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Thriving Women October Event

Join us for our living room chat on the 24th October and listen to Kate Dezarnaulds, founder of WorkLife, a network of regional co-working business currently with locations in Berry and Kiama on the NSW South Coast.

Kate is a consultant, connector and advocate who works with not-for-profits and social ventures to increase their impact including being a Director of Underbelly Arts and the National Trust (NSW).

Recently she has advised organisations as diverse as:



The Chaser,

The Art Gallery of NSW,

The Future Directors Institute,

The Architects Institute Foundation,

The Victorian Pride Centre,

Bundanon Trust,

Underbelly Arts and

The National Trust

On business development, sponsorship and fundraising strategies. It's been her mission to help increase the value of culture and the financial sustainability of those organisations that create it.

She is currently a Board Director for Underbelly Arts and National Trust of Australia (NSW) and the coordinator of the NSW Primary Ethics program at her kids school in Berry. Previously she was on the board of Art Month Sydney and the South Coast Tourism Board. 

Endlessly curious, she cares deeply about subjects as diverse as arts, the built environment, digital culture, board diversity, building our regional economies, sustainability, saving the media from itself and social ventures. 

With degrees in art history and business, she spent the first 8 years of her career working for Sotheby’s in London, Hong Kong and Sydney before a range of senior business development roles with ArtBank, Bundanon Trust and Sydney Festival.

In 2012 her career and life changed forever when she simultaneously moved her small family from Alexandria to Berry, began a 5 year stint as Head of Partnerships for TEDxSydney and set sail on her own consulting business. 

Please join us on the 24th October and listen to Kate share her amazing experience with us so we can take home tips and strategies to implement into our own businesses!  It’s a night not to be missed!

Take advantage of our Early Bird Special and grab your ticket before 9.00 p.m. 7th October and join us for another great evening!

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
21st November 2018 The Pavilion Kiama 6.00 - 8.30
Christmas Drinks & Give Back to our Farmers

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