The original Bayside Women in Business was initially started by Di Hill in the early 2000’s.
Di had a business called The Networking Advantage that conducted networking breakfast events around SE QLD. Many locals attended these events and it wasn’t long before a local group began meeting regularly.
Around 2001, Bayside South Development Forum (BSDF) formerly known as the Wynnum Manly Regional Development Partnership Inc. (WMRDP) began, and the networking events became known as BWIB, giving women in business a great opportunity to network locally, under the umbrella of BSDF. (After these early years the women’s group slowly lost momentum and the group ceased).
Robyn Howard and Jose Toussaint were on the BSDF committee in late 2012 and revived the group for women’s networking events with the backing of a group of passionate women. Back then, the first revived BWIB Network Event was held at Jose Toussant’s store in Wynnum in Feb 2013. During these times the events were held in the evenings along with other special events such as Mother’s Day and Melbourne Cup, evolving to monthly coffee morning network events including two business expos in 2015 and 2016. The BWIB left the umbrella of BSDF in December 2016 and operated as an unincorporated association, continuing to run coffee morning networking events once a month up until the new committee and incorporation in December 2017.
There is tremendous work involved in organising the management of any organisation, especially one running events, all run by volunteers and fundraising. We acknowledge other women of influence that have been part of the BWIB Committee on the unincorporated association:
- Di Hill
- Karen Singery
- Celia Newlands
- Jose Toussaint
- Robyn Howard
- Lauren Micale
- Kaitlin Hague
- Rebecca Ford
- Zsofi Nemeth and
- Jasmine Hosea-Heather