Image: Elena Casciano and Courtney Cramey
‘Where are YOU going?’
Women’s careers rarely follow an upward linear trajectory. Sidesteps and timeouts are frequent features, and occasional knock downs and blows are inevitable. NAWO SA celebrated a slightly belated International Women’s Day with Australia Post and Courtney Cramey, Adelaide Crows defender and one of the pioneering AFLW players, by considering the question: ‘where are YOU going?’.
Thanks to Elena Casciano, NAWO SA State Committee Chair and Business Support Lead, HomeStart Finance, for sharing the following highlights of the event…
The NAWO SA committee hosted its inaugural 2018 event at the Queens Head hotel on the 22nd of March, celebrating International Women’s Day and marking the second year of NAWO in SA. The topic for the day was focusing on personal courage and confidence: how do we find the courage to go after what we want despite the challenges that face us; how taking sideways steps can still lead to an upwards move; how do we keep our eye on the end goal while challenges are thrown at us along the way.
The 50 attendees heard from Maria Payne, Safety Manager Chief Customer Office at Australia Post, whose story of courage, resilience and hard work has led her to where she is today. We were also very lucky to be joined by Adelaide Crows star Courtney Cramey.
Over the last 10 years, Maria has demonstrated leadership in the operations field at Australia post and was a finalist in the Wes Gibson and Walter Winkler HR award for her outstanding contribution to HR through respect, development, professionalism, commitment and perspective. Maria’s career path hasn’t been what you’d call ‘traditional’. Maria shared her story which demonstrated that challenges she didn’t seek presented opportunities to take a risk, building her courage to take more risks and find the confidence to back herself even though she wasn’t certain of what the outcome might be. Maria told the story of how reaching for big challenges can present you with big rewards and the more you practice being courageous and confident, it starts to become second nature.
Right off the back of a disappointing loss to Collingwood in the preliminary match to the Grand Final, Courtney Cramey joined us on the Q&A panel to share her experiences and thoughts about personal courage and confidence. Courtney is a star for the Adelaide Crows, playing a huge role in the side’s defensive structure and is a leader on and off the field. Courtney’s list of sporting achievements include being an Inaugural AFLW player for the Adelaide Crows, 2017Premiership Player, 2017 All Australian Selection, Recipient of the AFC club award for Best Defender for season 2017, Captain of South Australia in the State of Origin Series, dual premiership player with Morphettville in the SA local league. Courtney spoke of the challenges she faced perusing her dream of playing football despite the hurdles in front of her. Courtney also shared her views on where confidence comes from, she talked about being courageous in the face of fear and taking a leap into the unknown and coming out the other end a stronger and more resilient person. She spoke of the 2017 AFLW grand final and the nerves she felt before the game, how she overcame them and what role confidence played in her and the team’s victory.
Key takeaways from the evening:
The relaxed atmosphere of the event and the warm Adelaide evening provided a fantastic opportunity for the NAWO members to hang around and network over a beer and nibbles. The Queens Head Hotel was a fabulous and intimate venue to hold the first event of the year and it was terrific to see a variety of new faces. The audience was already looking forward to the next event and we look forward to seeing everyone at Pernod Ricard on the 1st of May!