partnering with other BC Trippers and heading to Uganda in May with a The Hunger Project. There’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along every day! I’ve never done fundraising before so this is a whole new and confronting world for me! Perfect chance for a plug here, so if you’d like to support my fundraising efforts, please head to www.tinyurl.com/c4e
I’d finally decided however, that I shouldn’t keep all the fun to myself and as my daughter is starting her a Diploma in Specialised Make-Up next month, I wanted to introduce her too, to the BC family. Bobbi Brown was the perfect place to start, and although at 16, she thought it was all a bit overwhelming, she did love the music, the food, the speaker and got to clock up an extra one hour forty in drive time for her log book, before heading to a babysitting job, then coming home to check out the contents of her first ever goody bag!