Rising to leadership

Shannon Wagner, Jess Collard, Rebecca Crawford, Alicia Rossi, Rachel Karsakis and Juanita PenberthyGeraldton women wined and dined in celebration of International Women’s Day last Thursday.The the local event embraced the United Nations’ theme for the 2021 day of recognition “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”.The event, at Geraldton Yacht Club, hosted by Desert Blue Connect and the local chapter of Soroptimist International, welcomed the city’s female leaders to speak to the group of 75 about how they #choosetochallenge in their professional lives.Yamatji-Noongar woman and singer-songwriter Theona Councillor, Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Joanne Fabling, Indigenous poet Charmaine Papertalk Green, Member for Geraldton Lara Dalton, City of Greater Geraldton Cr Natasha Colliver, and town planner Kathryn Jackson spoke of the highs, lows and inspiration they encountered as female leaders. Picture: Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van Aken/Shannon Wagner, Jess Collard, Rebecca Crawford, Alicia Rossi, Rachel Karsakis and Juanita Penberthy

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Theona Councillor performed the Welcome to Country and an original song at the Desert Blue Connect International Women's Day dinner in Geraldton. Picture: The Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van Aken

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Guests at Desert Blue Connect's 2021 International Women's Day dinner. Picture: The Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van Aken

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Desert Blue Connect team Monica Deluca, Monica Puccetti, Beth Martin and Sarah O'Malley. Picture: The Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van Aken

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Labor candidate for Geraldton Lara Dalton and MWCCI chief executive Joanne Fabling. Picture: The Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van Aken

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Theona Councillor and Charmaine Papertalk-Green were guest speakers. Picture: The Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van Aken

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Agricultural region candidates Natasha Colliver (Nationals) and Kathryn Jackson (Liberals) and Helen Orchard. Picture: The Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van Aken