Let’s start with why.

Our intention with the 1902 Club is simple: to create a network of professional women with leadership in sight, to foster relationships and build social capital that will drive success and achievement for these women. 

Let’s expand your knowledge and network.

Join other Melbourne women like you, to connect meaningfully in a way that can help you drive your career and personal development. We have a passion for connecting people – we see the value of having a supportive community of women that you can meet with to discuss, share and explore new ideas.

We are a safe and supportive group that is diversity friendly.

Be a part of it.

We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 6.30 – 8.30pm.

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Sonya Stattmann has been lovingly handed the honour to facilitate the 1902 Club as of September 2016.

A little bit about me: I have been working with women in business for the last 16 years as a Success Strategist. I teach real success strategies that lead to more satisfaction and fulfilment, not just the traditional idea of success. I am passionate about changing the landscape of business so that we are able to live more balanced lives, be more real and feel empowered in the workplace. I love talking about the real challenges we face: how to set boundaries, how to demand what we are worth, how to navigate gender bias and how to discover what we really want…to name a few. I love facilitating these kinds of honest discussions, which makes 1902 Club such a natural fit for my skills.


Felicity Ford and Lauren Broomhall founded the 1902 Club in early 2015 after positive past experiences with women’s networking groups. They saw the value of having meaningful connections with like-minded people and wanted to foster a fun, safe and inspiring space for women to expand their networks. Over many coffees, the 1902 Club format was dreamed up and now brings monthly meetups to the table.

Why The 1902 Club?

‘Suffragettes’ was a term used around the world to describe all women who campaigned for the right to vote in elections.

In Australia in 1902, women were granted suffrage in federal elections, as well as being permitted to stand for federal parliament. (Women were afforded the right to vote in state elections at a similar time, in a staggered timeframe).

Over one hundred years later, we continue to fight towards equality and every single one of us has a role to play in this. We believe  it is critical to remember the past and look back at the achievements of the great women before us, and to appreciate the trails they blazed for us. We can then build on the progress they made to help propel us further into the future.

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