Women unite at Inspirational Conference on the Cap Coast

HOPING TO INSPIRE: Busi Women Inc members (from left) Deb Friel, vice president Helen Newell, secretary Karlie Williams, Jayne Maresse, Julie Cochrane, president Desley Cowley and Hannah McGee at their fortnightly meeting in Yeppoon.
HOPING TO INSPIRE: Busi Women Inc members (from left) Deb Friel, vice president Helen Newell, secretary Karlie Williams, Jayne Maresse, Julie Cochrane, president Desley Cowley and Hannah McGee at their fortnightly meeting in Yeppoon. Amy Haydock

THE one thing that president Desley Cowley loves most about Busi Women Inc is its inclusiveness to all women.

"What I found when I first attended the meeting was one week you could be sitting next to a business executive and the next a mum who runs her business from home," Desley said.

"It's just a great combination of people bringing new ideas and different sorts of thinking.

"Even at 60, I'm still learning and that's what I love about it."

And that's what the Yeppoon-based group hope to give other women on the Capricorn Coast this year with their annual Inspirational Conference in March. Both the inaugural Inspiration Conference, held in May 2013 and 2014, proved to be outstanding successes.

"A huge thank you must go to present and past committees and all of our wonderful sponsors in particular The Capricornian, Southern Cross Austerio and The Morning Bulletin and Capricorn Coast Mirror who have been strong supporters for all three years," Desley said.

"We are aiming to grow Busi Women from these strong foundations into a true and genuine force of value to the region. The 13-strong committee have some exciting plans for 2016 that we'll be announcing at the conference.

"This will truly be a one-of-a-kind event filled with inspiration, education, advice and networking."

This year's speakers will feature Layne Beachley whose speech will take you on a journey through a challenging upbringing including two bouts of chronic fatigue, depression and many injuries to becoming the best in the world, and indeed, a seven times world surfing champion. CEO Coal Train Karla Way McPhail, Louise Clarke, from Serendis, and CQUniversity as a Lived Experience in Mental Health Academic Dr Louise Byrne will also speak at the event.

Breakfast Info

Layne Beachley will speak for the 2016 Inspiration Conference on Saturday, March 12, in the Ocean View Room, The Strand Hotel, Yeppoon.

Members save $100 on the ticket price. Only 120 spots available so book early

Discount for bookings of 10 - contact Desley to discuss on 0419 817 973

For more details go to

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