A desire to help women reach their potential in the workplace is behind a collaboration between Traralgon-based leadership coach Maree McPherson and Willow Grove communications consultant Leah Mether.

The women, who first connected on social media site LinkedIn three months ago, are now working together to deliver professional development workshops to help Gippsland women achieve success.

Maree, who has many years’ experience working in executive roles in Gippsland and Melbourne, now runs her own consulting business and was recently announced as chair of the State Government’s Gippsland Regional Partnership.

Leah, a former journalist and corporate communications manager, also runs her own communications and speaking business, and has worked in a range of male dominated industries. 

Their first full-day workshop, ‘Set to Soar’, is being held in Moe on 12 September.

The women decided to join forces after comparing their own personal experiences and identifying a shortfall in training opportunities for women locally.

“While a lot has changed and there are many more women working and governing in rural Australia, many still experience frustration at what they see as a lack of career choice and lifestyle options available to them,” Maree said.

“Some women experience a sense of being stuck, without opportunities for progression, particularly in rural areas like Gippsland where there are still a lot of male dominated industries.

“Our aim is to help women move from feeling stuck to soaring and achieve the things they aspire to. That means getting the jobs they want, meeting the people they want to influence, and having fulfilled lives.”

Leah said the Set to Soar workshop and follow up ‘Stepping Up: Skills for Success’ workshop in November would also help women build resilience.

“Many women – even those already in leadership positions – battle imposter syndrome, a fear of failure, and a lack of confidence in their abilities. We want to give women the tools to overcome this self-doubt,” Leah said.

“The biggest roadblock to success is usually ourselves and sometimes we can be our own worst enemies. Women are so much stronger when they support each other and lift each other up.”

Set to Soar – A workshop for Women is being held on Monday 12 September at the new Moe Library and Service Centre in George Street, Moe.

For further information and tickets, go to www.settosoar.eventbrite.com.au.

Maree and Leah