We draw women together.
New Zealand's only community of like-minded women on a journey of personal growth and development.
At Magnetic Hub we enable you to create intimate connections, encourage challenging and courageous conversations and empower you to develop yourself and others around you.
We are here for the love of meaningful conversations with other women.
Our community is for all women regardless of your industry, career stage, age - remove the labels - we are for everyone.
Magnetic Hub will surround you with a small group of supportive, inspiring and driven women. You can attend meetings and social events. You will have have a common interest in personal growth and development and having reflective and interesting conversations. You will grow and develop as a group. You will get to know each other and build deep connections.
We currently run Hubs in:
Hamilton and Cambridge in the Waikato
Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty
We’ll provide you with a space to reflect, we’ll inspire you to find your authentic voice, we’ll engage you in interesting and relevant conversations, we’ll enable you to create genuine relationships and we’ll develop your inner strength and confidence.
We don't have speakers at Magnetic Hub. You are the inspiration. We focus on you – the whole you – and encourage you to grow.
At Magnetic Hub, we are all different, that's the best part, and we encourage each other on our individual paths, listening, challenging and supporting
On my wedding day, nearly 12 years ago, my father made a memorable speech. He said something like this, “Michelle is known for her GUESS WHAT?! phone calls. Every time she calls and the opening line is ‘Dad, guess what?!’ I know she’s got something big to tell us.'“
But it’s been a while since I had a ‘guess what?’ announcement. And this latest one is about Magnetic Hub - and this ‘guess what?’ announcement is for you and it’s happening here in this blog. Are you ready??
On Sunday 2 September 2018, I stood on a stage and talked for about 15 minutes. It was pretty hard, but also pretty awesome. I spoke about bothering - how we often don't - and why, maybe, we should.
It's easy to not bother these days. Lots of things in life would make you believe it's not worth it, that it's too hard, or someone else will do it and so you don't need to.
So you've ended up leading a team. You know how you got here, you were complicit, there was an offer and an agreement. This is your first leadership role – perhaps it's paid or perhaps it's not. I've had both kinds of leadership roles, both count. You did make this choice, so how come it is not quite as it seemed? Time has gone by and 'stuff' has started to creep in.
What has happened here?
Tell me if you disagree with this statement: we are all a fabulous hot mess of contrasts, not a single one of us has life fully sorted. Right? Life is not an insta story of highlights and filters. It's also about washing up and sitting in traffic and not getting the job. We can easily lose sight of the balance of things, so here's my raw look at my month.
Anyone else feeling a bit odd?
It's a slightly weird time of year, Christmas has been and gone but we're not quite counting down to midnight on New Year's Eve yet.
It's a media-soaked time of year: photos from beautiful beaches, photos of food and family and friends. Adverts for product sales and brand deals so painfully good 'you won't want to miss out'. News recaps from the year that has so nearly ended, reflections, #bestnine, memories shared. The self-help industry is busy helping itself to sell you a diary, a journal, an online course, a book.
I feel a shift this year, less inclined to feel pressure about 2018 but still a little bit aware that I am supposed to play this game and make grand plans, dream big and set resolutions.
At the start of a speaker event we held this year, I stood chatting to some women who had come as a group from a large corporate organisation in town. One of the women was attending a Magnetic Hub event for the first time and raised the topic of how events and meetings that are for only women are perceived. She re-told the discomfort she felt when invited to a lunch for women in leadership recently, how she had hesitated and felt disinclined to accept the invite. She said, 'if I knew the guys at work were all going out for a lunch and I wasn't invited because I'm a woman, I'd be banging on the door of the restaurant demanding to be let in!'
She was raising the question, is it OK for women to gather and exclude men? Is it unequal?
I think this is an important topic.
Everything is energy. From chocolate to Chernobyl – everything is energy, right?
At our August speaker event, Lee-Ann Jordan shared some amazing insights on intuition and the growing body of evidence from quantum physics that confirms our hunches and gut feelings have a solid base in science. At a very base level, we are all made of the same stuff. Neil de Grasse Tyson says it well:
We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us.
Magnetic Hub is effectively a circle of women. We bring our whole self, we bring our triumphs and our roadblocks. We share, we listen and we help one another. We definitely improve the situation for women in our community, month after month after month.
This shouldn't be a long post, because the event is over now. To describe the amazingness of my weekend at Waihi Beach for the Women Who Get Shit Done un-conference would be akin to rubbing salt in the wound. I'll stick to a general description and hopefully encourage you to apply one day.
We're all working on stuff, right? We all know (either in a blindingly obvious conscious way, or in a niggling hunch sub-conscious way) what we need to work on. I liken it to a mirror in our soul. When we glance at our mirror, we see a true reflection of who we are – and sometimes it's terrifying.