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March is the month of womanhood.

Following on from the euphoria of International Women’s Day, What’s New Bali had the opportunity to support the event “Celebrating Women” held at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua on March 20th. What was set to be an inspiring afternoon, gathering women to connect over a series of talks ranging from career advice to life experiences and personal wellness, resulted in a three-hour long interactive discussion that was uplifting, moving, and of course, laughter-filled. 

Here are the insights of four different career women:

Petty S. Fatimah, Editorial Director Prana Group, Editor In Chief Femina, spoke about Women and Career. Using Madonna as an iconic sample, Petty emphasised the importance of reinventing oneself and staying relevant to the work force, if we are to be influential. For example, print media is her passion. Yet she realises that to stay relevant to her audiences, she must also be very social media savvy. Or take a bigger step. If you’re a CEO, why not allow your female employees better benefits?

Melanie Putria, TV host and Celebrity Runner shared an uplifting story about her transformation. Carrying the torch of Putri Indonesia was not an easy task, and Melanie hurled herself into an exercise regime when at one point she realised she was not truly representing her national title, with her then less than healthy lifestyle. After training day and night at the gym, and preparing for running marathons, Melanie has transformed her mind, body, and soul into the health ambassador that she is today. Her top tips? However small, set targets. Conquer them. Then set the next ones. 

Happy Salma, a renowned Indonesian actress and owner of an artisan jewelry brand, spoke about the one skill that most women have; the ability to juggle. A support system is more than just a label. Women need to be there for one another as much as they need that function. Family and best friends are our saviours, as we grow and function to be the women that we are, or want to be, so nourishing our relationships is mandatory. 

Former hotel executive and now a fashion entrepreneur, Riana Bismarak, talked to the audience about her journey, reinventing herself to become a businesswomen, with her fashion label REE. Having passion for what you do was her takeaway, and while not all women dream of becoming an entrepreneur, it is good to have a sense of entrepreneurship, when you work for a company. That way, your sense of belonging will always be stronger.

The audience members left the event having learned different things, based on their own lives, careers, and interests. But we can all agree on one thing. Hoping that with the little things we do in life, as we inspire and also learn, we are making a better place for the next generation of both women, and men.

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