Women In Business Lunch for Snowy HydroShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
This annual event has grown in stature and is likely to outgrow its current venue at the Hotel Realm as more local women have found it’s not just a nice way to spend a Friday lunch but also to network and re-connect across a wide spectrum of businesses of all sizes and influence.
Snowy Hydro SouthCare team organized this exceptional event with guest speaker Helen Coonan the the epitome of the adage -if you want something done then ask a busy person - as she showed she can still juggle a multitude of significant roles with the enthusiasm and ability she’s showed through her legal career, her political career- she calls herself a “recovering politician”- and currently with a range of Non-Executive Director roles including Snowy Hydro Ltd.
It all started in a small country town called Mangoplah near Wagga Wagga. Values never forgotten were learnt in that rural community and she was chuffed to be invited back for the 100 year anniversary of the Mangoplah/Cooadinia Foorball Club. Law was her profession and politics came later but she was by that stage armed with valuable experiences that augered well for her when Prime Minister John Howard gave her the Assistant Treasurer portfolio. The first and only woman appointed to a Treasury portfolio.
Among the guests were former staffers- there’s a swag of them in the PM’s office these days- and the Secretary of the Department of Human Services Kathryn Campbell who worked in Finance when Helen Coonan was her minister and is today the first woman head of that extremely large department. And from Coonan a genuine friendship and intent to give these ‘Women in Business’ a smart 8 tip plan with all the positives you need for success including “network, network, network” and “….back yourself in, build on your strengths. You have unique talents so make the most of them!” among the sage advice.
Across town the Brumbies big blokes lunch was being held for 800 dedicated supporters, and I’m sure they all had a blokey good time; we on the other hand with a former devoted rugby bloke Owen Finegan the only bloke attending because he’s the much respected CEO of Snowy Hydro, were in the best of company and helped boost the coffers to keep that little helo in the air as well as networking to the nth degree.