CBWC was born in the 1980’s from a vision to improve the profile of women in business in Cairns. Forty years later the Club continues to realise that vision through its regular networking events, annual awards and leadership role in the Cairns business community providing support, inspiration and professional development to its members.
in 1984 Margaret Gill, then owner and manager of motel accommodation in Cairns, placed an advertisement in the local paper to put the idea out there that business networking lunches weren’t just for men. “I decided that if I received 20 or more replies I would launch the club,” said Margaret. At that first lunch there were 57 women and Cairns Businesswomen’s Club was off and running!
Soon after the Club was formed members identified the need to recognize the talented women of our region who were committed to succeeding in business. Held annually in May each year the Cairns Business Women’s Club Awards acknowledge the talent and hard work of nominees’ from amongst its members and other Cairns locals, and has become a ‘badge of honour’ in the Cairns business community.
In 1990 the Club became incorporated and set out its legal constitutional objectives to be overseen by an elected Board. The primary aim and objective of the Club being: to promote a united forum of women working together for greater acceptance and recognition for women in the business community, whether in private enterprise or public service.
An Annual General Meeting is held in February when members elect the president and board members.
In 2021, lunch events averaged 90 attendees, with ‘Business & Bubbles’ evenings proving to be very popular with similar numbers. We held our first Tropical Food Safari with fantastic support and our Annual Awards returned culminating in a gala ball (after a year off due to Covid restrictions).
In 2022, CBWC will continue to grow attendance numbers at existing events and introduce new breakfast events increasing the value add for members and creating even more inspiring opportunities for current and new members.
Barbara Grainer/Margaret Gill
Yvonne Morgan (now Stevenson)