New group for women in business

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Two successful businesswomen have started a female founders – women in business community group called Sub Rosa – Real Women’s Business.

The group aims to provide female founders and dreamers with a safe space to share authentic stories, learn wellbeing tools, to find support and connect.

London born, North Avoca resident, and Founder of Flo Wellbeing & Brand Manager to Survival, Mandy Millan, and Terrigal resident and Founder of JL Fine & Global Sales Manager for SPELL, Julia Bills, co-founded the group.

Their idea was to build a community where women can grow their businesses together on the Central Coast.

Both women understand the struggle that comes with setting up your own business and the feelings that can come with it – being alone, overwhelmed, and uncertain.

Sub Rosa aims to create a deeper collective group with real conversations.

The group’s second event was held on Sunday, May 16, at Bar Botanica at Erina.

It included food, G & Ts, live music from Taryn Jane, mindful movement and networking and guest speaker Sheila Vijeyarassa, a psychic medium, author, and ex CFO Corporate Leader.

She spoke and touched on the theme of the event – Intuition.

Millan said they wanted to have fun with meetings, making them creative, memorable experiences for guests.

“Our first intimate event was held in a beautiful wine cellar door at Upstairs Wines in Kincumber,” she said.

“The theme was Courage, facilitated by Louise Walker.

“The latest event was held outside in Bar Botanica’s garden with an Alice in Wonderland vibe created by Everlong Events and Floral Anarchy.

“The subject was Tuning into your Intuition.

“We choose beautiful locations to ignite the magical creative experience, and most people comment saying ‘you left us wanting more’.”

The latest Sub Rosa event was sold out with a long waitlist, and Millan said they had been overwhelmed with interest.

“The feedback has been incredible and empowering to keep delivering and supporting,” she said.

“I think the main take out for those ladies attending is that they feel it is a safe space to share their authentic stories; they inspire each other and this makes them feel connected.

“Jules (Julia Bills) and I both have our own businesses, and we are both mothers, and we wanted to build a community that was refreshing and meaningful for women, not just your average business group.

“We want females who are founders or dreamers to come and experience the magic.”

Millan said dates for future Sub Rosa events are coming soon and will be announced on the Instagram page at subrosa_rwb or Facebook group Sub Rosa.

Jacinta Counihan