Where did WIEL begin??
More than 15 years ago, several women in the Met West
area regularly met together (in a pub) after school. Not
every day, mind you – but every so often!! As they talked,
as women do, they discussed how wonderful it would be if
other women could enjoy the kind of support they gave each
other at these gatherings.
Thus WIEL was born.
These women arranged meetings, conferences, inspiring
professional development and generally supported and
mentored women who were leaders or who aspired to leadership
positions. The team expanded and so did WIEL.
The 10th anniversary State Conference was held in Sydney,
in 2007 where the success of WIEL was celebrated. Over the
years, hundreds of women have been associated with WIEL and
have benefited from the support and inspiration provided by
WIEL networks. WIEL continues to grow with new networks
being set up all across the state and new state-wide
projects initiated by the state team. A WIEL network has
most recently been set up in New Zealand. So the WIEL
message continues to inspire and support women in their