About Global Sisters

Meet the Team

 

Mandy Richards CEO/Founder

Mandy Richards

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Mandy is a social entrepreneur who is fiercely passionate about human rights, eradicating poverty and empowering women which led her to establishing Global Sisters in 2014.

 

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, New Zealand as well as high profile charities including the Hamlin Fistula Hospitals in Ethiopia and locally as National Marketing Manager for the RSPCA.

 

More recently, Mandy has worked with Social Ventures Australia, establishing the ACT Social Enterprise Hub and as the Director for Place Based Philanthropy with the Sydney Community Foundation. She is currently completing a Masters in Human Rights Law.

Heather Thomson Chief Operating Officer

Heather Thomson

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Heather is Global Sisters’ Chief Operating Officer, Trustee of the McLean Foundation and Ambassador for Opportunity International Australia. Heather is a microfinance and community development specialist, committed to microfinance being delivered in a way that empowers women and brings families out of poverty permanently.
Heather has 15 years’ experience in microfinance, having worked with the global microfinance organisation, Opportunity International throughout Asia. Locally, she worked on the establishment of Many Rivers Microfinance and prepared research for the government on the state of microfinance in Australia.
Heather has run her own consultancy and worked with various government and not-for-profit organisations to develop frameworks for capacity building, impact measurement and donor management programs.

Elizabeth Henegan Head of Finance

Elizabeth Henegan

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Elizabeth has spent a decade working for leading global retailers in finance roles both in the UK and Australia, with experience in commercial performance management, pricing and margin structures, retail logistics and launching Ecommerce operations.
Elizabeth believes that successful retailers are those who deliver the best customer experiences, and she is passionate about the power of social enterprise to empower women to free themselves from poverty.
Elizabeth is excited to be combining her passions by delivering retail solutions that will provide our Sisters with a platform to generate income, connect consumers with Sisters’ stories and develop Global Sisters into a successful and sustainable social enterprise.

Karen Miles Head of Retail

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Karen Miles is an international-award-winning producer and journalist. She’s driven by her desire to find new ways to make a positive difference by crafting visual experiences and content that leave audiences inspired and informed.

With a career spanning multiple platforms, Karen has served as editor of one of Australia’s largest print magazines, led a series of interior design and homewares magazines, launched digital and social brands, presented on TV and radio, and delivered business workshops to 10,000+ people.

Karen has joined Global Sisters because she believes in the social influence of women and the transformative power of beautiful design and creativity. She is excited to grow the retail possibilities in her role as chief curator of our shopping experiences.

Lauren Wilby Admin Lead

Lauren Wilby

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Lauren is the Administration Lead/Corporate PA for Global Sisters. Her 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.

Jessica Hyde Logistics Lead

Jessica Hyde

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Like many members of the Global Sisters’ team, Jessica Hyde’s career path so far has spanned a number of diverse areas. She spent five years working in childcare, including two years as an in-home childcare provider, working closely with families with special needs or high care children (including multiple births, children with illness as well as children with disability).

After taking time off to raise her own children, Jess started working in an administration and reception role with UnitingCare in Canberra, before joining Global Sisters to assist with our warehouse in Canberra that’s been created thanks to a generous partnership with Louise Curtis and Lollypotz.

Jess now works part time for both Global Sisters and Lollypotz, and is excited about the opportunity to continuing helping support vulnerable women, build a community of supportive women, and help female entrepreneurs grow their businesses from an idea into a fruitful business.

Mary-Anne Scully Accelerator Lead, Hume

Mary-Anne Scully

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As a key member of our team in the Hume Region of Victoria, Mary-Anne Scully gets to do what she loves – working with and supporting businesses, government agencies and NGOs that are striving to make a positive difference in regional Australia.

Initially trained as a broadcast journalist, Mary-Anne’s background means she is particularly adept at identifying and communicating great stories, understanding what drives business success, and pursuing social change.

She later opted to study environmental management because she wanted to help businesses translate complex technical information into terms that could motivate people to care for, manage and protect the natural environment.

Throughout her career since, Mary-Anne has drawn upon these combined skills to develop campaign and communication resources for many sectors, including agriculture, vocational education and public health.

In her work with Global Sisters, Mary-Anne is encouraging entrepreneurship in regional Victoria, and is also developing social impact assessment skills to help businesses and organisations better understand the strategic value and outcomes of their work.

Sandy King Accelerator Lead, Hume

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Sandy King has lived and worked in North East Victoria for 16 years. Much of her focus has been on community development, working with youth and women, financial independence and helping people build emotional literacy to create a stronger future.

Sandy established the first domestic violence micro-finance program in rural Australia while working with Women’s Health Goulburn North East, and went on to design a program to provide financial mentoring after violence, called ’Tools for Change’.

She is also a fully accredited ICF coach and has her own coaching business called SEEDing INSIGHT – Youth and Kids Emotion Coaching and Training. She’s excited to bring her coaching and personal business experience to the world of women’s financial empowerment in her work with Global Sisters in the Hume region of Victoria.

Anna Crabb Accelerator Lead, Melbourne

Anna Crabb

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As our Accelerator Lead in Melbourne, Anna is looking forward to building and energising the Global Sisters network.

Anna is fascinated by entrepreneurship in all its guises. She was a key member of a health sector social enterprise start up team and is completing the Entrepreneurship Specialization at Wharton, UPenn.

As a Principal in the Social Ventures Australia Consulting team, Anna provided strategic consulting advice to social enterprises, government departments and agencies, philanthropic foundations, corporations and many of Australia’s leading not for profits. She delivered projects to Boards and Executives across Australia, in Indonesia and Hong Kong.

Anna started her career in the Victorian and Australian Governments. She has throughly enjoyed voluntary roles with the Foundation for Young Australians, The Smith Family, and Conservation Volunteers Australia. Anna holds a Master of Management from The Australian National University, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from the University of Melbourne.

Janine Lee Accelerator Lead, Queensland

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After successfully and singularly directing her company and leading a team of creatives to develop award winning campaigns for government and private sector clients for 15 years Janine recently found herself at a cross roads and faced with adversity. Half way through 2012 she had packed 3 children, four bags and $50 in her pocket and returned to Brisbane. Since then she has rebuilt a boutique design firm and develops bespoke design and creative strategy for a hand-picked selection of clients.

Prior to 2012 she founded and co-founded 3 other start-ups and has volunteered business, creative and hands on support to numerous NFP projects and social enterprises from CARE Australia, One Girl, Forest Stewardship Council and The National Breast Cancer Association. In 2016 whilst working through an MBA at the University of Queensland, she was awarded a director’s scholarship and was successful in application and pitch to both the Ideas Hub accelerator and the iLab Germinate program.

Janine’s passion for supporting and uplifting women is evident in her role as the Queensland Engagement Lead for Global Sisters as well as the creation of a social venture called Feathersome. With the help of a truly diverse and growing volunteer working group, Janine leads this social enterprise to uplift and promote female leadership by publishing authentic stories. Her vision is to share real stories, develop partnerships and invest profits into tech support and a community nesting program to aid the provision of resources and safe shelter for women affected by violence.

Sandra Lloyd Accelerator Lead, ACT

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Sandra Lloyd has worked in delivering training, mentoring and community capacity building in the non-profit sector for over 11 years with an additional 2 years as a social change researcher in the education and law faculties. She has an Anthropology Honours degree from UWA and more recently a Masters in International Community Development from Deakin University. Sandra’s passion has always been working to change the lives of women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is a Community Development Project Leader at Companion House in Canberra – Assisting Survivors of Torture and Trauma and has during this time begun facilitating a variety of refugee social enterprises. Drawn to the recovery potential that meaningful enterprise facilitation can bring to refugee women and their families, she became a Sister School Facilitator with Global Sisters and has been excited to watch women take-up their new learnings in the business education program. Sandra looks forward to keep using her Community Development approaches in Global Sisters and weaving a supportive network around new Sisters that are determined to have a go at a new journey in enterprise.

Board

 

Mandy Richards CEO/Founder

Mandy Richards

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Mandy is a social entrepreneur who is fiercely passionate about human rights, eradicating poverty and empowering women which led her to establishing Global Sisters in 2014.

 

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, New Zealand as well as high profile charities including the Hamlin Fistula Hospitals in Ethiopia and locally as National Marketing Manager for the RSPCA.

 

More recently, Mandy has worked with Social Ventures Australia, establishing the ACT Social Enterprise Hub and as the Director for Place Based Philanthropy with the Sydney Community Foundation. She is currently completing a Masters in Human Rights Law.

Olivia Loadwick Chairperson

Olivia Loadwick

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Olivia is a corporate finance specialist. As the former Executive Director of Pottinger she has advised some of the world’s leading companies on corporate strategy and provides policy advice to State and Federal governments. Olivia has worked in a number of international markets, and she has studied widely across many disciplines including applied finance, international commerce, art history and international relations.
A social entrepreneur, Olivia developed the ‘Leadership Action’ program for women in developed and developing countries during her tenure as Chair of Habitat Humanity’s Women Committee, and in 2013, presented an inspiring TEDx talk regarding funding solutions for social impact projects. Olivia is also the co-founder of the Glass Elevator, an initiative targeted at increasing the number of women in senior positions in business and in Government. Olivia was also recognised in the 2014 Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards.
With her passions firmly rooted in the development of women, joining the Global Sisters board was a natural fit for Olivia.
Olivia has a partner of 12 years and is a committed foodie.

Caroline McLaughlin Vice Chairperson

Caroline McLaughlin

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Caroline’s 20 year career as a marketing and communications professional has seen her living on three continents and working for leading advertising agencies including Ogilvy, Saatchi, McCann, BBDO and most recently DDI.
Her broad experience has seen her working across a number of industries including, consumer goods, telecommunications and finance, creating many memorable and award-winning campaigns.
After successfully running her own advertising agency, Caroline took a step back from corporate life to focus on raising her young children, Luke and Juliet. She has spent the past five years consulting on high level brand strategy to CEOs and their senior leadership teams. She is also called upon as an executive coach and brand advisor for start-up businesses.
Helping women to stand on their own two feet, even in the wake of daunting odds, is something that speaks very personally to Caroline. It is a remarkable thing to bear witness to and she would like her daughter to grow up seeing this first hand. It is for this reason that Caroline has joined the board of Global Sisters in the role of Vice Chairperson.

David Barnes

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David has been fortunate to work as a senior executive for a number of companies around the globe such as Deloitte in Australia and the USA, SAP as their Chief Operating Officer in Europe, Middle East and Africa and more recently with the Wotif Group as their Chief Commercial Officer.
As a strategic and commercially orientated executive, David has worked in many different industries including digital/online retail, software and services, telecommunications, travel and distribution. David is also a Chartered Accountant and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David loves exploring new destinations with his wife, Cathy, and two daughters, Sam and Charley. It is his daughters that inspired him to join Global Sisters – the desire for them to be surrounded by independent and inspirational women.

Torek Farhadi

Torek Farhadi

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Torek Farhadi is a multilingual professional with expertise in providing policy advice to top decision makers on integrating women and youth in global trade.
Torek has extensive private sector and development experience including communicating economic concepts in television, radio and print media as well as teaching finance and economics at the California State University-East Bay and the Dauphine University in Paris.  His professional experience includes microfinance, SME banking and fundraising, as well as empowering women in international trade. He has also worked for global organisations including Wells Fargo, BNP Parisbas and the World Bank.
France became Torek’s new home as a refugee from Afghanistan and his background inspired him to work in policy and development. Accordingly, his wealth of experience and support of Global Sisters’ work led him to become a Board Member.
Torek has travelled extensively and has lived and worked in France, the US and Afghanistan. He is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland where he is a Senior Adviser at International Trade Centre (ITC). In his spare time Torek enjoys playing chess.

Adelle Jackman

Adelle Jackman

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Adelle is a strategic and results orientated Talent Leader with diverse experience spanning professional services, manufacturing, information technology outsourcing and the corporate sector.
Her 20 year career has seen her partner with senior leaders in organisations such as Deloitte, NRMA and Telstra to deliver their business strategy from a people perspective, manage the acquisition and integration of businesses, transition business offshore and develop the leadership pipeline. As a trusted advisor, she has also taken on key roles such as Executive Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and Ethics Advocacy Officer.
Adelle’s key areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, workplace relations, organisational change and transformation, diversity and inclusion, leadership development and succession planning.
Outside of work, Adelle is highly engaged in community volunteering and youth mentoring initiatives and is actively involved in animal rescue.
Adelle joined Global Sisters because she is passionate about the exponential return achieved by investing in women to create financial independence. Adelle is driven by her belief that economic empowerment enables women to elevate themselves and their families from poverty and to transform their community.

Ian Lockhart

Ian Lockhart

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Ian is Partner at Minter Ellison law firm and a specialist in corporate finance, regulatory and compliance law. Acting for Australian and foreign banks, credit unions, governments and listed entities, Ian’s regulatory advisory practice spans consumer credit, privacy, anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing. As a corporate finance expert, Ian is leading practitioner in corporate syndicated lending, acquisition and leveraged finance, debt reconstruction and loan renegotiation.
As part of Minter Ellison pro bono legal support, Ian has worked with the Global Sisters team on developing the micro-loan program. Ian is thrilled to now be joining the Global Sisters board.

Ambassadors

 

Nicole Eckels Co-Founder and Creative Director, Sapphire Group Glasshouse Fragrances & Circa Home

Nicole Eckels

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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.

Pearl Chan Resparkle

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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.au

Alex Riggs Oobi

Alex Riggs

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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

Mirabai Winford Purebaby Organic

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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

Kate Sutton Uberkate

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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 Cristina Re

Cristina Re

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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.

Diem Fuggersberger Berger Ingredients

Diem Fuggersberger

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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.

Louise Curtis Lollypotz, Hamperesque and Pink Frosting

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Louise Curtis started her first business from home in 2001, delivering gift hampers to lucky recipients. 14 years later, Louise has grown two award winning online businesses, Hamperesque and Lollypotz. She now operates out of Australia and New Zealand and has won multiple awards including two Telstra Business Women’s awards for her two separate businesses.
Louise’s favourite word is “opportunity” and this is what drives her ambition and passion. She loves to meet new people and seek new opportunities in whatever form they arise. Louise feels being active in her business community is the key to driving new possibilities; hearing what others are achieving keeps her motivated and inspired to do more.
A dedicated mum and wife (and an AFL fanatic), Louise loves nothing more than spending the winter weekends with her husband and children at the footy watching the Sydney Swans. A devoted fan of the Swans for more than 30 years, she is ecstatic her children are following in her footsteps!
Her favourite inspirational quote is: “Don’t let the best you have done so far be the standard for the rest of your life” by Gustavus F Swift. Her previous employer printed this on a plaque for her as a farewell present – he knew just how ambitious Louise was when she left to become self employed!
Find out more at lollypotz.com.au and hamperesque.com

Terri Winter top3 by design

Terri Winter

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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

Jo Dampney Skin Juice

Jo Dampney

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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

Our Partners

 

Weir Anderson Foundation

Weir Anderson Foundation

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Yap and OSullivan Foundation

Yap and OSullivan Foundation

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Snow Foundation

Snow Foundation

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Sidney Myer Foundation

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Westpac Foundation

Westpac Foundation

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Minter Ellison

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McLean Foundation

McLean Foundation

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Community Partners