Our Story

Building connections

is our passion

Significant Women’s Network (SWN) is a referral and invitation network bringing together women of influence to share experiences, inspire and be inspired.

We hold forums and events focused on building strong relationships between women in professional and executive roles, across all industries.

SWN membership provides the opportunity to become part of a mutual benefit peer group of action and achievement oriented women. The success of SWN comes from the contributions, participation and involvement of our members.

Beyond the Business Card

Significant Women’s Network is about you and what makes you Significant.

We are an exchange platform for professional women. SWN events are inspired by our members and their passions and designed to share knowledge and provide tangible outcomes.

Beyond the Business Card – Private Lunches

BTBC is a series of private lunches held throughout the year. This facilitated networking lunch provides an intimate environment to share your personal story, challenges and success and make meaningful connections over a gourmet lunch and a glass of wine!

Testimonials from Beyond the Business Card lunches:

  • “(your) business cards lunches do work well at opening up new doors.”
  • “(the) personal stories are truly inspirational”
  • “Lunch today was inspiring, delicious, and fabulous overall. I was very pleased to be included and have already organised some follow ups.”
  • “Keep up the awesome work of bringing women together. Words like ‘achievement’ and ‘success’ are so much attainable when you’re not doing it alone.”

Lunch Forum Series

Our networking lunch forum topics are inspired by our members and their passions and are designed to share knowledge, and provide tangible outcomes.

SWN have held forums on a range of issues including:

  • Women in Science and Medical Research
  • UN Global Principles for Social Investment – corporate and social responsibility
  • ASX Top 100 Gender Diversity and Women on Boards
  • Women in Homelessness
  • Bullying in the Workplace, School Place and in Cyberspace
  • Strategic Philanthropy

Social & Networking Events

Of course we all like to have fun, celebrate our achievements and share a laugh and a glass of bubbles. Keep an eye out for our social events; cocktail parties, fashion parades and our popular Christmas party.

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Our People

Elaine Jacobs

Elaine is a strategic thinker, connector, professional mentor and public speaker with over 40 years in business including more than 22 years in financial markets with Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. A committed corporate citizen with a strong belief in reciprocity, she has been involved in many organisations aimed at empowering individuals, influencing change and encouraging collaboration and meaningful connections. Drawing on the experiences and networking skills she had developed over many years, Elaine set about creating an environment for women to share, learn and collaborate for mutual benefit.

Her passion is building a strong business community for executive women. Elaine offers expertise and clear thinking in relation to the often unique challenges faced by professionals dealing with change, people commencing their careers and those returning to the work force. She sees herself as both a mentor and facilitator and seeks to address their current and future needs and aspirations and assist them with identifying their goals.

The concept for a platform aimed at bringing together thought leaders and centres of influence, across diverse disciplines and business sectors and who share their principles of ‘giving back’, resulted in the development of Significant Women’s Network. Together with her daughter Sandra -(CEO of Bennelong Foundation), Elaine has taken the initiative to build the framework for SWN, while pursuing her own professional, philanthropic and personal interests-energy that is in turn energising and inspiring.

Sandra Jacobs

Sandra is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bennelong Foundation. Sandra has considerable experience in the wealth management industry spanning over 10 years at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management as a financial adviser.

Sandra also has a strong philanthropic background through her directorship with ‘Significant Women’s Network” and previously as vice-president of “Women in Finance”. In 2013 Sandra founded and currently chairs her own not-for-profit “The Nappy Collective” which currently has operations in 31 cities and towns across Australia.

Georgia Theodoris

Georgia has over 10 years experience in leadership, people and operational management specialising in process efficiency and productivity improvement, business transformation and has a particular passion for building customer experience cultures.

Georgia was drawn to the SWN team during a recent career change which highlighted to her the importance of having a significant network that could support that transition through the support of other women and their networks. Georgia now works with the SWN team to further build on the foundation already created by Elaine and Sandra Jacobs.

Email Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter keeps us all connected with the events that are happening in our community and what is important to us. Contributions are welcome from our members, sponsors, providers and associated partners.

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