Savvy Birds to host Ignite to Fly event to help women find their spark

“REAL women talking about real stuff.”

It’s the sentiment behind an upcoming full-day expo aimed at helping people to find their spark and develop their passion into a profession, at home.

Hosted by local women’s networking group, Savvy Birds, Friday’s Ignite to Fly event will feature TV journalist Talitha Cummins and Wests Tigers chair Marina Go as keynote speakers.

It’ll also highlight regional entrepreneurs and business-people, including Wander of the West photographer Edwina Robertson, Birth Beat boss Edwina Sharrock, agronomist Fiona Norrie and real estate agent and developer Mark Sleiman.


Savvy Birds co-founder Dimity Smith insists the event’s appeal lies in its ability to relate to women from all walks of life, and of all ages.

“We have women who are really interested in business, growing their careers, but that’s not just what we’re all about," Ms Smith.

“We also women who have their own little sewing side business, school teachers, women who work in the Teys boning room, and that’s our niche.

“We engage all women.”

The Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Resilience Program is helping deliver that message alongside Hunter Local Lands Services, by bussing up 40 rural women from Scone to attend the Tamworth expo, thanks to a recent announcement of Drought Support Funding.

“(The event) is a great opportunity to build on the current network and feel a bit recharged,” Ms Smith said.

“It’s real women talking about real stuff they’ve dealt with. 

“It’s nice to know these women can be up in shiny lights, super successful, but still go through the struggles we all do.”

The Ignite to Fly event will feature day and night formats at Tamworth Town Hall and the Quality Hotel Powerhouse this Friday. 

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