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BPW Strathfield Focus for 2019 - 2020

  • Grow Membership
  • Financial Security
  • Collaboration with BPW Sydney
  • STEM 
  • Expats - securing your future.
  • Days For Girls
  • Homeless - Share the Dignity


We welcome you

If you are interested in finding out more about BPW in your local area, you are invited to join us at one of our meetings.  Please check the events sections above to find out what's on this month.  You can book online, check out the events page or look for us at eventbrite to attend.  You will find out more about us, meet some of our wonderful members and enjoy a topical guest speaker.

BPW Strathfield

About our Club

BPW Strathfield is a dynamic group of women who meet regularly to learn, share and network with great guest speakers.  

We always welcome guests and encourage new members.

Our club BPW Strathfield, offers a friendly space for women to share their experiences and knowledge, and to seek ideas and support to improve their own lives, and the lives of other women.  It is also a great way to make new contacts and forge new friendships in the area.

At meetings we provide opportunities for personal and professional development, and for exchanging ideas in a non-threatening environment. 

Often we have speakers to inspire us; to boost our self- confidence; to give us ideas to manage our work/life balance, and to become financially secure.

Strathfield is an area of great diversity – in race, religion, culture and workplaces, as are their members. The dynamics of our group encourages debate; the sharing of ideas, and the support of each other. 

Together we aim to make a direct contribution to promoting gender equality and improving the future of women, not only in our local area, but across Australia and the world. We are linked to the 2030 UN Sustainable Goals.

Meeting Location:  Club Burwood - 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month unless specified. 

View Map  97 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW 2134

Club Contact Details

M: 0411135295

E: bpwstrathfield@gmail.com or strathfield@bpw.com.au  

Dates to Note

    • 19 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 97 Burwood Road, Burwood. 2134

    Save the Date.

    Club Burwood Wednesday 19th February


    Cost: $50  -  2 course meal and welcome drink.

    Celebrate and acknowledge our BPW sisters.  Hear the story and achievements of our inspiring Key Note speaker.

    More information to come.

Janette Weeding


Strathfield President

From the Club President 2020 focus: advocating for and assisting homeless women and families. 

I joined BPW Strathfield because I knew I shared BPWA's philosophy and I feel it is a privilege to be a part of BPWA.  My background was in education, I manage my time between mentoring and educating. My personal aim is to make a positive difference.

BPWStrathfield Club aims to be the catalyst for it's members to make a difference in the business, professional and in civil life of women.  If you choose to take up a role within the BPW organisation, or out in the wider world, it is our aim that every member of BPW Strathfield will have the confidence in themselves, and the support of our club, to realise their goal.

Join us at a meeting or just for a casual dinner and find out what we are about.

Contact Janette at: bpwstrathfield@gmail.com  

I really look forward to meeting you.

Janette Weeding President: BAEco/DipEdu/Paul Harris Fellow.

Club Location

About our club

In BPW, members matter most.  We focus on issues and personal or professional development that is relevant to our own club.  We enjoy different types of meetings, including dinner with a speaker, workshops to enhance our skills and social events where lifelong friendships are made.

Club Committee Members

Mary Dimarco - Treasurer

I joined BPW Strathfield in 2015 and have been Treasurer for 4 years. 

The challenges of running a family business (Dimarco Monuments), required the opportunity for me to interact with women in similar roles and diverse business backgrounds.  BPW Strathfield proved to be the welcoming organisation for me.  Business women who share valuable knowledge and give guidance, creates awareness and friendship, especially for our newly arrived professionals from other countries.   Join our Strathfield group, an organisation to empower all women to fight for women's equality, rights and causes.

Belen Deriu - Vice President


B.A. Law & Masters International Relations

Originally from Argentina and Law Graduate from Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires I have a Masters Degree National University of La Plata and my passion is in International Relations advocating for young girls and women to achieve economic freedom and financial security.

Current Project: Welcoming Expats to Sydney.   #letsmakeadifference

Faye Helou - Secretary

Together with her husband Sam, Faye owns and runs 5 small businesses in Sydney’s south west.

Her spare time is taken up with something she is very passionate about – raising the status of women, both in Australia, and around the world.

Faye has received several awards for the work she has done in this field:  BPW Australia Woman of the Year, Rotary International Service Award for Professional Excellence. The highly esteemed ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ (PHF), which is awarded in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

Faye has held a chair on the BPW International Mentoring Taskforce, has organised NSW Equal Pay Day events, and is the founding President of BPW Strathfield.

Faye is the past president of the Board of Days for Girls Australia Limited, an international project which is a grassroots non-profit organisation creating a more dignified, humane and sustainable world for girls through advocacy, reproductive health awareness, education and sustainable feminine hygiene - because no girl should go without. Every girl, Everywhere.Period

Karen Pensabene - Marketing.

Karen has been a member for BPWStrathfield for five years and Past President of our club. Currently Karen hold the position as Councillor with Strathfield Council; elected in 2017. Karen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our club. A strong advocator for change and improving the wellbeing of all. She has a strong focus on improving the lives of women in her local constituency.

Alice Mantel, Member & Author.

About the author As a practising lawyer for over 30 years, Alice Mantel worked in diverse areas of practice – crime, family law and finally, elder law.  It has given her a humane perspective of the legal issues that can arise and confidence in providing practical advice to uncertain readers.  Facing her own retirement, Alice wanted answers to her own questions about aged care, about working and making the right choice with her superannuation.  Before long, Alice realised that others were experiencing the same dilemmas and she started to research a book that comprehensively covered those typical concerns.

Catherine Cahill.

Catherine Cahill is an HR professional with extensive experience in private, NFP and government enterprises, large and small. 

Currently the Human Resources Director for Australia’s fastest rising Theatre Producer, Catherine’s expertise includes employee engagement, career coaching, employee and labour relations, and work health and safety. Catherine’s expertise in Emotional Intelligence approaches to conflict resolution, her understanding of High Conflict Personalities, plus extensive knowledge of workplace behaviour and change management, allows her to find practical and lasting solutions to complex people issues at work. 

An engaging Speaker and Trainer, Catherine was an invited guest on ABC's The Drum in January and June 2018 to discussing HR matters in the news. Previously, Catherine was featured on an SBS Insight program on Sexual Harassment in 2015, which was repeated in 2017 in wake of the Weinstein revelations.

With tertiary qualifications in Human Resources Management, and post graduate studies in the Politics of Change, Catherine is a Chartered Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (UK), and a longtime member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Welcome to 2 'Young BPW' Strathfield Members.

Harmony Moxham.

B.A. (Criminology) 

Eden Moxham.Student studying psychology at Macquarie University and working as a conservation sales manager for Taronga Zoo. 

2019 Projects

Our members are currently supporting projects to empower women and girls in Australia and overseas.

1 "Days For Girls Australia"



2 "Share The Dignity" 12 November - 1December 2019  BPWS & Strathfield Council It's in the Bag

3 Welcoming Expats to Sydney - Induction,  Mentoring & Networking.  More to come.  www.landedanewhome.com

Past Events - 2019

Thank you Strathfield South Public School. 

Christmas Dinner & Book Launch

We love the book and it's  just in time for the holidays; shared good food, company and sing-a-long. Happy Hollidays to all. Janette Weeding 

Our Team: It's In the Bag, helping women. Partnership Strathfield Council and BPWS. November. 

October Meeting.

We approached Strathfield Council and have agreed to a partnership to Share the Dignity. November -December Program 2019 "It's in the Bag". 

Equal Pay Day. Financial Security -

Financial Happiness. August 28th 

Keynote speaker Sacha Burchgart. 

Sacha is the recipient of the prestigious Affinia Practice of the Year award in 2016; finalist for the 2018 Female Excellence in Advice Award and the 2018 NAB Women in Finance Award. Sacha currently sits as Chair on the Affinia Adviser Council, has been a keynote speaker for Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Salesforce and is a regular at financial planning licensee conferences.

We all learnt a lot and realised how important it is to plan; to secure our future and reduce pay gaps. We had an activity which was rather scary and illustrated how much we really do need to have for a secure life.  We need to plan for the "what if's " -   "shocks" that can affect our earning capacity. Shocks that could  mean that we have a really dim future, that is if we just assume nothing could ever affect us. The night wasn't all 'doom n gloom' but how to plan; the sooner you start the better.  

Above: Janette, Sacha and Miriam. Sacha is a real power-house of information.

August 6 BPW Entrepreneur Social Group & BPW Sydney & Strathfield.

An engaging night and networking with Miriam BPWSydney president, Janette BPWStrathfield President with Sandra D'Souza Speaker form Entrepreneur Social. 

July 24 Meeting and AGM @ Club Burwood.

I would like to congratulate all the Board Members for 2019-20. We have a great team.Thank you for joining me for another year.

Janette Weeding President. 

We welcome Belen @ Club Burwood.

July 6 Event "Want to be a Rock Star" @ UTS

Tanya Sydney Club & MC - opens the meeting and engages us all.


May 3 Jean Arnott Luncheon @ State Parliament House - What wonderful women celebrating being active, engaging and 90+ years of age! We joined them in support and to hear their stories. 

April 13- 14 BPW NSW State Conference @ Gosford

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Club Projects

We choose the local, national and international projects that our club members will support our club members have chosen to focus currently on these:

International Project: Days for Girls

In 2019 Strathfield BPW will continue to reflect on the place that BPW Australia, and individual Clubs occupy in the world of Business and Professional Women. During 2019 our focus is on the progress of our Days for Girls project which is a feminine hygiene program providing quality, sustainable solutions for girls who have nothing to manage their period. Without access to hygiene products, girls in many countries in the developing world can miss up to 8 months of school every 3 years.

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