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Chair
Nicky is the CEO of Unilever Australia & New Zealand and former Global CEO of luxury retailer, T2 Tea. She Read More
Nicky SparshottChair

Nicky is the CEO of Unilever Australia & New Zealand and former Global CEO of luxury retailer, T2 Tea. She has over 25 years of experience in developing and building brands, growing businesses, and transforming infrastructure and culture. She has worked across a broad range of organisations including Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company, P&G and George Patterson Y&R.

Recognised for her depth and breadth of expertise across FMCG, Retail, Luxury, and Ecommerce, Nicky also brings broader based category experience spanning food, beverages, health care and personal care.

Nicky holds a Masters in International Business, which has been supported by significant global management experience across Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe, USA and the highly diverse markets of Asia. She recently completed an Executive MBA in Change, through INSEAD, graduating with Distinction and is also an HBDI certified practitioner.

Nicky is a Non-Executive Director on the boards of World Wildlife Fund Australia; Global Sisters; and the Australian Food & Grocery Council and sits on the Australasian Advisory Board of the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute and UTS Vice Chancellors Industry Advisory Board. She is a National Member of the Champions of Change Coalition; a Founding Member of the B-Team Australasia and Climate Leaders Coalition and is a member of Chief Executive Women. She is a passionate advocate that businesses today must drive sustainable agendas that positively impact both people and the planet and in doing so be a true force for good.

The best advice she has ever been given was “when you are dancing on thin ice you may as well tap dance” and that is how she lives her life with her husband Graeme and their two children, Keira & Lachlan.

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. She has also been voted one of the 25 most inspiring and influential poplin the for-purpose sector as a Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 winner for 2022.
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

Director
Nick has 24 years industry experience leading some of the most creative companies in world, while also working globally and Read More
Nick GarrettDirector

Nick has 24 years industry experience leading some of the most creative companies in world, while also working globally and locally on some of the most dynamic brands in the world – Airbnb, Apple, Google, Adidas, The United Nations, Absolut Vodka, Heineken, BMW Mini, Levi’s and VW to name but a few. Nick also has 15+ years financial service experience and has worked on ING Direct, ANZ, Westpac, BNZ and was part of the team that created ‘More Than Money’ for NAB.

Over his career Nick has worked in the US, UK, New Zealand and Australia at agencies who operate at the business end of creativity. Nick is the only leader globally to have been the CEO across two agencies (Colenso BBDO & Clemenger BBDO) who between them have been named the most creative agency in the world three times. 

His passion for commercial creativity and his entrepreneurial mind has helped launch some of the most innovative and transformative work to come out of this market in the last two decades, which is why he was named Australian Marketing Leader of the year in 2018.

Nick left the agency world behind two years ago to set up his own consultancy before joining Deloitte Digital Creative as a partner in September 2021.He sits on numerous advisory boards, has launched several companies in the past two years and in a pro-bono capacity is the senior global strategy and creative consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in New York.

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.

Director
Rachel has deep experience in leading accelerated growth for many global brands through her Senior Executive roles at Afterpay, T2 Read More
Rachel KellyDirector

Rachel has deep experience in leading accelerated growth for many global brands through her Senior Executive roles at Afterpay, T2 and Just Group.
Rachel has a passion for partnering with entrepreneurs to help unleash and scale their vision as both an investor and advisor/ Board Member.

Director
Jackie has over 20 years of marketing, digital disruption and transformation experience across media, tech, telco, aviation and financial services. Read More
Jackie Lee-JoeDirector

Jackie has over 20 years of marketing, digital disruption and transformation experience across media, tech, telco, aviation and financial services. She has enjoyed working for some truly impactful brands Netflix, BBC, Skype, Virgin, Orange and Afterpay. Like so many Antipodeans, Jackie’s perpetual sense of wanderlust has led to a myriad of global and regional roles where she’s had the pleasure of working with and learning from many teams around the world.

At Orange and Virgin, she worked on the advent of smart-phones, mobile internet and services, before moving to OTT communications with Skype.  As Global Director of Audience Marketing, Entertainment Partnerships and Broadcast Media – she was responsible for Skype’s campaign and content marketing platforms, growing the entertainment partnership program and building Skype’s capability and presence in the broadcast space.

At BBC Studios, Jackie had oversight of more than 300 brands globally, fostering franchise brands such as Doctor Who, the Planet Series, Top Gear and growing new brands such as Hey Duggee and Bluey.  Jackie was instrumental in helping to create new digital ways for communities to engage with BBC content globally in partnership with Google, Snap, Facebook, Oculus and WeChat.

At Netflix as Global Chief Marketing Officer, she brought her experience in media and entertainment together with a deep understanding of the internet and tech – building reach and fan engagement for a growing international content slate across an expanding range of genres, deepening partnerships, leading popular culture by fostering conversations around the world, and developing Netflix’s brand.

Since returning to Australia, she is an advisor and board member to some of the leaders in the entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem.  She is also currently Global Head of Customer, Content & Marketing @ Money by Afterpay, leading the product design, content and marketing teams in building a new OTT money experience focused on Gen Z and Millennials.

 

 

Director
Louise is the General Counsel of KPMG Australia. She has over 25 years of experience as a lawyer in both Read More
Louise CaponDirector

Louise is the General Counsel of KPMG Australia. She has over 25 years of experience as a lawyer in both in private legal practice and in-house roles in Australia and the UK. She holds degrees in Economics and Law (Hons), has a GAICD with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of Chief Executive Women.

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

Director
Michael Saadat is the Head of International Public Policy for Block, Inc (NYSE: SQ), leading Block’s public policy efforts across Read More
Michael SaadatDirector

Michael Saadat is the Head of International Public Policy for Block, Inc (NYSE: SQ), leading Block’s public policy efforts across APAC and EMEA, for all of Block’s business units (Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL and TBD). Michael also leads public policy in relation to Buy Now Pay Later (Afterpay and Clearpay) globally.

Prior to Block’s acquisition of Afterpay in February 2022, Michael was VP, Global Regulatory Affairs at Afterpay, a role he held from November 2019.

Michael is also a non-executive director on the board of FinTech Australia.

Michael has a breadth and depth of domestic and international experience in consumer financial services regulation and public policy at senior levels.

Michael was previously a senior executive at Australia’s financial services conduct regulator: the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Michael was ASIC’s Executive Director for Financial Services and Regional Commissioner for New South Wales. Michael led ASIC’s supervisory work across consumer financial services, including retail banking, consumer credit, insurance and payments.

While at ASIC, Michael was Chair of the Market Conduct Working Group at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors, the international standard setting body for insurance regulation.

Michael has also previously worked as Head of Compliance for Citibank in Australia, and at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney and London.

Michael has Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Macquarie University, a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics, and an Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Women’s Financial Inclusion Lead
Robyn has more than two and a half decades of subject matter expertise in international development, specifically in the thematic Read More
Robyn RobertsonWomen’s Financial Inclusion Lead

Robyn has more than two and a half decades of subject matter expertise in international development, specifically in the thematic areas of microfinance, responsible inclusive finance, financial empowerment innovation, gender lens investing and finance as a strategy for social change. Robyn has held a range of roles responsible for regional portfolios at World Vision, Good Return, Microfinance Opportunities, and at the time one of the largest microfinance organisations globally, Opportunity International.

Robyn’s career is characterised by research, development and innovation – exploration through adaptive design for large scale behaviour change programs that tackle the complex, stubborn socioeconomic issues facing our world today.

Robyn has an established comprehensive framework for practice utilising community engagement, public participation, social and ethnographical research, complimented by human centred design and consumer experience thinking. Robyn believes we each add our highest value through careful listening, and deep thinking, and by co-creating design solutions that embody simplicity and elegance, that respond to the essence of what people really need.

Robyn has represented on both national and international working groups responsible for socio-economic policy development (such as the Shared Value Summit Asia Pacific, Financial Inclusion Innovation Summit, and the Financial Inclusion 2020 Financial Capability Global Industry Working Group 2012-2015 Chaired by World Bank, IFC and UN); and more recently been an active social justice advocate with organisations such as International Justice Mission and Micah.

 

Head of Marketing
Emily’s passion is in building brands and helping them grow faster and sustainably. Through a mix of growth, marketing, and Read More
Emily CairnsHead of Marketing

Emily’s passion is in building brands and helping them grow faster and sustainably. Through a mix of growth, marketing, and product development solutions, Emily has helped grow brands across Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

She joins Global Sisters having worked across a diverse range of industries including technology, travel and tourism, destination management, and FMCG.

Emily is passionate about developing authentic, sustainable, and innovative brands that seek to make a positive impact.

Since having two children of her own, Emily sees more than ever the benefit of self-employment as a means for financial security. She is honoured to support our Sisters in achieving their own goals and empower more to do the same. Equally, she is excited to witness the rise of female founders, and the broader social change and impact this can have.

Emily has degrees in Law and Psychology from Griffith University. She and her husband live in the Gold Coast where they are raising their two young daughters.

emilyc@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

Director
Michelle is a proud Ganggalida and Takalak woman from the Gulf of Carpentaria in far north Queensland. Michelle is the Read More
Michelle MatthewsDirector

Michelle is a proud Ganggalida and Takalak woman from the Gulf of Carpentaria in far north Queensland. Michelle is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Manager at Bunnings, where her role is to support the economic empowerment of Indigenous people through driving employment, retention and career development initiatives, support of Indigenous businesses and increasing awareness of issues that impact First Nations Australians.

Michelle’s background is in human resources, and she has 20+ years’ experience working in leadership roles across financial services and the retail sectors.

Michelle sits on the Wesfarmers Employment Parity Initiative Steering Committee and is a member of the Australian Retail Associations Reconciliation Action Plan working group.

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.

Marketing Manager
Originally hailing from beautiful Bavaria in Germany, Laura is an avid Marketing enthusiast, with a commercial background and extensive hands Read More
Laura VavraMarketing Manager

Originally hailing from beautiful Bavaria in Germany, Laura is an avid Marketing enthusiast, with a commercial background and extensive hands on experience in all things digital marketing, sales and social media.
After years of working in high growth, commercial businesses, Laura is excited to bring her skills and passion to Global Sisters.
Working across multiple parts of the business, she is excited to see our Sisters thrive and achieve their goals of being successful female entrepreneurs.

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

Data and Systems Effectiveness
Raised in Scotland, Janet’s career began working in the corporate world as a software developer, after qualifying with a Computer Science Read More
Janet McLeanData and Systems Effectiveness

Raised in Scotland, Janet’s career began working in the corporate world as a software developer, after qualifying with a Computer Science degree. A stint followed living and working in New York, then in the early 2000s she migrated to Australia.

In Australia, Janet has held positions at a number of large software companies, initially as a software developer and later as a business analyst and product owner/manager.

In recent years Janet lived in Spain, working for a time as a business analyst for the EU Intellectual Property Agency and also running a small holiday property rental business with her husband.

Janet loves to travel and experience different places as a house sitter, and has done dozens of sits for owners and their pets both in Spain and around Australia.

Bringing over 20 years experience across technology and business, Janet is passionate about helping women succeed in business and is excited to bring her skills to Global Sisters.

Janet lives in Western Australia south of Perth with her husband.

janet@globalsisters.org

 

 

 

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.

Member Experience & Program Coordinator
Jo’s background in education and community development has lead her to work in India, Cambodia and Germany, as well as Read More
Jo AudleyMember Experience & Program Coordinator

Jo’s background in education and community development has lead her to work in India, Cambodia and Germany, as well as remote indigenous communities in Australia. Jo is passionate about social justice and community development projects that support women to reach their full potential. She believes when women have the opportunity to achieve success, there are benefits not only for the individual but for families and communities in general.

Jo began her career as a primary school teacher in Melbourne and also taught at an international school in Germany. After completing a Masters of International Development, Jo worked on a range of community development projects in rural India- largely supporting women’s groups with training and enterprise development. Upon returning to Australia, Jo took up a role with Save the Children and worked with newly arrived women and children, predominately refugees and asylum seekers living in public housing in inner-city Melbourne.

Recently Jo has had experience setting up her own small business. In 2019 she founded Double Scoop; a small jewellery and homewares business that enabled her to work flexibly around the needs of caring for her young family. Jo experienced firsthand the benefits of entrepreneurship as an alternative to mainstream employment. In setting up a small business Jo quickly saw the need to develop her skills in areas such as social media, marketing and financial management.

Jo has degrees in Arts, Education and International Development from the University of Melbourne. She and her husband live in a small coastal town in Victoria where they are raising their three daughters.

jo@globalsisters.org

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

Administration Coordinator
Clare is a highly skilled professional with experience in outdoor education, program management, and teaching. With ten years of experience Read More
Clare ReillyAdministration Coordinator

Clare is a highly skilled professional with experience in outdoor education, program management, and teaching. With ten years of experience working in administration roles in various capacities, she has demonstrated her ability to be learning agile and a dedication to following established policies and procedures to navigate challenging environments. Clare possesses excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with people from diverse backgrounds, interests, and needs.

As the director of Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre, Clare has proven her expertise in budget management and staff mentoring. She has also shown her ability to organise and facilitate meetings, maintain and write reports in a timely manner, and coordinate staff annual reviews. Clare has a friendly and approachable manner that enables her to work collaboratively with a range of people in achieving goals.

In addition to her professional experience, Clare is a successful blogger, disability advocate, and podcast host of the MS Understood podcast.

Clare has a Bachelor of Arts (Outdoor Education), Graduate Diploma of Primary Education and is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Clare lives in Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula with her husband and 9 year old son.

Clare@globalsisters.org

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

Marketplace Coordinator
Coming from Colombia, South America, Luisa is a passionate advocate of social causes, and sustainability. She moved to Australia to Read More
Luisa BruceMarketplace Coordinator

Coming from Colombia, South America, Luisa is a passionate advocate of social causes, and sustainability. She moved to Australia to study a masters of fashion entrepreneurship at the University of RMIT, seeking to contribute to businesses that have an ethical component in their mission, and values.

Moreover, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and great experience working with international organisations. This, helped her to understand the operation of a company in different environments, and its connection with the world.

She has also worked with different marketplaces in the US, and Europe supporting Australian Fashion brands in trading their products, and increasing revenue. In addition to that, she possesses knowledge in stock management, merchandising, e-commerce, and a mindset of making things happen.

Luisa loves to travel and get to know new places, and cultures. She likes to spend time going on adventures while listening to stories people she meets along the way have to tell. Her interest in ethical and sustainable businesses, traveling and cultural diversity were the reasons she chose to make Australia her new home, and now joined the community of Global Sisters.

Luisa@globalsisters.org

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

Community Manager
Sascha has an extensive background in social media, content creation, community support and marketing. She is fiercely passionate about female Read More
Sascha FarleyCommunity Manager

Sascha has an extensive background in social media, content creation, community support and marketing.
She is fiercely passionate about female empowerment and facilitating community connections.
Dabbling in her own entrepreneurial journeys over the years, she thrives being creative and busy, always willing to try something new. Coming to Global Sisters with a thirst for change and a role that aligns directly with her passions and values, she is excited to be a part of the change we so need as a society.
Born and bred in Australia, she is now raising her 4 young kids on the Northern Beaches, Sydney and understands now more than ever the importance of financial security and having a creative outlet.
Sascha has had experience setting up her own small businesses over the years, more recently a service based business, The Pram Cleaning Collective, founded in 2022.
Sascha enjoys the simple joys of life, like cooking, family walks & slow beach days.

Sascha@globalsisters.org

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

Social Impact Measurement Coordinator
Madeline’s 15-year career in the community services sector has shaped her deep passion for research and community projects centring on Read More
Madeline JubbSocial Impact Measurement Coordinator
Madeline’s 15-year career in the community services sector has shaped her deep passion for research and community projects centring on social justice. Madi has worked closely with women and young people in a variety of front-facing roles within not-for-profit, NGO, and female-led contexts. Madi is a strong believer in being led by the people we are assisting and doing things with – not for others. Her working positionality maintains that change comes through deep listening, collaboration, and being led by the people whose lives we are assisting through practice and community service. She has worked on a variety of projects that have aimed to create community change, enhance inclusion, and recognise the individual. Madi brings with her a research degree in social sciences and is working with Global Sisters to elevate the voices of the women we back.
She has spent time overseas travelling, working, and studying sociology – and is forever curious about the human experience and how systemic changes occur.
Madi also works on a business start-up and can relate to the devotion and support required to move a business idea forward. In her spare time, Madi loves teaching yoga, and practices yoga regularly in her hometown of Newcastle, beautiful Awabakal Country.
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.

Membership Services
Marnie is a passionate and ambitious individual proudly calling the BEaUtiful Whitsundays home. With a diverse background in small business Read More
Marnie ReiffelMembership Services

Marnie is a passionate and ambitious individual proudly calling the BEaUtiful Whitsundays home. With a diverse background in small business development, finance, administration and coaching, Marnie possesses a unique skill set to help individuals in business and life.

From a young age, Marnie embraced her entrepreneurial spirit by establishing her first business in the café, catering, and restaurant industry. This hands-on experience provided her with a deep understanding of the intricacies involved in managing and growing a successful business.

Continuously seeking growth, knowledge and to enhance her ability to assist others, Marnie has pursued various certifications throughout her career. As a certified Root Cause Therapist, NLP practitioner, Business, Life and Wellness coach, she has empowered countless individuals to overcome obstacles and achieve personal and professional growth.

Driven by her passion for supporting women, Marnie founded The Power of Gratitude Project and Real Amazing Women (RAW) online retreat. Through these platforms, she creates transformative experiences to promote holistic well-being.

As an independent mother to three teenage daughters, Marnie deeply understands the challenges of balancing solo parenting responsibilities while building business and striving for financial independence. She is dedicated to helping women recognise their worth, know their value and accomplish their potential. This is why Global Sisters’ mission to create economic opportunities for all women resonates strongly with her, as she believes every woman has the right to shape her own economic future.

Marnie is an advocate for breaking down barriers, driving change, and empowering women to thrive. She wholeheartedly embraces her role in Global Sisters Member Services team, where she dedicates herself to serving and supporting women on their business journey, in achieving financial independence and creating brighter futures for themselves and their families.

Marnie@globalsisters.org

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.

Membership Services
Narelle is a dedicated professional with over two decades of experience in the community services sector. Her unwavering passion for Read More
Narelle ArthurMembership Services

Narelle is a dedicated professional with over two decades of experience in the community services sector. Her unwavering passion for empowering individuals has led to a career marked by innovation, impact, and a commitment to positive change.

Throughout her career, Narelle has demonstrated an exceptional ability to develop and deliver programs aimed at empowering people. Her innovative approach has paved the way for numerous success stories, leaving a lasting impact on those she serves.

One of Narelle’s notable achievements is the creation of a flexible education program tailored to young people at risk of homelessness. This program has not only provided vital educational opportunities but has also offered hope and stability to vulnerable youth, helping them build brighter futures.

Narelle’s dedication to social impact extends beyond traditional service delivery. She, along with a small team, developed two thriving social enterprises, each providing employment opportunities to long-term unemployed individuals. Through these enterprises, she has championed the cause of economic empowerment, breaking the cycle of unemployment and transforming lives.

In a transformative move, Narelle and her family made the life-changing decision to relocate to a picturesque coastal town on the Bellarine Peninsula. This move reflects her commitment to balancing a fulfilling personal life with her professional aspirations.

Narelle@globalsisters.org

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.

Constitutional Recognition and Voice to Parliament

Global Sisters position on Constitutional Recognition and Voice to Parliament 

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).