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Big big thank you to our sponsors for August Ascend, I would personally recommend every sponsored service or gift having seen and tried them all!

Another batch of Ascends has drawn to a close, and we’re a bit tired but thrilled about how they all went. I wanted to take this opportunity to promote some brands who support advancing women in business by donating gifts to the Ascend development days. A massive thanks to Innoxa for their goody bags (even better then the May Ascend ones!) and Christine at Organic trader for the Cocolo chocolate and the team at Fruit at Work for the flawless apples donated for every city. Also a big thank you to our raffle prize donators for every city – Corban & Blair and their gorgeous stationary, Lindy McLeod from Market Basket, Helene Blanchard for the lovely lingerie from eLilianne and of course the team at www.bestgiftcertificates.com.au for the $100 gift voucher for every city.

For the individual cities, first up in Adelaide thanks goes to Amanda Horne from Everyday PA for donating a Magic Box. In Melbourne we had an 1 hour massage and goodie box from Pauline Burr at Naturally U and a chocolate bouquet from Better than Flowers (also in Brisbane). Also in Brisbane we had 2 tickets from the Queensland Ballet for Fonteyn Remembered and a huge fitness hamper from Sally Symonds. And finally thanks to Flowers by Teresa for the gorgeous flowers for the our guest speaker in Sydney.

All the proceeds from our raffle went to Room to Read for their 10×10 initiative that connects educated professional women with the Room to Read Girls Education Program, to give these women an opportunity to reach out to support girls in the developing world. $300 educates a girl for a whole year, so $3000 (as part of the 10 women x 10 years of education initiative) radically improves a girl’s life and prospects. 95% of girls in the program advance to the next level, given most come from illiterate backgrounds, this is a phenomenal achievement.

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2 months ago

Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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4 months ago

Jen Dalitz

I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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