Celebrating ‘brotherhood’ in business – Cook Islands News
Confident models of different shapes, sizes and curves, beautifully sashayed along the catwalk showing off a collection of local fashion trends at the Sisters Go Local event held this weekend.
The Cook Islands Business and Professional Women (CIBPW) High Tea and Fashion Show drew 80 women who gathered to celebrate ‘brotherhood’ at The Tamarind House on Saturday.
CIBPW President Eva Allsworth was delighted with the “wonderful” group of women present at the ceremony.
“We had women of all ages with various professions and business owners. You could feel that feeling of ‘brotherhood’ in the room, ”Allsworth said.
This was the last event in the CIBPW 2020/21 series in partnership with sponsor Bank of the Cook Islands (BCI), which focused on aspects of sharing skills and knowledge as business and professional women, finding balance in their lives as they interact with family, work and community.
The occasion was about family, “the family of fellowship – as we come together to support and celebrate our sisters in local affairs”.
Allsworth said: “Sisterhood is about supporting each other. Its strong, its powerful, it can move mountains, change laws and create movements. It is a beautiful thing.
“Brotherhood unites us women, it gives us power, inspires us, unites us, nourishes us and protects us.”
Liana Scott, General Manager of the Muri Beach Club Hotel and President of the Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council, shared her pearls of wisdom as a guest speaker.
“The designers and models are professional women – women who wear many hats,” Scott said. “It’s not uncommon – it’s the norm – the ability to multitask, juggle, manage, manipulate, organize, administer, cope, manage – it’s their superpower.”
Running, owning or managing a business is difficult and challenging, she added.
Scott also shared the following seven business lessons that touched her the most:
– Good people are worth everything – partner with like-minded people, be bold to reach out, ask questions and listen
– At one point or another there will be setbacks – the lesson is to move quickly from there, know when to admit defeat and move on
– Time is your most precious resource – don’t waste it, keep going, make a decision and don’t dawdle
– Nothing ever stays the same – you have to keep adapting and innovating your business model
– Constantly invest in yourself – this includes investing in your health, your ability to learn more skills, your mental well-being
– Learn about people – what motivates them, what motivates them, their personality or their personality
– You get more by giving more – success is not about what you get, but what you give. If you want an abundant life – give, not necessarily money or goods – but time and advice.
Animators Nane Teokotai Vainepoto Papa (Aunty Nane) of Cook Islands Tourism and former Miss Cook Islands and Miss South Pacific Joyana Meyer Finch introduced talented local designers and their businesses: Fiona Matutu of Tauariki Wear; Rangi Peyroux of OKA Designs Cook Islands; Nanave Taime and its woven craftsmanship; Tara Tuara-White from Manini Wear; Miss World Oceania Tajiya Sahay and sportswear brand MOVEfit from Shannon Dixon.