ShireWomen is a woman-centric, educational, networking, events and promotional platform for professional women and businesses based in the Sutherland Shire. Our focus is to champion women in business and provide a safe and supportive environment for our members to learn, make connections and grow their businesses.
We want to see more successful women-led businesses, and women represented equally in leadership and management positions, including in parliament.
Women represent just 26.8% of business directors, 17.1% of CEO's, 31.5% of managers, and 14.1% of chairs in Australia (WEGA, 2020). Gender bias and stereotyping in Australia is rife, and even appears to be slipping backwards. Despite this, many women and men are unaware or unable to pinpoint what the issue is, or how to tackle it. We help support our sponsors, members and the wider community to take positive steps towards gender equality.
We hold regular events, issue newsletters, provide business education, online and offline promotion, business consulting, and introductions to women in business. Our sponsors can get involved with our events and initiatives showing their customers they are taking Corporate Social Responsibility by supporting ShireWomen, their woman staff and taking a stand against the unequal treatment of women.
Our community shares knowledge, contacts and content so we can collectively improve women's position in business, politics and society.
One of the areas we focus on is supporting women who have hit the glass ceiling in corporate businesses, and have decided to go into business to avoid further discrimination.
Many of these women have not had any experience or formal training in the business side of entrepreneurship and can struggle with anything from staff management to strategic planning. We have a special partnership with our Sponsors The Process Collective to help provide them with business consulting and support to make them more successful.
Our ShireWomen Business Member community consists of a diverse set of local business owners and professionals based in the Sutherland Shire and St George area. They include start-ups, ramp-ups and established businesses all supporting each other in various different ways.
ShireWomen assists its Members and the wider community in two distinct areas. These areas are online and offline.
The offline component of ShireWomen includes regular networking, inspiring and educational events open to both our ShireWomen Business Sponsors & Members and local business people (guests). The focus is on helping attendees make meaningful connections and learn something they can apply to their professional lives.
Our monthly networking and educational event is called Coffee & Connect and is held at our major sponsors venue Tradies Gymea, one Friday morning of each month. Each Coffee & Connect has a theme that runs for 3 events. These are business or social issue related topics that are interesting and relevant, with key take-aways for attendees. They do not include the same-old repetitive topics that you tend get at other business events which focus on a narrow window of business issues.
We also host evening events designed around empowering and inspiring women. Our current evening events are ShireWomen Empower, ShireWomen Inspire - Sponsored by Emroy Creative Group, ShireWomen Indulge, and ShireWomen Enrich.
We also provide business consulting focusing on promotion, marketing, strategy and business planning, processes, cloud applications, employee productivity and culture. You can read all about our services outside of membership here.
ShireWomen Business Members get access to early bird tickets to all events, and receive coaching and advice as part of their membership (depending on the level signed up to) or at half price.
The online aspect of ShireWomen is the unsung hero of ShireWomen Sponsorship and Business Membership.
We assist our sponsors and members in getting their brand seen in a way that is engaging to the local community and/or their fellow sponsors or members. We know how to engage our followers, and allow those that engage with us to leverage off our already huge following, consisting of:
There are many opportunities for sponsorship, promotions, content creation and business support.
We also have promotional offerings available to non-members if for example a local business wanted to promote upcoming events or a special offer. Click here to learn more.
Our ShireWomen Business Members Portal is a resource Library that holds content from ShireWomen, our speakers, and our Business Members to assist in knowledge sharing and learning. From Budget Planning to Social Media Do's and Don'ts, to Strategic Planning Templates and White Papers, to Speaker Notes and Research - our Portal has it all.
Learn more about ShireWomen Business Membership here.
One of the original features of ShireWomen is our extensive Business Directory. ShireWomen Business Members have a stand-out listing linking to their own page on our website, with non-members having a limited featured listing. This allows local people to clearly identify who is a member of our trusted ShireWomen Business Member Community. List your business by clicking here.
Sign up to our newsletter to hear about the amazing local ShireWomen Business Members in our community. We don't bombard you with boring hard-sell adverts - our media is interesting, informative and champions the amazing women doing great things in our community. Many of our members not only run businesses, but also work with local initiatives that support women in need, with amazing stories to share. Our newsletters are packed with articles and blogs, write-ups and educational information. You'll also hear about our events which you are welcome to attend - a must read for any Shire resident.
If you're a business in the Sutherland Shire then ShireWomen then joining ShireWomen is going to help your business. By joining as a ShireWomen Business Member you will be promoted to thousands of local people in an interesting and effective way. Whether you're in the Start-Up, Ramp-Up or Established phase of your business, ShireWomen will keep you connected to key influential women in The Shire and provide you with amazing opportunities. Our ShireWomen Business Membership inclusions are impressive - learn more about ShireWomen Business Membership here.
If you don't want to become a ShireWomen Business Member, provided your business is relevant to our community and your blog or advertising material doesn't conflict with our ShireWomen Business Membership base, you can advertise certain things on our platforms. These might be things such as local events, or blogs or articles that might be interesting or helpful to our readership. Learn more here.
If you're passionate about supporting women in business, and want to gain brand recognition and trust with locals, then ShireWomen Sponsorship is for you. We have several sponsorship options, ranging from event sponsorship to major sponsorship which includes being featured on every page of our website, all our marketing material and our email signatures. Our current Major Sponsors are The Process Collective, Olsens, and Emroy Creative Group with Emroy also sponsoring our ShireWomen Inspire series. To learn about our Sponsors click here, and to learn about how you can Sponsor ShireWomen, click here.