Courage and authenticity celebrated

Karen Rabbitt (left) and Michelle Duff, of CCL Computer Concepts, during the lunch promoted by the Southland Chamber of Commerce.

COURAGE is critical to achieving your potential.

That was the key message of the Southland Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Women’s Conference last week.

About 130 women gathered at Bill Richardson Transport World on Friday to celebrate businesswomen and hear a line-up speakers, including Southland women Hannah Pascoe, Lana Winders and Genevieve Macky, who have achieved success in their personal, sporting and daily careers.

Sports psychologist David Galbraith was the only male speaker during the lunch.

He believed the world and businesses were finally “embracing feminity and diversity” but said there was still a long way to go.

“More and more powerful positions are being filled by women which I think is very important, but there are still some safeguards by the old boys’ club and that needs to change.”

Mr Galbraith said his speech was based on finding courage and being authentic.

“Identity, plus courage, equals authenticity.”

Southland Chamber of Commerce event and marketing manager Michelle McSoriley said it was really exciting to be able to celebrate the courage of women.

“This glass elevator series [which the event was part of] was created years ago and it was about giving women the courage to showcase themselves and realise they are an important part of the business community.

“It is a great chance to network and build relationships.”

Market South creative director Carla Forbes said it was good to see so many woman getting together to empower each other.

Businesswoman Kylie Murdoch agreed.

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