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Welcome to our Community

Want to be part of a powerful network of ambitious women? Welcome to the Australian South Asian Centre (ASAC) community.

I know what it feels like to be confused, to not know where to go for real career advice and to want a network of other like minded women who help with practical advice based on real life experience. That’s why we’ve created this membership.

Imagine…

  • Being part of a community where you’re supported and uplifted by ambitious women just like you.
  • Accelerating your professional and personal development.
  • Sharing your experiences with women who can relate, guide and can speak to the challenges you uniquely face as a young South Asian women in Australia.
  • Feeling more confident and certain about your next right step

Hi, I’m Daizy Maan the founder of the Australian South Asian Centre

I CREATED THIS MEMBERSHIP COMMUNITY BECAUSE I KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO LONG A SUPPORTIVE NETWORK.

When I first started out thinking about my dreams, goals and career I didn’t know where to go, who to ask and there was a lot of confusing information out there. I felt lonely and isolated. I read memoirs, articles and watched tonnes of TED talks but, what I really wanted was a community. 

I went to loads of different events but rarely did I find the sisterhood I was seeking. Generous, ambitious and conscious women dedicated to supporting one another and making their career dreams come true. This is what inspired me to create a sisterhood of strong driven women, a space where we can connect, learn, and thrive together. This space is for you to be able to super-charge your career and be part of a conscious community of South Asian women. 

This community has been years in the making. Don’t be fooled by the fancy name, I’m going to keep things real by providing practical opportunities for you to connect, grow, and an environment for you to succeed.

I would love for you to become a member and join me on the journey to empowering South Asian women in Australia.

It’s time to be part of a community you’ve been longing for!

Does this sound like you?

You’re longing to be part of a community of ambitious brown women who are focused on personal and professional development or You’re an established professional with a wealth of experience and you want to be a part of a community that supports you and you want to give back by investing in the upcoming generation of young South Asian women in Australia. This is the place for you!
Lisa Singh
Hon. Lisa Singh
Former Senator, Advocate & Humanitarian

I am so impressed by the advocacy of the Australian South Asian Centre – it just shows how much difference you can make with a little effort and dedication and the impact we all can make. Embracing and celebrating our differences as strengths in a free society is certainly a hallmark of all your achievements in this South Asian Heritage month

Swati Vats
Swathi Vats
Illustrator

Coming out of a tough year of being in lockdown (and that too- stranded from home) I was finding it challenging to resume my efforts of building myself as an illustrator. Even though we were supposedly “getting back to the things we loved”, I was feeling majorly distant from my communities. When I signed up for a table at the Soul House Festival Launch as an illustrator, I was just glad to be in the scene again really and didn’t think too hard about how different it might be from my other experiences at art markets in Melbourne/Sydney. What I actually ended up experiencing was a flood of support and a warm welcome into a lovely community. I got to witness such wonderful performances and meet fellow South Asians in the arts that would just “get it”.I can’t wait to see what the community behind it comes up with next! 

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Jeniffer Burns
Creative Heads Inc.

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Jeniffer Burns
Creative Heads Inc.

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Sneha Lees
Sneha Lees
Author of Good Indian Daughter

Not only does ASAC work hard to support South Asian women in Australia, to connect them with one another and to elevate their voices  thereby injecting more diversity into any conversation dominated by the white mainstream; but from what I’ve been seeing, they seem to be cultivating and promoting a culture of honesty and authenticity from the get-go. If you attend an ASAC panel event or interview, you are likely to hear the un-sugar-coated reality of people’s stories, you’ll get the real deal and you’ll hopefully feel less alone in struggles that are infrequently discussed in an open forum. I know I did. Such truth-telling is inspiring, uplifting and empowering.

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Leah Vandenberg
Actress, Writer & Voice Artist

As an Indian/Australian actor and writer, I felt incredibly moved when I learned I was one of five “Stellar South Asian Women” selected by ASAC. This recognition arrived on a difficult day when I was going into ‘battle’ yet again on matters of inclusion and visibility as a South Asian woman in the Australian screen industry.  The unwavering support of the brilliant women at ASAC infuse me with a strength to stay upright, strong and creative. ASAC has created a much-needed space where South Asian women can hold space for each other and celebrate each other’s achievements like there is no tomorrow.  It’s a privilege to be part of this fierce, nurturing and ever-expanding sisterhood. Thank you ASAC.

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Emerson Anderson
Creative Heads Inc.

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Lillian Wilson
Creative Heads Inc.

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ASAC Activator
As ASAC’s Activator you will receive exclusive access to:
  • Practical Workshops on career, entrepreneurship, and mindset to help you thrive. 
  • Genuine connections with other women who are passionate, driven and committed to supporting one another. As a member of our community you’ll have ample opportunities to connect with like minded women both locally and globally.
  • Special access to partner events and services including festivals, performances and workshops. 
  • Community conversations on sidelined yet incredibly important topics such as healing, self-love, activism, empowerment, community, identity, culture and many more.
  • Priority registration and discounted tickets to our in person retreats, workshops and events to help you connect with others.
  • Our fortnightly newsletter where we’ll be sharing information on our upcoming events, workshops and opportunities that’ll help you take your career to the next level.
ASAC Advocate
As ASAC’s Advocate you will receive access to the perks of an Activator member plus:
  • Featuring you! Every month we’ll highlight one member across our digital platforms and share with Australian and global media outlets to showcase the brilliant yet under-represented work that you are doing.
  • Personalised introductions into our network with values aligned individuals and organisations to help you take the next steps in your career.
  • Nominating you for awards:  we want to see our members recognised and appreciated for their contributions which is why we’ll nominate you (this is up to the discretion of the committee) 
  • Make a difference: your membership will allows us to invest in young South Asian talented women by providing them with affordable membership and help them kickstart their career.
  • Collaborate with us and strengthen our community with your own talent or organisation by partnering for programs and events (when the opportunity arises)