My Chance to Empower Women in Ghana in April 2020!
Over the Christmas break, I had an opportunity to reflect on the things that I did over the last 12 months and the things that I missed and should really prioritise in 2020 both personally and professionally.
Then the bushfire crisis began to worsen and it made be think about the lives of these individuals affected, and how they would be different forever, that is if they survived.
I began to realise that while I was disappointed at my shortcomings, I was too also very privileged. Privileged both personally and professionally. In front of me all year was opportunity. It was my attitude or belief system that stopped me from achieving, better so, thinking I did not achieve. The stories in my head, the barriers I put up in front of me, my own experiences that influenced my efforts and learnings.
As a female leader in many organisations, mainly in male dominated industries of real estate, property and now automotive, I have learnt that three things are important to me, which tie into my reflection thoughts, and funnily enough help me to succeed as a female leader:
- Resilience and drive to achieve what I set out to;
- Diversity of thought and people, and acceptance of this;
- Learning through experiences and interactions (ongoing) and this helps to grow.
Living in Australia most of us live such a privileged life where education, food, shelter and all the things we call “necessary” in our lives are available to us – if we so choose them. This is not the case in other parts of the world, and sometimes we take this for granted, or at least I do and did. With the devastation of the Australian bushfires, it made me realise that there is more that I can do for this world to contribute and give back in areas I believe in. One of those areas is that individuals, whatever gender, race or nationality should be able to freely make decisions and choice around their personal and professional wellbeing.
I am so thrilled to share something with you that I have wanted to do for a long time.
Very recently, I have been selected to travel to Ghana as part of a Leadership program to help women in this country gain courage, strength and drive to better their worlds in particular around transforming them into leaders in the short and long-term benefit to end hunger. This is part of a Business Chicks initiative with The Hunger Project.
The Hunger Project is a worldwide non for profit organisation with a mission to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world. They empower women and men living in rural villages in Africa, India, Bangladesh and Latin America to end their own hunger, by unlocking their creativity, leadership, entrepreneurialism and productivity. They build leaders, in particular, women leaders.
For five full days at the end of April 2020, I will head to Ghana with Business Chicks and the Hunger Project together with like-minded female Australian leaders and help transform women, breaking down the real barriers for them, transforming them into leaders for the sustainable end of hunger. As part of the Leadership Immersion Program, I have committed to fundraise $10,000 on behalf of The Hunger Project. My employer carsales.com Ltd is supporting my participation into the Program and this I am very grateful for.
Now…I NEED YOUR HELP to reach my target of $10,000 by the 31st of March 2020.
Please give generously to this great cause – every dollar makes a difference!
Note ALL donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Thank you in advance for your support in the cause, and your support in me for doing this.
Thank you to my Sponsors