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EmpowerHER Collective Launches To Foster Female Leadership And Support

Regional Development Australia Greater Whitsundays (RDA GW) has announced the launch of the EmpowerHER Collective, a bi-monthly networking initiative aimed at fostering a strong support system for women, both professionally and personally.

The inaugural event will take place on July 9 from 8.30am to 9:30am at Ocean International Hotel.

The EmpowerHER Collective will include professional development opportunities and promote the Women in Leadership programs managed by RDA GW.

RDA GW Chief Executive Officer Robert Cocco said the creation of the EmpowerHER Collective stemmed from the “overwhelming success of RDA GW's pilot Women in Leadership (WIL) program”.

“Participants of the program requested an ongoing platform to continue their support for one another, leading to the establishment of an online group,” Mr Cocco said.

“Recognising the importance of face-to-face interactions, RDA GW expanded this initiative to include in-person networking events.”

EmpowerHER is a collaboration with other Greater Whitsundays female-focused initiatives, such as The Just Saying Project (JSP), Kickass Women, and Women in Manufacturing.

The Just Saying Project Founder Fallon Drewett said the rise of women leaders in regional areas “can transform communities”.

"Regional communities thrive when women are empowered to lead,” Ms Drewett said.

“Their leadership brings a balance of strength and compassion, which is essential for addressing both economic and social challenges.

“JSP is thrilled to be collaborating with Regional Development Australia and the EmpowerHER Collective. It is important that women have spaces that celebrate their authenticity and the skills they bring to their workplaces and communities.”

Mr Cocco said EmpowerHER Collective’s main aim is to develop a robust support network for women, enhancing their professional and personal development.

“By creating a safe space for women to unite, the initiative hopes to foster a community where women feel comfortable sharing challenges and supporting one another throughout their career journeys.”

EmpowerHER is sponsored by Fierce Signage and STAR Radio, and the first event is open to all women in the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region.


When: Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Where: Ocean International

Time: 8.30am to 9.30am

The first cohort of the Women in Leadership initiative from Regional Development Australia Greater Whitsundays, that sparked the EmpowerHER Collective. Photo supplied

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