AWNY Meet and Greet Program

Welcome to New York!  
If you have just arrived, or are on your way here, get connected in a New York minute with AWNY’s new Meet and Greet program.  Connecting with fellow Australian women in New York is a great way to make your transition easier.  

How does the Meet and Greet program work?  
As a new member of Australian Women in New York, fill out the form below and we will put you in touch with an existing AWNY member to meet up for a coffee, drink or walk in the park.  Any information on the form is optional.  It helps us match you up with someone who may be in a similar situation, or has the information that you’d like.  

How can the Meet and Greet program help me?
With over 50 women on the Committee, and thousands in the group, you can get specific advice and support for your life stage, including anything you want to know about career, family needs, entertainment, arts and leisure, entrepreneurial endeavors, and living in New York.  We find that although each of our situations is unique, we are not alone in wanting to be social and getting connected.  Relationships in this city are key.  When we’re connected, we are stronger and healthier.


What happens after the initial meet-up?
An experienced fellow Australian woman will be there for you to answer questions and help you find your way around.  If you want, we can introduce and connect you to other like-minded women, or just stay connected so you know a friendly face at upcoming AWNY events.  Whatever it is that you’d like from your time in New York, we are here to help you make it all happen.

Help!  I’ve just arrived and wondering if I’ve made the right decision…
You might be feeling anything from happiness and excitement, to homesickness, frustration, and uncertainty – and these are all completely normal reactions.  We’ve noticed that connecting with fellow Australian women at the beginning of your time here is one of the best ways to make your transition easier.

How do I get started?
Fill out the new members form, and tell us a little about yourself.  We will put you in touch with an AWNY volunteer with similar interests who has experienced the transition of moving to and living in NYC.  Whether you want to discuss career opportunities, exploring the city’s cultural offerings, or raising kids in NYC, we are here to help you navigate New York life in all its depth and diversity.    



On the Sofa with Susie! Exclusive to the AWNY community

A series of intimate events that follow up The Emotional Transition to New York with Susie Lang.




AWNY’s Emotional Transition to New York events have enjoyed successful attendance and very positive feedback for both 2015 and 2016 events. An active committee member with AWNY, Susie Lang is offering a series of sessions to complement her successful Emotional Transitions event. As one attendee noted;

“It became really clear that sometimes I needed a support network to help me explore my feelings, and to navigate a path towards personal healing”

Susie Lang is passionate about helping individuals take the next steps towards your personal transitional process.

You have moved continents, but have you ‘Moved On’?

The process of moving between cultures brings up questions, uncertainties and unfamiliar emotions;

  • The loss of all things familiar
  • Lack of personal confidence
  • Feelings of grief
  • Feeling unsettled, dissatisfied, always drawing comparisons
  • Loss of Identity

Did you know that feeling “home-sick” is part of the process of transition & healing?  Losses and gains are the bitter/sweet feelings surrounding transitions.  However, before the gains can be really appreciated and lived, the losses need some air-time in the company of others who share similar feelings!

“…women were contributing in such an honest way, about a difficult topic, and I felt it was an expression closer to one shared between trusted friends, rather than strangers”

What it’s all about?

On the Sofa with Susie is an opportunity to take deep dive at some of the questions that may arise when moving to a different culture – while there are similarities, differences also emerge while making your transition to New York City.  Have you ever asked yourself

  • “Why did I choose to come here”?
  • “Who am I”?
  • “What’s wrong with me?”
  • When in this new culture questions are being asked, “Who are you?”

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