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Director
Nick’s background is in brand and marketing strategy and has spent 23 years in the advertising world, most recently as Read More
Nick GarrettDirector

Nick’s background is in brand and marketing strategy and has spent 23 years in the advertising world, most recently as CEO for Clemenger BBDO in Australia.

Nick’s agencies across BBDO in Australia & New Zealand have won the accolade of being ranked the #1 Creative Agency in the World three times in the last decade, as well being awarded as the most effective agency in the world by WARC 100 twice.

Before joining the BBDO network Nick had a mixture of local and regional roles based in London, Sydney, Los Angeles and New York, working across some of the world’s largest and most effective businesses – Apple, Samsung, Airbnb, Adidas, VW, Mars, Budweiser, Absolut Vodka and many others. Nick is now an independent brand and business consultant working across the US and Australia.

Western Melbourne Ambassador
Bettina has a passion for learning and educating, looking to inspire women to secure financial wellbeing through doing passion projects Read More
Bettina MitchellWestern Melbourne Ambassador

Bettina has a passion for learning and educating, looking to inspire women to secure financial wellbeing through doing passion projects for profit. With a huge blend of skills and experience, Bettina has worked in education, corporate and Community Services. An avid learner, serial entrepreneur, a Project Manager and mentor Bettina enjoys developing quality systems to improve business efficiency and build online business operations. With over 20 years’ experience in eCommerce, including creating the first State ecommerce education program for business and government, Bettina is also the co-founder of  Yoga Bazaar – an online store that has been operating for over 7 years.  She has been sharing the teachings of yoga for over 17 years and loves floral art, walking, yoga and cooking.

Chair
A media entrepreneur, company director and philanthropist, Deanne Weir has more than 25 years’ experience in media and communications. Deanne Read More
Deanne WeirChair
A media entrepreneur, company director and philanthropist, Deanne Weir has more than 25 years’ experience in media and communications.
Deanne is a globally recognised leader, strategist and communicator, with a deep interest in how new forms of media affect business and society.
Deanne chairs the boards of two private companies in which her company WeirAnderson.com is a significant investor: Hoodlum, an Emmy and BAFTA award winning production company, and Ai-Media, a technology and social innovation company.
Deanne remains passionate about community engagement. She is a member of the global philanthropic community, Women Moving Millions, and was previously Chair of the Australian Women Donors Network, organisations which seek to increase the amount of social investment that reaches women and girls.
In 2017 Deanne was appointed Chair of the Sydney Film Festival.  She was a board member of Screen Australia for eight years until 2016 and was instrumental in the development of its Gender Matters program.
Deanne invests in screen projects including documentary and feature films and was executive producer on Hoodlum’s first feature film, Australia Day(2017), and on a new independent documentary, I Used to Be Normal (2018).
Director
Michelle Dixon is a partner of Maddocks, an Australian law firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Michelle was Read More
Michelle DixonDirector

Michelle Dixon is a partner of Maddocks, an Australian law firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Michelle was the firm’s CEO between 2014 and 2020.

Michelle is a WGEA pay equity ambassador, a Patron of Professional Mums and is a champion of the Maddocks Women initiative, set up to help the firm’s female employees with their professional development and to promote the firm as an innovative and responsive employer for women.

Michelle is a director of In-Life Independent Living Limited, a member of the Legal Practitioners Liability Committee and a member of the Advisory Boards of Women and Leadership Australia and The Nature Conservancy Australia.

North Melbourne Ambassador
Suzannah lives in Darebin, on Wurundjeri land. She loves the area for its beautiful parks, warm community, and thriving food Read More
Suzannah WalkerNorth Melbourne Ambassador

Suzannah lives in Darebin, on Wurundjeri land. She loves the area for its beautiful parks, warm community, and thriving food scene. Suzannah has a passion for cooking, gardening… and eating! Her professional background is in sales, social media, people management, and human resources. This is complemented by an education in psychology and anthropology, and a fascination with people from all walks of life.

Suzannah recently left her full-time HR career to pursue her master’s in horticulture, and start a related business. In doing so, she discovered Global Sisters and the incredible community of women that makes up the organisation. Determined to support this, Suzannah is working to reignite the Global Sisters hub in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Sydney Ambassador
Kirsty is a passionate baker and is the owner of a busy baking business in South West Sydney. Kirsty is also Read More
Kirsty ParkesSydney Ambassador
Kirsty is a passionate baker and is the owner of a busy baking business in South West Sydney. Kirsty is also mum to six amazing little men. Kirsty is very connected to her community and is especially passionate about seeing women exceed in business. More recently Kirsty has been working with an organisation supporting Mothers in Business. Her business acumen is outstanding.
Kirsty balances work, family and charity with the support of her amazing husband and the assistance she personally has received from Global Sisters.
Kirsty completed one of our first ever Sister Schools in 2016 and hasn’t looked back. She is now in a position where her business is doing exceptionally well and she is able to dedicate her time to helping others.
Director
Caitlin Iles (Cait) has been described by Sir Richard Branson as “a game-changer and force to be reckoned with”. Experienced Read More
Caitlin IlesDirector

Caitlin Iles (Cait) has been described by Sir Richard Branson as “a game-changer and force to be reckoned with”.

Experienced in venture capital, an angel investor, advisor to a range of businesses small and large, and a serial entrepreneur, Cait has helped to raise close to $100m and establish what is now Australia’s largest and most active venture capital portfolio at Artesian Venture Partners.

Today Cait is focussed on the launch of a sister fund called Capital xx  that will invest in up to 500 female founded, early-stage, globally scalable businesses in Australia, Asia and the USA. Capital xx is set to provide vital funding to female founders (in 2017 female founders received 2% of global VC funding) and allow investors to capitalise on the fact that female founders have been shown to consistently outperform their male counterparts in VC portfolios. Cait (like Boston Consulting Group) recognises that women represent the “greatest commercial opportunity of our lifetime”.

Starting her career in psychology, assisting with the rehabilitation of drug dependent persons, Cait has gone on to work across a wide variety of industry sectors (advertising, advisory and enterprise). She’s established businesses in the Middle East (Dubai – UAE), Europe (Amsterdam – Netherlands) and in Australia. Currently her time is shared between Australia, China and the USA. Cait has worked with some of the world’s most respected companies, delivering disruptive projects that have revolutionised how complete industries operate (e.g. GE delivering mobile water solutions to the UAE).

Cait describes herself simply as a “dyslexic disruptor”, who is passionate about unlocking human potential through entrepreneurship and investing in underutilised, high potential and high value talent, in order to create a better world for all (and industry leading returns for investors).

Cait sits on the advisory board of both RMIT’s (one of Australia’s most respected Universities) startup program, RMIT Activator and it’s investment committee. She is an international keynote speaker and speaker of choice for large organisations and Universities such as Harvard.

Director
Nicky is the CEO of luxury retailer T2 Tea Pty Ltd and CEO of Unilever Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Read More
Nicky SparshottDirector

Nicky is the CEO of luxury retailer T2 Tea Pty Ltd and CEO of Unilever Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Nicky has 24 years of experience in leading within global corporations. She has developed and built brands, grown businesses, and created and nurtured capability in systems and people for Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company, P&G and George Patterson Y&R.Recognized for her depth and breadth of expertise across FMCG, Retail, Luxury, and Ecommerce, Nicky’s experience spans food, beverages, health care and personal care.

Nicky is accountable for delivering the bottom line of T2 and for driving its global expansion, for omni-channel acceleration and for digital & tech enabled transformation.

Nicky is also a Board Director of the World Wildlife Fund Australia & Global Sisters. She is a passionate advocate that businesses today must drive sustainable agendas that positively impact both people and the planet.

Albury Wodonga Ambassador
Thelma lives in the Albury Wodonga where it’s the perfect base for her outdoor adventure activities, from skiing in the Read More
Thelma VlamisAlbury Wodonga Ambassador

Thelma lives in the Albury Wodonga where it’s the perfect base for her outdoor adventure activities, from skiing in the winter to hiking and swimming in summer.  This connects with her love of the environment where she worked for over 4 years before going through a self-discovery process of her own. This led her to create her own business, where she mentors ambitious women who feel stuck and lack passion in their current career, to make the changes in their life, so they can create a career that gives them purpose and fulfillment. Thelma believes that clarity breeds confidence and once you have the missing information and know where to place your energy, you’re unstoppable.

With over 5 years of experience studying and researching the human condition, whilst working with clients on a 1:1 bases, Thelma has an in depth understanding of how to get you from feeling stuck to gaining clarity, motivated, excited, and taking action towards what you truly want in life.  We all have that idea we would love to move towards and feel scared, guilty, procrastinate, or overwhelmed with how to get started. “When you have clarity, structure, and massive self-awareness, of why you do the things you do in life,  you can change things up so you achieve different results. Working with me is all about taking a deep dive into re-discovering who you are and reinventing yourself so that you have more purpose and passion in life.”

Thelma is excited about the Ambassador role at Global Sisters. She feels grateful to be part of this incredible community and to offer women in the country the opportunity to grow their Big Idea into a successful business.

CEO / Founder
Mandy is a social entrepreneur fiercely passionate about human rights, animal welfare, eradicating poverty and empowering women. She established Global Read More
Mandy RichardsCEO / Founder

Mandy is a social entrepreneur fiercely passionate about human rights, animal welfare, eradicating poverty and empowering women. She established Global Sisters to democratise entrepreneurship in 2013 – with the goal of creating a scalable and efficient model for supporting women to create an income stream via self employment, when mainstream employment wasn’t accessible. Mandy’s diverse career path over the past 20+ years has spanned the commercial and not-for-profit sectors where she has worked internationally on government business incubation programs in Botswana and New Zealand, as well as for high profile charities including the Hamlin Fistula Hospitals in Ethiopia and locally as National Marketing Manager for the RSPCA.

Mandy established the ACT Social Enterprise Hub while working at Social Ventures Australia and was Director for Place Based Philanthropy with the Sydney Community Foundation. Following securing the highest investment on Channel 7’s Dragons Den, Mandy launched a $3.5 million startup and has commercialised an invention internationally.

Mandy has completed post graduate studies in Trade Mark Law as well as a Master of Human Rights Law at Melbourne Law School. She has also studied social entrepreneurship at INSEAD in Singapore. In 2019 she sat on a panel at APEC Chile in the Women and the Economy forum and in 2020 was a coach in the global Cartier Women’s Initiative.
A country girl who spent her younger years growing up on a small farm outside Armidale, NSW before her family moved to Indonesia, Mandy now lives in Sydney.

mandy@globalsisters.org

Chief Operating Officer
Heather’s 25 year professional career has been dedicated to social and economic justice for women. Her background in microfinance led Read More
Heather ThomsonChief Operating Officer

Heather’s 25 year professional career has been dedicated to social and economic justice for women. Her background in microfinance led her to live and work in France, the Philippines & India, as well as working extensively in Indonesia and Timor Leste.

Heather pursued a career in women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship after her year long placement at the OECD in France, working on a project for small to medium businesses for women. She then went on to spend close to a decade working with one of the largest microfinance organisations globally, Opportunity International (OI). In a number of roles at OI Network and OI Australia, Heather worked with partner organisations that varied from start-up NGOs to large-scale microfinance banks, all of whom were transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women living in poverty by helping them to create sustainable incomes through micro business.

In Australia, Heather had the privilege of working on the establishment of one of the first microfinance programs in Australia, now called Many Rivers Microfinance. Her time at Sydney Community Foundation shaped her understanding of collective impact and place based philanthropy, as well as gaining a deeper insight into gender based poverty and disadvantage in a high income country context.

Heather joined the Founder of Global Sisters, Mandy Richards, to set up the organisation and launch operations in early 2016. They have gone from a 2 woman operation to leading a team across Australia. After several years of piloting and iteration, Global Sisters has started to scale impact, supporting thousands of women to reach their full economic potential & create a ripple effect of change in their family, community and society.

Heather holds a Masters in Development Administration from ANU and has studied social entrepreneurship at INSEAD Singapore. She has expertise in social impact, community development, organisational capacity building, microfinance and program design.

She is a Trustee of the McLean Foundation, a philanthropic foundation dedicated to conservation, education and gender equality. She is on the volunteer leadership team of her local church. Heather and her husband are raising three young children and live on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

heather@globalsisters.org

Chief Financial Officer
Allison is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), member of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), Registered Tax Agent and Self-Managed Read More
Allison DunlopChief Financial Officer

Allison is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), member of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), Registered Tax Agent and Self-Managed Super Fund Auditor. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and over 20 year’s experience in financial, management & tax accounting. Throughout her career, she has held positions across the healthcare, manufacturing and not for profit industries. Allison also manages a diverse portfolio of tax clients including companies, partnerships and sole traders with a particular focus on providing support & guidance to female entrepreneurs to help them develop their financial education and empowerment and to grow their businesses. She is passionate about demystifying finance and accounting and inspiring people to create financial freedom and independence.

People and Culture Lead
Jessica’s passion is to create inclusive and energetic workplaces where people can thrive and learn while contributing to society.  She Read More
Jessica CameronPeople and Culture Lead

Jessica’s passion is to create inclusive and energetic workplaces where people can thrive and learn while contributing to society.  She has a wealth of experience in talent, organisational and team development and has worked with a range of companies and organisations, including Mars Incorporated; who are consistently named as one of the best places to work by Gallup and GPTW.  Jessica has also worked to help organisations design talent pipelines that develop underrepresented backgrounds to ensure access and has facilitated workshops for disadvantaged students in soft-skills for the workplace.

Jessica has a passion for STEM and empirical approaches to behaviour and is currently studying 4th year psychology at the University of Newcastle. She has a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Newcastle and Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Monash University.

Jessica lives at Lake Macquarie with her husband, two young children and two thriving bee hives.

Growth and Commercial Director
Isabella Jolly has over 15 years experience in corporate, start up and high growth businesses most recently working predominantly with Read More
Isabella JollyGrowth and Commercial Director

Isabella Jolly has over 15 years experience in corporate, start up and high growth businesses most recently working predominantly with women-led founders on brands that drive an impact on equality, community, education and health and wellness. She is able to deliver results both at a strategic c-suite level as well as a operational and executional level. With extensive hands on experience in digital marketing, growth and commercialisation of businesses ranging from start ups, publishing, ecommerce, and global subscription brands she brings a wealth of knowledge on all areas of performance and brand marketing. She has built, developed and mentored teams across Australia, UK, US, Asia in senior strategic roles, enabling businesses to reach their growth goals. She has sat as the only female on the senior executive team as CMO of the Mysale group, was Marketing Director then CEO of worldwide health and fitness business supporting a global community of mums at The Healthy Mummy, and now continues to support women at a Director level in 100% female leadership team with Global Sisters.

Strategic Programs
Lisa Edinburg brings with her a wealth of experience in both the corporate and community sectors. Lisa started her career Read More
Lisa EdinburgStrategic Programs

Lisa Edinburg brings with her a wealth of experience in both the corporate and community sectors. Lisa started her career as a management consultant, supporting large firms with customer experience, business transformation and supply chain transformations before moving to Social Ventures Australia where she advised social entrepreneurs, non-profits and philanthropic funders on business strategy, social impact growth and measurement. Lisa has led programs around the country including cutting edge initiatives with remote Indigenous Communities and thought leadership on impact measurement.

Whilst living in Canada, Lisa helped to pioneer venture philanthropy into the Canadian market and returned to Australia to embark on her own entrepreneurial dalliance. It was then that Lisa realised the challenges of starting up a business first hand and after becoming a mother, Lisa realised the inequities of options and barriers for women.

Lisa’s passion is for social purpose businesses and the women that tend to lead these businesses.

lisa@globalsisters.org

Policy and Advocacy Advisor
Gershon has a decade of experience working in advocacy, policy and research centred on issues of social justice. He has Read More
Gershon NimbalkerPolicy and Advocacy Advisor

Gershon has a decade of experience working in advocacy, policy and research centred on issues of social justice. He has been the creator and lead author of the Ethical Fashion Report and the Ethical Electronics Guide, world leading research that examined the practices of corporations around the world to mitigate the risk of slavery and exploitation; he has led and grown grass roots movements to campaign against poverty and labour rights violations; he has worked with many of Australia’s largest companies to improve labour rights in their supply chains; and he has authored policy reports on child and maternal health, water and sanitation and Australia’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gershon is passionate about seeing the vulnerable empowered, and seeing people and communities mobilised to end injustice. He has degrees in Business and Commerce, and a Masters in Social Change and Development (with Merit) from the University of Newcastle. 

gershon@globalsisters.org

Coaching & Pro Bono Services Lead
Pakiza has a background of working and volunteering in a range of organisations, focusing largely on education, training, and skills Read More
Pakiza SyedCoaching & Pro Bono Services Lead

Pakiza has a background of working and volunteering in a range of organisations, focusing largely on education, training, and skills development. 

She has a Masters degree in Business Administration, with experience in teaching business studies, economics and sociology. She has also served as a head of an all-girls school, and later as an education consultant. Before joining Global Sisters, Pakiza was successfully managing a volunteer leadership development program which was designed to assist other not for profit organisations recover from the impact of COVID 19. Her areas of expertise also include the likes of organising the local area Volunteer Managers’ Network and has a strong focus on building partnerships and cooperative work practices.

One of her passions includes volunteering within her community at any given time, with the purpose of contributing her academic, training and development skills wherever needed. 

Pakiza is a mother of two, and enjoys cooking, reading, and going for walks.

Community Manager
Lauren has over 20 years experience in marketing and communications, running the gamut from small not for profits to global Read More
Lauren CainCommunity Manager

Lauren has over 20 years experience in marketing and communications, running the gamut from small not for profits to global corporate institutions. Starting out in the time before social media, Lauren started her career in media and broadcast journalism before falling down the social media tunnel and becoming a leader in bringing established organisations into the new world of social communication and messaging. This work led to work and life relocating to London where working in the world of rapid-fire start-up culture and then into the world of design at the Design Council left a lasting impact, and brought a new way of working – human centred design and the design thinking process. This approach has been deeply rewarding and enriching, both personally and for the teams Lauren has since led back in Australia, bringing to life new financial products to a cluttered, grudge-inclined purchase market, as well as delivering award winning brand marketing campaigns to a national mass media audience.

Bringing people together, whether via building national conversation around pop culture references or shepherding trauma-fraught communities hit by weather events is a deep passion, and continues to drive Lauren today. After the birth of her daughters and while on maternity leave Lauren started her own business making dinners for new parents who lived locally, building product lines now sold in retail outlets, before being so enthralled with the Global Sisters organisation that she begged them to take her on as their Community Manager. Thankfully, they agreed.

Member Experience & Program Coordinator
Starting her early career as a production manager in the television industry, Emily developed a keen ability to manage complex Read More
Emily MasonMember Experience & Program Coordinator

Starting her early career as a production manager in the television industry, Emily developed a keen ability to manage complex schedules and resources to produce media broadcasts in challenging circumstances.

After nearly a decade in the media industry, she found herself at a crossroads between a job that she loved with a desire to contribute to a greater cause. This ultimately led Emily to join Compassion Australia, which is where her passion for supporting and empowering those who are less fortunate was ignited.

During her time at Compassion, she was responsible for leading groups of supporters to visit the work Compassion is undertaking in some of the most remote, and challenging regions across the world. Emily saw first-hand the difficulties that women face, and how empowering women can lead generational change in families and communities.

Project Management Lead
Lauren’s career experience covers over 15 years in Administration, Client & Office Management. Lauren’s career path has spanned across multiple Read More
Lauren WilbyProject Management Lead

Lauren’s career experience covers over 15 years in Administration, Client & Office Management.

Lauren’s career path has spanned across multiple platforms. She spent many years assisting with the administration and publicity work for Dog’s Life Magazine. Lauren then spent the next 11 years managing clients and the production process on a number of home titles. She also assisted with the general running and co-ordination of a small office.  Lauren is also an animal lover who cares deeply about animal welfare; this inspired her to start up a small at home pet minding business.

Having two daughters of her own, Lauren is very passionate about helping women become financially independent and the social impact this can have on their families and communities. Lauren is excited to combine her passion and skills with Global Sisters.

lauren@globalsisters.org

Systems Effectiveness Lead
Tineke’s skill is in bridging the gap between business and technology. She comes to Global Sisters with over 10 years Read More
Tineke OstenSystems Effectiveness Lead

Tineke’s skill is in bridging the gap between business and technology. She comes to Global Sisters with over 10 years experience in understanding business operations and facilitating the build and implementation of enabling systems that move organisations forward. With business analyst, marketing and tech experience, across both the corporate and non-profit sectors, she is perfectly placed to support Global Sisters into the next phase of its journey, scaling.

Tineke is passionate about issues of social justice and community development, and is excited to use her skills at Global Sisters to empower women to start and develop businesses that lead to better outcomes for them, their families and their communities.

Tineke holds a degree in Business and Languages, as well as a post graduate diploma in Marketing Communications. She lives in Wollongong with her husband and two young children.

Co-Founder and Creative Director, Sapphire Group Glasshouse Fragrances & Circa Home
Fragrance aficionado Nicole Eckels launched Glasshouse Fragrances in 2006 from a spark of imagination and a belief in the power Read More
Nicole EckelsCo-Founder and Creative Director, Sapphire Group Glasshouse Fragrances & Circa Home

Fragrance aficionado Nicole Eckels launched Glasshouse Fragrances in 2006 from a spark of imagination and a belief in the power of fragrance to transform the everyday.  Since its launch nearly a decade ago, Glasshouse Fragrances has quickly grown to become a leading brand in the Australian fragrance market.

Born and raised in New York, Nicole got her start as a Makeup Artist at SACS Fifth Avenue. After a stint in San Francisco in Corporate Business and Sales, Nicole recognised she needed a new challenge and flew to the sunny shores of Australia with her son, looking for a sea change. It was in Australia that Nicole says she found her true calling.

While shopping in David Jones to replace a beloved candle purchased in New York City, Nicole couldn’t find what she was looking for. Noting both the high end brands from Europe, and non-fragranced low-end brands, Nicole saw a clear gap in the market and out of that moment, Glasshouse Fragrances was born.

Glasshouse Fragrances is now the leading fragrance brand in David Jones and has grown to become a local and international favourite. More recently, the Sapphire Group extended their brand portfolio with the launch of Circa Home, continuing Nicole’s quest to meet the needs of every consumer.

To this day, Nicole remains passionate about self-belief and determination, and it’s her mission to assist those who believe in themselves to reach their potential by sharing practical advice and experience. She advises entrepreneurs to remember starting a business is a marathon, not a sprint: sustained hard effort and work over time equal results.

When she needs a little extra inspiration, Nicole remembers her favourite quote: Figure out what you love doing, and then dream up a way to make a living doing it.

Find out more at www.glasshousefragrances.com.

Resparkle
Pearl Chan has a vision – a healthy home for everyone. When she had this initial vision, Pearl believed that Read More
Pearl ChanResparkle

Pearl Chan has a vision – a healthy home for everyone. When she had this initial vision, Pearl believed that a total redesign of basic home care was needed in order to improve the wellbeing of our health, community and planet.
Pearl created a solution in the form of Resparkle, a 100% natural, safe and effective organic cleaning range that is made affordable by reducing packaging. Resparkle goes beyond mere home care products, Pearl’s ethos for her business is that it is a way of empowering people through the opportunity to make small but positive change to their everyday lives.
Pearl’s favourite things about running her own business are being able to pursue something she truly believes in, making choices that are in line with her values and using the business for greater good. On the flip side, what’s the most challenging? Keeping the faith when things get tough, she says. It can be a lonely journey that takes up your entire emotional and mental space.
Her number one piece of business advice is, Know your “Why”. You have to believe in yourself and your vision. Know why you’re doing what you’re doing as this will take you through the tough times. Never ever give up!
Originally from Singapore, Pearl’s family continue to be extremely supportive to her while she runs the business. Her husband is her sounding board for when things go wrong and when there is success to be celebrated!
Pearl was inspired to support Global Sisters as she has had her own experience of starting a business from scratch. She is honored to impart some of her knowledge and inspire less advantaged women to pursue their dreams and gain financial independence.
Find out more at resparkle.com.au2

Oobi
Alex Riggs has always loved working in design and with colour and fabrics. Her background in screen printing and product development Read More
Alex RiggsOobi

Alex Riggs has always loved working in design and with colour and fabrics. Her background in screen printing and product development for major brands helped to set her up with core skills for her career, but she always felt driven to use her personal creativity to start her own business.
12 years ago in Sydney, Alex launched Oobi, the boutique childrenswear and accessories label. It all started when Alex took a pitch at Glebe market with a small design range for children. The range was an instant sell out and that was the spark for bigger things to come.
For Alex, the great thing about being her own boss is steering the business and her staff in a direction that supports her ethical position. This has allowed her to dedicate significant time, resources and creative input to supporting charitable works, NGOs and special needs kids. It is this ethos which led Alex to become a Global Sisters Ambassador.
Feeling part of a world beyond the brand and their customers is an integral part of driving Oobi for Alex and her staff. The Oobi ethos is about making people happy and this is reflected in their fun and happy designs, great customer service, events and the community.
In her spare time, Alex loves to travel and her trips overseas inspire much of her creativity, such as trips to flea markets where she finds retro clothing and design books.
Her favourite inspirational quote is ‘I Have a Dream’ by Martin Luther King,
Find out more at oobi.com.au

Administration Coordinator
Fiona is the Administration Coordinator at Global Sisters. With nearly 20 years’ experience in Administration, Operations and Customer Service, Fiona Read More
Fiona WrightAdministration Coordinator

Fiona is the Administration Coordinator at Global Sisters. With nearly 20 years’ experience in Administration, Operations and Customer Service, Fiona plays a pivotal role in supporting the Global Sisters team.

Fiona fell into her first administration based role and soon realised she thrives off being able to help and support others. She started her career as a receptionist and administration assistant for a software company. Fiona then took on an administration role working in a small office, during her time there she took on different roles and responsibilities including customer service manager and assisting web and systems development.

Purebaby Organic
Mirabai Winford has always been inspired by nature, believing the natural environment is one of our greatest treasures and nurtures Read More
Mirabai WinfordPurebaby Organic

Mirabai Winford has always been inspired by nature, believing the natural environment is one of our greatest treasures and nurtures our health and wellbeing. When her first child was born, Mirabai’s value for nature deepened; she searched for clothing that was organic and gentle for her newborn’s sensitive skin but was unable to find many options. She discovered other parents on the same search and so she was inspired to find a solution – Purebaby was born.
For Mirabai, one of the greatest challenges of running her own business is keeping the balance between her work and home life. But despite the long hours, one of the best things is being able to have a sustainable and ethical business practice where she knows her staff, working in India, are treated well and love what they do.
Her top piece of advice for another woman starting a business? Trust your instincts, do your research and make sure you have as much information as possible to plan and execute.
Outside the Purebaby office, Mirabai is a dedicated wife to Sanjay and mum to Samara (15) and Oliver (8). Her family are a constant source of support and she hopes her children will adopt the dedicated work ethic she has tried hard to instil in them!
Mirabai feels passionately about supporting Global Sisters; being able to share all her business learnings with socioeconomically disadvantaged women, to help accelerate their business ideas and dreams. She believes that to come from a position of disadvantage but have the courage and passion to pursue the dream of running a business and achieve financial independence, is incredible.
Find out more at purebaby.com.au

Uberkate
Kate Sutton has always been a creative person, but it was a serious health issue that took her from her Read More
Kate SuttonUberkate

Kate Sutton has always been a creative person, but it was a serious health issue that took her from her previous career path to where she is now: designing jewellery as the head of her own jewellery label, Uberkate.
Kate was enjoying a successful career in television when a stroke revealed a benign brain tumour. While surgery was successful, she had to consider lifestyle choices carefully for the future. Kate designed jewellery as a much loved hobby and decided to sign up to an evening class, making earring hooks. Earring hooks! She says it sounds so simple yet is very complex. And from that moment, she was hooked on metal.
With no commercial training, Kate has created a successful business and much loved brand which has been running for more than 10 years.
Kate says she designs with passion and with heart, and that’s what every person shows when they ask for bespoke pendants, key chains and cuff links. Kate is driven to make everything as beautiful as she can for her clients. As her clients show love for special people in buying her product, Kate ensures that love is returned, not only in the piece, but in the packaging and the chain, the finish – everything.
Kate is honoured to be a Global Sister Ambassador and to support, nurture and evolve her mentee, Yasmin. She is passionate about making grassroots change to the lives of Australian women who may not have the opportunities that she has been fortunate enough to receive. Seeing and supporting other women in business, bringing out their inner creative is her inspiration – she can’t wait to see what Yasmin does next!
Find out more at uberkate.com.au

Cristina Re
The Cristina Re range boasts over 500 products of the highest quality which are sold to over 1000 stores around Read More
Cristina ReCristina Re

The Cristina Re range boasts over 500 products of the highest quality which are sold to over 1000 stores around Australia and the world. Her company has sold in excess of $5o million in product sales over the last two decades.
Cristina Re is an impressive combination of artist, stylist, author, TV presenter, photographer, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Cristina has appeared on a variety of TV shows presenting her products and showcasing her talents. Her strong business acumen has enabled her to successfully grow her company from its small beginnings to market leader for 20 years. Design aficionados, stylists, an established celebrity clientele and lovers of all things beautiful seek her unique and beautiful designs.
Cristina has a mission to educate woman on the importance of nurturing our wellbeing, mentally, psychically and spiritually by indulging and surrounding ourselves in beautiful things that make us happy. She has been asked to speak about her unique and inspiring success story to thousands of women at large scale corporate and charity events over the years, and she has succeeded in influencing, motivating and manifesting change which has become her life mission.
Cristina continues to support numerous charities, especially when it comes to helping woman, children and animals, and is seen as a mentor to many for her kind and generous nature and willingness to help others.

Berger Ingredients
Diem Fuggersberger is a Vietnamese businesswoman who has experienced the true highs and lows of running a business. Her unique story is inspirational Read More
Diem FuggersbergerBerger Ingredients

Diem Fuggersberger is a Vietnamese businesswoman who has experienced the true highs and lows of running a business. Her unique story is inspirational and a testament to Diem’s strength, skill and spirit which has seen her go from losing a $27million business to bouncing back to launch a specialist food business, Berger Ingredients. All the while bringing up two children!
Diem and her husband lead Berger Ingredients’ team to deliver innovative food ingredients and nutritious children’s meals.
Leaving Vietnam as a refugee when she was seven years old, Diem and her family came to Australia with nothing; not even a word of English. But her parents instilled ‘old fashioned family values’ and a positive work ethic in Diem and encouraged her to be determined and take risks.
Diem has been faced with numerous challenges in her life that have made her grow as a person. She compares the loss of her business to becoming a refugee again; starting from scratch. Diem has a steadfast belief that having faith and working hard will ultimately lead to positive karma and reward.
Her favourite things about running her own business are putting her passion into practice, being able to work with her family every day and giving back. She believes that everyone should be treated equally in life and at work and this is integral to who she is as a person.
Diem’s top piece of business advice? If you believe in something and there is a mountain to climb in order to reach success – keep going, be determined and follow your heart.
Diem is honoured to be supporting Global Sisters as the work is close to her heart and reminds her of her own life journey. She wants to offer all the advice and mentorship she can to those who need it.

top3 by design
A passion to unearth the best designs on the planet and share them with a wider audience led Terri Winter Read More
Terri Wintertop3 by design

A passion to unearth the best designs on the planet and share them with a wider audience led Terri Winter to establish top3 by design nearly 15 years ago.
Born out of the frustration of not being able to access a good range of innovative international design products in Australia, Terri took matters into her own hands to deliver this and she now owns five stores (Sydney, Melbourne and online) with 45,000 members.
Despite the long hours involved in retail, Terri loves what she does. She cites her biggest business challenge as balancing the emotional ties with the commercial realities. Her favourite part of running her own business is the flexibility to make her own decisions and knowing the losses and gains are down to her and her leadership team.
Terri’s top piece of advice for someone thinking about starting their own business? Surround yourself with people that are better than you are and remember that delegating is not necessarily about not doing all the jobs you don’t like to do – it is knowing when your skills are better utilised in certain areas.
When Terri isn’t sourcing the best design products from around the globe, Terri is a dedicated Mum to Jay (15) and Zac (12) and wife to Bernd. Whilst work plays a big role in their lives, Terri ensures family time is always a priority.
Terri is supporting Global Sisters as an Ambassador as she wants to offer her support and advice to those women who may not have the same opportunities or backing that she has been fortunate to have.

Find out more at top3.com.au

Skin Juice
A childhood spent exploring the Australian bush and an affinity with the healing powers of the earth helped Jo Dampney Read More
Jo DampneySkin Juice

A childhood spent exploring the Australian bush and an affinity with the healing powers of the earth helped Jo Dampney to develop her successful skin care business, Skin Juice, which has been thriving for more than 17 years.
A proud country girl at heart, Jo has fond memories of growing up on her family property, adoring being close to Mother Nature. As a child, Jo would experiment with mineral-rich clays from the land in her playtime laboratory. She would collect and mix the purifying clays and bottle them as gifts to family and school friends, to be used for face and body painting as well as skin treatments.
As she grew up, Jo continued to expand her knowledge and fascination with the natural healing powers of the earth. For eight years, Jo owned and operated a successful salon with rituals and treatments that focused on holistic and natural choices. At the same time, she struggled to find products that reflected the ethos of her life and her business. So she gradually combined her aromatherapy knowledge with her fascination for plant oils and their therapeutic effects and Skin Juice was born.
Jo’s innovative concept, breaking all the ‘rules’ of skincare with cleansing oils instead of soapy formulas, and night oils in place of night creams, received tremendous support. The success of her business allows her to do what she loves and to share more of her time and energy with her husband Dion and children, Lila and Artie.
Find out more at skinjuice.com.au

Acknowledgment of Country

At Global Sisters we seek to learn about and celebrate First Australian history and culture, and the incredible story of survival of the world’s oldest continuous culture. We recognise that the land we now know as Australia is Aboriginal land and was never ceded.

We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to Elders past and present.

The Global Sisters team lives and works all across Australia & we commit to talking softly and gently on this land. We believe in “good business”, both for ourselves and encouraging Sister businesses to be good for people and the planet, and kind to animals. We commit to Global Sisters being a welcoming and inclusive place for First Australian Sisters, and invite you to join us in showing respect to our Aboriginal Sisters and their communities. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is important to us and is embedded in our founding organisational values. One of these values is “Standing Tall”. By this we mean:

  • lifting each other 

  • living with dignity 

  • equality 

  • a “level playing field” 

  • valuing diversity 

  • inclusiveness 

  • Respect.

We are in the process of developing our DEI Statement which will address our thinking and position on diversity, inclusion, intersectionality and belonging. The women Global Sister’s supports are highly diverse and we are taking the time to consult our team, partners and Sisters so this guiding statement is genuinely reflective of our Global Sisters community. We acknowledge that we are on a journey of continuous learning and this statement will evolve and develop as we do. We welcome input from our Sisters and community via hello@globalsisters.org (Subject: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion).