Bringing women in business and leadership roles together.

The Exchange in Ipswich QLD

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The Exchange panel host and guest speaker - 5 August, 2021

Fiona Strang – Panel host

Fiona Strang grew up in Warwick on the Darling Downs, was educated locally before completing university in Brisbane and moving to Moree to take up her first job as a speech pathologist.

She has over 30 years of experience in the primary health care field, and 20 years of experience in senior leadership positions including 13 years as CEO of the Barwon Division of General Practice. 

Fiona has led HealthWISE as CEO since the organisation was established in 2015.

Fiona leads ‘The Exchange’ panel bringing women in business and leadership roles together to share their professional hacks, stories and insights.

Fiona sees The Exchange as an opportunity for women across northern New South Wales and southern Queensland to explore future opportunities for networking, share leadership ideas, skills and experiences and link with like-minded women to share their experiences of business. 

The Exchange was established in 2019, as an initiative of HealthWISE, to foster an exchange of ideas between women in business and leadership roles. 

Kate Watson – Guest speaker

Kate is a former political staffer who has worked in politics and media for more than 10 years.

She started her career in federal politics working in an electorate office, before moving into roles within the Opposition Leader and eventually the Prime Minister’s office.  

After politics, Kate worked at the Australian Women’s Weekly running large campaigns and events. She then joined Sky News in 2016 and lead an initiative which saw some of Sky’s most prominent personalities get out of the studio and broadcast from various regional locations around Australia. 

Kate has been involved with The Squiz as an adviser since its launch in March 2017. She joined The Squiz full time in January 2018 to drive revenue and subscriber growth and has also found herself producing the Squiz Today podcast.

Women are at the core of The Squiz. When the team sit down to write the Squiz Today they have “time-poor, information-hungry girlfriends in mind”.

Kate grew up in Bermagui, on the Far South Coast of NSW and likes to get out of the city, and back down the coast as much as possible. 

Join The Exchange in Ipswich on Thursday 5 August to hear Kate share her experience of leaving career security and “having a crack” at a new challenge.

The Ipswich Exchange is an initiative of HealthWISE and continues  with support from the
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women.

The Exchange is a successful grant recipient

HealthWISE proudly announces its initiative ‘The Exchange’ is a successful grant recipient of the Federal government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program.
One of only 60 granted across Australia, The Exchange will receive funding to deliver more events across the HealthWISE service area over the 2021-2024 period to help improve outcomes for Australian women across five key areas: job creation, economic security, workforce participation, leadership, and safety.
The level of interest in this round was significant, so we are truly delighted and very excited to have been selected to support the women of our region.
Below: Our first event in Tamworth October 2019. Fiona Strang and Kate Watson will now team up once again in Ipswich for our next event in August.

HealthWISE qualifies for one of 60 projects across Australia: Federal government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program

Women across our region will have the chance to improve their business savvy and develop leadership skills, as local organisation HealthWISE hosts nine free events in six locations over the next three years. An initiative designed to empower women in their career journeys through the meeting of minds and sharing of ideas, The Exchange is one of 60 projects across Australia to have qualified for the Commonwealth Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program. “It’s great to be recognised by the Commonwealth

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The Exchange in Armidale – April 22, 2021

This event is supported by the NSW Government

Living a More Sustainable Life

A diverse group of women from around the region came together at the Tattersalls Hotel on Thursday, April 22 for The Exchange, a HealthWISE initiative focused on the meeting of minds and sharing of ideas. In keeping with Earth Day, the theme was sustainability. “We do know that our actions have an ongoing impact,” HealthWISE chief executive and panel host Fiona Strang said. “The house we live in, the breakfast

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Emma’s call to action

If you were one of the lucky ladies who attended the Armidale Exchange, you would know that we promised you one more pearl of wisdom from our presenter Emma Stilts, President of Manilla Community Renewable Energy, about how to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. A little hint … 💲💲💲. Hmm, interesting🧐

If you would like a copy of one of these photos, please contact louise.ingall@healthwise.org.au

October 2020, The Exchange: Mentoring & Networking

This event was supported by the NSW Government

Get comfortable being uncomfortable

The Exchange – Thursday 29 October, 2020 Get comfortable being uncomfortable was the message from Jocellin Jansson, a member of the panel of inspiring women assembled for The Exchange at The Courthouse Hotel Tamworth on Thursday. Attendees learned that the benefits of a mentor relationship can be endless. The Honourable Bronnie Taylor, NSW

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If you would like a copy of one of these photos, please contact louise.ingall@healthwise.org.au

June 2020 The Exchange: Business Impacts – planned and unplanned

This event was held June 2020 and was  convened via video due to COVID. This didn’t dampen our spirits, as our panellists were just as inspiring and insightful as our our first meeting.
Guest speaker Jane Lampe, shared her experience of running a floristry business following the unplanned impact of an adverse health diagnosis and treatment.
Jane joined our panel of business women from across the New England North West who shared their experiences of establishing a business, expanding an existing business and coping with the impacts of changing economic and environmental conditions.

Did you register but missed the event?  You can watch the recording here:
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The Exchange 2019

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