The year ahead - 2022.
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. Book online at the events page or look for us at Eventbrite to attend. Meet our wonderful members, enjoy a meal and conversation or be inspired by one of our topical guest speakers.
About our Club
Dynamic. Meet regularly. We learn, share and network with guest speakers. We welcome and encourage women.
We offer a safe friendly space for women to share their experience, knowledge, ideas and provide support. You can contact and forge new friendships with a diverse group: in race, religion, culture and workplaces. If you like to debate, sharing ideas, we support each other, and we provide opportunities for personal and professional development (in a non-threatening environment). Together we advocate for gender equity locally; nationally and internationally through our affiliation with the UN and 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Do you have a local issue that we could help you with? Contact me, Janette Weeding
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the month unless specified.
Location: Coro88. 84 - 88 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW 2134
Club Contact: M: 0411135295 E: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
2021 my personal focus is to expose the root causes of women's economic inequality, like discrimination and to advocate for women and their families in our local area.
I feel it is a privilege to be a part of BPWA. I manage my time mentoring and educating. Through BPWStrathfield Club I hope to be a catalyst; to make a difference and to encourage others.
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.
Drop me an Email for more information or just come along.
I really look forward to meeting you.
Janette Weeding President.
BAEco/DipEdu/Paul Harris Fellow.
BPW members are wonderful.
We focus on issues and personal or professional development that is relevant to our own club.
Club Committee Members
Sweta Gupta Vice President
Being a female, I have seen the challenges coming to this part of the population are way bad. With my working experience with these three countries (USA, Australia & India) I have seen the problems with females are no less whether it is a developed or developing country - shocking.
I am fortunate enough that I got strong support from my family and with that support I started my journey and today I am in a leadership role (Head Of Operations) in an MNC IT Company, with that I feel more confident that I can share my views and support the community.
Seeing so many problems specially with females - I strongly support women empowerment especially Girl Child Education, and passionate about raising the importance and awareness of it around the globe.
I feel privileged and honoured to be a part of BPW, and with my association with the organisation I could be able to give back to the community and work towards achieving the same goal.
I am so looking forward to it with my strong belief in Girl Child Education, because if a girl child is educated - the whole family gets educated.
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. Women who share valuable knowledge, guidance, create awareness and friendship. Especially for our newly arrived from other countries.
Faye Helou - Secretary
Business woman and advocate. 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. Karen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our club. A strong advocator for change and improving the lives of women in her local constituency.
Harmony Moxham. Young BPWStrathfield Representative &BPWA Board Member
B.A. Criminology Maquarie University. Currently extending her knowledge by enrolling in Creative Writing and another B.A. in Computer Science at the University of Wollongong (UOW). We have a budding author, and one to follow.
WHERE HAVE THEY GONE?
Past Vice President Belen Deriu B.A. Law
Current situation: In Genova. Masters International Law University of Switzerland. Enjoying the new life in International Relations law.(Women and girls slavery)
Testemonial: I joined BPW for its values, objectives and it's international presence as a lawyer I work towards gender equity and fight for female basic human right. Thanks to BPW, my social and professional insertion during my time in Australia was much easier and more enjoyable. BPW not only opened professional doors for me, but also helped me integrate socially. Its members accompanied me in my relocation process; they helped me with the simple basic procedures to settle down (opening a bank account, new phone number, new public transport card, new home), they gave me a network, they involved me in their advocacy programs, and most importantly: they gave me a loved family that made me feel welcomed and accompanied in a new country. Belén
Past member & author Alice Mantel
As a practising lawyer for over 30 years: crime, family law and finally, elder law. Facing her own retirement, Alice wanted answers to her own questions about aged care, about working and making the right choice with her. A book was the answer.
Has moved to the Hunter Valley NSW enjoying life in the countryside. Always a pleasure to hear from Catherine.
Catherine Cahill was an HR professional with extensive experience in private, NFP and government enterprises, large and small.
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
Her project is on hold due to Covid-19.
# Just Landed website.
2022 Our projects: Respect & Empowerment.
1 "Days For Girls Australia"https://www.daysforgirls.org/australia
2 Women Empowerment Principals ( WEPs United Nations )
3 Communication | Strathfield's diverse community
Meet or Board
Janette Weeding P, Sweta Gupta VP, Faye Helou; Karen Pensabene, Mary Demarco and Harmony Moxham (Young BPWStrathfield and Young BPWAustralia Board Member)
February 15th Candlelight Event. Reflecting on the importance of women who have made a difference.
The Year That Was 2021.
Zoom; zoom; zoom....
We worked on numerous projects ... like connecting with our local Afghan women; young scientists to see what was needed to start a business; watched Pioneers in Skirts and had monthly Quick Bite national meetings.
Do you know about the Womens Empowerment Program?
Look what we did in April, it's always lovely to wear a Sari.
International Womens Day
2021 IWD congratulated Lalitha Mahadevan as Strathfield's Woman of the Year. Most Deserving.
Club meetings were put on hold due to Covid-19. IWD
IWD Launch Women's Week "Innate Power of Women" March
Candlelight Night and Hearing Krisha's Story; she's not just a "refugee".
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.
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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Our Club Sponsors
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 2021 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 2021 our focus is on the progress of our Days for Girls project which is a feminine hygiene & education 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.
To find out more go to: