About Confident Woman Australia
Confident Woman is Australia’s only national organisation dedicated exclusively to self-confidence and self-esteem for Australian women across the life span.
Confident Woman Australia has a simple aim:
to provide the resources necessary to inspire and support Australian women to have the self-confidence and self-esteem to do what they want to do in the best way possible.
It is for ALL Australian women of all cultural and religious backgrounds, of all ages, and across the whole spectrum of working and non-working women.
There are women featured on the site from all States and Territories of Australia, ranging in age from 17 - 72, and from as many cultural backgrounds as possible. These include indigenous women, and other women who were born here and those who migrated here. Many different occupations are also represented.
There are women from over 200 different countries now living in Australia. It doesn't matter where we are born - we are all women together, we are all people together. Our vision is to feature at least one woman from each of these different cultural backgrounds.
It is a completely independent site: a non-political, non-government, non-religious site.
Confident Woman Australia receives no government funding, grants or sponsorships. Its entire funding is provided by the Founding Director and is supported by the revenue raised from the sale of products on the site and related coaching and speaking engagements. Please support Confident Woman so we can support you.
There is a mass of free information and resources, as well as products and speeches.
Why do we need confident women?
Many women are brought up to put themselves last, to understate or play down their strengths and achievements, and to label attempts to explain what they do well as bragging.
This means that the full potential of our women is not being realised. This is not good for our children or our country.
When we have women who are happy, confident and secure in their own abilities they make better employees, managers, bosses, executives, board members, mothers, wives, lovers, friends, sisters, daughters …
They may think more clearly, have more courage and be more innovative.
More importantly, they are happier, more content and healthier.
Why would we not do everything we can to foster their self-confidence and self-esteem and overcome the negative conditioning that holds them back and restricts their goodness?
Is this at the expense of men? NO. Men, too, deserve to feel good about themselves and to be confident, happy and healthy.
We want both men and women to achieve their potential.
Our core content covers self-confidence, self-esteem and managing anxiety
There are already over 100 free articles on self-confidence, self-esteem, self-concept and managing anxiety for women on the site, ... and there are more articles being added all the time.
Some of the articles have been written for special groups of women, others are relevant to all women.
For example, there are groups of articles on self-confidence for mothers, managing anxiety in children, self-confidence for women in small business, self-esteem tips for the over 40s, self-confidence for migrant women and self-esteem for teenage girls.
There is much also for the professional woman. There are forums especially for female academics, female lawyers, women in local government, and other groups. There are special articles such as self-confidence for women in the courtroom, self-confidence for women in meetings, leadership skills and self-concept, and more.
The more general articles on self-confidence cover anything from self-esteem and sex, managing anxiety about money, and having the self-confidence to ask your Dr. questions, through to managing anxiety on your wedding day, having the self-confidence to say "no", spiritual aspects of your self-concept, regaining confidence after illness and divorce ...
All free and all unique to this site.
PLUS the Confident Woman website and services also provide:
- Stories of over 100 inspiring Australian women from every state and territory of Australia.
- A free test of self-confidence.
- The opportunity to ask questions and receive answers in our confidence forum.
- A free E-book on "Boost self-esteem: How to look good without cosmetic surgery".
- Unique MP3 recordings on confidence for women.
- CDs, DVDs and MP3s to boost women's conversation and networking skills, meditation skills, relationships and energy levels.
- A glass ceiling forum.
- Inspiring confidence quotes - added to regularly.
- Confidence polls to vote in.
- E-books on self-esteem, public speaking, and more.
- Confident Woman T-shirts.
- Roadshow reports from around Australia and featuring local women.
- Confident Woman of the Year awards.
- Free fortnightly "Confident Woman - News & Views" updates.
- Live confidence webinars on specialist topics for any woman anywhere in Australia.
- Keynote speeches at conferences, seminars, networking functions and other events.
Confident Woman Australia is keen to support women and girls in positions of disadvantage.
We currently are sponsors and supporters of the:
1. Kapululangu Aboriginal Women's Association which supports the Balgo women elders to care for the spiritual, psychological and emotional wellbeing of their families and community.
The Kapululangu Women’s Law and Culture Centre is one of Australia’s most remote women’s centres was established by Balgo’s Women Elders in 1999 to:
- Assist women to enjoy the practice of their Law and Culture .
- Teach their young women and children to be proud of their cultural heritage.
- Build self-esteem among their young people.
- Foster Cultural Resilience among their family, particularly their young children.
They help women to:
- Revitalise Women’s Law and Culture
- Pass on their Cultural Knowledge
- Heal their women, men and kids
- Grow up strong proud children
- Foster resilient young people
And much more ….
Full details are here: http://www.kapululangu.org
2. World Vision - helping to care for and educate young girls round the globe.
3. The Yongergnow Australian Malleefowl Centre.
This centre is trying to save the endangered mallee fowl, a beautiful bird that is under threat. The centre is run by volunteers, many of them women, who are slaving away against great difficulty but still producing wonderful results. Whilst the centre attracts sponsorship for buildings, technology and the like it does not get any help in meeting wages or ongoing costs for staff. This means, once again, women work hard for no pay. I am been honoured, many years ago, in Dryandra forest, to see a mallee fowl in the wild and it was a magnificent sight. I have also met the women in the centre and been inspired by their dedication despite being very weary and needing to earn money to meet their own bills. Hence Confident Woman has become a proud patron.
Visit their site here: http://www.yongergnow.com.au/
We will continue to sponsor other charities and foundations helping Australian women and girls.
The people behind Confident Woman Australia
Rachel Green is the Founding Director of Confident Woman Australia.
She's an award-winning communication specialist, an emotional intelligence expert and a confidence coach specialising in job interview skills.
She is one of Australia's most dynamic and entertaining motivational speakers, and following a recent speech at the Sydney Convention Centre, Angus Kukura, Co–Chair, RVA National Conference Committee said:
Delegate’s feedback unanimously voted Rachel’s session as the best of the conference. It is testament to her skills, knowledge and genuine passion that regardless of the fact her session followed the lunch break, not one delegate dozed off!
Rachel’s ability to impart knowledge in an interactive and fun way ensured the entire audience left the session feeling empowered and far better equipped to deal with difficult clients.
Rachel would easily be in the top 1% of professional speakers.
Rachel has tertiary level qualifications in psychology, speech pathology, adult education and the Feldenkrais method. She graduated from both her psychology and speech pathology courses with distinction and was the first Western Australian to receive the Elinor Wray award for outstanding services to the speech pathology profession.
She now heads her own training and speaking company, RachelGreen.Com Pty Ltd, and has been in business for over 20 years.
Rachel is the author of the book "Midlife and Happiness", along with 20 CDs, including the popular "Confidence for women" CD series, 3 DVDs, and 6 e-books.
She has a long history of providing practical and skills-based training and coaching to corporate, health and public sector executives, managers and staff.
She's also been a voluntary crisis counsellor for 5 years, run a free meditation group for the community, been a university academic for 10 years, a presentation trainer for the ABC, and a speech pathologist specialising in adult neurological and voice disorders.
Rachel has also completed a "Mindfulness Cognitive Behaviour Therapy" (MCBT) training course, is a long term meditator, an accredited user of the MBTI 16 personality types profile, and an accredited user of two Emotional intelligence assessments. She has also cured herself of panic attacks.
When not working, she likes to spend time with the men in her life, (her much loved husband and two godchildren), laugh a lot, meditate, watch comedy videos (Adam Hills is her favourite), grow native Australian flowers, and work on the nature retreat she and her husband are developing. Then she sleeps!
Other Confident Woman Australia Contributers.
There are a number of Australian women and men who are experts in their own fields who have already contributed articles to Confident Woman. There are plenty more coming on board in the next few months.
Pinky McKay - Internationally Certified Lactation Consultant - has written on: Self-confidence when breast-feeding.
Maggie Dent - Parenting and Resilience Specialist - has written on: The causes of stress and anxiety in children.
Richard Giles - Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association of WA - has written on workplace bullying.
Franca Sala Tenna - Legal Consultant - Expert opinion on bullying.
Kate Sykes - Founding Director of Career Mums - Self-confidence and parental leave.
Margaret Fort - Image Consultant - Make-ups tips for high self-esteem.
Gina Lofaro - The Wordmistress internet copywriter and occassional stand-up comedian - Having the self-confidence to do stand-up comedy.
Jilly Stansfield - Tertiary student, motivator and a mum - Self-confidence when studying at university: Ten top tips.
Melissa Prince - Doula birth attendant - Opening to self-confidence during pregnancy.
Confident Woman Technical and Administrative Staff
Mike Edwards from Treble 7 - Mike is Confident Woman's Web Services Manager and a Mastermind in marketing and developing our Confident Woman brand. He has designed and runs the site.
Fran Yeoh - Confident Woman's key website editor.