Jacqui Brauman, the Founder and Managing Partner of TBA Law (https://tbalaw.com.au/), is also Founder and CEO of Legally Wise Women. In tandem with Ush Dhanak (EQ Academy – https://eq.academy/), Jacqui hosts the IQ Meets EQ Podcast, of which there have been over 50 so far. Matt was honoured to be asked to be interviewed by Jacqui for a Podcast – just the second male interviewee to date.
You can access the interview with Matt and discussions that Jacqui and Ush had either side of the interview here – http://www.iqmeetseq.com.au/podcast-episodes/.
Jacqui Brauman of TBA Law commenced proceedings by speaking of her love for ocean fishing and recent accomplishments. Aoife Bodkin of PKF Melbourne, who has been Ireland-based since May, then spoke about what she had learned from the extreme challenges of working in a demanding financial statement audit role while managing a time difference that had grown, with daylight saving changes, from 9 to 11 hours. Ellen Hawkins, who has just left Arcadis, then spoke about what she had learned from her time with Arcadis on its Finance Graduate Program and what she is now exploring as a next step.
Fitted for Work (https://fittedforwork.org/) and Enindico co-hosted a fifth successive International Women’s Day event on Wednesday 10 March. Fitted for Work CEO Donna de Zwart spoke of the ongoing challenges facing women and then a video featuring Khevana Patel was played to the attendees. Khevana had undertaken a Fitted for Work program and was selected by the Fitted for Work team to be the beneficiary of the Enindico Career Development Coaching Scholarship that Matt Gaffney had pledged at the International Women’s Day event in March 2020. Khevana spoke of the benefits of both the Fitted for Work program and the Scholarship and expressed her appreciation for both forms of support before wishing everyone ‘Happy International Women’s Day’. Matt then pledged another Enindico Career Development Coaching Scholarship to Fitted for Work and the team will identify a current or past program participant who can be the beneficiary of that Scholarship and undertake a one-on-one career development coaching program with Matt at no cost.
Matt Gaffney has started work with emerging Ceramic Artist Kristy Hussey on a career development coaching program, having awarded Kristy one of the Enindico Career Development Coaching Scholarships for 2021. Matt and Kristy met many years ago when Matt undertook a career development coaching program with former Australian cricketer David Hussey, Kristy’s husband, and Matt and Kristy have built a wonderful friendship in the meantime. Kristy has her first exhibition coming up in Sydney in July and has just opened a studio in the Melbourne suburb of Cheltenham.
You can see examples of Kristy’s work at kristy_hussey_creative on Insta.
Matt Gaffney interviewed Lil O’Sullivan, Wellbeing & Engagement Manager of Carlton Football Club, on her experiences with AFL Hub life and other elements of the 2020 AFL season and her learnings from what she went through. There was then the opportunity for the 30+ participants to ask questions of Lil – and she fielded another dozen questions from participants beautifully.
Matt hit the road north from Melbourne on Saturday 30 January for a six day burst of client project work and business development efforts in New South Wales, to some extent making up for limited opportunities to be in NSW since early 2020. The trip allowed Matt to facilitate three career development coaching workshops and four planning workshops in person in Bathurst, Parramatta, downtown Sydney and Newcastle. The driving also allowed him some time with dear friend Kym Witney-Soanes and her amazing daughters Eliza and Harriet in Wagga on the way to Bathurst and some Southern Highlands time with Pen Oxford, another dear friend, on the drive back south.
Matt Gaffney’s adored aunt Sue Gaffney – who is also the informal Patron of the Enindico Roses and Thorn community – has been made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to dental professional organisations and to education.
It is wonderful to see Sue recognised for what she contributed over many, many years in dentistry in South Australia – much of it in tandem with her late husband Dr Adrian Gaffney. Sue continues to contribute in a multitude of ways beyond dentistry these days.
The reopening of South Australia to Victorians allowed Matt to get across to Adelaide for the first time in 10 months. Across three days based in downtown Adelaide, Matt met with two Partners of PKF Adelaide on projects they are working on together, won a career development coaching program and identified a couple of new opportunities.
To complement this visit, Matt is planning to be back in Adelaide for up to a week in mid April.
A dozen members of the Enindico Roses and Thorn community heard from Annaliese McPharlin of The University of Melbourne, Louise Witherow of Veolia Australia and Olympic diver Anabelle Smith at this Virtual Soiree.
Annaliese showcased the new Melbourne Connect connected innovation ecosystem at the Parkville Campus of The University of Melbourne (https://melbconnect.com.au/). Louise is almost half way through a two year Veolia Australia Graduate Program and she spoke about her experience so far and what is coming next.
Belle has moved from Adelaide to Melbourne and back to Adelaide to maintain momentum with her training around the COVID-19 border challenges. Belle shared a bit on what she is doing and planning, while we all keep our fingers crossed for the Tokyo Olympics to go ahead safely in July – so that Belle can again represent Australia and, ideally, come away with another Olympic medal before she retires from elite competition.
16 members of the Enindico Fine Fellows community gathered in the Beer Garden of Hawthorn’s Glenferrie Hotel for a meal and some drinks. It had been way, way too long since we’d been able to do this in Melbourne.