Be About It

14 October 2023

Darkingjung Country

The Olive Grove, Forresters Beach, Central Coast, NSW

Be About It 2023 - what an incredible event!

The evening was anchored in solidarity, connection, safety, love and sharing which was critical for us all during the night. It was an empowering uplifting celebration of phenomenal women.
It was truly a musical night and, so grateful to share the solidarity of phenomenal women. Every single person who attended made the event a night to remember, everyone looked stunning. Goddess, warriors, queens, empresses, phenomenal women.
The night was full of magical performance and stories - one special young woman said to Rowena Lawrie “Aunty Rowie - I didn’t know I was coming to a concert”!
Aunty Bronwyn Chambers gave a heartfelt welcome to Country, Jarin was simply the most sensational MC, flawless in every way and incredible witnessing her shine in action.  Jillari Grace kicked off the evening with her breathtaking performance of “At Last”, everyone in the room had  goosebumps.
Buuja Buuja Butterfly Dance Group - mesmorised the room with their spirited performances throughout the night as they were able to weave culture and spirit though the evening, it was magical and very special three generations of deadliness.
Baila Muestra performed bachata, Latin fusion, Samba and worked the room bringing heat, vibrance, fun and extreme talent.  Claudie Grace welcomed guests and performed during entree with her soulful voice, smooth and calming, she warmed up the room with her special gift and left us all feeling good vibes.
Marissa Carambacan's especially written spoken word was absolutely wonderful it went straight to the heart mind and soul, her gift for poetry and bringing emotion to the room was powerful.
Our 'Women About It: Storytime" guests, Associate Professor Carmen Parter, Tynga Williams and Dr Elly Warren, went deep and shared their inspiring stories with us - we were truly uplifted and moved.
Corinne Hodson queen goddess! What a voice and heart we felt very word.  Voice of Lele, what a voice she has, she elevated the room with her beautiful singing and we absolutely loved each performance.  Chantel Cofie is a truly special person and with her gift of music she brought light, energy and life to the room, it was so special.
Yamurrah's YouTube Channel has both a short summary video of the evening as well as the 360 spin videos.
We look forward to announcing the date for Be About It 2024!
Rowena Lawrie



Congratulations to all our award winners:  Constellations of Stars 



Thank you to our wonderful sponsors who generously contributed to the Be About It

The NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) is the peak body for the social services sector in NSW. With over 400 members and a wider network of organisations and individuals who share our values, we advocate to alleviate poverty and disadvantage in NSW.

NCOSS was founded in 1934 a small group was motivated to improve the lives of those suffering and so the NSW Council of Social Services was formed, to coordinate relief efforts and maximise benefit for those in need. The NCOSS core vision remains unchanged; a NSW free from poverty and inequality.

The Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program (ANFPP) is a nurse-led home visiting program that supports women pregnant with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child to help them become the best mum possible. ANFPP mums are offered support and guidance during early pregnancy and on into their baby's infancy and toddlerhood. The ANFPP is an important early investment in the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in local communities. The ANFPP in Mt Druitt NSW is a Community Program of the Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service (GWAHS) which is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service (GWAHS) aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to take control of their individual, family and community health and wellbeing needs through the community controlled model.

GWAHS is a not-for-profit organisation that provides specific health and specialist programs to support clients/patients in addressing their health, wellbeing needs and issues in a culturally appropriate way. As well as providing these specific health related services, our service endeavours to provide self-determination and empower Aboriginal people in Wellington, Dubbo, Moree, Western Sydney, Penrith, Nepean Blue Mountains, as well as other towns and communities through our regional programs to take control and responsibility for their health and well-being.


You Connect (YC) is a not-for-profit organisation that supports people living with a disability across the Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter regions. Supporting people from age 6 by providing a range of services, including disability support services, supported accommodation, and employment services.

You Connect prides themselves on being there as and when needed, offering services in capacity-building supports, community participation, employment readiness, and housing. 

For three decades You Connect have learned firsthand how to provide meaningful support so that every person can achieve their goals.


At Learning Circles for Changing Systems, we integrate Indigenous systems science, methodologies and methods of using talking circles, yarning, storytelling and visual stories to reveal hidden challenges and address complex issues faced by individuals within organisations.

Our approach is complemented by Western sciences relating to complexity theory, adaptive leadership and transformative learning.

We make known the unknown - the invisible visible™

All members of The Centre are highly experienced and skilled in tackling those hard to deal with complex, wicked problems that organisations and people face. We are able to address the intricate and challenging complexities that are underlying and causing a lack of safety, trust, productivity, and contributing to risks for organisations.

We help people, organisations and systems to:

  • Tackle complex issues while transforming their organisational practice and services, especially systemic and structural racism
  • Make their workplaces and services culturally safe and free of racism
  • Restore and reclaim Indigenous Knowledges and Indigenous Cultures in policies and programs
  • Increase people and systems understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
  • Identify historical and ongoing blockages and resistance, working with leaders and Indigenous experts to unclog barriers at organisational, management and staff levels
  • Eliminating organisational, reputational, and service risks
  • Enhance staff retention and positive workplace cultures

Associate Professor Carmen Parter
Learning Centre for Systemic Changing Systems™


Gifted tickets from Heather Kane, Mandy Gabriel and Julie Landers as well as the organisations who purchased tables.

Thank you to spark*d events who provided a service discount to show their support.

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