Spence Club Year in Review

July 14th, 2019

It’s been a busy 12 months for Spence Club! Here Chair of our Board, Genevieve Lewis, reflects on the events and successes that made up 2018/19:

Stepping into the Chair role at Spence Club at the end of 2018 I felt equal parts overwhelmed with how I would lead an organisation which I have so personally benefited from and overwhelmed with support from fellow Board and club members.

It is this supportive and collaborative feeling within Spence which I find one of our best features. If you have been to any of our events you will no doubt be familiar with this feeling. The Club offers young professional South Australian women the chance to network and develop their skills, in a spirit of comradery that fosters discussion of issues which matter to them and celebration of their successes.

In the year to come we’ll bring you more opportunities for networking and professional development, including at events in August and October and our November AGM.

To women thinking about joining Spence Club, I encourage you to give it a go and hope to see you at these upcoming events. I can guarantee you will find some strong women who will be your professional allies, your cheerleaders and also your friends.

The 2018/19 financial year kept us busy again with events including:

  • Winter Warmer recipe swap and collection of food for Hutt St Centre;
  • Goal Setting Workshop with team at The 7 Effect;
  • Flagship fundraiser and silent auction, with keynote speaker Equal Opportunity Commissioner Niki Vincent;
  • November AGM, including personal branding workshop with Society Marketing and Communications founder Dena Vassallo and professional headshot photography;
  • Summer networking drinks at Treasury 1860;
  • Member movie screening of On the Basis of Sex;
  • Property Debate with PKF Adelaide.
Attendees at our 2018 AGM

Money raised from these events enabled us to donate more than $1300 to women’s shelter Catherine House.

We also again awarded our Spence Club & Inkling Ignite scholarship to one lucky member.

As with many things, Spence couldn’t do what it does without the support of a village and I want to say thank you to our 2018/19 sponsors, without whom Spence wouldn’t be able to put on the unique, high quality and varied events we have become known for. They include:

  • Brentnall’s SA chartered accountants and advisors;
  • Grays Public Relations;
  • The 7 Effect;
  • PKF Adelaide;
  • Inkling;
  • The Duke of Brunswick Hotel for hosting our Board meetings;
  • Diversity Inclusion, who hosted our AGM.
Learning and networking with PKF Adelaide.

Lastly I would like to thank my fellow Board members for all their hard work, commitment and good humour. To Megan, Karina, Angie, Jordie, Lauren, Leila, Sally, Candice and Natasha – you make a formidable Board and I feel very fortunate to work side by side with so many talented women.

Here’s to a rewarding year ahead,

Gen