History of Women on the Move
HISTORY OF WOMEN ON THE MOVE
Women on the Move began in 2003 with a luncheon at Gip's Restaurant on International Women’s Day (March 8). The function, an initiative of the Queensland Department of State Development and sponsored by a number of local businesses, featured Gayle Hogan (previously Head of the CIB).
What became overwhelmingly obvious following this event was that women wanted more of the same! They wanted the opportunity to hear from speakers like Gayle; they wanted the opportunity to meet more women in a friendly, non-threatening environment; they wanted - Women on the Move.
Soon after, a small committee of dedicated women began meeting regularly. The first event was a morning of workshops and seminars, followed by a lunch with June Dally-Watkins. Apart from making a lot of us feel very self-conscious about how we were sitting, holding our glass or speaking … again the resounding feedback was MORE PLEASE! Hosting and supporting the network, through its Small Business Field Officer program, was the Southern Inland Queensland Area Consultative Committee.
More women were ‘encouraged’ onto the organising committee and regular monthly networking sessions started. At first, local restaurants, pubs and coffee shops had to be 'sweetly' coerced into providing drinks and finger food ...... today, we have businesses asking us if they can host our monthly networking events.
Our networking events are casual - we don’t want to duplicate or take away from activities that other networking groups are doing - members want the opportunity to network in a casual environment so we strive to fulfill that need. At events, the host is given the opportunity to spruik their business to the captive audience but often we get one or two women to speak about themselves, an upcoming event they are supporting, their job, their business (whatever!) for a few minutes. While it’s hard to monitor the results, we know many businesses and speakers have been swamped with follow-up calls because they introduced themselves at one of our networking events - and this doesn't take into account the informal networking that occurs.
Apart from these monthly events, we continue to present our ‘signature’ event. Combining a celebration of women as well as our own Women on the Move birthday, the event has become a part of the Toowoomba calendar. Taking the form of a luncheon celebrating International Women’s Day in March it is commonly referred to as the "Secrets of our Success".
Success comes in many different forms and over the years we’ve heard the stories of some truly wonderful women at this event. Our ‘secrets’ luncheon has a definite local feeling with women from our own region speaking about themselves. We’ve laughed and cried along with our speakers at these lunches.
In 2010, Women on the Move became incorporated. We continue to grow our membership and look forward to seeing you at our next function.
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