The countless expectations that women face every day – from themselves, other women, men, the workplace, media and society – will be explored by a line-up of successful women from a range of industries at a special event created for inspired women next month.


Great Expectations: Fearlessly Facing the Unknown will bring together award-winning journalist and meteorologist Magdalena Roze, fashion blogger Lise Carlaw and Gold Coast singer-songwriter Stephanie Pickett to share how expectations can be harnessed to create a full and inspired life at the Kirra Community Centre on July 18.


Magdalena RozeThe event, the first of its kind to be run by IT STARTS WITH US, encourages women to invest in their personal development to feel empowered and confident, while providing the opportunity to reflect, connect and aspire.


IT STARTS WITH US founder Kylie Wharton said in her role as a high school teacher it became increasingly clear, away from the frenetic pace of the classroom and school environment, that women are still subjected to a myriad of expectations.


“Taking time out of the teaching industry whilst on maternity leave gave me the opportunity to reflect on the person I was outside of the classroom,” Ms Wharton said.


“It seemed that all aspects of my personal life were subject to scrutiny – from my decisions about work through to my choices about my child – anyone who deemed it necessary to have an opinion seemed to have one and conversations with my lady friends showed they were experiencing the same.


“I became more and more invested in the idea of exposing women to positive influences and targeting the expectations fearlessly.


“My 10 years of teaching experience has allowed me to be a positive role model to young women but I felt a need to connect with women of all ages and thus, with the support of an incredible team of supporters, IT STARTS WITH US was born.”


With almost 10 years’ experience presenting live television including co-hosting Network Ten’s The Project, covering two Olympic Games and reporting on some of Australia’s biggest natural disasters, headliner Magdalena Roze will provide insight into the personal and professional expectations she’s navigated and how they’ve shaped her success.


Lise CarlawModel turned fashion writer Lise Carlaw has worked with Australian designers for more than 10 years and, since having two children, has a passion for making women feel confident and beautiful irrespective of size, age, shape, lifestyle and budget.


Since making the conscious effort to pursue a career in the music industry, Gold Coast artist Stephanie Pickett, aka Ella Fence, has experienced numerous challenges as a direct reflection of the expectations she has of herself and the expectations of others.


Choosing to harness these challenges as opportunities to grow, become inspired, create and ultimately resist the mould, Steph looked her fears in the face and flew to the UK to record the first four tracks of her EP at the renowned Brighton Electric Studios (UK) and then over to Paris to work with Ken Stringfellow (REM, The Posies).


Ms Wharton said all three women are perfect examples of how what can sometimes be deemed as “negative” can actually drive women closer to their dreams and, ultimately, their success.


“Not all expectations are negative, however, we are often so deeply motivated by expectations, we sometimes lose sight of our own personal identity and get lost in who we think we should be, rather than who we want to be,” she said.


“I want women to walk away from the event happy – happy they came, happy they shared the day with like-minded women, happy they can be confident in their ideas, happy they’ve empowered themselves by connecting with the direction of their situation, and most of all, happy they are equipped with some ideas about how to fearlessly face the unknown.”


Great Expectations: Fearlessly Facing the Unknown will be held at the Kirra Community Centre from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 18 July and includes a delicious free lunch, thousands of dollars in prizes to be won and a special performance by Stephanie Pickett.


Great Expectations: Fearlessly Facing the Unknown

Date // Saturday 18 July, 2015

Time // 10am – 3pm

Location // Kirra Community Centre

Tickets // Available online for $99 per person

Details // www.itstartswithus.com.au


For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.itstartswithus.com.au.


Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson  

Courtney Robinson is a Gold Coast mum, passionate foodie, whole foods recipe creator and personal trainer certified in holistic digestive health and nutrition. Follow @athletist_ or visit athletist.com.au for recipes, workout tips and training hacks.