Ten myths about woman and pay equality

Ten myths about woman and pay equality

I was having dinner a few years ago with my daughter then (17) and son (15) – and my son asked me if I would prefer to be a man or a woman… I instantly responded ‘A woman’ – when he asked the same question of my daughter, after some deliberation she said ‘A man’. When I questioned ‘why?’ she said – ‘they just get everything easier and they are paid more.’ This saddened me. At such a young age…

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…

Exhilerating week to amplify Australian leadership

Layne Beachley and I ... nothing like trying to learn from the best..

Last week was one ‘out of the box’… a moment to reflect on the momentum that is gathering around entrepreneurship and leadership throughout the Australian business community. Some years ago I used to write posts about ‘what is coming up for me this week’ – but I think far more interesting is what I got up to in the previous week. In the past seven days: I have had a surfing lesson with Layne Beachley (What an inspirational Australian role…

‘Striving’ women entrepreneur ecosystem.

‘Striving’ women entrepreneur ecosystem.

Of course I would much rather say that we had a ‘thriving’ women entrepreneur ecosystem but striving is a start. We have achieved so much since April 2012 when Melbourne-based startup incubator York Butter Factory caused controversy with it’s tweets that were labeled as ‘sexist’ and derogatory for women entrepreneurs. In fact it is so exciting to see how far and established the community is – I want to share this freely should you have the desire to connect in…

Let’s Fix It: No One Needs to Feel Isolated

Let’s Fix It: No One Needs to Feel Isolated

We all need someone. At the very core of being human is the need to connect to others. The tragic thing is that in our busy lives we are often forgetting to share a laugh or sit and listen. We have the ability, but not the time. Isolation for any human being is a devastating experience – the whole premise of founding RedBalloon was about connecting people through sharing “good times.” I know the power of shared experiences, but what…

Invitation to 30 Oct 2014 Trivia night – Sydney

Invitation to 30 Oct 2014 Trivia night – Sydney

Any idea where the Sydney Ferries got their names and want to show off about it? Join me and the team from RED for a fun night out to enjoy with your work team or a group of friends, then this is definitely an investment worth making. We can guarantee this trivia night is going to make your richer! Richer in conscience – it’s a chance for your organisation to give back to the community and raise some crucial research…

Pause in your pursuit of happiness and be happy

Pause in your pursuit of happiness and be happy

Here are TWO things you can do right now to experience happy: 1. Create a Happiness Jar Find a Jar (A big one – that is clear) Each day, on a small piece of paper, write down one thing that brought a smile to your face – it doesn’t have to be anything big. It could be as simple as watching your dog roll on the lawn. The point here is to notice what is right in front of you….

Goldfish don’t have smartphones

Goldfish don’t have smartphones

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the average attention span of a human being has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2013. A goldfish has the attention span of 9 seconds. The big question is what can you do to arrest this. We used to think that email interrupted our concentration – our ‘smart’ devices are driving our behaviors. Information at our finger tips – and we…

4 insights in 8 minutes on entrepreneurship

4 insights in 8 minutes on entrepreneurship

I’m looking forward to my keynote at the Small Business Summit next week -  I did this interview (included below) for the local radio station about what I would be speaking about. My interview with Tony Eades covered so much in such a short time – and it gives a flavor for what I will share at the event. Whether you can attend or not – you might find insights and value in the interview. The topics include: My opinion…

Behind the Scenes: The Secret to Raising Teenagers – and Managing Millennials

Behind the Scenes: The Secret to Raising Teenagers – and Managing Millennials

This post is part of a series in which Influencers go behind the scenes to explain in detail one aspect of their work. Read all the stories here and write your own (please include the hashtag #BehindTheScenes in the body of your post). We live in a time like no other: my children have never had to learn how to use a computer and the speed at which they can find what they want to know on their smartphone is…