What’s it like to be a Woman in Gippsland? Meet Steph Thoo

I moved to Gippsland in January 2019 after spending years living between our two homes in Warragul and Richmond. I was so excited when I found a fulltime roll in Warragul doing what I love – helping aspiring entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life. 

I’m proud to call Gippsland my home but it’s been a big change for me on a professional and personal level. I’m lucky that professionally, I’ve been able to travel all over the region and meet amazing people. I’ve been thrown in the deep end working with local and state government, however I’m loving every minute of it, especially when you start seeing the impact of your work on the community.

On a personal level it hasn’t been so easy. Most of my friends are based in Melbourne and it’s difficult to meet new people. I’m also finding that I need to get used to the laid-back nature of the people and towns. I’m used to the hustle and bustle of the city and even though I love the quiet nature of the region, I’m used to running at 110% so I have to make a conscious effort to slow down. 

I’m lucky to have a few people around me who are also new to the region and who can be my sounding boards when times get tough. I’d love to meet new people though and that’s why I’m excited to see great initiatives like Gippsland Women arise. It’ll give me a safe and supportive platform to connect with others when previously I didn’t know how. I’m looking forward to joining other Gippsland Women and meeting many of you at the upcoming events!

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  1. Jane Darling Sloyan on June 22, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Steph, we’re lucky to have you living in Gippsland. I enjoy the wonderful initiatives you bring to our community and would love to meet with you for a coffee or a meal when you’re in the Latrobe Valley. Thank you for what you do, it is appreciated. Jane