She’s not your competition; Day eighteen

blog header“Competition is easier to accept if you realise it is not an act of oppression or abrasion – I’ve worked with my best friends in direct competition.”

Diane Sawyer

The cause of womanhood is served well by women championing one another; celebrating the victories and sharing support in any form of loss. However the individual need not be overlooked.

We can ponder the question, “What do women want from other women?”  We understand the need in each of us to belong, to share life and purposes that are larger than ourselves. The power of connection between women is never lost on me when I enter a room that is dominantly female.  If I’m invited to speak, there is a palpable air of shared life and experiences that makes words less necessary and stories only needing to be half told.

In those moments or occasions no one is fighting for profile or headlining. Instead there is a presence of ‘we’, ‘team’, ‘us, unity and this is the best of womanhood.

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About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".