Geelong Women’s Business Club announce hometown event, bringing like-minded women together in June 

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Geelong Women’s Business Club announce hometown event, bringing like-minded women together in June 

Tess Shanahan, Tully Humphrey, Nadia Stamp and Emelia Morris lead Geelong’s renowned women’s networking event for 2023

Driven by the belief that every woman is capable of achieving amazing things in business and life, the wildly successful Victorian-based women’s networking event Geelong Women’s Business Club is back with its latest hometown event. 

Taking to the beautiful Bellevue Receptions on Friday, 2 June, Geelong Women’s Business Club will once again bring together like-minded speakers to both inspire and empower guests across life, business and career topics.

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“We are so excited to bring GWBC back to Geelong. We’ve got a huge international rollout this year of our events, with New Zealand also happening in September, so to start the year with the first event in our hometown of Geelong just makes sense,” says founder Merrin Schnabel. 

Leading the guest panel and speaker lineup this year includes social media star and model Tess Shanahan, Tully Humphrey from Tully Lou, former MAFS alum Nadia Stamp, GT Magazine’s Fashion editor Emelia Morris and GWBC founder and local influencer Merrin Schnabel, all promising inspiring night full of gold nuggets of knowledge that you can apply to career, life and business. 


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Alongside the keynote speeches, panellists and the gold nuggets of knowledge and wisdom they will share, the event will also feature canapes and champagne on arrival followed by a sit-down dinner, and dessert, all served with a side of amazing networking.

Since Merrin Schnabel launched  Geelong Women’s Business Club back in 2019, the event has gone from strength to strength, with a boom in women starting their small businesses and the demand for empowering networking opportunities.

In just four years, Merrin has seen a huge growth in her events, with a national rollout last year and now internationally. The inaugural Melbourne event last year garnered national media coverage with high profile guests including Sophie Cachia, MAFS alum Davina Rankin, Model Olivia Molly Rogers, swimming champion and OAM recipient Keiran Perkins, human rights lawyer and OAM recipient Nyadol Nyuon, Former Harper’s Bazaar editor Kellie Hush and MC Helen Kapalos.

“Our events have just boomed. It is beyond exciting that it’s gone from Geelong to Australia-wide and now internationally with hundreds of attendees, and getting such high calibre speakers it truly is a testament to what the event stands for,” says Merrin.

An experienced businesswoman herself, Merrin is a master networker who has been able to bring in an impressive list of speakers to the events, with charity being a key part of what GWBC stands for.

“Not only are our events a way to network with like-minded individuals, gain knowledge and wisdom within that you can then implement into your daily life and business. We also align with charitable organisations to give back to communities most in need.”

The Geelong June event will be donating to the Sharing Tulli’s Smile Fund to support their invaluable work, and to bring smiles back on children’s faces in hospital with music therapy. 

Geelong Women’s Business Club Geelong event is on Friday 2 June from 6 pm at Bellevue Receptions. Tickets are on sale here