Meet SA Woman Member, Carly Thompson-Barry.

Business/Organisation: SA Woman
Job Role: Founder & Business Nurturer

Tell us a bit about you:
Carly Thompson-Barry is a Business Nurturer and Founder of SA Woman, an organisation that connects, showcases and empowers women across South Australia. A weaver of women, she is relentless in her pursuit to nurture women in business and life and believes strongly in the need to support the whole woman – body, soul and business. With a diverse business career spanning the last 12 years, she brings her background in finance, business and wellbeing to help lead and lift up a membership community, mentor women in business and creatively showcase the work of women from all backgrounds across the State through a range of initiatives. Carly is passionate about bringing South Australian women to the forefront of recognition for their innovation and contribution to the South Australian economy. Underpinning her mission is the belief that ‘we can’t be what we can’t see’ and this drives the mission to continue to spread the word on the talented women our state has within it – inspiring all women and girls to soar, no matter their path.

With the support of her team and a strong belief in women empowering women, together they showcase the work women across South Australia do through the online community, social media channels, blog and Annual Awards and have helped hundreds of women in business to be connected and seen by many.

Tell us a bit about your business or organisation/role:
SA Woman is here to elevate women and girls accross South Australia. It is our mission to support women and girls to build connections, to showcase them to be seen and encourage them to forge their own paths. We are here for a better South Australia for our women of today and of the future.

What region of South Australia are you in?:
Adelaide West

How can you best contact you:

Work Address: 141a Tapleys Hill Rd, Seaton
Website: www.sawoman.com.au
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/sawomanaustralia
Instagram Page: www.instagram.com/sawomanaustralia

Let’s get to know you a little more:

What has been a lesson you learnt in your career or business that has stayed with you?
To Trust my gut and intuition. It has taken me some time to really listen, but I have had too many circumstances now where I didn’t and then have either been hurt or burned along the way. My gut is always right and I am learning not to let others distract me from what it is telling me.

What is your favourite place in South Australia to visit?
Our beaches or anywhere along the Murray River. Being near water makes me feel at home.

Why is being part of SA Woman important to you?
Because we need to back and support each other. There are still so many hurdles and glass walls affecting women, and by working together we are able to lift one another up. SA Woman provides me the supportive community and a sense of belonging so I can thrive.

What is a quote or mantra you live by?

She believed she could, so she did.

This is a quote that has been with me through my whole career. I have had lot’s of naysayers and people trying to trip me up along the way, believing in myself is what has got me through.