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Thriving Women August Event

We are really excited to have Mignon Anne Lee-Warden join us for our August Living Room chat. 

Mignon Lee-Warden is originally from Cape Town, South Africa and was born into an activist family whose father was a famous political figure in South African history.

Due to his political activism, Mignon's father was arrested and imprisoned during a trial with Nelson Mandela. He was placed under banning orders and their home was constantly watched and harassed by police agents during her childhood causing trauma and anxiety to her family and most of her family to suffer with post traumatic stress.

Mignon found music and theatre as a way of expressing her views and healing.  She trained as a professional actor at University and sang in pubs and cafes to pay the bills.  After leaving Theatre School she became involved in early stages of community theatre "Theatre for Change" acting and directing multiracial plays that toured all areas of South Africa, becoming a well-known performer and director in South Africa.  She then joined Handspring Puppet Company and toured to France staying on in London for 5 years working as a musician actor and director finally returning to South Africa in 1989.

Always an Activist, Mignon chose to use her creative ability to also create events to empower women and began organising women's events including the first feminist concert in Africa, women's magazine, marches and GLBT pride Marches.

In 1993 Mignon was held at knife point at a rally that turned violent which caused her to decide to leave South Africa and join her brother in Australia.  Struck by the need for spaces for women of all cultural backgrounds to create work for themselves, Mignon created the South Coast Women's Music and Arts weekend festival, running this for 5 years, offering women from all backgrounds the opportunity to perform, lead workshops and gain employment.  This festival later became known as Sistajive.

Sadly in 1996 Mignon lost the strength in both her arms and soon discovered that she had severe cervical spondylosis and arthritic degeneration in her neck which caused her to give up massage and music sound engineering, something that was devastating to Mignon as these pursuits were her passion.  Nothing keeps a good woman down, Mignon soon reinvented herself as an entrepreneur creating events for women, GLBTI people, seniors, refugees and migrants.

She also became a freelance co-ordinator working with Wollongong Council on events such as Seniors Week and Viva La Gong, including being the Production Manager for Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day which draws up to 80000 people.

She has also been responsible for organising the 'Welcome Here' a Refugee Festival and joined as Production Manager at Embrace Life Festivals, filling the stages of every festival with performers, dancers, sound healers and choirs.

In 2015 Mignon created Sounds Divine Live Production Company offering sound, lighting and stage managing production assistance to small scale events, particularly events run by women.  She also returned to doing body work using Biodynamic Cranio Sacral instead of massage and specialises in helping settle trauma and anxiety.

As you can see, Mignon has lived an incredible life rich with challenges and is no stranger to overcoming hardship, routinely drawing on her life experience to reinvent herself.  Not someone to stand still for long, Mignon is soon hoping to make a new CD and go touring before she turns 60 next year.

Please join us for a very special evening and listen to Mignon share the many insights she has learnt through her life journey.  I am sure you will agree, it is definitely a night not to be missed so please purchase your Early Bird Ticket as soon as possible!

Take advantage of our Early Bird Special Discount and grab your ticket by the 25th July - it's a night not to be missed!!

2018 Calendar of Events

Event Date
Time & Location
Shellharbour Civic Centre

22nd February 2018

Shellharbour Civic Centre 6.00 – 8.00
5th April 2018 Shellharbour Civic Centre 6.00 – 8.00
15th May 2018 Shellharbour Civic Centre 6.00 – 8.00
26th June 2018 The Pavilion Kiama 6.00 – 8.30
8th August 2018 The Pavilion Kiama 6.00 – 8.30
19th September 2018 The Pavilion Kiama 6.00 – 8.30
24th October 2018 The Pavilion Kiama 6.00 – 8.30
28th November 2018 Be Brave and On Purpose for 2019
The Grange Golf Club

Event Information

What is Thriving Women?
Thriving Women is a business network aimed at providing a safe space for women in business (although men are very welcome) who wish to feel supported both in their business and personal life so they can share and grow without feeling judged or criticised.  It is a platform to teach and mentor participants with the primary focus being to ensure all participants feel supported and valued as they grow.

If you are interested in joining like-minded business women who want to:

  • Network to grow their business
  • Learn how to grow their business in an increasingly challenging business environment
  • Learn tips and strategies to grow themselves so they are well equipped to support their family whilst they build their business
  • Take a holistic approach to their life and their business
  • Feel safe and supported knowing they have a network of women who have got their back
  • Be educated and supported in a caring environment invested in them and their future
  • Gain local business knowledge and learn from the ‘Business Elders’ in our community
  • Engage their passion for supporting local business and local people
  • Gain confidence with their networking skills
  • Network in a fun engaging way that adds value to them and their business

Will there be food?
Definitely, our Caterer's provide our Thriving Ladies with a lovely grazing table full of yummy food and yes there are gluten free and vegetarian options available.

Will there be drink?
Of course, all Thriving Women participants recieve a free drink on arrival, drinks include a soft drink and a glass of  bubbles, white or red wine, but not hard liquor. 

What can I expect when I attend Thriving Women Event's? 
Thriving Women's motto is 'Grow your business, Grow yourself, Grow your community and have fun doing it!' Feedback from our Event's so far has been fantastic!  Participants routinely say what a great evening they have had.  They experienced quality networking, made great new connections and enjoyed listening and learning from both our local business ladies and Isha Knill. 

What are the seating arrangements?
There is no formal seating at our events you can sit where you like with whom you like.

Why are there different ticket prices?
Every month we run an Early Bird Special to give the participants who regularly attend Thriving Women an opportunity to purchase their tickets at a discount price.  Once our Early Bird Special price has expired tickets return to full price.  

Do we need to be a member to attend Thriving Women?
No, Thriving Women does not have memberships so you do not need to be a member to attend.  Whilst we are a business network primarily focused on supporting women, men are very welcome to attend any or all of our events.  Please make sure you take advantage of our Early Bird Special to gain a discount off your ticket as once our Early Bird Special price has expired tickets return to full price.

When and Where?
Thriving Women are proud to partner with the Kiama Council and hold all of our events at The Pavilion Kaima from 6.00 to 8.30 p.m. please see our events calendar above for dates.

Event Start Time
So that we don't overrun we ask that all participants arrive at 5.45 for a sharp 6.00 p.m. start, thank you

Advertising and Promotional Material
A benefit of attending Thriving Women is that we have a lot of opportunities for you to profile your business, one of them being that you can display your promotional material on our promotional table, which is available at each event. We also run a Working Wednesday post through our Facebook page that allows you to post about your business, your events and keep us up to date on what is happening in your world. To understand more about our Working Wednesday Facebook posts please visit this link:

Facebook Working Wednesday  (Please be noe that this video was created when Thriving Women did have membership options but this has since been removed - you no longer need to be a member for Thriving Women, neither do you need to be a member to post in Working Wednesdays).

Ticket Refunds & Exchanges once booked
All tickets to Thriving Women events are non-refundable, however for Thriving Women monthly events you may transfer your ticket to another date.  If you wish to transfer your ticket you must contact Thriving Women at 48 hours before the event in question.  Please be advise that Thriving Women’s larger event tickets are non-refundable or transferrable.

Event Sponsorship
Thriving Women have some great Sponsorship options available for businesses who wish to contribute towards helping Thriving Women support our local community by providing quality networking events for our business community to take part in.  In return for their Sponsorship our Sponsors enjoy a great range of benefits.  If you wish to know more about our Sponsorship options, please contact Isha Knill via email on