Krystle Angel, a Senior Team Assistant & Marketing Coordinator with SRJ Walker Wayland, reviews the recent Women in Clubs events at Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Chermside.
Our team work closely with Clubs Queensland on a regular basis and when we heard about the upcoming event – Women in Clubs – we instantly knew we wanted to attend. This was an event that celebrated leadership, the importance of teamwork, and acknowledged and recognised women in the club industry.
Many of these women are in demanding General Manager positions and from our experience in working in the industry, they all thoroughly deserve to be recognised for the dedication to their roles.
The MC of the day, Loretta Ryan (ABC Radio), presented an esteemed panel of three club General Managers – Vjorn Bradow from Kedron-Wavell, Karen Evans from Toowoomba Sports Club and Branka Fejzic, ACCM from Sunnybank Community & Sports Club. These women shared their insights on the industry, their journey, the challenges they have faced and how they reached their full potential in their careers.
The keynote speaker – “The Greatest Coach Ever” Wayne Bennett – excelled in his presentation on Leadership. Like many, our team took notes regarding his view on the very definition of leadership and what it looks like. It felt like you could hear a pin drop as he spoke, and the audience took in every word.
Many parts of his presentation provided inspiration points or sharing specific motivational poems which have built him into the person he is today as a leader. Wayne says that when he wakes in the morning he doesn’t think of himself as a leader, he just knows things have to be done and the leader is not the team – the leader is part of the team.
Even though Wayne is a self-confessed introvert, his delivery was everything and we now understand how he has gained his respected stature for many years throughout the sport of rugby league and beyond.
Finally, Craig Harley, the new CEO of Clubs Queensland, addressed the luncheon as an amazing way to end his first week on the job. He mentioned the statistics of the women employees in the club industry and the significantly lesser percentage in Chief Executive Officer and General Manager positions – one dynamic of change he would love to personally see.
The lucky door prizes were drawn and the hospitality at the Kedron-Wavell Services Club came to a close. We would like to personally congratulate the event teams at both Clubs Queensland and Kedron-Wavell Services Club for their impeccable menu and service delivery. Due to their team’s collaboration together, the event came together like clockwork with everyone enjoying each other’s company and networking amongst friends.
Congratulations Clubs Queensland on a wonderful event, highlighting the industry, leadership, teamwork and most importantly women!