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Improve your business with education and strategies from ShireWomen and our large network of business owners.

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About Coffee & Connect

Coffee & Connect is female-centric Business Networking & Educational monthly event in its 9th Year of operation, and we are the largest networking group and the only female-centric business education-focused network in the Sutherland Shire.

We deliver connections, business education and a community of supportive like-minded people who come together to share knowledge and strive to help our local economy thrive while propping and pulling each other up. We are female-centric, not exclusive, and encourage men to attend who believe and strive for gender equality in their business and personal lives. During the pandemic, we have moved these events online in a Zoom Meeting format - that is speakers with attendee engagement via video and chat.

You will be given the opportunity at the beginning of the meeting to introduce yourself and your business, and ask questions at the end.

The Theme for November - Thinking Differently about Business -Innovation & Design(ed) Engagement

Speaker - Steph Rey (ShireWomen)

Steph will discuss why as women business leaders we should use all available innovative and collaborative options available to us. The government thinks that only 0.038% of the budget should be spent on women, and on the other hand, told we all get a "fair go". We're told that competition is healthy, business etiquette is a thing of the past, and instead, the pursuit of individualistic goals and winning at all costs is better.

Why are these ideologies part of the Australian psyche? Should you really be trampling over other businesses or duplicating ideas to get ahead? What are the consequences of such an approach? Is a collaborative, innovative approach better? And if so, how is this achieved?

We'll be discussing all of these things leaving you feeling inspired and ready to tackle the year ahead!

Speaker- Dr Leigh-Anne Hepburn(University of Sydney)

Dr Leigh-Anne Hepburn writes: Understanding academia can be challenging. The teaching and research that happens within the walls of a university are often seen as niche, mystical, abstract and irrelevant to the outside world. Even if you find an area of common interest, finding a way into academic institutions, a route towards collaboration can be even harder.

However, despite this common perception, the teaching and research of our universities very rarely happen in isolation. It’s usually informed by the real-world, informed by the challenges that we face every day, as organisations, businesses, as parents, patients and practitioners. Furthermore, research and teaching also endeavour to make an impact on the real-world through activity and application to address the emerging challenges in a meaningful way.

But the integration of teaching and research into real-world practice is not always successful. It’s not a seamless translation of knowledge, of learning and experience. But it could be, and what I think it needs is design(ed) engagement. In this presentation, I will discuss how design can shape how we, as individuals, organisations, charities and businesses interact with academia and explore why this engagement should be designed to create and share value amongst those involved. Taking you on a journey from the Highlands of Scotland to Sydney, I will share some of the different ways in which design(ed) engagement can support you to interact with university research and teaching activity.

About Dr Leigh-Anne Hepburn

Dr Leigh-Anne Hepburn is a design researcher and senior lecturer in design innovation, with a focus on design-enabled collaboration to inform and influence meaningful change. Her work utilises participatory and social innovation at the intersections of industry, academia and community, co-designing new models of resilience and transdisciplinary collaboration across communities, organisations, health sector and government. She is currently part of an academic group working to reimagine future models of university education, developing curriculum for innovative multidisciplinary learning and exploring engagement beyond academia.

The session will be followed by a Q & A.

When: Friday 13th November 2020, 9 am to 10.30 am

Where: ONLINE - your Zoom link is in the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of your confirmation email.

Cost: $45 for non-members, $31.50 for members

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