To kickstart the Women’s Group Mentoring Program 2013-14, we spent three days together at the Murramurang Resort on Durras South Coast participating in a teambuilding workshop. Our houses, husbands, kids, dogs and jobs were set aside in what is a rare opportunity in most busy women’s lives, to focus on ourselves and our goals for the next 12 months. Together, the nine of us, working for the same University but with a diversity of experience, shared hopes and insights and created a vision for what we hoped to achieve through the program. There was a common desire to break down silos within the University by building stronger networks, and each of us shared a desire to build our own confidence.

By the end of the three days, we had already begun to strengthen our networks and confidence, as we have come to know each other well and we had started with a plan for the next 12 months. We planned our objectives, activities, and goals and we formed a group which we entitled ‘WISE: Women In Synergy Experience’. We hope that you enjoy reading about our experiences, and sharing our insights and what we come to learn over the next 12 months.

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