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 having a good time.

‘Everyone is welcome!’ explains the woman herself. ‘We are especially encouraging women who may want to expand their circle of influence and who are keen to share information, create new ideas, build connections, and help others.’ The event is not just for those thinking about a career change, it also provides a platform for people happy in their current role but who may be looking for a way connect with like-minded individuals and to make a positive contribution by joining in The Network’s fundraising efforts.

This event won’t just be about cocktails and delicious canapés; it will also raise funds for the Tara Costigan Foundation, which was founded in response to the community’s demand for change with regards to our attitudes and response to domestic violence. On the 28 February 2015, Tara Costigan was murdered by her ex- partner, who attacked her in the presence of her three children, sister, and partner The circumstances of Tara’s death have lead her to become a symbol for both grief and hope.

Through its unique ‘Tara’s Angels’ caseworker service, the foundation acts to support victims of domestic violence in rebuilding their lives. Founder and CEO Michael Costigan will share his powerful story at this first event, with The Network of Possibility aiming to run four major events a year, each focusing on fundraising for the foundation. With two women a week killed as a result of domestic violence in Australia, the foundation and its work deserves all of our support.

But if fundraising for an important cause, opportunities to network, and delicious food and drinks aren’t incentive enough,  there will also be a range of special donations from a range of Canberra businesses up for silent auction on the evening. These include:


  • a beautiful handcrafted piece of jewellery from local artist Rosie Windsor Jewels
  • a voucher for a mobile massage from Mel’s Massage
  • two boxes of chocolate from Robyn Rowe Chocolates
  • a voucher for wine tasting and cheese platter from Mount Majura Winery


In between quarterly events, Kim will be supporting members through other events such as the Ethics for Breakkie  series (starting on Thursday 17 November), and engaging through social media on the newly minted Network Of Possibility facebook page.


Event Details: 6:30pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 9 November 2016 | 25 Forster Cres, Yarralumla


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Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.

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