Network of Possibility: An Evening with Sarah Kelly


Networking can be difficult. Handing out business cards like candy, regurgitating your elevator pitch, persuading others of your worth; it can often feel like you aren’t making any genuine connections. The Network of Possibility, founded by executive coach Dr Kim Vella, offers an alternative. The network is a philanthropic initiative that unites community-minded professionals who want to use their time, energy and skills to give back and learn, all while making authentic, lasting connections. In their first event back of 2018 the Network presents an intimate gathering with Sarah Kelly, President of Karinya House, a local organisation supporting vulnerable and… Continue Reading

I’m human – not superhuman and not subhuman


  There are no airs and graces about Kristen Holzapfel. The author of Selfless: a social worker’s own story of trauma and recovery, and owner of Canberra’s Friendly Petsitter, is known for her openness and honesty about the messiness of life. In her role as a frontline social worker, Kristen experienced an extreme trauma reaction. She shared her story to bring perspective to a situation many people who work in ‘helping professions’ grapple to reconcile – that being superhuman is a sign of success. ‘By accepting that I’m human – not superhuman and not subhuman – made me realise I… Continue Reading

The Network of Possibility


  The Network of Possibility is hosting a cocktail reception on Wednesday 9 August. The event will raise funds for its charities of choice: Toora Women Inc., Karinya House, and YWCA Canberra. Two guest speakers will share their views at the Network on Wednesday: Former Secretary Mark Sullivan will lead a discussion on the role of leadership in creating ‘non-blokey’ workplaces. Mr Sullivan will unpack the issue of gender inequity with case studies and his personal insight. Leading gamification expert Kerstin Oberprieler will lead a discussion on imposter phenomenon. Ms Oberprieler will share personal insight on how to let your… Continue Reading

I See Your Body Shaming and Raise You My No-Holds-Barred Body Acceptance!


  Why does body positivity matter?   We all care about our appearance and in our society, which is obsessed with bodily perfection, there are consequences for girls and women whose bodies do not ― or cannot ― meet social expectations or norms. These consequences are incredibly difficult to escape no matter how hard you try. Fat discrimination at work is real; from assumptions (that fat women are lazy, unhealthy and undisciplined, aren’t as smart, strong or able to do certain things) to fat women earning less than ‘normal’ weight women and men who are overweight or obese. Many women… Continue Reading

The Network of Possibility x Leiden Event


  Team Leiden has joined forces with Dr Kim Vella and The Network of Possibility to bring you an inspiring evening of networking, fashion and fun on Wednesday 10 May. All net proceeds from the event and its silent auction go to the Tara Costigan Foundation so not only will you be having fun, you will be doing good for your community while you’re at it. Our key speaker will be the talented designer Charne Esterhuizen. Charne recently presented a collection under her label MAAK at Vancouver Fashion Week and will be sharing her story with us. With a sustainable… Continue Reading

Canberra Wise Women Luncheon


  Canberra based initiative Canberra Wise Women will be launching its 2017 program on Friday 10 February with a special luncheon at Hotel Realm. The event will be co-presented by the Australian Institute of Management and will feature four inspiring guest speakers each sharing their story and expertise on leadership. In 2016 Canberra Wise Women, a group that strives to inspire women by creating opportunities for women to connect, confide, and celebrate, welcomed over 500 people to the nine events they held. ‘Inspiration is needed by everyone in our community.’ explains the creator of Canberra Wise Women, Lisa LaMaitre. ‘If… Continue Reading

The Network of Possibility


  Last November marked the first Network of Possibility cocktail event and already so many of the women who attended have made new connections, formed new collaborations and been inspired to make a change in their lives and the lives of others. The Network, brainchild of Dr Kim Vella, executive coach and all-round amazing woman, is all about bringing women together to create magic. The Network’s second event will take place on Wednesday 8 February and time is running out to snap up your ticket. Not only can you eat, drink and connect with fellow guests, attendees are treated to… Continue Reading

The Network of Possibility


  In the spirit of giving back, sharing inspirational stories and fostering connections, comes a new series of events aptly described as The Network of Possibility. Created by executive coach Kim Vella, The Network’s inaugural cocktail reception will take place on Wednesday 9 November and will provide a perfect opportunity for a diverse group of men and women ranging from students, to business owners and leaders in both the public and private sector, to rub shoulders and share their stories. Kim hopes to create a fostering environment where attendees can seek encouragement, advice, and  solutions from other members, all while… Continue Reading