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Finally….. 10thousandgirl is launching the revised GIG program, get involved!


The fun bookclub-like GIG (Girl Investment Group) program supports you and girlfriends, workmates or new 10thousandgirl friends to complete the 10thousandgirl Personal Finance Program. The aim is to learn the principles behind personal finance and investing in an engaging, supportive and light-hearted environment.

GIGs are all about learning the life and finance skills we need to know but often didn’t learn at home or at school. Supported by interactive webinars, videos and beautiful workbook materials, 10thousandgirl supplies the Personal Finance Program with an agenda and learning materials for each meeting, and you let your group know what time and who’s bringing tea, treats or wine.

Financially empower yourself while 10% of your program fees go toward providing a microloan for a woman to start a new business and lift herself and her family out of poverty. Pretty inspiring!


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Here’s an overview of GIGs (Girl Investment Groups) and the NEW 10thousandgirl Personal Finance Program.

Interested and want to find other like-minds in your area? Register your interest.

Already decided this is for you? Here’s the Steps to Getting Your GIG Started.

Currently a financial services professional looking for opportunities to financially empower women in your local area? Interested in a Mentor opportunity? Read on…

Are women’s networking groups the new gentlemen’s club?


Are women’s networking groups in fact the new gentlemen’s club? Are we narrowing gender gaps or creating further divide? 

These are the questions running through my head as I sit at my emails and receive my 5th invitation to a special women’s event this week. Is it my circle or my imagination or are things really in the flip.

In the ‘old days’ there were gentlemen’s clubs, men’s lounges, smoking rooms…. sayings like ‘man and wife’.

Sometimes I see the world like a pendulum. We swing one way, something happens, we correct ourself, we swing back, sometimes (often) over correcting.

I know having recently been approached by many men about offering a similar program to 10thousandgirl, I am in the process of creating an ageless genderless ‘10thousandgirl’ (obviously with a different name) and in addition, not as a replacement to the women’s only programs that currently exist. I am acutely aware that we continue to experience mass gender divides in the household and workplace within Australian society and that the inequality and subjugation of women around the world is still extreme, unfair and profound.

We rarely hear of the sex trafficking of men.

But at the same time I am aware of over correcting and not entering a world of reverse discrimination. What are your thoughts?

In looking to the future, should we be encouraging more women’s groups, events and support mechanisms or should we be creating more neutral genderless opportunities going forward? Will we over correct in our women focused efforts or are our femme centric efforts indeed fair and due?

Written by a pondering Zoe Lamont on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Women Sharing Stories


It has been a wonderfully busy month in the land of 10thousandgirl and in the personal landscape of its individuals.

International Women’s Day events between friends’ weddings and birthdays, radio interviews and a visit to Channel 10, heading to Wagga Wagga for a workshop, talk giving, programs starting, Sydney workshops, moving furniture, attending seminars and fixing cars. Then there is the myriad of other interesting, fun and important things the Steering Committee, Board, Supporters, Team and Partners are doing in their professional and personal lives! March has flown by in a fluttering heartbeat.

In this whirlwind of activity and hopping from one thing to the next, how do we appreciate what we have done, reflect on insights we have had and capture learnings so we know more and can do better next time?

One of my favourite ways is by talking with others. This theme keeps springing up all over the place, so I thought it would be a good time to bring some focus to it! Some of the most consistent feedback 10thousandgirl gets from its workshops are comments from young women saying:

  • that they now realise they are not alone in their situation;
  • that they got so much value from hearing about the experiences of others in the room; and
  • by sharing with others what they had accomplished so far they’d received a new appreciation for what they had achieved to date.

It is by speaking with others, listening and sharing stories and experiences that we can recount what otherwise may seem a whirlwind; discover tips, tools and techniques to move forward in certain areas; firm up ideas by receiving other people’s perspectives; and bask in some inspiration and motivation.

Just in the past week I have heard bout the benefits of the iPad vs Kindle for reading, learned about a software that is going save me sooooooo much time in the office, found out where to get the best ricotta cake in Sydney, which red lipstick is favoured by a friend and why and picked up some efficient tips on running events.

So if you want to learn and share experiences professionally - join an industry networking or mastermind group.
If you want to learn and share experiences around a hobby - join a club, class or association.
If you want to learn and share experiences around your plans for the future and brainstorm around how to best manage your money, attend a 10thousandgirl workshop, start a GIG or spark up a conversation online via

This month, focus on starting conversations with colleagues, friends, family, people in online forums, commuters on the bus and the person next to you at the coffee shop. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how useful a little piece of information or new insight may be. And if a chat with a stranger doesn’t go so well …well you’ll have some material for a funny story to share later!

Here is to sharing!

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Find out more about the one year Personal Finance Program. Available from June 2010, we're looking for girls to jump on the boat early. Provide feedback on each of the modules and receive your program free!

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