Women over 40 are creating a new world order, defining life on their own terms.
As Gen X enters Middle Age for the first time, 40+ women are becoming freer, more financially independent, visible and expressed than at any time in history. A dynamic, revolutionary cultural shift is taking place as this generation redefines what it means to turn fifty.
The Silver Sirens event re-inspired, re-empowered and re-defined what it means to be a woman—particularly a woman over forty—and how we can draw on our personal strength to effect change within our homes, communities and culture.
"If there is one event you want to go to for self-development, then Silver Sirens is it! It encompassed absolutely everything I was looking for in mind, body and spirit as a mature 51-year-old, and I didn’t know this is what I was seeking until I attended this event!"
MEET THE VISIONARY BEHIND SILVER SIRENS
Faith Agugu: Founder of Silver Sirens
If you want to shift your inner dialogue about ageing, Faith Agugu is the woman to have in your corner. She has always had the instinct that she would get better with age, and she is hoping to inspire other women into the same mindset, hence Silver Sirens.
In 2018 Faith launched the inaugural Silver Sirens event in Sydney. “We had some iconic Australian women who took the stage to speak about this potent and transformational period of our lives. "Health, beauty, business, leadership and spirituality were all on the agenda on the day.
“I always had an instinct that I would get better with age. At 20, I was looking forward to turning 30. On my 30th birthday I was
eagerly looking forward to being 40. Throughout this period of my life, I dreamt about life in my 50s. Now at 53, I look forward with excitement to turning 60.”
"Faith’s dream of making a difference was palpable and inspiring at the inaugural Silver Sirens event. It’s rare to have the opportunity to join women of such diverse backgrounds and ages - sharing lived experiences. The speakers were outstanding, the day was also fun! Faith - thank you for bringing us together to shape the agenda on aging for women"
WHO ARE SILVER SIRENS?
They are women over 40
They are undergoing major life changes and making challenging life choices to create the life they want to live
Some are choosing to leave their marriages, have more autonomy and fulfil their potential outside of traditional roles
Others have independent children, giving them more time to focus on exploring their own dreams and desires.
Many are choosing to remain single and live alone
What each woman has in common is the desire to explore her agency and the opportunity to fulfil her full potential
Their priority used to be taking care of others, now they seek to focus on their own development and potential
THE SILVER SIRENS COMMUNITY
There is a profound bond and commonality between women of the same age, which is why it is so nourishing to gather together and share in an experience like Silver Sirens.
The community is also a safe, non-judgmental space that embraces every woman that walks through the door, in all her glorious variety. Whether you are a yogi who greets the dawn with Tai Chi and eschews all artifice, a beauty queen who primps, pampers and plumps the lines away, a CEO alpha achiever out to conquer the world, or none of the above, we welcome you and can’t wait to meet you.
Inspiring, empowering, connecting women.
Thank you for addressing some concerns and issues of this largely forgotten group of women. I felt very valued as a woman with so much yet to give to others. I felt inspired and empowered by all the speakers. A must do for any woman in this age group!
ABOUT RE-DEFINING AGEING EVENT
Re-defining Ageing is an inclusive event for all women. It addresses and celebrates the ageing process for women over 40 and provides role models for women of all ages
The hugely successful Silver Sirens movement, now in its second year, distills and celebrates everything exciting that is happening to women as a new movement is born.
For one powerful, inspirational day women gather together, sister Silver Sirens from all walks of life, to benefit from the guidance, wit, wisdom - even vulnerability - of expert speakers. Throughout the day, the leaders explore the pillars of enhanced living and the reimagining of our own negative internal dialogue around ageing, to make the very most of this new phase of life.
● Healthy Mindset
● Financial health
● Mentoring the next generation
● Motherhood/Not having children
Meet your 2019 Re-Defining Ageing speakers
Flexibility to tailor a message to illicit change
Tracey is a natural change agent within companies, teams and the minds of individuals. With a winning smile and an infectious passion for genuinely wanting to help others, Tracey tackles the tough conversations organizations ought to have, yet so often avoid.
Welcome to country
Aunty Donna Ingram
Cultural Representative for the local Aboriginal community in Sydney
Donna is proud to be a Cultural Representative for the local Aboriginal community in Sydney. Donna has worked in Aboriginal affairs, Government and community organisations in Sydney for the past 35 years (mostly in education). She was also elected to represent her community as a Councillor on the former Sydney Regional Council of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC).
Plant-Powered and Thriving Through Menopause and Beyond
Midlife brings many changes to how women's bodies look, feel and function. However, a rapidly-growing body of research points to the benefits of adopting a plant-strong diet for slowing down the aging process, easing the menopausal transition, improving body composition and maintaining – or even increasing - our muscle strength through our sixth decade of life, and beyond. This presentation will equip you with strategies to optimise your eating pattern so you can look and feel your very best.
Money, Marriage and Divorce
Take control of your finances whether you'r single married or divorced. We will show you practical tools that help you save money and know where it goes. We will look at ways to keep your money both in marriage and divorce and lastly we will give you some practical tips to help you grow your money using leverage.
The Lifting of the Hormonal Veil
You may have found that as you get older, you want different things to what you wanted in the past. Once the hormonal veil lifts, life will be different whether you plan for it or not. Find out the secrets to making your life amazing now.
Motherhood: unexpected turns
I will share a personal story of how my life unexpectedly and profoundly changed five years ago. Events called me up to deal with issues in my personal life that I spent decades dealing with in my professional life. As the world I thought I knew crumbled around me I had to step up and be the mother my adult daughter needed me to be.
Perfectly Imperfect Mama
My personal journey as a mother of two boys, who are now grown men with lives of their own. The processes I've gone through at different stages on the journey, from the early days of first becoming a mother, co-parenting through a divorce and transitioning through the grief that hits you when your children move out of home for good.
Not for one second did I ever imagine I would be a childless woman. One day I woke up and the opportunity to be a mother had shockingly passed me by. This pain and grief co-existed right alongside the reality that I was living a full technicolour life that I would never have had the opportunity to live, had I been a mother.
Rowena Hall is a Sydney born photo-media artist whose career has involved a demanding work schedule within the Arts Sector – working for organisations such as the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP); the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS); and more recently the City of Sydney Council at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre as the Adults Program/Gallery Coordinator
The Change Makers
A special presentation by Aunty Hazel founder of GMAR (grandmothers against removals) and her daughter Helen Eason.
GMAR is a grassroots organisation that advocates against the forced removal of First Nations children from their immediate and extended families.
GMAR supports families in navigating the child protection system, lobbying government and child protection agencies for improved outcomes for First Nations children, and works for self-determination in child welfare.
GMAR is an official partner of Silver Sirens Re-defining Ageing 2019. Silver Sirens pledges to support the causes of GMAR by raising awareness of the prevalence of forced removal of Aboriginal children and Silver Sirens will offer financial support through fundraising initiatives when possible and applicable.
Unearthing and Healing the Shadow Side of Ageing – the art of becoming a fiercely kind mentor and advocate for younger women
Modern media overstimulates an unconscious thirst for youth that comes at a cost to many women as they age. There is the material cost of anti-ageing products and beauty treatments. And there is a more sinister cost of internalised shame, discontent and disconnection. Yet, you are not your age, you are your energy. Let’s explore how to unearth and heal the shadow side of ageing so that we can become worthy mentors of substance and advocacy for the next generation.
Dr Marlene Krasovitsky
Former Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner
Marlene Krasovitsky is the Campaign Director, Older Australians, with The Benevolent Society (TBS). Prior to this role, Marlene was the Director of Willing to Work, the National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). This Inquiry was led by The Hon. Susan Ryan AO, former Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner.
Small Tweaks create Big Impact.
We look at the great change-makers of our time and wonder how we, too, can make a difference. We can, each one of us, by making small tweaks for big impact. The tendency to be multi-passionate is both a strength and a detractor as we seek to leave a legacy, so we must focus on serendipity, opportunity and choice. Activism and advocacy is not optional, it's a necessity. We can create Triple Wins in every decision and action - wins for you, those around you and the world. I'll give you three simple tools to start your change-maker journey, or amplify the change you're already part of, by making the smallest of tweaks.
"Any community event that brings a diverse range of elder women together and in 8 hours you leave smiling refreshed informed and embraced with your heart dancing, you got your money’s worth xx silver sirens ticked all boxes and beyond xx more please."
Carole Y Johnson
Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, NAISDA Dance College
Founder Bangarra Dance Theatre
Play their part in the awakening of consciousness towards greater peace
Anjani Amriit is a Soul Purpose Mentor. She assists disillusioned entrepreneurs, burnt out executives and unfulfilled soul seekers to reconnect with the power and magnificence of their soul, awaken their greatest potential and realise their true purpose.
Malika Elizabeth Reese
Singer, Performer, Writer
Loving the Wobbly Bits
Malika will showcase some of her best pieces including “When I grow up, I want to be an old woman”
Malika has had, up until now, a good life with some very interesting moments. The interesting moments have shaped and defined her and put things into clear perspective. Life really is too short to sweat the small stuff or worry about the wobbly bits.
Art & Entertainment
Fifty, female and very very f****d off.
Double Bay divorcees Chan & Dee are horrified to discover they are invisible so they've created their own TV chat show. We have a 6 part online series in development.
If you would like to suggest speakers for 2020 event, contact Faith at
"Inspiring, beautiful, enriching"
"An amazing experience"
"You must come"
TESTIMONIAL FOR 2019 EVENT
Faith, today was WONDERFUL. The baby went from crawling to walking!!
Today was such a fantastic mix of comedy, deep confrontation, intensely private moments, hope, inspiration and embracing change.
Every person who stepped on the stage had something insightful to offer.
I’m grateful you got the call, had the courage to birth it and I was able to be a part of something so sacred.
Women over 50 were entertained, informed, inspired, motivated and empowered with the aim of re- defining ageing, to age in their own beautiful way without giving two hoots about anyone else's opinion.
Everyone in that space today was there on their own journey, filling their cup, united in the emotion which growth brings, which they wanted for everyone outside that space too.
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea was super tasty and the entertainment provided laughter galore. Faith, once again, you led 12 amazing speakers to produce another event that was worth every penny.
The energy healing and dance at the end was the perfect way to close what was a beautiful day.
Today I attended an event called the Silver Sirens.
A day of 12 speakers all women between 40-70 years of age talking about older women not becoming invisible and living lives of purpose.
Being appreciated for their inner wisdom and how valuable this stage of life for women can be.
I loved listening to their inspiring stories and how they have all been able to see this stage of life as a celebration.
Really awesome day.
I knew one women in the room but had the pleasure of connecting with many new faces and hearing intriguing things about their lives as well.
Women supporting each other not competing, maybe that’s the thing about moving past your mid 40’s you really have no energy to put into that behaviour and at that point magic can really happen.
Look forward to the event next year, anyone interested in coming?
SILVER SIRENS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Silver Sirens acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land in which the Re-defining Ageing event takes place, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future.
We welcome all Aboriginal people who work within and along side the Silver Sirens team.
Silver Sirens also pledges its support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which calls for a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution and speaks to the work that must be done to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
SILVER SIRENS SUSTAINABILITY STATEMENT
Silver Sirens recognises that we have a responsibility for protection of the environment and aims to drive sustainable outcomes in all of our operations.
We aim measure and monitor our sustainability performance and openly communicate our performance to attendees of our event, sponsors and partners.
A special thank you to our 2019 sponsors
SPONSORSHIP AND MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Silver Sirens welcomes financial, service and product sponsorship for our Re-defining Ageing event. If you are interested in becoming an ally of this groundbreaking event, email Faith.
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