inspiring collaboration

NAWO is lucky to have volunteer guest speakers at our events who share their insights and experience and support NAWO’s mission of helping women take charge of their career through inspiring role models and meaningful networks.

In lieu of speaker gifts we choose to donate to causes that also champion women to achieve awesome things in their lives and for others.

Here are the the charities we currently support:

Drought Angels – a small charity run by big hearts, who offer a listening ear, a warm hug and personalised support given to families affected by drought. ⁠

Natasha Johnston & Nicki Blackwell founded drought Angels in 2014. Loading up a ute and a trailer with food and other items to assist struggling families, the heartfelt responses of gratitude for this small contribution became the motivation to continue their plight in Supporting Aussie Farmers.⁠

Girls Academy has been empowering girls and changing communities since 2004. Our in-school mentoring and leadership program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls is the largest of its kind in the country. Almost 3000 girls benefit from the program annually, including more than 300 supported for two years after they graduate.

The timetabled program is centred around an Academy room, which acts as a sanctuary and support centre for girls before, during and after school. Academy staff provide mentoring, academic assistance and activities designed to promote cultural connection, health and wellbeing, and empower the girls to become the leaders of the future.  It’s the kind of one-on-one support that changes communities, one girl at a time.

Suited to Success Ltd provide their clients in Queensland with high quality services designed to overcome barriers to employment, improve their confidence and employability, and enable them to thrive in work and life.⁠

Fitted for Work is an innovative organisation and the first of its kind in Australia. Their vision is economic independence and empowerment for women and their mission is to help women experiencing disadvantage get work, keep work and navigate their world of work. They do this by developing each woman’s confidence and self-esteem as well as her skills and knowledge to obtain work through a suite of tailored pre-and post-employment programs and services that are delivered nationally.

They focus specifically on helping women gain employment because work provides financial security as well as a sense of social connectedness, dignity and pride.

Shooting Stars: Education Through Netball which is an educational program that uses netball and other vehicles to drive its primary vision of increasing school attendance rates for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) girls living in remote communities and regional towns to 80-90%.⁠

Shooting Stars works collaboratively with the local community, schools and service providers to affect genuine change in the lives of more than 350 students Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in WA.⁠

Skilled refugees need jobs, while employers around the world need talent. Talent Beyond Boundaries connects the two.⁠

The model is win-win: refugees get a chance to raise their families in safety while working in their field and contributing to the local economy, while businesses are able to plug local skills gaps and attract talented, dedicated new employees. ⁠

In 2018, just 55,000 refugees were resettled by the UN, worldwide. But by the end of the decade, labor mobility has the potential to equal or surpass traditional resettlement as a solution, allowing more families to return to safe and productive lives.⁠

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