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.
Michelle Dixon is a partner and the Chief Executive Officer of Maddocks, an Australian law firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Michelle was appointed as CEO of Maddocks in 2014 after 13 years as a partner and 8 years as leader of the firm’s commercial disputes team.
Michelle’s leadership has seen the firm continue to grow and to lead the way on issues such as gender equality and diversity. During her time as CEO, Maddocks has been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equity Agency (WGEA). Her leadership led Michelle to be named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2015.
In 2016, Michelle was awarded the Victorian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership, an initiative by Women and Leadership Australia that recognises the contribution of a woman in elevating the visibility and importance of Australian women receiving equitable access to higher levels of leadership. She was also named Executive of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards in 2016.
She is an ambassador for the WGEA ‘In Your Hands’ initiative for pay equity, 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 member of The Nature Conservancy Australia’s Advisory Board. She is married to Chris, a mum to two young children and foster mum to a 22 year old (which makes her feel old).
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.
Nick joined Clemenger BBDO Melbourne in October 2015, and in January 2018 took on the national role of CEO for Clemenger BBDO in Australia.
Since joining the agency, Nick’s partnership with, James McGrath, Creative Chairman, has seen the agency go from strength to strength, by building on its foundation of a strong creative & strategic reputation while adding capability and significantly evolving the agency model.
In 2017 Clemenger BBDO Melbourne was ranked the #1 Creative Agency in the World by the Cannes Lions and D & AD and domestically awarded Australian Agency of the Year for Campaign Brief, AdNews and Mumbrella, and are the most effective agency in the Asia Pacific according to the APAC
Prior to joining Clemenger, Nick spent five years leading the team at Colenso BBDO in New Zealand, where the agency jumped from being the 33rd ranked creative agency globally to being the only agency in the world to be ranked in the top ﬁve, four years in a row, and the number one creative agency in the world in 2013 & 2016. In 2014 WARC ranked Colenso as the Smartest Agency in the World for coming top in the global effectiveness index.
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 – Mars, Apple, Sony PlayStation, Adidas, Absolut Vodka and Anheuser-Busch.
An economist by training, Richard has worked for the past 20 years in a variety of policy and political roles. In recent years he has been at the forefront of the national policy debates surrounding climate change policy. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University.
Prior to taking up his current position Richard was the Strategy Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, was Chief of Staff to the then Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, and held teaching and research jobs at Australian universities.
He has been appointed to a number of government advisory bodies, including the current review of Australia’s retirement income system. He is known for his ability to translate economics issues into everyday language. Richard has published extensively in academic journals, has a fortnightly column in The Canberra Times and Australian Financial Review and was the co-author of the best selling Affluenza (with Dr Clive Hamilton) and An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice (with Dr Sarah Maddison).
Executive Director of The Australia Institute.
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.
Kristy Fox lives to see women living their best, most on-purpose, spirited life. This is what attracted her to the role of Central Coast Community Ambassador for Global Sisters. Kristy has spent over 20 years working with youth and women in the community and not-for-profit sector. She is a motivational speaker, serial creative, entrepreneur, mother to three young children and the co-creator of She The Change; a power packed community for female changemakers!
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.
Amy is a soulful coach, mentor and sacred space holder. She believes that in helping women with a heart centred business, passion project or vision, it will enable them to become who they were born to be, share their unique gifts and in turn create a flow on effect of change in the world.
Founder of Designing her Life, a powerful speaker and a mix of business savvy and spirituality, Amy brings a beautiful blend of skills and experience that she is so excited to share with our Global Sisters and her new South East Melbourne community.
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.
Kyra lives in the gorgeous rural city of Benalla in North East Victoria and enjoys giving back to her
community. She is excited to be the Benalla and District Community Ambassador for Global Sisters.
Having been a small business owner herself for 30 years, she believes that all women have the right
to be financially independent. Through the Global Sisters program, Kyra is keen to assist rural
women to learn the skills, mindset and confidence required to develop and move forward with their
own small business ideas.
Mary is a community development practitioner and educator with fifteen years’ experience working to support the capacity development of women at risk of marginalisation. Much of Mary’s work has been to support refugee and migrant women and their families during their settlement in Australia. Although this work has always been meaningful, it has also often been challenging working with people during what is often a very disempowering time. As such, Mary is excited to bring her skills and experience to Global Sisters to support women in the North of Melbourne to become financially resilient and well connected within their communities and therefore to feel empowered as they go about starting or growing their own business.
Mary herself also has a small business, madreluna, within which she works as a doula (professional birth attendant), independent childbirth educator & mentor and circle facilitator. Mary has travelled extensively around the world, speaks several languages and considers herself a lifelong learner.
Mandy is a social entrepreneur fiercely passionate about human rights, animal welfare, eradicating poverty and empowering women and established Global Sisters in 2013. 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 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 is a Director of Regional Opportunities Australia and has completed a Master of Human Rights Law.
Heather’s career has been dedicated to social and economic justice for women. Her background in microfinance led her to work in Europe and Asia, living in the Philippines, India and France and working extensively in Indonesia and Timor Leste. After working at the OECD in Paris, Heather spent close to a decade working with one of the largest microfinance organisations globally, Opportunity International. She had the opportunity to work with start-up NGOs to large scale microfinance banks- all of who aimed to transform the lives of poor women through business.
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 a gaining a deeper insight into gender based poverty and disadvantage in urban Australia.
Heather joined the Founder of Global Sisters, Mandy Richards, to establish the organisation and launch operations in early 2016. They have gone from a 2 woman operation to leading a team of almost 20 in five urban and regional areas around Australia. After 3.5 years of piloting, Global Sisters is now poised to start scaling impact across Australia.
Heather holds a Masters in Development Administration from ANU and has studied social entrepreneurship at INSEAD Singapore. She is a Trustee of the McLean Foundation, a philanthropic foundation dedicated to conservation, education and gender equality.
She is the mum of 3 young kiddos, married to a complete superstar and lives on the Northern Beaches of Sydney
Jessica has a wealth of experience in Human Resources and Organisational Development and has worked with many companies and organisations, with her main experience including Mars Incorporated; who are consistently named as one of the best places to work. Her passion is to create inclusive and energetic workplaces where people can thrive and learn and contribute to society.
Jessica has a passion for the science of people and is currently also studying psychology at Monash University. She has a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Newcastle and is qualified in a range of team intervention tools including the Leadership Circle.
Jessica lives at Lake Macquarie with her husband, two young children and two thriving bee hives.
Isabella Jolly has over 15 years experience in corporate, start up and high growth businesses. 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 digital marketing. She has built, developed and mentored teams across Australia, UK, US, Asia in senior strategic roles, enabling businesses to reach their growth goals.
Lisa Edinburg brings with her a wealth of experience in both the corporate and community sectors. Lisa started her career as a management consultant with Capgemini Australia, supporting large firms with customer experience 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.
Laura Fontaine is a versatile strategic leader and manager bringing 20 years of experience from the corporate and humanitarian sector, where she has led the development and implementation of various climate change, environmental, resilience building and broader sustainability strategic programs.
Laura is trained in social geography and circular economy, which means she is deeply passionate about people and the environment. Having travelled to about 30 countries, she enjoys working with people from diverse cultures, environment and backgrounds.
In her role as Head of Programs, Laura brings her experience but also her dedication to people and particularly women who she says, “have the power to shine in their own way”. She also shares her own personal journey as a consulting business owner and as an enthusiastic writer.
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.
Lisa Brincat knows that one conversation and one light bulb moment can change someone’s life course and has been fortunate to experience many such moments. Lisa Brincat has over 15 years of experience in Strategy and Change, is a qualified Chartered Accountant, a CAPM Project Manager and a Certified Exponential Organisations Coach. Global Sisters has a 5 year strategy to build a sister tribe of 100k with 17k women earning income from their business. Behind every successful women are the people who had her back, the coaching program and global sisters supporters are key to realising this goal.
Sugandha Chapman (Sig) is a certified Holistic Health + Mindset coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, writer, speaker, workshop facilitator, aspiring yogi and mama to two cheeky kids, who helps enterprising women reclaim their glow, stop chasing their lives and start leading them. Sig is the founder of The Glow Revolution; built on the belief that if you want to give light to others you must first find the glow within yourself.
Her passion is helping smart, busy women flourish and get off their hamster wheel of overload and overwhelm by assisting them with unique core growth and development fundamental strategies. Sig blends together various therapies to provide women with a unique and highly transformative experience. Her easy-going, love-infused approach inspires women to shift their mindset and show them how to nourish themselves from the inside out to create more freedom, joy and success to their health, lives and businesses.
Sig has been spotlighted on and contributed to various media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Do You Yoga, I Quit Sugar, Inspired Coach magazine, Medium and Fit Approach.
Sig combines her experience from almost a decade in the corporate world and then in the not for profit sector, holistic wellness and life coaching, running two successful businesses and passion for women’s advocacy and social justice to support Sisters at all stages of business through the Global Sisters program.
She is also a soon to be certified Life Coach through the Beautiful You Coaching Academy and a leader with doTERRA essential oils combining the power of aromatherapy with science to teach and empower women, mothers and families and business owners about natural solutions for low-tox living, how to support their emotional wellbeing for success and go from surviving to thriving.
Adelle is a passionate humanitarian, social entrepreneur, visionary and an eternal optimist.
With a background in social welfare and a passion to make a difference in the lives of others Adelle alongside her husband have created and ran several social enterprises. As a result, they together founded the Welcome to Paradise Foundation which supports the disadvantaged living in the slums of Madagascar. The foundation also has partnerships with charities in both Nepal and Sudan. She has been awarded an Anti-Poverty Award by Uniting Care and took out first place for best social enterprise in her region.
Adelle is also the co-creator of She the Change an NFP that exists to inspire, equip and motivate everyday ordinary woman to be the change they wish to see in the world. She has over 15 years of experience in running workshops, online campaigns, large scale charitable events, public speaking, activism and a lot of business savvy. Adelle is a certified life coach who works with women who desire to use their life/ career/ business for the greater good of others.
Adelle lives on the beautiful Central Coast in NSW with the man of her dreams Chris and their three beautiful children.
Global Sisters Regional Cluster Manager North East Victoria, helping Sisters build successful, independent businesses.
Michelle comes to Global Sisters as a successful business woman and Executive Business Coach. She started working as a teenager at Sussan’s clothing store in Melbourne and has since delved into business in fields ranging from health foods, pharmacy, and building construction, to marketing and business development later on.
Wife, mother of 3, and a long-time resident of north-east Victoria, Michelle works with Global Sisters to help make a positive difference in regional Australia.
Nikki is a senior people leader who has worked in change, operations and partnership roles across the corporate and NFP sectors. Most recently the Program Manager at food-based social enterprise Free to Feed, Nikki has worked extensively with CALD communities in Melbourne and overseas in employment, education and entrepreneurship programs. With a background in law, Nikki’s passion has always been social justice, both in a professional and volunteer capacity. With an equal fervor for travel, Nikki and her partner try to include meaningful work in their travel plans, to ensure they are continuously exposed to new ideas and experiences. Nikki is looking forward to building new opportunities for our sisters and joining them on their journeys to success.
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.
Tineke comes to Global Sisters with over 10 years’ experience in bridging the gap between business and tech. With previous roles as a database lead, business analyst and in marketing, she has worked across both the corporate and not for profit sector and has found her sweet spot liaising with software developers on one side and organisations on the other to implement customised databases that deliver the functionality and outcomes that the organisation requires.
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 their skills and networks.
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.
Juanita has two decades of experience in the not for profit sector in Australian, Hong Kong and the UK, mainly working in the areas of fundraising and key relationship management. She is passionate about the environment and sustainability (having worked with organisations such as The Wilderness Society and Environmental Justice Australia), and also is a fearless advocate for single mothers experiencing systemic barriers and poverty through the welfare system. Recently Juanita was the first person in Australia to launch an individual complaint (in conjunction with the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children) to the United Nations using the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) optional protocol against the Australian government’s harmful Parenting Payment Single policy. Juanita is also a regular blogger and speaker where she draws on her own experiences as a single mother to give voice to others and to highlight policy gaps and challenge social norms surrounding women’s unpaid work.
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 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
Kylie has a background in the travel industry but when her husbands job moved them over seas she became a trailing spouse raising her kids in the Pacific and Asia. The combination of not being able to work whilst living overseas as well as the passion to document her children as they grew and changed drove her to purchase her first camera in 2014.
This new found hobby quickly became an obsession as she strived to understand all things technical and emotional in the photographic realm, enrolling in an online course and devouring anything photography related. This in addition to hours of ‘practice’ on hers and her friends kids allowed her style to evolve and grow as one that aims to capture authentic images that evoke an emotion.
‘As a photographer I aim to capture an emotion and a feeling in my images – I don’t want people to just look at one of my images I want them to feel, smile and wonder when viewing them’.
Kylie now captures our beautiful sisters across Australia
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 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 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
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 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.
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
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