Meet the ladies who are making City Women Speakers the most inclusive, diverse and friendly public speaking club for women.
President – Laura Kane
At City Women Speakers, we look forward to meeting guests and new members, whilst supporting all of our existing members. Whether you are looking for a place to network, fine tune your public speaking skills or practise your elevator pitch, we hope to see you at our next club meeting!
Vice President Mentorship – Carrie Gow
I joined City Women Speakers in October 2015, planning to be a member for just a year but here we are 6 years later and I’m still treasuring my membership; my club and my fellow members. Informal mentoring, by way of the constant support and encouragement we give each other, are “part & parcel” of our club however as VP Mentoring, I look after the formal mentoring programme.
The more I put into CWS, the more I get out of it. I am rewarded regularly as I watch the mentors and mentees experience the same thing – the joy of new friendships, the confidence each woman gains in their role (mentor/mentee) and how they go on to putting more into their membership, their career and their personal life with the skills they learn with us.
Secretary – Liza Navoschik
Vice President Education – Katie Overton
Vice President Education –Agnieska Rzesniowiecka
Hi, welcome to City Women Speakers – I’m glad you’re here! My goal as the VP Education is to support you with your public speaking, communication, and leadership skills goals as a member.
The things I enjoy most about being part of this club are lovely and inspiring club members, the quality of feedback you receive, and the diversity of backgrounds and speaking styles – I feel like I always learn a few tips or techniques at every meeting.
My personal journey of public speaking started 10 years ago – in that time, I progressed from not being able to speak in front of anyone to regular speaking engagements at top industry events. The City Women Speakers club has been instrumental to this progress – taking on roles, experimenting, safely failing, testing real-life work presentations, and getting lots of encouraging and constructive feedback were all things I took away from meetings and benefitted from in my personal and professional life.
I encourage you to take the first step and visit one of our meetings as a guest – we’d love to see you!
Vice President Membership – Kate McLachlan
Having been a member of City Women Speakers for a couple of years, as a VPM I am looking forward to meeting new members and introducing them to the amazing people in our Toastmasters group.
I joined Toastmasters to gain confidence in public speaking, as part of my role as an events manager I’m more behind the scenes so I didn’t have many opportunities to practice speaking in front of a group of people. It’s not just about getting up on a stage to speak – I’ve gained confidence with speaking up in meetings and dealing with virtual meetings and having a positive presence during those.
Vice President Public Relations – Veronica Bogdacenco
I’ve been a member of City Women Speakers for more than two years, and I am still impressed with the fantastic development opportunities it offers. City Women Speakers is not some silver bullet for public speaking phobia. It’s not about paying a lot of money and expecting quick results. Just like you cannot lose weight overnight, you need time and practice to become a confident and eloquent public speaker.
My primary role as a VP of Public Relations is to improve and promote the club’s online presence. I am the geek of the team, the one-person band that built and manages this website.
Treasurer – Rowena Griffiths
Rowena joined the precursor to CWS in 2013 (WIBF Speakers City Club) and was appointed as SAA in her first year. She then became Treasurer and has been enjoying the post ever since. Rowena joined in order to improve her speaking skills prior to delivering a series of seminars on Financial Planning.
However, she now gets more out of the social and networking side of things. She says this is a great club to develop skills in a supportive and fun environment.