Valerie Khoo is founder and CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, which is Australia’s leading centre for writing courses. Over 40,000 students have learnt at the centre and it has campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane – as well as a huge online learning community enrolling from all over the world.
Valerie is a former journalist and author of the best-selling book “Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business”.
She now combines her love of storytelling with her passion for art and managed a second career as a professional artist. Valerie focuses on creating artworks that serve as a daily reminder of meaning, emotion or vision for collectors who connect with her abstract style.
She has also been appointed as the City of Sydney’s Curator of the Chinese New Year Festival 2019, the third-largest annual event in Sydney (behind NYE Fireworks and Vivid) and the largest celebration of Chinese New Year in the...
Elizabeth Abegg is one half of sister-duo that makes up Byron Bay fashion brand Spell and the Gypsy Collective. With a background in video editing and a lot of gut instinct, Elizabeth drove the label into a global business by embracing the blogging and online shopping world.
Over almost ten years, the brand has grown from strength to strength, employing over 50 women in Byron Bay, stocked in American online retailers Free People, Revolve and Planet Blue and gaining over 1 million followers across their social media platforms. Spell & the Gypsy Collective was awarded the 2016 Australian Business of the Year at the National Telstra Business Awards and finalists of the Cosmo Women of the Year Awards 2017 in the Designer Category. Elizabeth is now the CBO (Chief Brand Officer) of Spell after many years of doing everything in the business, and she will be focusing on heading up Spell's main focus of making the company sustainable, continuing to create better lives for our...
Leanne Haining is one of those people that you just feel calmer when you’re around. She’s the Creative Director of bath, body & home fragrance brand, Urban Rituelle.
Proving that they have a business to thrive in the test of time, Leanne and her partner, Co-founder, Scott Kelly have been running Urban Rituelle since 1999.
Having their products stocked in over 1,000 boutiques in Australia, Leanne has learned the art of adaptation and innovation throughout the changing seasons of business.
Urban Rituelle is more than a brand. It is a philosophy of passion, care, and unsurpassed quality and Leanne is the true creative force behind building this boutique brand.
Leanne’s vision is to create a business where every touchpoint makes people feel good; including the team, its customers, greater community & suppliers. She believes in creating a distinctive collection of indulgent bath, body & home fragrance products that celebrate & enhance our daily rituals....
Jacinta McDonell is an absolute unicorn of a human. She’s incredibly cool, fierce and also the most kind and generous person you could imagine.
Jacinta launched the US franchise Anytime Fitness into the Australian market in 2008. An entrepreneur and a mother of three, Jacinta has now exited Anytime Fitness and has turned her passion towards two new business ventures. Jacinta established The Human Kind Project in 2015, a not-for-profit foundation that funds life-changing projects in Africa and India. In 2015 Jacinta also opened a new style of yoga studio, W1LL, with every purchase supporting a human in need.
Pamela Jabbour is the CEO of Total Image Group, Australia’s leader in the uniform industry dressing over 250,000 people a day. She’s super successful and the business is 13 years old but it hasn’t always been that way. It took her 12 months to sign the first client after making 100 calls a day! Persistence anyone?
Doing what many people find astronomically difficult, she employs a large staff which also includes her father, brother and a good friend.
We talk about how she handles the pressure of a rapidly growing business and staying sane working so closely with her loved ones.
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!
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.
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...
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...
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...