Janine Garner is one of Australia’s leading ambassadors for the empowerment of women. While juggling a career and three young children, Janine made a brave move and stepped out of her corporate career to create one of Australia’s leading women’s networking organisations the Little Black Dress Group and First Seed – a not-for-profit organisation that funds scholarships for underprivileged girls with dreams, a women’s refuge and a community based program in Warwick Farm to help girls 6-12 years be the change they want to see in the world!
Janine is a self-confessed “accidental entrepreneur”, who like many women, found herself getting to a point of her career where she witnessed, and experienced first hand, the impact of women not supporting other women.
“I had a great career in the corporate world, but when I got to the top I felt lonely. I was managing multiple stakeholders – clients, media, staff, management, shareholders, children and family and while I was doing a great job investing in others and networking for work, I was doing a terrible job at taking care of myself.”
“I decided to host a dinner party with a group of women I respected, and it was then that I realised I wasn’t alone in feeling alone, I wasn’t alone in wanting to grow and develop, and I wasn’t alone in wanting to create a new way of working – wanting to be empowered and fulfilled in the work I was doing, while being able to do it on terms that worked for me.”
This first casual dinner was the beginning of the Little Black Dress Group, now called LDBDGroup – group that’s all about women connecting, sharing stories, ideas and insights, and ultimately opening doors for each other to develop collaborative opportunities for personal and professional growth.
“I believe the impact we can have on each other – whether it’s emotional support, encouragement, or building belief and confidence – is enormous; and I believe even more-so that the way we behave today, the way we walk the talk has the ability to influence and drive change for our next generation of female leaders.”
“Personally, I feel more connected and supported than ever – it’s not only allowed me to find my own passion and brilliance, but it’s enabled me to inspire others to see their own brilliance, allowing them to shine and create extraordinary results.”