Influential inspiration – ACPNS student, Georgia Lane

We here at ACPNS are so proud of our students and alumni. Each of them, without exception, are working to make the world a better place. They have the heart to want to make a difference, whether it’s protecting animals and the environment or progressing social justice and empowering communities, and the know-how to make it happen.

One such person is Georgia Lane, a current ACPNS student. Slim Magazine just posted this fabulous article, Gold Coast Wonder Women, and acknowledged Georgia for her incredible work in organising the Women of Influence events since 2010.

Thank you Slim Magazine for posting this story in the Autumn 2021 issue

Georgia Lane is a familiar face to many, thanks to the popularity of the Women of Influence events she has organised since 2010. A Gold Coaster since 1980, Georgia grew up and went to school here, before heading to the ‘Big Smoke’, Sydney, where she spent a decade in marketing within the financial services, IT, telecommunications and retail industries.

She returned to the Gold Coast in 2004 with her husband, Derek. Today, she is mum to daughter, Jaime and son, Nicholas and runs a marketing business, Fastlane 30 Consulting, focused on helping businesses to develop memorable brands and deliver effective marketing communication to their audiences. Women in Finance was Georgia’s first foray into networking in 2005. As she explains,

“We wanted to offer a place where women from the finance industry could connect with other like-minded women” “We recognised that there were golf days, sportsmen’s lunches and social business events for men, but there were very few for women. The Gold Coast has a very spread out CBD (Central Business District) and it was difficult for professional women to meet and connect with others like them to form friendships, find a mentor and simply enjoy each other’s company. “In 2010 we rebranded to Women of Influence so we could invite guests from other industries.”

Since then, thousands of Gold Coast women have enjoyed their events, benefited from sharing their knowledge and making lasting connections. “Our objectives have been the same since we started: to connect, learn and grow. We aim to connect businesswomen in a professional, warm and motivating environment; help educate our audience with qualified and engaging speakers and grow our guests, sponsors, speakers and charity partners who gain from being a part of the event.” 2020 threw a minefield of challenges in the path of events organisers.

“2020 started with our biggest event yet for International Women’s Day in March, when we sold out of our usual room and ended up with almost 350 guests,” she recalls. “In 2021 and beyond, we want to be able to continue delivering great events that allow our members to connect, learn and grow, plus we want to have a more solid base to work from with respect to funding, organisation and delivering on our goals and objectives.” To that end, Georgia is committed to returning to studies this year, undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Philanthropy at QUT Business School. “I am hoping this will allow me to help Women of Influence, our charity partners, RADFLY and other organisations to flourish and add value in the community. As a marketing consultant, I have been providing outsourced marketing for decades and I would like to combine that knowledge and experience with my new skills in philanthropy.”

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