Category Archives: Lessons Learned

No More Excuses: How to Get More Women Presenting Keynotes

No More Excuses: How to Get More Women Presenting Keynotes

No one likes getting yelled at, but there might be a reason. What appears to be anger may in fact be frustration – on both sides. The phone rang at 2.00pm on Friday afternoon and I note that it is Matt Barrie– this is only the second time he has ever called me personally, even though I have known him since 2011 as part of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program. Every time we see each other we always have a great…

It does not hurt any less if you close your eyes

It does not hurt any less if you close your eyes

Sometimes life presents us with rare gems, people who are put in our path, that with a few quite words speak so loudly to what you need to hear in that moment. This week my great friends at Saxtons hosted a few of their speakers at an ‘open house’ for the event industry. And I had the chance to chat with Nadine Champion. I had not met or heard Nadine’s story before, but from the first moment I was spell…

Ten words to inspire great leadership

Ten words to inspire great leadership

I was sent this lovely story in the post recently from Mr. Goldfinger who attended a presentation that I did at the Clemenger Auditorium in May for Latrobe University; on the ethical transformation of business. As I have so often done I mentioned that my personal motto is “If it is meant to be it is up to me.” I take responsibility and accountability for all aspects of my life. Including my moral compass and my well-being. This is the…

Gender gap fast forward 80 years

Gender gap fast forward 80 years

I was recently challenged by a finding from the 2014 Global Gender Gap Report: it will take until 2095 – or 80 more years – to achieve gender parity in the workplace. 80 more years until the world’s available talent is fully optimised. We wouldn’t wait 80 years to implement any other business initiative, so why are we waiting for this one? As a participant in the 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, I have access to a wealth…

Summer Reading

My summer reading pile

I am just back from my summer break – and like everyone else most of the year I make a pile of fabulous books that I am given or collect saving them for the time that I can sit down and enjoy. This summer I managed to be consumed by six books… Thanks to all those people who gave or lent me these great books… (only one fiction). The thing is about books – they have some benefits over the…

#WinningWomen – EY 2015 program announced

#WinningWomen – EY 2015 program announced

I already feel like a ‘winning woman’ – having been selected to participate in the inaugural EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ (EWW) Asia-Pacific program. 2015 will be an exciting and massive year. I also know that to stay at the top of the game I have to keep learning… reading, listening, discovering. And one of the best ways is to meet like-minded people who have deep experiences that they are willing to share. And whilst I have been speaking with EY…

Excited to announce….

Writing, writing, writing...

Live What You Love. When Passion and Purpose Change your Life. I have been alluding to the fact that I have been researching and writing my next book for some time now. In fact, it is more than 12 months since I decided to set aside about eight hours a week to work on the manuscript. It started as a collection of life lessons – almost like blog posts and something that could be dipped in and out of, but…

Great advocates for women – men

Stuart King with Claire Young at Marie Claire Success Summit

A few weeks ago I presented at the Marie Claire Success Summit. I was sharing with my partner Stuart King about the event – and mentioned that the Commissioner for Human Rights Elizabeth Broderick would be presenting and I asked him to come. Of the 350 attendees Stuart was only one of two men in the room – the other there on the production team. In Elizabeth’s presentation she implored the audience to include the men in our lives in…

One hour with Jeff Weiner – Global CEO Linkedin

One hour with Jeff Weiner – Global CEO Linkedin

When you are given the opportunity of an hour with the CEO of the world’s largest professional network, i.e. the 313 million people who are part of the global LinkedIn network, you know it is a significant moment in your career. Instantly my mind started racing – What did I want to know? His journey to leadership? His vision for the future? How he aligns the team to the company’s mission? Or even how he comes up with ideas for…

3 things I wish I’d known…

3 things I wish I’d known…

I was recently interviewed by AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors) on three things I wish I’d known… (very pleased I could squeeze all those years and years of hard work into a 2 minute video) Going from urgent to urgent – rather than taking a longer term view. Most businesses in start up phase are in a constant state of ‘urgent’ having a longer term view can all serve greatly the effectiveness of effort. Three things I wish I…