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June 2015 News

Summit stimulates unprecedented season of engagement

  • Written by  Liz Hamilton
Over 70 women from around the country were inspired at the City Women Influencers Summit Photo: Dannah Shelling

City Women Influencers Summit has set the platform for an unprecedented season of greater effectiveness and engagement with the community.

City Women Influencers attracted guest speakers from all spheres of influence this past weekend.  

One of the highlights was learning from long-standing LNP Maroochydore Member, Fiona Simpson, as she shared that women without status or titles contributed to the social welfare of the city. She talked about Eliza O’Connell,  the wife of the President of the Upper House in Queensland, who helped established shelter for women and children who were arriving via cargo ships in the 19850s. 

Vita Adams from The Bold The Beautiful Project and Sabrina Peters from Virgin Diaries shared their heart to reach the girls at the top of the ladder through movements like #iambold, using their language to engage and to address the sexualisation of culture through the redefinition of words like hot, provocative and sexy.

Sue Frost and her team from Inspire shared her passion for working in the community and providing a platform to foster and encourage local businesses to grow and to be successful. 

Rebecca Ronald, ex-billabong model shared how being a model was empty and shallow. Now she has Jesus and is filled with the Holy Spirit and wants to see other girls knowing Him too.

Liz Hamilton shared that the church requires Jungle Women not Zoo Women. Mums have been highly productive throughout Australian history. 

“It is time for mums to understand their identity, raise healthy kids, but more than ever to engage in the world around them,” she said.

Jun Thiang, a teacher from a local school here in Toowoomba shared her passion and calling to help young kids know their identity and the important role that an educator has in those formative years.

The Conference attracted over 70 women including delegates from NSW and all over Queensland.  

Organiser Letitia Shelton highlighted that many attendees were already on the frontline but have gained incredible insight and motivation.

“It was the best summit we’ve had and it is a new season and these women are leading the way for a united and engaged Church that will forge the future for the Church as it seeks the prosperity of the city,” she said.

“There is a hunger for more than just doing church but for fully understanding our identity and moving into neighbourhood.”

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