Fostering Women’s Leadership Starts With Your Friends

first_imgIt turns out the advice is true – breakfast is the most important meal of the day.Last week I joined 650 leaders for breakfast at a meeting of The Boston Club, a community of women executives promoting the advancement of women to significant and visible leadership roles. The Boston Club began as a small but dedicated group that started nearly 40 years ago. It has now grown to an organization of almost 700 members spanning a broad array of industries and professions, as well as business owners and entrepreneurs who connect both as a “club and a cause.” The meeting I attended began at 7:15 on a Friday morning, and you would be surprised how many people enjoy starting the day with a healthy discussion about women’s leadership.I was fortunate enough to sit next to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, who gave the keynote address to the packed room. Governor Baker, who has direct experience as a Chief Executive Officer in the private sector, encouraged everyone to continue efforts to bring more women into leadership positions. He challenged those who continually question women’s “readiness” to be leaders and cited the valuable asset that women have had for years – our professional networks – as key to advancing the cause.Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker addresses members of The Boston ClubThe governor advised us to “make new friends” who will help us transform the representation of women in leadership positions. Governor Baker described his own journey to increase the number of women in leadership positions in state government (where everything really is political) and how he has learned to ignore differences such as party affiliations to bring in the best candidate, wherever she may be.My next breakfast will feature coffee for 10,000. I’m lucky enough to be attending the Massachusetts Conference for Women, which is held every year in Boston but draws attendees from all over the world. The talent and power in the room is impressive, and it gives me added confidence to know that the advocates for women’s leadership are continuing to grow and strengthen. Conference speakers include thought leaders from corporations, television, fashion, politics and academia, just to name a few.Wherever in the world you are reading this, I hope you will join me in one of my 2016 resolutions: to make new friends, and renew connections with long-standing ones. The Massachusetts Conference for Women is just one opportunity to expand your network, and there are many others throughout the world. Attend one in your area and add your voice and vision to the mix. The impact we can have on women’s leadership is profound, and we can all share in the results of a fully inclusive workplace that we build and sustain together.last_img read more

Rare Mermaid Waters estate listed for a cool $8 million

first_img The property is well set up for water-based recreation.In another unusual bonus, the property overlooks canals on two sides which affords water views from every room.“There are balconies on either side of the house to make the most of those water views,” Mr Mian said. “The location is also ideal, with the Q Super Centre, Pacific Fair and the beach all a short drive away.”The 2434 sqm estate is being marketed by Amir Mian and Nat King, Amir Prestige Property Agents. Tennis court runs beside the water.A second pool was also filled in to make way for a vegetable garden and fruit orchard with more than 20 varieties including mangoes, guava and peach trees. “Although you’re in Mermaid Waters it feels more like being in Mount Tamborine,” Mr Mian said. Inside the main residence, French windows, marble floors and benchtops, and crisp white walls invoke the Hamptons style. The house at number 27 could be a guest retreat or accommodate extended family.The second residence — with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a study — is an ideal guesthouse, caretaker’s residence or to accommodate extended family.“It is a fully-fledged house in its own right,” Mr Mian said. “It is ideal for guests or multi-generational living arrangements.” The extensive grounds lend themselves to outdoor pursuits, including tennis, swimming and fishing, boating or jet ski use from the sandy beach. “The property makes a statement but it’s also built with family in mind,” Mr Mian said. “Between the gardens, the pool and tennis court, the set up really is brilliant.” 27, 29, 31 Cessnock Close, Mermaid Waters is listed for $8 million.The property is being sold by Tianwei Li, whose father Riyu Li founded Ridong Group. The developers are known for their involvement in luxury apartment project Jewel Residences in Surfers Paradise. The Li’s have made many improvements on the property over the past two years, including removing a wall which separated the house on number 27 to create a closer connection to the main house and grounds. The statement property includes two houses on three waterfront blocks.The words rare and unique get bandied about quite loosely when it comes to real estate.But that distinction is justified in the case of this grand two-house estate which occupies three waterfront blocks in the heart of Mermaid Waters. “The offering is unique,” said agent Amir Mian who is marketing 27, 29 and 31 Cessnock Close with a price tag of $8 million.“This is not just a home, it’s an estate. To find a statement property of this calibre in the centre of the city is rare.” Custom cafe-style seating is ideal for families.An expansive kitchen forms the heart of the home, branching off to multiple living areas including a formal lounge room with a cosy fireplace and custom cabinetry.An entertainment wing is generously appointed with a games room, bar, wine cellar and a home theatre with tiered leather seating and an 170-inch screen. “I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s like a gold class cinema experience,” said Mr Mian. The upper level is devoted to sleep and study with five ensuited bedrooms of hotel suite proportions. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Chandeliers create a focal point in the dining area. Secret buyers of mega mansion revealed MORE: Clive Palmer snaps up prize beachfront mansionlast_img read more