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Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we have had to cancel meetings, we hope to er-engage soon. Apologies to all, Janette president BPWStrathfield.

 2020 Focus.

  • Empowering women to realise the UN SDG's 2030
  • Homelessness & Share the Dignity
  • Expats - securing their future
  • Days For Girls, empowering girls through access to education
  • Collaboration with BPW Sydney
  • Membership: engaging women to make a difference


We welcome you

Interested? Want to know more about BPW in your local area? We invite you to join us at one of our meetings.  Please check the events sections above to find out what's on this month.  Book online or check out the events page or look for us at Eventbrite to attend.  Meet some of our wonderful members, enjoy a meal and conversation. Be enjoy and  be inspired by one of our topical guest speakers.

BPW Strathfield

About our Club

We are a dynamic group of women who meet regularly to learn, share and network with great guest speakers. We welcome guests and encourage new members.

We offer a friendly space for women to share their experiences, knowledge, and to seek ideas and support to improve their own lives. It is also a great way to make new contacts and forge new friendships with a diverse group: in race, religion, culture and workplaces. The dynamics of our group encourages debate; the sharing of ideas, and the support of each other.

At meetings we provide opportunities for personal and professional development, and for exchanging ideas in a non-threatening environment. Together we aim to make a direct contribution to promoting gender equality and improving the future of women: locally; across Australia and the World, through our International Group and our affiliation with the United Nations to realise the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

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

No events available

Janette Weeding


Strathfield President

In 2020 our focus is on advocating and assisting homeless women and their families in our local area. To empower women: to realise the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.  

I feel it is a privilege to be a part of BPWA. I manage my time mentoring and educating. My personal aim is to make a positive difference.

BPWStrathfield Club aims to be a catalyst for it's members to make a difference in the business, professional and in civil life of women, to be confident in themselves with the support of our club.

I would like to personally invite you to join me for a casual meal/conversation at one of our meetings, to see what we do.  To join me send me an email at  bpwstrathfield@gmail.com  

I really look forward to meeting you.

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

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About our club

BPW members are wonderful.  

We focus on issues and personal or professional development that is relevant to our own club.  

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 - Past 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 situation: In lockdown in Jakarta Indonesia due to Covid-19. Studying on-line, her 2nd Masters degree at University of Switzerland. 

Faye Helou - Secretary

Together with her husband Sam, Faye owns and run 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 seven years and Past President of our club. Currently Karen holds 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 our Member & 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.

Now a published author and speaker her practical advice is spreading.

Catherine Cahill.

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

Past Human Resources Director for Australia’s fastest rising Theatre Producer, Catherine’s expertise included 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 our 'Young BPW' Strathfield Member Harmony.

Harmony Moxham.

B.A. (Criminology) 

Orsi Toth-Pal

Author:  "Just Landed" & operates at Experts as Team Member

Engaged and interested in helping women and their families feel welcome and happy to live in Australia. In this way each women will secure themselves and their future. 

Check out the Just Landed website.

2020 Our projects: Empowerment.

1  "Days For Girls Australia"


2    Reduce Homelessness and DV

3   "Share The Dignity"



May: https://sharethedignity.com.au/events/dignitea-2020-sydney/

November: December BPWS & Strathfield Council Collaboration

4   Welcoming Migrants to Sydney - Induction,  Mentoring & Networking. 


2020 Events

IWD@ Strathfield, Strathfield Council Morning Tea. 

IWD Launch Women's Week  "Innate Power of Women" March 

Candlelight Night and Hearing Krisha's Story; she's not just a "refugee". 

2019 Our past events

Thank you Strathfield South Public School; Fitbodz Gym and all Australians.

DECEMBER: 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:collaboration with Strathfield Council "It's In the Bag"


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

AUGUST: Equal Pay Day. Financial Security Financial Happiness  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

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

July: 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

July: "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. 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 2020 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 2020 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 within many countries in the developing world can miss up to 8 months of school every 3 years. Girls also in our remote Aboriginal communities need our support, we supply kits tho these centres as well.

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