She’s not your competition; Day nineteen

blog headerI grew up accepting a sentiment shared by many other women that women collectively were just too difficult; overstepped relational boundaries, failed to be supportive in difficult situations and were downright complicated.  For this reason I had a very high standard of loyalty and kept the number of close women friends to a minimum preferring to surround myself with male company.

I don’t know quite when it happened but over a number of years that started in my early twenties, I came to recognize the increasing ‘collection’ of wonderful women in my world. They have come from a vast array of backgrounds and sources of connection but they share qualities that are critical to bringing trust into a working and personal relationship: loyalty, wisdom, kindness, truth.

On my fiftieth birthday I didn’t want a large group celebration; instead I chose to celebrate life with eight women who, over up to forty years of friendship, have shown extraordinary grace and strength that have often sustained me.

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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".