Event Review: Morning Tea at the Consul-General’s Residence

by Cara Zelas

On a beautiful spring morning, on May 3rd, AWNY’s patron Mrs. Kerry Minchin kindly invited a small group of AWNY members to connect, network and mingle in the outside courtyard of the Australian Consul-General’s residence at Beekman Place. It was a lovely morning tea, filled with Aussie delights surrounded by new spring flowers, sunshine and engaging conversation.

After countless lamingtons, Tim Tams and cups of tea, Mrs. Minchin, wife of the Consul-General, The Hon Nick Minchin, asked the guests to gather around, as she wanted to highlight an important issue that is lacking for the Australian community in New York. She brought attention to the fact that Australia did not have any kind of space or building in New York City that could be used for events, to showcase Australian businesses or to fly the Aussie flag. The Beekman and Sutton Place areas are populated by buildings from countries from all over the world, which expatriates can call a home away from home and where they fly their flags proudly and hold events as appropriate. Mrs Minchin is on a mission to create an Australia House in NYC and asked for AWNY support.


The main question from attendees was how could we get involved to assist this campaign. Mrs. Minchin asked if AWNY members could advocate their support through different social media platforms. She hopes that Australians in New York can lead the charge once they head back to Australia. We will keep you posted as how you can further support this cause!

Belinda Jackson, AWNY’s President extended a very big thank you to Mrs. Minchin for the Consul-General’s hospitality and for opening their home for many AWNY committee meetings and get-togethers.

From the Australia Women in New York community, we wish all the best to the out-going Consul-General and their family.

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To see more photos from the event, check out this Facebook album.


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Event: Working in the USA information session, June 14

Working in the USA: Expert advice for Aussie job seekers

Have you recently arrived in the US? Looking for a job? Or are you looking to change things up with your New York career?

Then why not join AWNY for an informative session on working in the USA, with expert advice for Aussie job seekers.

Belinda Jackson, of Prosell International and Working in the USA, has been living and working in New York for over a decade and has provided advice to many Aussies who have made the move to the States. She will provide practical advice about how to find your next job in the USA.

Learn how to:

  • Prepare your resume for American eyes
  • Hone your interview skills
  • Make you LinkedIn profile relevant to a US employer
  • Repackage yourself for a new role
  • Network to uncover the hidden job market
  • Navigate the cultural differences between workplaces in Australia and the US

Belinda’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time: 6.00pm for welcome drinks, 6.30pm start
Location: Australian Consulate-General, 150 East 42nd Street, Floor 34, New York, NY 10017
Event cost: AAA/AWNY Members: $15 / Non-Members: $25 – includes wine and nibbles

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Places at this always-popular event are strictly limited, so reserve your ticket today!

If you have questions about this session, please contact Katarina Filipovic.

What is an AWNY/AAA Member? Find out more about membership and benefits.

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AWNY Year in Review: President’s Letter



Hello to all our members,

I hope everyone has had a great start to 2017. Just as Spring marks new beginnings in this city, it also coincides with the election of our volunteer-led Australian Women in New York (AWNY) steering committee.

Now is your opportunity to get involved. Alongside a dynamic group of women, you will give back, guide the programs and direction of our community, make fabulous friends and most importantly, have fun. We’d love for you to join us.

All positions are available for re-election including: President, Vice President, Secretary, Co-chair (leadership) positions available for Communications, Events, Mums & Dads, Charity and New Members. Plus there are numerous positions available for volunteer coordinators for Events, Communications, Charity, and Mums & Dads.

If you are interested in joining us, submit your nomination by Thursday, April 13 online here, and attend our upcoming Annual General Meeting (April 17).

If you are wondering what our committee does, then read on!

What does the AWNY Committee get up to?

AWNY is a platform for Australian and Kiwi women to support each other through the craziness that is New York – whether it’s getting settled, or stretching for growth – we are here to help you understand more about yourself and how to thrive in this city.

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Event in Review: Working in the USA 2016

Written by Alex Eggerking


Moving countries is a big deal. For those of us who have had to hunt for a job here in New York sometimes it is hard even to know where to start. But fear not, AWNY has your back!

On 19 April, Belinda Jackson (of Working in the USA, and also AWNY’s recently elected President) presented on the ins and outs of working here in the USA, covering the job hunt as well as some cultural aspects of working in American firms. Belinda’s presentation was followed by a detailed Q&A session with a panel of Australians who work in recruiting or have themselves successfully gone through the process of locking down work over here.

For those who weren’t able to make it to the event, we have distilled down a few key takeaways from the presentation and discussion:

  • Network, network, network: Americans network as a way of life, and you are going to need to learn to do the same. If you don’t have business cards through work, get some printed (Vistaprint or Moo are good places to start). Leverage off your network to ask for introductions, and ask those introductions for further introductions. And always follow up any meeting or coffee with a prompt thank you email. In this age where internet job applications might be screened by a computer robot rather than a human being, your resume may in some cases not even be reaching a decision maker. Your networking efforts may well be the most important means of finding job opportunities!
  • Sell yourself: We Aussies aren’t always great at singing our own praises, but this is a crucial skill to learn. Have your elevator pitch down, and be able to speak to your strengths and experience with confidence.
  • Pay attention to the little things: Is your resume 1 page, and formatted in US letter size, rather than A4 size? Perhaps these sound like trivial things, but they can all make a difference to the American person forming a first impression of you.
  • Transitioning career in New York is tough, but not impossible: If you are attempting a career transition, you are going to need to work hard to convince an employer that you have the skills and experience necessary to do the job on day one without further training. But back yourself, stick with it, and utilize all the networks available to you (like AWNY!).

Huge thanks to Belinda and our fabulous panel members for their time and valuable insight: Kaylie Stansfield, Senior Marketing Director, Lead Generation & Retention at Sterling Backcheck, Markos Moya, Managing Director at Raines International, and Dino Sawaya, Vice President at Argand Partners.

Check out all the event pics on our Facebook page:

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Got questions?

We at AWNY are always happy to help where we can. Join AWNY’s LinkedIn group to connect with likeminded professionals and if you’d like to hear more advice from Belinda Jackson, get in touch here.

What’s On April 2016

Compiled by Joanna Hishon, AWNY Communications Lead

We all know of the expression ‘put a spring in your step.’ That takes on a new meaning when spring arrives in NYC. The birds are singing (really, in Central park, they do), the traverse road around the park is chockers with cyclists and runners, and flowers are bursting out of their winter slumber. People just seem to be more upbeat. We haven’t seen as much of a contrast between winter and spring this year (apart from that one dumper of a blizzard, we really got off lightly), but I do feel that spring is especially beautiful in New York City because of what we all have to endure to get to it!

Spring brings renewal, and the AWNY Committee elections are well timed with the vibe of the season. If you have considered joining the AWNY Committee, now is the time and we would love to have you! Our next AGM is just around the corner so please place your nominations for Committee positions by Tuesday April 5th and attend the AGM on Thursday April 7th.

We’ve got some stand out events this month, including AWNY’s private tour of the Affordable Art Show, Belinda Jackson’s ‘Working in the USA’ seminar, and of course ANZAC day on the 25th, at Veteran’s Plaza.

See the list below for details for links and information for these and other great goings on in the city.


Join AWNY for a private tour of the Affordable Art Show (on today!), 125 West 18th Street from 11.00AM – 12.00PM. Tickets are $30 per person and includes a tour with the show’s director and a post tour drink. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The AWNY Annual General Meeting is on Thursday, April 7th at 6.00PM (for a 6.30PM meeting start). The meeting is being held at Citi Offices, 390 Greenwich Street, Tribeca. Nomination forms for committee positions must be in by Tuesday April 5th. Submit your nomination to anna.mccrea@aaanyc.org. More information is available here.

AWNY member and Director of Prosell International, Belinda Jackson is presenting her annual ‘Working in the USA’ event on April 19th. Arrive at 6.15PM for a 7.00PM start and listen to the presentation and panel discussion on job hunting, interview and resume skills, and networking through the hidden job market. The event is held at the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, 7th Floor. Tickets are available here but get in quick as this event is always a sell out!

Australian Pearl Hodiwala is inviting AWNY members to her off broadway show, KINGS, performing April 7th – 9th. AWNY members can get discounted $15 tickets with code WPLABFF. The show is part of the Women’s Project Pipeline Festival, showcasing the work of exceptional playwrights, directors, and producers.

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