One of the country’s top accountants talks money and smashing the glass ceiling, Leanne Hegarty

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2019

Leanne Hegarty is a Partner within KPMG working with large private and family-owned businesses and high net worth individuals.

She’s also been my accountant for nearly 10 years so I know what an incredible woman she is. In today’s interview, she talks about what it’s been like as a woman rising up in a traditionally male-dominated industry when so many deals take place on the golf course. How she bought her baby to work, how she runs marathons to stay sane and the money mistakes that you could be making.

Leanne has been advising clients for more than 25 years and has her own businesses as well.

She is unique in her view that business owners cannot be viewed in isolation of their business and any work must be done in parallel to achieve the goals of the individual and the business. Imagine the stories of all of the interesting people she knows!

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Sel Watts on living your life your way, unapologetically

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2019

Known to many as Sel, Sue-Ellen Watts disrupted the HR industry over 17 years ago when she launched her business wattsnext from home and has grown it into a national company, one of the largest of its kind in Australia.

Sel is a serial entrepreneur and I’d recommend also looking up Scrappi, Your Secret Sauce and Zzoota.

She’s a mum of 3, a lover of NYC and Gary Vaynerchuck in a massive way and an all-round incredible woman. In this episode, we touch on how Sel has defined her ideal life and unapologetically lives it, even though it sometimes goes against societal norms, how she deals with having her husband as an employee and the experiments, wins, and losses that have made her into the formidable business woman that she is today. Please enjoy this incredibly honest and inspiring chat with my friend, Sue-Ellen Watts.

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Tina Tower interviews her children on mother guilt & leaving them to go to work

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2019

This week on the podcast are my two favourite guests, my children. I started my business before my children were born so they’ve never known a mum without it. I get asked way too often if my children are ok because I work and have a career that I love and how I juggle it all. Unfortunately, my husband never got asked if our kids were ok when he worked full time and so the guilt that I was somehow doing something wrong, always feel on me.

It’s often women that ask the question because they too are trying to work out how to get passed their own #motherguilt but the guilt serves no one and does nothing except invade your happiness and slow down your progress.

My children told me after our interview that questions like “What is it like having a mum that works full time” seemed silly because they’ve never known any different and that’s completely normal to them. But that’s the whole point. Children will think whatever their situation is is the...

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Suzi Dafnis: How to have success last a lifetime

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2019

There’s lots of people that have a small success and call themselves an entrepreneur. Suzi Dafnis has done what many people dream to do, she’s been a successful entrepreneur for DECADES!

I first saw Suzi speak at a Robert Kiyosaki seminar when I was at uni and then met her when I first started my business at The Australia Business Women’s Network. No other woman in business has made a more consistent and long-lasting impression on my life and business. She is truly remarkable and one of the wisest, generous and awesome kick-arse women I’ve ever met.

Suzi Dafnis is the CEO at HerBusiness and Chairperson of its Advisory Board.

Suzi has been involved with the business since 1995. In 1998, she took over from its founder after successfully exiting her previous business, Pow Wow Events and has since managed and grown the community. She remains its media spokesperson and a champion of women in business.

A long-time internet marketer, Suzi has been...

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Justine Teggelove on thriving in a male dominated environment

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2019

This week I’m lucky enough to talk to Justine Teggelove, an absolute powerhouse in the construction industry. We’re pretty sure she’s the only woman founder & operational CEO of a commercial construction company and we’ll be talking about how she thrives in that environment as well as the advice she has for you in investing in property and renovating your home, managing your team and your own emotions and her big business and new business.

Justine is one of the founders and CEO of Rodine. Rodine is a commercial construction company based in Melbourne with a national project portfolio for a multitude list of high profile clients. Melbourne International Airport, Westfield (Scentre Group), GPT and MCG to name a few.


Not to sit on her laurels, and noticing a gap in the market for female consumers in the building and property arena, Justine Co-founded Build In Common in 2017 which addresses empowering females to be well informed and confident...

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Matina Jewell: What the military taught her about life, love & leadership

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2019

In this episode, I’m talking to Major Matina Jewell who really like no other lady I know. This is LONG episode but trust me, it’s worth it for the insights on resilience, leadership, working in a male-dominated space and really just general kicking butt in life.

I actually met Matti after she spoke at A Commonwealth Bank Women In Focus event where she’d shared her story and everyone was left shocked, in tears and in awe of her strength.

After living quite close we were lucky enough to become friends and I got to see how this incredible military human weapon was also this beautiful suburban blonde-haired, blue-eyed mumma. So different from ten years ago as she was working to capture warlords and restore peace in third world nations.

During her 15-year military career she:

  • Earned eight war medals,

  • Completed the physically demanding Navy divers course,

  • Served with American Navy Seals,

  • Tracked militia leaders in the Solomons,

  • Boarded smuggler ships in the...

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Angela Ceberano: Building your profile through social media & PR

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2019

Angela Ceberano is one of those rare unicorn humans who is equal parts fierce strength and beautiful vulnerability. She's beautiful on the inside and out and has built an incredible PR company by breaking traditional molds and backing herself. In this episode, Angela talks about leaving the comfort of a corporate job to go it alone, on building a business and dealing with anxiety and how you can get the most out of your social media marketing. 

At 28, she saw an opportunity to create a new-school PR agency that was obsessed and addicted to results.

Flourish began in February 2010 and the business has grown from a home office into a busy dynamic creative communications agency with a double warehouse based within Melbourne’s creative suburb of Collingwood.

Angela runs a dedicated team of publicists and creatives who are new school thinkers in the world of PR. 

Angela is also a content creator for YouTube and uploads content on business, fashion, tech & travel...

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Diana Goodwin on Going Global: Growing a Business Internationally

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2019

If you've wondered about what it takes to build your business internationally, you're going to love listening to Canadian business superstar, Diana Goodwin. 

We met at the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Conference and I was amazed by how she uses technology to build her company with so many people spread far and wide. 

Diana Goodwin is Founder and CEO of Toronto-based AquaMobile, an on-demand at-home swim lesson provider, the largest of its kind in North America.

AquaMobile has grown to over 2500 instructors operating across Canada and in 25 states in the U.S and has been profiled in Forbes, Inc., Huffington Post, and Techvibes to name a few. Diana has won numerous business awards including Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, and the $100,000 Small Business Challenge. 

Diana is considered an innovator and thought-leader in “Bootstrapping”, finding the most cost-effective ways to market and scale her business model to over seven figures.

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Keri Krieger: Optimising Your Health For High Performance

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2019

In short, Keri is a wellness magician! She's who I turned to when I had hit absolute burnout and she helped to put me back together. 

Keri helps women come home to themselves. In their practices. In their personal lives. In their bodies. She is passionate to offer women a way to learn how to truly nourish themselves mind body and spirit to step away from overwork, exhaustion, burnout and self-loathing to experience personal peace, stillness and passion for life.

Having spent over a decade working in health retreats around the world with a background in acupuncture and a deep knowledge of Chinese medicine. She has developed a unique treatment style called Rockupuncture; which is a delicious combination of acupuncture and hot rock massage. 

Whilst being brilliant as a ‘hands-on’ therapist, Keri also offers support, advice, and guidance as a health coach with Executives and individuals coping with the overwhelm of ‘busyness’.

In this conversation,...

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Jo Hurley - Kicking arse as a woman in finance

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2019

Jo Hurley (Cardozo) is an award-winning entrepreneur known for building her Self-Managed Super business “Engage” from start-up to sale.

She has recently returned to her start-up roots with the launch of her celebrant business Love Story Ceremonies.
In 2017, Jo’s long career in the finance industry was recognised when she was named the Women in Finance “Woman of the Year”.  

She is a passionate speaker and inspires many with her personal stories of resilience and determination as a working mum in the male-dominated world of finance.

Jo is a previous winner of the Telstra Australian Young Business Woman and is regularly invited to work with aspiring female leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, and students.

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