Shivani Gupta ~ Passionately Passionate

 

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016

Shivani Gupta is a Passion Activator, she helps you find your true passion and ways of bringing it into your working life.  With first hand experience at changing professions to accommodate her passion, Shivani knows the keys to unlock a more fulfilling future.

Shivani has a Bachelor of Engineering and started her working life as an engineer for BHP.  As a leader at BHP, she became instrumental in encouraging women into leadership roles and consequently won the Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year award.  This  soon became her passion and eventually she started her own business mentoring, coaching and public speaking, gathering an MBA and a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) along the way.

Shivani says there are seven key areas in life and we should be satisfied mastering just three of them, most people have family as their number one passion in life but like me, Shivani is happy to admit work is number one but it doesn’t mean she loves her family any less.  Shivani’s message to women is it’s ok to love your work!

Shivani along with five other business women in the Hunter Valley Region established Friends of Barefoot College Australia (FBCA) in Tilonia, India.

A quirky thing I discovered about Shivani, which I love, being into numbers and all, her birthday is on the 24th of July, ’24/7′ and this is her husband’s nickname for her as she in ON 24/7 and I doubt he would ever forget her birthday!

http://www.barefootcollege.org

https://askshivani.com

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Women Leaders – Talking the Talk

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016                            L-R Rebekha Sharkie, Nick Xenophon Team, Kerrynne Liddle, Liberal Party of Australia, Hon. Kate Ellis MP, Australian Labor Party and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Australian Greens

Last night I attended the 2016 Election Q+A hosted by Women in Media at the Advertiser and listen to the above women speak on politics and being a woman in politics. You may know that this topic is close to my heart and my recent work so I just had to feature them as today’s Wednesday’s Women.

The panel of women was diverse with two women running for the Senate and two for the House of Representatives and across the two major and the two (major) minor parties.

My recent exhibition “let us be up and doing” showcased women from South Australia who are former politicians but had achieved a major milestone, like first or longest. Last nights panel, if all elected, would still be ground breaking; Rebekha Sharkie would be the first woman to win the seat of Mayo; Kerrynne Liddle would be the first Aboriginal woman from South Australia to enter the Senate; Kate Ellis will continue as an MP, her 13th year and Sarah Hanson-Young will continue on as a Senator, her 9th year.

I chose last night as a good night to start my petition, “A Plead to Lead by example, Respect from the top down. Politicians quit bully behaviour.” In the footsteps of Mary Lee who travelled the colony (SA) in 1894 gaining 11,600 signatures for her petition to give women the right to vote, I plan to do the same with the above petition as I travel my exhibition around SA in the coming months. I was very pleased our leaders last night started off the handwritten petition with many of the media women signing on too. If you would like to sign the petition which will be presented to State and Federal Parliament, you can either catch me on the road or sign the digital petition here….

 
I wish all the women all the best in the election, be up and doing!

Natasha Howell ~ Ms Milky

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© Jennie Groom 2016

This is Natasha Howell, she’s a milk-lady!

I had just finished photographing a building in Stirling last week when I saw Natasha delivering milk into the cafe I was in. “Yay” I thought “a woman doing a job I had only ever seen men doing”.  I watched her and the staff in the cafe have a friendly chat, like I imagine they would every morning.  I then seized the moment and asked to photograph her to show women around the world the variety of work choices they may not have considered.

Natasha started working in the Milk industry 14 years ago with her partner at the time but she was mainly in an administration capacity.  They were contracted to Lion Nathan delivering all things dairy and juice into an array of businesses in the Adelaide Hills area.
Over the past 6 years things have altered, the partner has moved on and Natasha has fought to keep going on her own.  Now days she packs, drives the truck and delivers herself with the help of two young lads.

When asked by her friends why she didn’t just sell the contract on, she says “I can’t really think of a good reason to give it up, I’m certainly not sick of it yet”.  In fact, she quite enjoys the physical challenge and she appreciates the friendly contact with all of the different shop keepers.  She is the first to say she doesn’t have the muscle mass of a man but she works very hard and gets her job done, enjoys it and brings smiles to the faces of the Hills folk.

Taryn Brumfitt – Entirely Embraced

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Photo By Jennie Groom © 2016
Women around the world take comfort
From the epiphany presented to Taryn Brumfitt
Finding her post baby body hard to face
Taryn resolved it to be a  surgery case
She booked in for a tummy tuck
Then, the epiphany struck….
“How can I teach my daughter to love her body
When it’s mine, I need to embody?”
A Body Image Movement started
Her previous life departed
A before and after photo went viral
The movement caught in a spiral
A book launch
A happy body stood staunch
A documentary to be made
Women embracing their bodies portrayed
Well, get ready to stare
At the films premiere
Be proud of your body, dress up in lace
Taryn’s film is called ‘Embrace’

‘Embrace’ premiering at Sydney Film Festival on June the 12th, in Cinemas from August

Ronni Kahn ~ Waste Warrior

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Photo by Jennie Groom 2011, thanks to MoAD for Permission.

If you believe good food shouldn’t go to waste, then you will appreciate Ronni Kahn’s mission.

I had the privilege of meeting and photographing Ronni for an exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) in Canberra in 2011.  Ronni and the whole crew were moved to ‘feel good’ tears as she told us her story.

In the process of questioning the purpose of her life, Ronni visited a friend and mentor in South Africa, and went to visit an aids clinic in Soweto her friend had set-up.  As they travelled through the city her friend mentioned she was responsible for electricity in Soweto.  To this news, Ronni thought “Wow, what must it feel like to know you have made an impact to over 1 million people?”  Once she saw the Aids Clinic, Ronni knew her life would never be the same, she knew she wanted to make a significant contribution to society.

Ronni had been in the event industry and experienced first hand the food wastage from events.  On occasions, she would hand deliver her left over food to charities and always felt good about doing so but with the concern about food wastage and people going hungry in  Australia she thought there must be a better way.   She then set-up the food rescue charity OzHarvest and had food legislation changed throughout the country enabling her to do this.

Food rescue is not the half eaten sandwich, it’s the food that has never touched the plate!  The food which is left over in the kitchen or on the shelves that wasn’t sold before closing time or the excess food left over from an event, meeting in a boardroom or catering on a film shoot for example.

“Food is so much more than just filling our tummies, it’s about nutrition, it’s about nourishment, it’s about caring, it’s about support”

The second impact of OzHarvest’s contribution to Australia and the world, Ronni could never have imagined is for every kilogram of food OzHarvest rescues, saves 2kg in methane gas and 143 litres of water.  To date they have saved over 15 million kilograms of food that was destined for landfill.

OzHarvest collects good quality food from over 2000 commercial outlets and delivers it to over 800 charities with their fleet of 30+ highly visible yellow vans and has fed more than 45 million meals to people in need across most of Australia.

“In our society and our wonderful democracy of Australia, I think that individuals have the opportunity every single day to find a way in their lives to make a difference” stresses Ronni.  This week is National Volunteer Week and Ronni knows only too well the value of volunteers in our society and the unlimited personal rewards volunteers receive when they volunteer.

“Not a day goes by where I don’t feel moved or blessed by the impact OzHarvest has had.”

It’s no surprise Ronni Kahn was named ‘Australian Local Hero’ in the 2010 Australian Of The Year Awards.

Daniella Metti – Ms Manufacturing

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016

If you are from Adelaide and are of a certain vintage, you may remember the kiddy ride-on ducks usually out the front of  supermarkets.  In the background of this photo you can see the moulding for one of the ducks, made by the late Luciano Metti from his business, Loumet (‘Lou’ being his first name and ‘met’ from his last name).  He originally started ‘The House Of Metti’ is 1963, mainly manufacturing dolls.

Jump forward to now and his daughter Daniella Metti is running the family business now manufacturing toy balls, and a range of fitness products here in Adelaide.

After her parents separated, Daniella and her twin sister were brought up by their father which meant they spent a lot of time at the office, often helping with labelling of orders and other little tasks. Daniella fondly remembers going to the Toy Fairs from a young age and seeing the latest toys before all her school mates.  Luciano was a dedicated father and hoping to groom his daughters into working at the business once they had finished high school.  Instead, Daniella decided to study International Business at Flinders University which gave her a good grounding to eventually run the business when she returned to Adelaide in 2002 after working in Sydney for a few years.

Daniella’s business philosophy is to diversify and keep products fresh with the highest of quality, this keeps her manufacturing business running in a tough market.  Loumet is the only ball manufacturer in Australia.

http://www.loumet.com/index.html

International Women’s Day ~ Week!

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Yes, International Women’s Day is so popular it goes for a week, possibly even two! For my part in this celebration, I have an exhibition to show you today, not only one Wednesday’s Woman but 11 of them!  This exhibition is on display currently until the 20th of March, 2016 on the Pillars of Parliament House, Adelaide.

About the exhibition
Let us be up and doing”  as quoted by Mary Lee, a suffragette who was instrumental in gaining South Australian women the right to vote which also resulted in South Australia being the first place in the world where women could stand for Parliament. This act was achieved in 1894.

Despite these progressive beginnings over one hundred years ago South Australia was the last state to elect a woman into State Parliament (1959) and still to elect a woman head of Government.

In a speech delivered to the United Nations when Emma Watson launched the ‘He for She’ campaign she stated boldly that equality isn’t just a woman’s issue anymore; it’s a man’s issue too. It is true that equality is a society issue and the support of men is needed to help women progress into the future with equal representation in Government. The support of men is needed so the next woman Prime Minister is treated with the respect that such a position merits.

Let us be up and doing” is a public artwork on view at  Parliament House Adelaide.  It pays homage to our deceased forbears using typographical artworks and exhibits contemporary portraits of a selection of former, female South Australian politicians from a cross section of parties.  “Let us be up and doing.” will remind people that women can and have made significant political contributions with lasting benefits to the entire community and that this is something that is achievable into the future.

Art and Design Concept
Influenced by the portraits of politicians from the 1900’s, we have chosen to step back to what South Australian Parliament could have looked like if women were elected in the early years. The portraits taken in this contemporary age are black and white overlaid with Illustrations of gold ornate frames symbolising a layer of history. They are a mix of oval and arch shaped frames.

Hand drawn typography of a similar era is used over the portraits for names and titles and achievements.  The women look stately, confident and happy, not too dissimilar to Mona Lisa.  This mix of the old and the new celebrates history, the present and brings us into the future.

The Artists and Sub-Committee
Jennie Groom – Photographic Artist, Creator and Project Manager
Maya Graham – Illustrator
Lisa Philip-Harbutt – Project Mentor
Steph Key MP – Ambassador and Advisor

The T-shirt you could WIN!!
A black v-neck t-shirt with the ‘let us be up and doing’ logo.

To win, take a photo of the exhibition at Parliament House, Adelaide between now and the 20th of March and upload onto one of the below social media sites with the hashtag #LetUsBeUpAndDoing

Facebook
Let us be up and Doing

Twitter
@BeUpAndDoing

Instagram
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Annette Edmondson – World Champion

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Annette Edmondson, a born and bred South Australian woman, is the current UCI World Champion Track Cyclist in the Omnium and Team Pursuit plus World Record holder in the Team Pursuit. She is in London at this minute ready to defend her title.

The day before she left to go over to London, Annette hobbled into my studio, she had just been hit by a car during her training session two days before hand. Having been extremely lucky to avoid such an incident during her life, this couldn’t have happened at a worse time, just before the world championships, she was battered and bruised but ok. The show will go on.

Annette was a soccer girl but at 13 years old she did a ‘beep test’ with the South Australian Sports Institute, they suggested she should do cycling, I think they were right and I asked Annette what it was she loved about it;

 “I love setting goals and achieving them and I think having something to work towards and having the satisfaction when you achieve them is pretty incredible. I also really enjoy the freedom when I’m out on the bike, keeping fit, keeping active and enjoying the sunshine. It’s a nice sport when you’re with a good group, having a good team around you keeps you motivated.”

There is something pretty special in being the best person in the whole world in your field of choice at a particular time in history.

Watch this Space

 

In the words spoken by Mary Lee “let us be up and doing”, … that’s exactly what I’ve been doing to bring you something exciting in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned……

 

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Silvia Hart – Super Seasonal

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016

At the age of 15, I remember horse riding with Silvia around Basket Range and eating fresh apples from the trees. In fact, most of my memories of Silvia involve food and the things she’s made from them like ‘sugar’ for removing leg hair, an awesome honey facial scrub and even just this morning, drinking the ‘Winter Green’ raw honey mixed with lemon to help my sore throat (and it did!).

I think it’s fair enough to say Silvia has always being into fresh produce and concocting all sorts of wonders from them. It’s not hard to believe she’s where she’s at today…..opening the supremely updated ‘Seasonal Garden Café’ at the, to be envied address, No.100 Mt Barker Rd, Hahndorf!

Silvia originally opened the Seasonal Garden Cafe in 2012 after selling her successful Honey Lady business, she quickly out grew her first café and moved next door to bigger premises which she has once again out grown.

Silvia is dedicated to good seasonal produce, supporting local farmers and food producers as a Premium Food and Wine Ambassador for South Australian and a keen advocate for Ozharvest. She is in the perfect spot to elevate this platform and I’m sure there is a cooking show and a book in her yet!