Australia: Women Rock(well) Sydney chapter is lauched
Last Updated: 22 June 2014


National law firm Rockwell Olivier is pleased to report that the Sydney chapter of its new women's networking initiative is off to a fantastic start.

The initiative, known as Women Rock(well), is aimed at bringing businesswomen at all levels into contact with other businesswomen in a comfortable, fun and supportive environment. The three main focal points of the initiative are diversity, development and support.

Women Rock(well) began in Rockwell Olivier's Perth office in 2013. After three successful events and a healthy level of interest, it was decided to launch a Sydney chapter. The organising committee is reaching out to board members, staff, clients, referrers and the wider community in Sydney to come together to connect, share stories, learn new skills, socialise and network on both a personal and professional level.

The Sydney chapter of Women Rock(well) recently hosted its first event at Rockwell Olivier's offices, with the theme of Women In Flight. On 20 May 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The Women Rock(well) organising committee celebrated the 82nd anniversary of that achievement by hosting guest speaker Alison Espley, head of Australia & New Zealand for United Airlines. The event was also privileged to have in attendance Gaby Kennard, the first Australian woman to fly solo around the world. Ms Espley delivered a sincere and inspiring speech which engendered many follow-up questions from attendees.

The initiative also has a charitable aspect. In Sydney, Women Rock(well) supports Fitted For Work (, an organisation which helps Australian women experiencing financial disadvantage to get work and keep it. Fitted For Work provides appropriate business wear, interview preparation, mentoring, work experience and a range of programs to assist women transition into employment and stay employed. Women Rock(well) held a clothing drive at its first Sydney event, which was well supported by attendees.

Following on from the great success of the first event, Women Rock(well) is planning a second Sydney event. Tentatively scheduled for 30 July, the second event will be a breakfast hosted at NoOk Urban Fresh Bar in the CBD, with a theme of Finding Balance: Illusion or Achievable? The event will feature guest speaker Anthia Koullouros of Ovvio Organic Lifestyle Store & Naturopath Clinic. Anthia will discuss lifestyle techniques to assist women in achieving a healthy balance.

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