Since 1989, the Australian Businesswomen's Network has provided networking, business education and access to mentors to women in business across Australia.
Started in Melbourne, today this national organisation has members in all the corners of rural, country and urban Australia.
Originally an association-style organisation with local chapters, today the ABN is a national online organisation that gives women all over the country access to education, inspiration and networking, often without them having to leave home.
The ABN' s long-term vision is to create an Australian business ethos where membership to this professional businesswomen's organisation is an assumed credit.
Community Director and CEO
Suzi Dafnis is the Community Director and Chairperson of the Advisory Board. Suzi has been involved with the network since 1995. In 1998 she took over the network from its founder and has since managed and grown the network. She remains its media spokesperson and a champion of women in business. She is also the editor of the ABN's newsletters and author of the ABN's blog.
Board, Advisors and Committees
Our greatest strength comes from the involvement of our members and their voluntary participation in our committees and Advisory Board. Committees are created to champion specific projects and to spearhead new member initiatives. Learn more about the board here.
Our team (and head office) is located in Waterloo, New South Wales. The team coordinates events, publishes newsletters, marketing and our online resources, and manages member needs, providing support to a national community of members.
The team includes both those employed by the ABN and also interns (from both Australia and overseas) who join us in order to learn about business. Usually our interns are young women studying business. We value their participation and welcome enquiries about internships all year around.
The ABN and the Australian Businesswomen's Community
The ABN is recognised by industry, government and business as a leading businesswomen's organisation. The ABN regularly receives support and endorsement from both local and federal government and the corporate sector for its initiatives to support women in business.
We will continue to advance Australian businesswomen by facilitating positive, inspirational and educational events delivered professionally, efficiently and representing a valuable return on investment.