IDEAS and inspiration came bubbling to the surface at a recent “women’s only” workshop in Leeton.
The event, titled Dynamic Divas, was the first of its kind to be held in Leeton.
It was hosted by the Leeton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the NSW Business Chamber and Leeton Shire Council.
Guest speakers on the day were Simone Eyles, who is the creator of the renowned 365 Cups app, as well as director of Regional Grants, Tenders and Corporate Services Dianna Somerville.
The idea behind the event was to bring together Leeton shire businesswoman and give them further tools to bring their visions to life.
Council economic development, tourism and events manager Nicola James said women played a vital part in the shire’s business sector.
“Plenty of women own, run or are employed by companies in Leeton shire,” she said.
“What we wanted to do with this event was bring them together to share ideas and network at the same time.
“These opportunities don’t come along very often, so we’re really proud of the partnership that has been formed to put this workshop together.”
About 30 women attended on the day from a variety of different industries and businesses.
These opportunities don’t come along very often, so we’re really proud of the partnership that has been formed to put this workshop together.Council's Nicola James
A similar event for men is planned at the Leeton Soldiers Club on Wednesday.
Mrs James said the workshop provided the ideal forum for women to get together and hear what opportunities are out there.
“There’s always so much happening in the business world, but often we can be so busy concentrating on what we are doing that we might miss some of these things,” Mrs James said.
“We wanted to provide a setting where women could ask questions, learn from others and share their stories as well.
“Just by talking to each other we learn so much.
“As much as some of the businesses and companies might be in competition with each other, there is always something we can take away from each other.”
Helping the participants to reach their full potential was the two guest speakers. Both women have risen through the ranks in their respective fields.
“They are very impressive and we’re very lucky to have them here at our workshop,” Mrs James said. “I think we would definitely like to hold another one of these events in the future.
“It would depend on the feedback and when would be a suitable time to do so. We’re pleased with the response for our first one.”