In 2022, Kirsty Fields and Jo Stevens embarked on a mission to create a space where women could come together to connect, recharge, and empower each other. Thus, the Ladies Who Long Lunch event was born, coinciding with International Women’s Day—an auspicious occasion to celebrate the achievements and resilience of women worldwide. 

The essence of Ladies Who Long Lunch is beautifully simple: it’s a gathering for women seeking companionship, self-care, and authentic networking opportunities. It caters to those who understand the significance of nurturing oneself and the profound impact of surrounding oneself with inspirational and supportive individuals. 

The inaugural event, held at the Boundary Hotel in Westend on Friday 11th March was a resounding success. Attendees were treated to enriching conversations, thought-provoking discussions, and invaluable connections. At its core, the event encapsulated the spirit of #breakthebias, the theme for International Women’s Day 2022, by highlighting the challenges women still face in various aspects of their lives and careers due to biases. 

The Empowerment Panelists brought diverse perspectives and experiences, shedding light on the realities of bias in the workplace and beyond. Their stories resonated with attendees, serving as a reminder of the importance of solidarity and advocacy in combating gender-based discrimination. 

International Women’s Day Empowerment Panel.

Jo Sainsbury – Megan Kelly – Danni Vee

LWLL Hosts – Kirsty Fields & Jo Stevens

About the IWD long lunch: 

International Women’s Day serves as more than just a day of celebration—it’s a catalyst for change. The 2022 theme, #breakthebias, encapsulated the multifaceted nature of gender equality, encompassing issues ranging from economic empowerment and technological innovation to sports equity and healthcare access. 

Throughout history, International Women’s Day has been a platform to champion the achievements of women in various fields, from business and technology to sports and the arts. It’s a day to recognize the strides made towards gender equality while acknowledging the work that still lies ahead. 

As we reflect on the significance of International Women’s Day and the inaugural Ladies Who Long Lunch event, it’s crucial to remember the collective responsibility we share in creating a more equitable and inclusive world. By supporting and uplifting women from all walks of life, we not only empower individuals but also drive positive change. 

Meet our Empowerment Panel.  

Jo Sainsbury is a Coal Train Driver as well as becoming a trusted advisor, speaker, published best-selling author, magazine contributor, host of the “Kickass Radio” show & podcast and founder of the Kickass Women network. 

Transitioning easily between her hi-vis and high heels, Jo is passionate about addressing issues of self-confidence and empowering women to have self-fulfillment, financial independence and reigniting their personal branding – their kickass attitude. 

Megan Kelly is a Physiotherapist and has been for more than 14 years. Away from her physio practice, Megan has a passion for sport and has assisted many professional and semi-professional sports teams in varying capacities. 

She’s the current head Physiotherapist for the 2021 Premiership-winning mens rugby league Intrust Super Cup team, Norths Devils. Other notable sports teams Megan’s worked with include the Women’s Indigenous All Stars Rugby League team for 5 years, Fiji Women’s Rugby League team, Kedron-Wavell Women’s Division One Hockey team, Peninsula Power Football teams and the Great Britain Water Skiing team. 

Danni Vee is a Personal Trainer, health and wellness coach and a mindset mentor with an holistic and intuitive approach to movement, nutrition and her coaching. She’s a body positive ambassador to the women in her community!  

Danni spends her days helping women build positive, kick-ass, run-the-world attitudes. She uses her experiences, knowledge and skills with a caring, loving empathetic approach. 

Danni says, “Nothing makes me happier than watching women embrace body positivity, learn to love themselves and become stronger, smarter and more empowered.” 


About Ladies Who Long Lunch:

Created by Kirsty Fields the Creative Director of Social Ocean and Jo Stevens the Founder of Quirky Habits, the Ladies Who Long Lunch concept is for you if you a woman:

  • who needs friendships and connections,
  • who needs to take time out of the business for themselves,
  • who is looking to make genuine connections in business.

These events are not just for women still active in the work force or running an empire. They’re also for woman who recognise the importance of self-care and the social impact of spending time with others who inspire, support, and fill your cup.

Your Hosts Kirsty and Jo both run business networking groups in Brisbane and Redcliffe and are passionate about helping women to take time for themselves to create connections both socially and professionally with other like-minded business women.

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