CBD Women in Business Network. Celebrating & Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. In Conversation with Maria Sanchez & Robyn Mercer

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Name: CBD Women in Business Network. Celebrating & Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. In Conversation with Maria Sanchez & Robyn Mercer
Date: October 27, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:


Welcome to In Conversation

This special In Conversation with Tulsi van de Graaff features two women in business with personal breast cancer experiences. Maria Sanchez from Energy Conservation and Robyn Mercer from Brave People Solutions.

As you might be aware, breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) with the good news that survival rates are very high and continue to improve.

During this In Conversation our panel discussion will explore a range of challenges facing women who receive a diagnosis and treatment including:
  • Coping with a diagnosis of breast cancer
  • The impact on your day to day life and work
  • Communicating the challenge with friends, family, colleagues and clients
  • Tips and strategies to deal with life, family, work and well-being

We encourage our Panel and audience to ask questions, share personal experiences and extend the discussion. It's a very personal topic but one that this group can confidently talk about and learn from others.

About Your Panel

Maria Fernanda Sanchez

Maria is an MBA qualified engineer with international experience in Business Development.  Her experiences have enabled the development of a broad range of skills fine-tuned in the fields of Engineering and Sales & Marketing management across industrial and energy sectors. Maria has also completed certifications in Customer Relationship Management and International Management, and is currently studying to be certified in the fields of Psychology and Counselling. Maria volunteers for various charities and non for profit organisations including  Cancer Council NSW, she truly loves the prospect of being able to share her knowledge and experiences to encourage and help others. 

Robyn Mercer

Robyn is a Partner of Brave People Solutions, specialising in leadership and managing performance. Robyn is a strong people leader with significant expertise across all aspects of supporting great work performance. Robyn's background is as a senior executive manager, HR director and organisational development manager. She has built and managed two successful HR consulting businesses

Tulsi van de Graaff

Tulsi van de Graaff is Partner of Brave People Solutions, specialising in communication and conflict resolution and a former lawyer with a psychology, mediation and counselling background. Tulsi works with organisations to strengthen staff, teams, leaders and workplace cultures and to solve complex conflict, communication and workplace culture challenges. Tulsi also runs workshops on confidence, self esteem and resilience for Dress for Success, a charity that supports women in need find employment. 

Who Should Be Involved?

Everyone is welcome.  
This is important information and will support you and others in this time. If what we're doing sounds interesting, please join us. CBD Sydney Chamber Members, Non-Members/Guests are welcome.

The Program

12.00 Midday         Kick off & introductions
12.10 - 1.15 pm     Presentation/Questions throughout
1.15  -  1.30 pm     Wrap up/finish

This Women in Business Network delivers ....

Connections and learning

It's about continuing to create a strong network of women. We're going to learn more about the challenges we all face, harness our knowledge, skills and experience and create a supportive network that fosters learning and connection.

Networking with a difference

Focused on an interesting and worthwhile topic and will encourage comfort and relaxed interaction.


Presented by the CBD Sydney Chamber to connect businesswomen through events, training opportunities, business support services and an 24/7 digital member community platform. Morhere.

Sponsors of the CBD Women in Business Network St George Bank | BSI Learning  | Hall & Wilcox

Supporters include  Brave People Solutions | MAP Institute

See which businesses are already Members           How you can join
Event Media:
Virtual Workshop
You will be provided with a link prior to the workshop by email.
Date/Time Information:

Tuesday 27 Oct 
12 to 1.30 pm
Contact Information:
Peter May
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