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New networking group for local business women

Katie Ryan
Image courtesy Raquelle Loraine Photography
Networking is a great way to build your business and meet like-minded people, but it can also be a daunting and lonely experience.
For years Katie Ryan, who runs her own counselling practice had tried networking, but more often than not, walked away from events disappointed. “I knew [networking] was valuable but I wasn’t getting anything out of it. Many of my colleagues felt the same way” she said.
And so Katie took action and established Presence & Purpose, a networking group based in Warner’s Bay with an aim to bring together friendly, helpful and focused business women in a nonthreatening environment where they would be comfortable to share their wisdom, meet new friends and learn how to take their business further.
“The kind of networking event that my fellow business women and myself would be excited to attend.
I wanted it to feel like you’re sitting in a comfy lounge room chatting with friends over a cup of tea” said Katie.
Still in its early days, the response to the initial two Presence & Purpose meetings has been overwhelmingly positive, assuring Katie she’s on the right track.
Presence and Purpose is open to all women, whether you’ve been in business for five minutes or 50 years, whether you work for yourself or are part of a bigger enterprise.
Meetings are held monthly from 6.45 to 9pm.
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