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Gen Collective keen to strike back after pandemic hiatus


The pandemic has impacted many organisations throughout the region – and it’s no different for Gen Collective.

But, now, the long-standing Hunter-based business networking group is keen to emerge from its COVID-enforced slumber.

The not-for-profit will host two events within the next six weeks, in a bid to re-establish itself again.

It all starts with a casual affair at Merewether’s Modus Operandi Brewing on Wednesday 17 August from 5pm until 7pm.

An inaugural one-day conference then follows in Pokolbin on Friday 16 September.

“After nearly three years of COVID seriously dampening our spirits, sadly our membership has dwindled significantly,” Gen Collective committee member Victoria De Marchi said.

“So, we have plenty to do in assisting businesses and other networks in repairing and growing locally. 

“To that end, we’re working furiously to rebuild the organisation’s awareness and membership via a series of events and conferences.”

Formerly known as the genXwomen network, Gen Collective was the brainchild of accounting firm Hamilton Taggart Business Advisors director Melanie Hamilton in May 2008.

And, under the guidance of Kate Bernardino (president), Emilia Cardillo (vice-president), Heidi Randle (secretary), Katelyn Stokes (treasurer), Amy-Lea Pettigrew, Darcy Luck, Adrienne Donnelly and Ms De Marchi, it’s become a dynamic avenue for women and men of all ages to establish alliances.

“We’re all passionate about what we do and believe the key to a happy and successful career is a network of like-minded people who are each other’s best advocates,” she said.

“Our vision is for members to form genuine and sustainable business relationships and friendships that will enrich their respective journeys.

“We also provide access to a diverse range of professional development opportunities through an annual series of speaker functions, workshops and social gatherings.

“Each event is curated by a team of volunteer committee members and is designed to support members of the Gen Collective network in both their personal and professional lives.”

Ms De Marchi said everyone was looking forward to the group’s maiden symposium at Kirkton Park next month between 8.30am and 6pm.

“This year we, in partnership with PKF, are raising the bar and bringing to our business community our first major professional development conference with all the trimmings,” she explained.

“We hope to encourage, uplift, motivate and inspire others, without the demands of a grinding long-term commitment.

“It will be an incredible day of stimulating conversation, influential speakers, inspirational presentations and real-time take-aways that will amplify your professional and personal relationships.”

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