In the beginning….
Inspiring Women began it’s journey in 2005 , an idea that germinated when Sue Heins was President of the Warringah Chamber of Commerce & Industries Inc. After fielding calls from women asking if there was a women’s only group in the area Sue realised there was a need that was unmet. At that time there were no women’s business networking groups meeting at all.
Inspiring Women has been involved in many initiatives and collaborations during the years. From fundraising for deserving charities including the Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre, Sister2Sister program, Women’s Community Foundation, Marysville Bushfires in Victoria (& many more) hosting events and sharing our considerable knowledge to young women and schools & with mentees learning about the business world.
When Inspiring Women was “born” it was with the help of Chris Andrew who became a partner (in crime) in the organisation with Sue Heins who was founder and it quickly grew.
After Chris left for full-time grandma duties two years later, Sue connected with Nikki Tranfield and a committee was formed. The committee were fabulous in creating events and steering Inspiring Women into new directions. Nikki left when she became a new mum.
At the 7 year mark the Kiama/Illawarra branch was formed as one of our loved members, Michelle Springett moved to the beautiful Kiama area. Michelle’s experience as a graphic designer assisted many local businesses to develop brand strategies and the group met regularly for 5 years.
At the 9 year mark, Inspiring Women opened another branch in the Milton/Ulladulla region of the South Coast of New South Wales. This initially was run by another member who had moved there, Sue Brodie who made connections in the community before she moved onto another business idea.
Over the years Inspiring Women has successfully applied and ran Women in Business Mentoring programs, Over 45’s Entrepreneurs and other programs through funding from through NSW Trade & Investment.
Sue Heins, became a Councillor in 2011 and deputy mayor of the then Warringah Council on the Northern Beaches and in 2015 was awarded the metropolitan winner for Women in Local Government in NSW.
When Inspiring Women celebrated their 10 year anniversary in 2015 our stats showed we:
- held over 179 meetings & workshops on the Northern Beaches
- fundraised over $30,000 for various charities
- assisted 96 business through local business mentoring programs
- had a following of over 4.400 on social media platforms
- assisted over 200 businesses who asked for help per year.
Inspiring Women has had sensational speakers at our events over the years and continues to provide up to date information for business owners.
Our group meet regularly on the Northern Beaches and now we offer an online opportunity to meet up with us as well.
You can find Sue at Linked In, Twitter, FaceBook (Inspiring Women) & Google+
and you can read our blog which follows some of our journey.
If you want to find out a little more about Sue start with this 3 part blog about a part of her life. Read the first installment here.