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Women Supporting Women To Generate Change

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The women who form the Women's Spirit Project team are passionate and motivated women on a mission to support other women. They come from a variety of professional backgrounds and roles - bringing lived experience, heart, soul and expertise to the project.

Strategic Plan - 2021 - 2024

The Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024 defines the direction of the Women's Spirit Project, outlining the path from the present to the preferred future.

Annual Report - Impact and Outcomes - 2020 - 2021

The Annual Report - Impact and Outcomes - 2020 - 2021 contains a summary of information about the activities of the Women's Spirit Project, over the period 2020 - 2021.

Founder

Jodie Belyea - Founder and Managing Director

Masters in Business Leadership, Undergraduate qualifications in Youth Work, Community Development, training and business administration

Jodie has accumulated 25 years working across the corporate, community, government and philanthropic sectors and is a community change maker.

She has an entrepreneurial spirit combined with community development and transformational leadership practice to support systems change and the development of programs that empower individuals and communities. She has led the establishment of local, state and national programs for young people and adults and community building initiatives such as ChangeMaker Training with Family Life and the Tamarack Institute for community sector professionals.

Jodie has undertaken large scale research projects, written successful million-dollar tenders; and led state and national initiatives such as the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Program, Connectus and the pilot project for the Premier’s Drug Prevention Council.

Chair

Kit McMahon - Chair & Director

Kit McMahon has nearly two decades of experience across education, training and not for profits. Prior to joining Women’s Health in the South East as CEO, Kit was CEO and Company Secretary of Girl Guides Australia, Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Council of Private Education and Training and General Manager and 2IC of the Industry Skills Council, Service Skills Australia.

She has also been Chair and Director of Gender Equity Victoria, and now is Deputy Chair/Director of Volunteering Australia as well as Director for Tradeswomen Australia.

Proudly the daughter of two feminists from south western rural Victoria, Kit has consistently and passionately advocated for gender equality, empowering women and girls. A strong believer in the importance of collaboration and partnerships, Kit has championed the value of embracing diversity and tolerance in our communities, workplaces, education institutions and governments.

Kit has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Monash, a Graduate Diploma in Action Learning, a Master of Adult Education (Organisation Development) from UTS an MBA from Macquarie University and has completed the AICD Company Directors Course. She is a member of the AICD, Women on Boards and Emily’s List.

Board of Directors

Catherine Baird - Director

Catherine is an accomplished people and culture professional with senior executive experience working in complex and dynamic roles in large, multicultural, global organisations. She is a transformational leader pushing the boundaries of learning and development who possesses strong commercial and business acumen, approached with a spirit of compassion and care. Catherine is adept at translating vision and strategy into actionable delivery that wins the hearts and minds of teams to create exceptional customer experiences and shareholder value. She is a passionate advocate for inclusion, diversity and cultivating workplaces where people can thrive.

Geraldine Bilston - Director

Graduate Certificate in Family Violence, Diploma of Management and Certificate IV in Frontline Management

Geraldine Bilston is a professional consultant and victim-survivor of family violence. She is currently studying for her Masters of Politics and Policy. 

She was appointed as the Deputy Chair of the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council in May 2020, and sits across a number of consulting and advisory boards including the Mornington Peninsula Primary Prevention Collaboration and White Ribbon National Advisory Council. 

A familiar face to many after sharing her experience of family violence through a number of media outlets including ABC’s ‘You Can’t Ask That’ and ‘Q & A’ and she has also published her own writing through a number of platforms. 

Geraldine is an active advocate for the prevention of family violence through the media, at corporate, community and fundraising events. 

Rachel Rice - Director & Treasurer

CPA, Batchelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Rachel is a Certified Practicing Accountant with over 21 years’ experience in public practice and corporate accounting. She has experience in working with a variety of industries and loves to assist clients to succeed in their businesses. Rachel has been the treasurer of the Kindergarten her children attended and is in her 4th year as Treasurer of the local Junior Football Club.  Rachel loves the outdoors, camping and exploring our beautiful country with her family and friends. She is excited to be a part of the Women’s Spirit Project and the healthy relationships and lifestyles it is promoting.

Operations Team

Birte Moliere - General Member & Project Manager

Masters in Destination Management, background in business, tourism, brand & marketing strategy and sustainability

Birte combines her global experience, diverse background and business acumen to help organisations achieve best practise, impact driven strategies. Over the years, she has worked with many businesses, governments and communities who’ve welcomed her strategic yet practical approach to driving positive impact. She’s joined the WSP as Project Manager because she believes in the power of women working together to break down barriers and empowering others in our community to thrive.

Emma Rigby - General Member

Bachelor of Nursing

Emma is a registered nurse with over 18years experience who has worked with a diverse population of people, many at their most vulnerable. A passionate walker who loves a challenge, Emma continues to be inspired by the project and is involved in supporting a range of the team’s activities.

Greer Watson - Branding & Design

BVA, Sydney College of Arts, BVC Visual Communication (Hon) UTS

An Australian born designer with a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney College of Arts and a Bachelor of Visual Communication (Hon) from the University of Technology Sydney. Winning an early placement in a renowned Australian advertising agency, Greer has a wide range of national advertising campaigns under her banner; including an award-winning campaign for Amnesty International. After studying and working in London Greer returned to Australia to follow her passion, creating boutique branding for start-up family run Australian brands. With clients from food to fashion, lifestyle, beauty and homewares her business is entirely word of mouth with her clients calling her ‘their best kept secret’! With a skill set ranging from print branding through to packaging, stand and shop design and styling, she has achieved many prestigious industry awards. Every aspect of Greer’s business is about her personal touch. She is unequivocally and enthusiastically devoted to each brand, infusing them with her personal passion and creativity.

Kate Park - General Member

Bachelor of Business

Kate is a successful Office Manager with over 14 years’ experience in office administration and book-keeping. Kate prides herself on being detail-oriented, organised and highly resourceful with strong decision making and problem-solving abilities. With a hospitality background, Kate’s skills lend themselves well to supporting many areas of the Women’s Sprit Project. Kate contributes to the planning of, and participation in a range of aspects of the project.

Kerry Strickland - Cultural Advisor

Registered Nurse

Kerry is an Aboriginal Woman from Wadi Wadi in NSW. She is a registered Nurse working with Healthy Start to Life project at Peninsula Health and is the Treasurer Board Member of Nairm Marr Djambana.
Kim Taylor - Advocate

Diploma in Community Services Child Care

Kim has 20+ years’ experience in varied child care roles in the private sector, State & Federal Government and 15 + years in customer service within the Family Law Jurisdiction. Kim is a founding participant of the Women’s Spirit Project. She enjoys the great outdoors and no longer walks in fear, but walks with a mindset of discovery. Kim is dedicated to supporting the Women’s Spirit Project for others in our community.

Mel Smith - Secretary

Diploma of Community Services

Mel has extensive experience at an executive level working within corporate business for over 12 years. Mel was a participant in the WSP pilot program, which was life changing having recently experienced family and domestic violence. Since completing the program, Mel has been studying a Diploma of Community Services and has become an advocate for women experiencing family violence by sharing her story. Mel is passionate and committed to supporting the Women’s Spirit Project and giving back to her community.

The Governance Group

February 2020

SUCCESS!!

You’re now officially registered for the Walk4Wellbeing from Sat 02 October to Sun 28 November.

Please check your emails (including spam!) for next steps including instructions to get ready and meet our fabulous bunch of fellow participants.

We’re excited to have you on board. We’ll see you in the Facebook group soon (https://www.facebook.com/groups/169324257696064/about/)

Happy Trails,
Women Spirit Project team.