BPW Strathfield (BPWS)

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Meeting Coro 88



JULY 10th



Patricia, Sweta Janette and Mary @ Burwood Rotary Pride of Workmanship Awards in recognition of Vocational Excellence, Personal Dedication and Effort. 


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Be part of BPW and have a voice! BPWS provides a platform to connect, learn and develop. 


Business & Professional Women Goals 

  • Community Awareness and Inclusion
  • Community Engagement improving lives
  • Days For Girls Charity: empowering girls through access to education
  • Collaborate with BPW groups nationally
  • Membership: engaging women to make a difference

Quote of the week: "I wish I had joined BPW when I was younger. Being part of BPWS had made such a difference to me." Mary D.

BPWS International and local project.

Days for Girls Sewing Bee 2024.


Located at Burwood Council - enter through Library.Burwood Library Sewing Bee (10am-12pm)

  • Wednesday, 14 August 2024
  • Wednesday 11 September 2014

BPWS 2024 aims:

  • building relationships between community/services and business
  • engaging in planning laws and practices to reduce negative outcomes for vulnerable women and girls 
  • partnering with councils and local associations to run awareness campaigns
  • raising awareness of Womens Empowerment Principals (WEPs)
  • encouraging members to speak about women's issues
  • mentoring and skills development amongst members
  • information & News updates.

****  ‘Invest in women: Accelerate progress’  ****



Welcome to the latest edition of BPWS e-news.

This update is about the initiatives in the recent NSW Budget that most impact households. We know that families and households are doing it tough and that it’s increasingly difficult to make ends meet. 

In line with the state minister Jason Ya-sen Li’s Wellbeing Strathfield Initiative, I am pleased to see that this budget, for the first time, incorporates a new ‘Performance and Wellbeing Framework’, against which the Budget’s social impacts can be measured over time.  The new Wellbeing Framework, which is open for public consultation, comprises eight 8 broader wellbeing objectives: Healthy, Skilled, Prosperous, Housed, Secure, Community, Connected and Sustainable. All are critical to ensuring our quality of life as a community.

Our local State Government’s focus in the Strathfield Electorate can be viewed on  Wellbeing Strathfield website, which sets out how Minister Yet-sen Li  is working toward that objective. Jason welcomes community engagement and welcomes all to connect. Welcome news.


BPW Strathfield supported by our "local Members" 



Saw BPWS President Sweta to be honoured to light the candle for Australia @ the Candle light ceremony BPW International 8th March. The atmosphere was filled with positivity towards all members and delegates. It was indeed a great honour.

New York Conference. 10 - 22March 2024 United Nations 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)



National milestone as abortion officially decriminalised in every state and territory in Australia


FROM OUR PRESIDENT SWETA GUPTA. " Never stop dreaming, never stop believing...."  https://www.facebook.com/sweta.gupta.16906715/posts/pfbid02ZrU3wqPYj32ty6tjJmT18vUzBNskbFW4jjuWZcyrcEbpkFVf9iExfAXSeT76LosEl

15 Gender Issues We Must Address: According to The Gender Snapshot 2022 report, it will take around 300 years to reach gender equality. 

NSW Women's Strategy 2023-26 That women and girls in NSW: live and work in a safe and fair society where they are treated with respect and dignity, have suitable access to services, resources, opportunities and protections that enable them to thrive.

BPW International
(International Federation of Business and Professional Women) is an influential international network of business and professional women from more than 100 countries in 5 continents with Consultative Status at ECOSOC/United Nations. Founded in 1930, BPW International develops the professional, leadership and business potential of women on all levels through mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world.

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About Our Organisation

Respect | Diversity | Inclusion

As a group of  professional and business women we focus on improving the lives of women. Advocate for gender equity through our local, national and international networks and our affiliation with the UN (2030 Sustainable Development Goals). We offer a safe and friendly space for women to share stories, knowledge, ideas and you can contact and forge new friendships. We also provide opportunities for personal and professional development.

Coro 88 Resturant

President Elect - Board Chair.

President Elect Sweta Gupta

2024 - 25

Thank you all for your support and appointing me as the club president. I am truly honoured and grateful for the trust you have placed in me to lead our club.

First and foremost, I want to acknowledge the remarkable accomplishments of the previous president Ms. Janette Weeding and the incredible work done by her. Thank you! I would also like to thank each member of our club who are a true reflection of embracing diversity and inclusion. I am so blessed to be here with you all.

President Elect Sweta Gupta_2023-24.pdf

E: bpwstrathfield@gmail.com




1. President 

2.Vice President

3. Executive Secretary 

4. Treasurer (Director of Finance) 

5. Communication & Engagement Officer (Director of Marketing) 


Patricia Abraham Board / Vice President

2024 -25

Patricia Abraham is the Chief Executive Officer of Eurella Community Services. Eurella is an NDIS registered provider celebrating 70 years of providing supports for people with disabilities of all ages. Prior to joining Eurella in 2018 Patricia has worked in senior leadership roles within the disability sector with extensive experience in not-for-profit management, strategic planning, and advocacy.

Faye Helou - Board / Executive Secretary

Business woman and advocate. Passionate about – raising the status of women, both in Australia, and around the world.

Faye has received several awards for the work she has done in this field:  BPW Australia Woman of the Year, Rotary International Service Award for Professional Excellence. The highly esteemed ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ (PHF), which is awarded in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

Faye has held a chair on the BPW International Mentoring Taskforce, has organised NSW Equal Pay Day events, and is the founding President of BPW Strathfield. As current Board member and past president of Days for Girls Australia Limited,I continue to advocate for all women and girls. Days for Girls is an international project which is a grassroots non-profit organisation creating a more dignified, humane and sustainable world for girls through advocacy, reproductive health awareness, education and sustainable feminine hygiene - "because no girl should go without. Every girl, Everywhere.Period."

Emily Moses - Board / Executive Treasurer 

Janette Weeding - Board / Communications & Engagement.

I feel it is a privilege to be a part of the Business & Professional Women of Australia family..It is through BPWS that I can make a difference. Immediate Past President Janette 

BAEco & DipEdu

Paul Harris Fellow

BPWA Pat Harrison

Leadership Award

E: bpwsmarketing@gmail.com

E: bpws200@gmail.com

BPWS Executive Mentors

Mary Dimarco - Advisor to Treasurer 

I joined BPW Strathfield in 2015, and enjoy my work as Treasurer and advocacy.

The challenges of running a family business (Dimarco Monuments), required the opportunity for me to interact with women in similar roles and diverse business backgrounds.  BPWStrathfield proved to be the welcoming organisation for me.  Women who share valuable knowledge, guidance, create awareness and friendship. Especially for our newly arrived from other countries. E: treasurerBPWstrathfield@gmail.com

Robyn Duncan - Policy Advisor

Robyn A Duncan BCom, Grad Cert Public Administration, Cert IV Museum Practices.

Robyn joined BPWA in 1980 at BPW Newcastle.  She subsequently became a member of BPW Canberra and BPW Adelaide before returning to Canberra in 1995.  On the demise of BPW Canberra she was a Member-at-Large and became of member of BPW Strathfield in 2023. She has held office at the Club and Division level.  From 1987 to 1990 she was VP External Policy in a new structure for AFBPW introduced at that time.  She has attended Australian and Division Conferences as a representative of her club and as an observer. 

Robyn attended the International Congress in Auckland as an observer.

Since 2012 Robyn has been the Public Officer for BPWA.

Karen Pensabene BPWS Ambassador

Karen has been a member for BPWStrathfield for eight years and Past President of our club. Currently Karen holds the position as Mayor Strathfield Council. Karen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our club. A strong advocate for improving the lives of women in her local constituency.



Eddie Middleton 

Picture & profile  to come.

Heather Middleton 

Harmony Moxham.

Young BPWStrathfield & BPWA Board Member 

B.A. Criminology Maquarie University. Currently extending her knowledge through Creative Writing and Computer Science at the University of Wollongong (UOW). We have a budding author, and one to follow. 

Friend of BPWS

Mitra Shiva Hussaini


BPWS members are strong. We focus on issues and personal or professional development that are relevant to our community.


continuing the legacy.

Past Vice President Belen Deriu B.A. Law 

Current situation: Lives: Genova. Work: UNODC (Austria). Has completed her Masters Political Science. University of de Geneve. Switzerland. Enjoying the new life in International Relations law. Program Officer for the United Nations Office Geneva and under 30! Go girl!2022

Testemonial: I joined BPW for its values, objectives and it's international presence. As an international lawyer I work towards gender equity and fight for female basic human rights. Thanks to BPW, my social and professional insertion during my time in Australia was much easier and more enjoyable. BPW not only opened professional doors for me, but also helped me integrate socially. Its members accompanied me in my relocation process; they helped me with the simple basic procedures to settle down (opening a bank account, new phone number, new public transport card, new home), they gave me a network, they involved me in their advocacy programs, and most importantly: they gave me a loved family that made me feel welcomed and accompanied in a new country.  


Past member & author -  Alice Mantel

Sadly missed, we always enjoyed Alice's sharp wit and knowledge. As a practising lawyer for 30 years: crime, family law and finally and elder law as has experienced a great deal. Facing her own retirement, Alice wanted answers to her own questions about aged care, about working and making the right choice with her. A book was the answer. 

Catherine Cahill.

Catherine has escaped Sydney and now enjoys the Hunter Valley. We miss her input. As a  highly regarded public speaker and HR professional, Catherine has extensive experience in private, NFP and government enterprises. We still keep in touch thanks to social media.

Orsi Toth-Pal

Author:  "Just Landed" & operates at Experts as Team Member

Engaged and interested in helping women and their families feel welcome and happy to live in Australia.# Just Landed website.

Position as Senior Platform Strategy Partner at Yahoo.

National Past President Marilyn Forsyth. Friend to BPWS.

Annual Events 

We have a strong advocate in Councilor and mayor Karen Pensabene. Karen is a role model to breaking the ceiling. For equality and equity. 


JUNE: Here and Now

Brunch with Shirley Randel, BPWS Immediate Past President Janette Weeding and BPWStrathfield President SWETA GUPTA 8th May

MAY 20: Pride of Workmanship Award Citations Burwood Rotary 2024

Congratulations to all. Awards are in recognition of Vocational Excellence, Personal Dedication and Effort

Sweta Gupta - Business & Professional Women Strathfield (BPWS) President

Sweta Gupta, President of BPWS, was honoured for her exceptional leadership at the New York Conference in March 2024. Representing BPWS and BPW Australia, she advocated for women’s empowerment and gender equality, amplifying the voices of women in Sudan at the UN 68th session on the Status of Women. Sponsored by J & K Weeding Burwood Rotary

Sweta proudly holding her citation: Vocational Excellence, Personal Dedication and Effort.

Patricia Johnson - Australian Turf Club

Patricia Johnson was recognised for her 19 years of dedicated service to the Australian Turf Club. Her commitment to excellence; attention to detail; professionalism and tireless work ethic inspire her colleagues at theNaplan Centre. Sponsored by J & K Weeding Burwood Rotary

Janette Sweta and Patricia proudly holding our BPW Scarf. 

Glen Knox - Burwood Police Station, Duty Officer – Acting Inspector

Acting Inspector Glen Knox is committed to workplace and public safety. His specialist policing knowledge and experience as a police safety skills educator enhance team skills and improve systems for better outcomes.

Wayne Brown - George Weston Foods, Senior Flour Miller

Wayne has dedicated over 50 years to George Weston Foods. He transitioned from managing an old-style mill to one of the world’s most modern mills, demonstrating exceptional adaptability and dedication.

Emma Williams - Eurella Community Services, Volunteer – Lending A Hand:a dedicated volunteer with Eurella. Her group, Lending A Hand, has significantly contributed to client programs, demonstrating enthusiasm and commitment.

Anita Bhuta - Eurella Community Services, Client Engagement and Quality Coordinator:  ensures client goals and welfare are prioritised.Her kindness and expertise contribute significantly to the organisation.

Elena Barducci - Eurella Community Services, Volunteer – Student Placement:an invaluable supporter of Eurella and significantly improved client welfare and best practices.

Amina Adra - Eurella Community Services, Bookkeeper and Plan Manager:exemplifies Eurella’s values with her strong work ethic and positive attitude, making her a vital team member.

Nicole Butt -  Constitution Hill Retirement Village, Village Administration Officer: a proactive problem-solving make her an indispensable part of Constitution Hill Retirement Village.

Patricia, Sweta Janette and Mary @ Burwood Rotary Pride of Workmanship Awards in recognition of Vocational Excellence, Personal Dedication and Effort. 

Where we successfully planned our meetings/events until April 2025. 

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10 - 22March 2024

United Nations 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

BPWS President Sweta 

Honoured to light the candle for Australia

Candle light ceremony BPW International New York Conference. 

(International Federation of Business and Professional Women) is an influential international network of business and professional women from more than 100 countries in 5 continents with Consultative Status at ECOSOC/United Nations. Founded in 1930, BPW International develops the professional, leadership and business potential of women on all levels through mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world.


Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress. Based on the priority theme for the United Nations 68th Commission on the Status of Women. Examines the pathways to greater economic inclusion for women and girls everywhere.

Thank you to all who attended. Schools; ACU students & Staff, and community. 


1: Jordan Baker Journalist Chief Reporter of SMH

https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=1002271434648633 )

2: Associate Professor Belinda von Mengerson Dean ACU

( https://www.facebook.com/BPWS2020/videos/7444359208934829/ )

3: Sweta Gupta BPWS President

(https://www.facebook.com/BPWS2020/videos/995121795653494 )


1. Rozaini Nawawi, Inaugural President of the Federation of BPW Malaysia (2021-2024) 


3. Francesca Burack, BPW New York & Un Committee/CEO/President of Fearless Talent Development

3. Dr. Meena Karna, BPW Nepal & UN Committee  

Speaker Profiles: Speakers IWD_2024.pdf

February International Night & Candle Lighting Ceremony

This important ceremony is held during a special BPW members and friends meeting. As we light the candles, we honour members past, present and future; honour each of the countries represented, and the accomplishments made through their dedication to our Mission. The act of lighting a candle serves as a physical reminder of their presence, illuminating the room and symbolising the light they brought into our lives.

Guest Speaker: Mitra Shiva Hussaini


Collection for Christmas Food Pantry. Burwood Council, BPWS, Rotary etc

Helping hands for those in need: we are all here to help create a more secure and understanding world. 

Christmas "Kris Kringle" and "Mingle" celebrations 6th December. 

Volunteers High Tea Held by Strathfield Council 24NOV.

*** St Pauls ***

Reaching out to help those in need with Rosemary King 8th November.

Special September Brunch meeting at Strathfield Council chambers with the newly elected Mayor. We are honoured again to have our BPWS member Karen Pensabene re-elected as Mayor Strathfield Council

Women take the lead - Strathfield Council elections.2023.pdf

Business and Professional Women Strathfield are supported by Burwood's Coronation Club. We congratulate Coro88 who helped spread the message that women's pay is 13% less on average to men.

Equal Pay Day Explained:


Pay Gap in Women's sport - Australia 


AGM _  Wed7th June - Congratulations to all. As the outgoing President I would like to acknowledge the commitment, passion and hard work contributed by the members of BPWStrathfield. Without our women's collective we would have fewer shoulders to lean on.

Thank you. Past President Janette Weeding BPWS.   

President Janette and Vice President Sweta  (BPWStrathfield). Round-table consultative conference with Shadow Minister Sussan Ley. 18th May 2023.

Honoured to participate at the meeting were childcare, superannuation products and access, returning to work after a mid-career break, and the role of small businesses in securing financial independence. Here is a summary of the main points raised during the meeting: Roundtable Meeting Shadow Minister Sussan Ley 2023.pdf. Suggestions were made to allow employees to stay connected with their employers during maternity leave to maintain job security and career progression.

Bias and pressure faced by women returning to work, including part-time or job-sharing arrangements, were discussed, with concerns about workplace judgments and comments from both men and women.

The impact on mental health and the need for support during the transition back to work were highlighted.

Four key issues discussed:

1 childcare

2 women's participation in business

3 superannuation

4 mid-career break

Information about services within the Inner-West Sydney presented at the Community Services Expo 2023. With Mayors Pensabene (Strathfield) and Faker (Burwood) Special Guest Jason Yet-Sen Li (State local Member).

Sweta Gupta

- a voice to be reckoned with. SMH 23Feb2023. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sweta-gupta-9563a956/


 Burwood Safety Consultation Meeting 14/03/23

With Anthony (Outreach Youth Councillor)

*** IWD with Strathfield Council. 8th March. With Jana Pittman

Congratulations to our BPWS member Karen Pensabene  -Elected as Mayor of Strathfield Council 2022-23.

Candlelight Dinner 15th February. We were delighted to have Margaret Tipper; Past BPW Australia Secretary as our honoured guest speaker.

2022 HIGHLIGHTS on the cusp of Carona we still can embrace the relationships we forged within our BPW sisterhood.

Catching up with our Young BPWA representative Harmony Moxham, it was a very windy morning at Wollongong. Congratulations Harmony on your award. Such an honour. 

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER "It's in the bag" meet Phalla, the first to put her gifts for women in our "It's in the Bag" Christmas appeal. 

Melbourne Cup Luncheon - a break from the office.

Sadly or October EXPO at The Pavilion.Cancelled - far too wet to go ahead postponed to Autumn 2023 delighted to have the date 15th March 2023. 

Such a pleasure to catch up with our State Representative Julianne and members of the Sydney BPW Group.  Janette Weeding & Sweta Gupta (BPWStrathfield)

Jean Arnot Luncheon at Parliament House Sydney. What an honour to be part of this. Along with BPW Sydney we celebrated the achievement of our "heroes" our 90+ women who inspire.

We recognise our women in the Burwood Rotary "Pride of Workmanship" Awards. Mary Demarco and Faye Helou. Along side Councilor Hugo Robinson and District governor Rotary 


The Year That Was 2021.

Zoom; zoom; zoom.... 

We worked on numerous projects ... like connecting with our local Afghan women; young scientists to see what was needed to start a business; watched Pioneers in Skirts and had monthly Quick Bite national meetings.

Do you know about the Womens Empowerment Program?


Look what we did in April, it's always lovely to wear a Sari.

International Womens Day

2021 IWD congratulateLalitha Mahadevan as Strathfield's Woman of the Year. Most Deserving.

2020 Highlights

Club meetings were put on hold due to Covid-19. IWD

IWD Launch Women's Week  "Innate Power of Women" March 

Candlelight Night and Hearing Krisha's Story; she's not just a "refugee". 

2019 Highlights

Thank you Strathfield South Public School; Fitbodz Gym and all Australians.

DECEMBER: Christmas Dinner & Book Launch

We love the book and it's  just in time for the holidays; shared good food, company and sing-a-long. Happy Hollidays to all. 

Our Team:collaboration with Strathfield Council "It's In the Bag"


We approached Strathfield Council and have agreed to a partnership to Share the Dignity. November -December Program 2019 "It's in the Bag". 

AUGUST: Equal Pay Day. Financial Security Financial Happiness  Speaker: Sacha Burchgart. 

Sacha is the recipient of the prestigious Affinia Practice of the Year award in 2016; finalist for the 2018 Female Excellence in Advice Award and the 2018 NAB Women in Finance Award. Sacha currently sits as Chair on the Affinia Adviser Council, has been a keynote speaker for Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Salesforce and is a regular at financial planning licensee conferences.

We all learnt a lot and realised how important it is to plan; to secure our future and reduce pay gaps. We had an activity which was rather scary and illustrated how much we really do need to have for a secure life.  We need to plan for the "what if's " -   "shocks" that can affect our earning capacity. Shocks that could  mean that we have a really dim future, that is if we just assume nothing could ever affect us. The night wasn't all 'doom n gloom' but how to plan; the sooner you start the better.  

 Janette, Sacha and Miriam. Sacha is a real power-house of information.

August:6 BPW Entrepreneur Social Group & BPW Sydney

An engaging night and networking with Miriam BPWSydney president, Janette BPWStrathfield President and Sandra D'Souza Speaker President Entrepreneur Social. 

July: Meeting and AGM @ Club Burwood.

I would like to congratulate all the Board Members for 2019-20. We have a great team.Thank you for joining me for another year. Janette Weeding President. 

We welcome Belen

July: "Want to be a Rock Star" @ UTS

Tanya Sydney Club & MC - opens the meeting and engages us all.


May: 3 Jean Arnott Luncheon  

@ State Parliament House.  What wonderful women. Active, engaging and 90+ years of age! We joined them in support and to hear their stories. April 13/14 BPWNSW State Conference @Gosford

2022 Respect & Empowerment.

1 "Days For Girls Australia"https://www.daysforgirls.org/australia 

2  Women Empowerment Principals (WEPs United Nations)

3  Communication | Strathfield's diverse community

Meet or Board 

Janette Weeding P, Sweta Gupta VP, Faye Helou Secretary, Mary Demarco treasurer, Karen Pensabene Members and Harmony Moxham (Young BPWStrathfield and Young BPWAustralia Advisory Board Member) Patricia Abraham Member.

 2023 IWD

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We choose the local, national and international projects that our club members will support our club members have chosen to focus currently on these:

International Project: Days for Girls

In 2023 Strathfield BPW will continue to reflect on the place that BPW Australia, and individual Clubs occupy in the world of Business and Professional Women. During 2023 our focus is on the progress of our Days for Girls project which is a feminine hygiene & education program providing quality, sustainable solutions for girls who have nothing to manage their period. Without access to hygiene products, girls within many countries in the developing world can miss up to 8 months of school every 3 years. Girls also in our remote Aboriginal communities need our support, we supply kits tho these centres as well.

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