Well, I'm not sure how 10 years went past since the first informal gathering at the National Press Club in Canberra over drinks in 2003.
But I do know that we've been able to evolve and still be here thanks to the many members, sponsors, team members and interns over the years. Schmooze was created to provide a collaborative, supportive community for professionals and creatives.
Whilst we've become one of the most comprehensive environments to network, learn and market one's expertise, that premise and vibe hasn't changed.
We have companies like Link Digital who have been a long time sponsor providing our website and technical support, Nvoy is make our eNews system possible and new sponsor Bartercard Australia.
The National Press Club has continued to be a loyal supporter of Schmooze too and the scene of many fine events. I'd also like to acknowledge Canberra firm Cre8ive who first came along in the first year to offer a logo (our current) and our first website, that started the journey from a support network, to part-time business, to a full-time one, proudly independent.
Over a decade we've both grown as a community, but also created thousands of Schmooze Alumni, and I'm especially proud and grateful of our interns and my wonderful team members, past and present.
Sometimes the benefits for members have been directly financial, other times its the feeling of belonging, meeting their peers, gaining confidence, learning from each other, raising their brand profile, and other things you can't bottle, plus having a great time in the process.
So after 10 years its a good time to reflect on the many good things we've done, the charities we've worked with, and all the people we've helped make welcome and create opportunities for. Over the coming months we'll be starting the work to prepare Schmooze for the future.
The world has changed a lot in 10 years obviously and we'll be getting ready for it. We've always been ahead of the curve, and the next evolution will ensure Schmooze will be match-fit for new challenges and to continue to create opportunities for its members and guests.
I'll have more to say about that in the coming months. So again thank you to my many members, sponsors, team members and those who have got where we're coming from in making the past 10 years such an adventure!
Founder + Director, Schmooze