Networking date for local women
SHE’S worked in public health, been self-employed and more recently ventured into the local hospitality sector, so you can safely bet Karen Bradshaw knows about being busy.
But rather than being daunted by the pressure, the Warwick restaurateur and motelier is calling for other local women to join forces in the interests of business.
“I believe there is an enormous opportunity for women in our region to come together and share experiences and ideas in the interests of building their own businesses,” she said.
So committed is she to the concept she has organised a women’s networking lunch in Warwick next Wednesday, complete with an impressive guest speaker.
“Women can be their own worst enemies; too busy juggling it all to take time to meet others in similar situations,” Ms Bradshaw said.
So next Wednesday she has arranged for former New South Wales rural woman of the year Rebecca Arnott to play a central role at a networking lunch at Rupert’s Restaurant on Wood Street.
“This is an opportunity for women to listen to someone with different experience than theirs,” Ms Bradshaw said.
“And hopefully they will be inspired and encouraged.
“It is also an opportunity to meet and network with other Southern Downs women.”
Ms Bradshaw said she chose the guest speaker because Rebecca Arnott, like many local women, was juggling work commitments as well as family demands.
“Rebecca spent almost 20 years working in rural and corporate Australia, throughout the beef industry with roles ranging from pen rider in the US and extension officer in Zimbabwe, through to brand manager for Australian Agricultural Company” Ms Bradshaw said.
The profile of the Ms Arnott is impressive.
A NSW Rural Woman of the Year winner in 2004, she completed an Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2006.
She also has a Bachelor of Rural Science degree and a Master of Business Management in the Agriculture and Food Industries from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, UK.
She has travelled extensively and lived the foot-loose and fancy-free lifestyle of a single woman in her 20s and 30s.
Now in her early 40s, Rebecca has joined the millions of Australian women striving to balance work, family – not to mention her own interests and hobbies.
Today she is managing-director of Precision Operations, a home-based agribusiness marketing company and also – in what she describes as her most challenging role – manager of a young family and home affairs.
If you are interested in next Wednesday’s networking luncheon, contact Karen Bradshaw on 4660 2199.