Celebrate 2010

On Tuesday night WiSE celebrated her 8th birthday by the shores of Mosman Bay. 30 women registered to attend this very special event. The evening started with a drink and some canapes with everyone mingling to reconnect with those they know and having the pleasure of meeting new people too.

We then moved to our seats for the 2 presentations of the evening … ‘Celebrating the Journey’ by Victoria Ugarte from Postcards from Millie and ‘Celebrating the Life’ by Mariette Rups-Donnolly from Powerhouse Presentation

Victoria and Mariette delivered such unique, individual, emotive and thought provoking presentations. I particularly loved the way they challenged the audience to go beyond their comfort zones and truly contemplate many things like exploration, thinking, mindsets, relationships, actions, challenges, choices, connection, reality of being a woman and what that means. It was also fascinating to witness the response of the audience too. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive!

Here are some of the comments about and responses to the presentations:

Very inspirational“.  “Great insights“.  “Follow your heart, the child within knows“. “Fabulous energy“. “Funny, passionate, fun“. “Stick with what makes your heart sing and travel“. “Totally unexpected and loved it“. “Very touching. I had tears in my eyes“.

Thank you Victoria and Mariette for being so abundantly generous with your time, wisdom, experiences and for making ‘Celebrate 2010′ so unique and memorable. I truly admire you both for being willing to step up and give so honestly and openly!

A selection of photos from ‘Celebrate 2010′

WiSE networking event in Mosman
Approaching the venue


WiSE networking event in Mosman
Looking along Mosman Bay


WiSE networking event in Mosman
Rose, Kaye, Leah & Dianne


WiSE networking event in Mosman
Victoria & Wendi
WiSE networking event in Mosman
Clodagh, Tania, Nickie & Leah


WiSE networking event in Mosman
Carolyn, Mariette & Elisa


WiSE networking event in Mosman
Sue, Wendi & Susan


WiSE networking event in Mosman
Lisa, Rory & Dominique
WiSE networking event in Mosman
Ana, Rose & Linda


WiSE networking event in Mosman
Victoria presents
‘Celebrating the Journey’


WiSE networking event in Mosman
Mariette presents
‘Celebrating the Life’


WiSE networking event in Mosman
Michelle, Victoria & Mariette

Following the presentations we had a group discussion and individuals shared their stories. As a result some deeper connections were made. Then it was time for more networking. It was so good to see guests making quality connections.

Here’s what some of the ‘take-aways’ were for the evening … “what you give is what you get in life“, “get out of my comfort zone more“, “dig my journal out“,  “nice connections“, “the warmth and acceptance of women from all walks of life”, the passion of each speakers’ experience“, “inspiration“, “connect head to heart – meditation“, “a wonderful feeling of empathy with business women“, “motivation and new contacts“, “the message of connecting with ‘self’“,  “reconnect with things I used to love as a child“, “don’t be shy/new day, new dawn, new life“, “friendship“, “there’s always something positive in every experience in life …. we just have to open our eyes and look for it” .


“Michelle, a fantastic event with dynamic inspiring speakers, a great group of ladies to network with”. Tania Beck RedRooAdventures.com.au

“Very professionally informal, inspiring and great networking”. Nickie Race-Jones LCF Fun Languages

“I came for a look see and I’m leaving gently challenged & very inspired”. Linda Rysenbry NowRelate.com

“Fabulous, completely different!” Carolyn Dean Wellsites

“Tonight I loved the ‘celebration’. I felt inspired, touched and met some amazing women. Thank you!” Ana Brandao Living in Harmony

“Michelle is a wonderful host and the WiSE women are Wonderful, Interesting, Supportive and Engaging”. Lisa Perkins avatarepcpacific.com

What a diverse and innovative group of women and what an enriching evening. Thank you”. Victoria Ugarte Postcards from Millie

“Thank you Michelle – a very enjoyable evening”. Dominique Beck

“Excellent speakers, good networking”. Mavis McGregor CreatingWhatMatters

“Very informative and inspiring”. Susan Ingall

“What a lovely surprise tonight to hear from 2 passionate women who connected with our hearts”. Rosie Netterfield RosieNetterfield.com.au

“A positive experience to an event I knew nothing about beforehand”. Fay Frischer Lawyer Lane Cove

“Very different! Fun, inspiring … brought to tears”. Elisa Townsend The Finance Team

“It’s great to be inspired within or without. Anything is possible”. Rory Harper Decoroom

“Makes me realise how many possibilities are out there!! Great ideas”. Leah Steele TriNature

“Wonderful speakers, so inspiring and uplifting and a great way to celebrate 2010 taking inspiration into next year”. Kaye Khan-Panni KayeKP

“Tonight was inspiring, encouraging and provided a night of great connections. Thanks”. Karen Bessell AroundTheWorldin80Plays.com

“A great end of year event full of energy and fun”. Rose Cox Purple Prodigy

“Amazing speakers with a room full of inspirational ladies. A privilege to be here.” Clodagh Higgins Get Focused Consulting

“Both Victoria and Mariette were sensational and inspiring speakers. They have made me think more purposefully. This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. I loved Mariette’s singing.” Marika Martinez Women’s Own Adventures

I shall never tire of hearing the stories of other women. I find it truly uplifting and absolutely fascinating. Hearing your stories is like being taken on fabulous journeys. Thank you to all of the women whom I’ve met because of WiSE. The last 8 years have truly been a celebration“.  Michelle McCallum Colour Design Studio

Keep in Touch

WiSE now has a community page on Facebook Please visit us by clicking here. We hope you ‘like’ us on Facebook. You may even see postings about you or your business there. Thank you to those who have supported the WiSE Facebook community so far!

Last drinks … ‘First Friday at 5? northern beaches ‘sundowners’

If you’ll be anywhere near Mona Vale this Friday, December 3 from 5pm – 6:30 pm please join us for some social networking. This event is open to women and men who’d like to join us for some Christmas cheer. It’s free. You just need to register here for ‘First Friday at 5?.

Thanks for a fabulous year of connecting. Have a happy and safe festive season and I look forward to seeing you in 2011.


All WiSE events are proudly organised and sponsored by Michelle McCallum

Principal of Colour Design Studio

creating seamless colour schemes inside to out specialising in eco + bio friendly finishes on-site and online

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