Women in Franchising Breakfast
R U OK?

I’m a big believer in networking – it’s a useful way to spend your time by talking with peers and like-minded people. My love of and commitment to the franchising industry sees me attending a range of activities that are often really motivating and full of people that I could work with and learn from. One such event was the Women in Franchising Breakfast held at the Sandringham Yacht Club on 19 September.

A fundraising event for R U OK Day, guest speakers included Judy O’Connell, Victorian Small Business Commissioner; Sara Pantaleo, Chief Executive Officer, La Porchetta & Director, Franchising Council of Australia; Liane Shields, Endota Spa; Poppy Griffiths, Ambassador, RU OK?; Rachel Lesinksky, Bakers Delight and Robyn Vincent founder of Chic Shed.

An inspiring group of women, there was a fantastic discussion by the panel (chaired by Marianne Marchesi) who shared their experiences on mental health. It was an open and honest sharing session, supporting R U OK? and addressing the important issue of mental health – we often need those reminders to check in!

Most networking events provide a relaxed atmosphere to chat, which often lead to opportunities in terms of help, advice and business. They can also motivate you go further, take the plunge into starting your own business or just expand your industry knowledge.

Being able to attend this event which raised $1150 in support of R U OK was a great start to the day. Learning, building relationships, fund raising, sharing knowledge, making people feel good– this is what networking is all about. And remember to ask, R U OK?