We were SUPER EXCITED to introduce our new GSF.Connect platform at an exciting launch event held at The Precinct in Brisbane last week, designed to connect young women from both metropolitan and regional areas with inspirational women from around the world.
We have seen first-hand, the power that connecting with strong, successful female role models can have on your life, but accessing such women is a challenge, which is why we have developed this exciting new digital hothouse of extraordinary women awesomeness. – Tanya Meessmann – FUEL Founder
A variety of students, parents and educators gathered at the Precinct in Fortitude Valley to take part in the live event, while regional schools St Ursula’s College Yeppoon, Rockhampton Girls Grammar and Blackheath and Thornburgh College seized the opportunity to host their own GSF.Connect night (pizza included!), with the event being live streamed to their schools.
The audiences tuned in to be inspired and encouraged by panellists Kanchana Bishop – Chemical Engineer & CEO, Sally Prosser – former Journalist and Voice Coach, and Keely Johnson – founder of the Golden Octopus Foundation. These women offered invaluable life and career guidance, sharing their wisdom and encouraging the girls to ignite their flames.
FUEL Founder Tanya Messmann hosted the night, introducing all three of the extraordinary women to the audiences. Tanya asked each panel member a few questions of her own, before passing the questions over to the audiences; both live and online.
Though highly successful in their careers, all the panellists on the night had sat where many young women sit today and had faced the same hopes, dreams and fears as they do. They spoke of how to forge their way through challenges and create outcomes that range from great success to crippling failures and to teach young women, that while success may not come easily it is achievable.
Life is less like a path and more like a Harry Potter maze where the trees grow over in front of you. – Sally Prosser.
There were discussions on succeeding as an entrepreneur and dealing with bullying, as spoken about by Townsville girl Keely Johnsen and dealing with setbacks and failures as discussed by both Sally Prosser and Kanchana Bishop.
Both the live and online audience members brought energy and excitement to the event and the girls put forward many intelligent and thoughtful questions. It was remarkable to see the GSF.Connect platform in action, seamlessly connecting regional and metropolitan teen girls across Queensland.
You can find answers to the following questions in the full replay available below:
Q1) How do you get a Charity up and running?
Q2) Do I have to have everything figured out right now?
Q3) What is the biggest challenge you (Kanchana) face as a woman in Science?
Q4) Should I focus on Grades or Passion?
Q5) How do girls in small towns succeed without having to move to a city?
Q6) Should I have a Plan B (back-up Plan)?
Q7) Does going to a school with boys help you be more competitive in the workplace?
Q8) How do you empower girls to stand up for Gender Equality?
Q9) What would your #1 piece of advice be?