Tag Archives: Female Entrepreneur

The entrepreneurial journey is a long and personal one

I saw the movie ‘The Intern’ with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in the cinema when it came out late in 2015. It brought tears to my eyes… Then my mother, returning on a Qantas flight, watched the same movie a few weeks ago and she called me to ask (tongue in cheek) if I had been ‘writing screen plays’ in my spare time because there was similarities to my own life in the film. Then a fellow female…

The importance of peers, networks and ideas – for 2016

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    We are going nowhere fast if we do not surround ourselves with instrumental, successful, wise, courageous and inspiring people. How can we expect to challenge ourselves to greatness if we are only seeking advice from ourselves? (And maybe having some fun as we do.) At the core of every entrepreneur is a network of greatness – whilst not called “Boards” they almost are just that. A number of trusted “advisors” we go to for help, advice, encouragement and…

A gift for you or a gift for a loved one

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It is all hands on deck at RedBalloon now – Christmas is fast approaching and there are hundreds of thousands of red envelopes to make it  under the tree in the next few weeks. Christmas for me is always a time for reflection and review – before I get on with next year and run really hard again… 2015 was like no other for me… my world shifted. Clearly being on Network TEN’s Shark Tank is a wonderful new experience…

Getting ready for Shark Tank Season 2

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In the lead up to heading back into the Shark Tank for another period of filming for this inspirational Australian made business reality show, I thought I would share a few thoughts on how to prepare for your day in the Tank (or for everyone else, pitching your idea to anyone in your network). There will be people nervously getting ready for his or her day in the Shark Tank… you have probably watched every episode from last season a…

RedBalloon 2.0

What do the following music albums have in common? Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’, Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Axis: Bold as Love’, Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘The Freewhelin’? If you’re a music wiz, you might know that these are the critically acclaimed second albums of the above musicians. But what you might not know is that these albums are known as being significantly better than their debut predecessors. Today we’re welcoming RedBalloon 2.0 – our long-awaited “second album”. We have launched a new…

Creating community… when you’re a thousand miles away

I’m on the road a lot. In fact, as I write this, I’m about 2,500kms away from home sharing what I have learned for the Northern Territory October Business Month. And, as anyone who has to travel for work knows, you often feel isolated and not part of the team. I’ve learnt how to adapt to being on the move and can now work from anywhere, but one of the things that comes to mind constantly is how technology has…

Entrepreneurs Need Mentors, Role Models—and to Always Be Listening for Gold

  “We all need role models — someone to lead the way, and drag others along with them.” Back in 2011, I attended an Ernst & Young Young Women’s Entrepreneur Workshop and the words of Avril Henry still resonate with me. She explained that one of the traits of entrepreneurs is that “we are there for the long term.” We do not give up easily – we are fiercely opportunistic, and are forever looking at the next success story. Success…

We seek an #equalfuture and a #balancedvoice

 When ANZ invited me to hear The Hon. Julia Gillard, tennis great Martina Navratilova and former Chief of Army, General David Morrison speak I was all ears. Putting such a panel together means that they had something ‘big’ to share in the  ANZ Women’s Report. Primarily ANZ is asking the question; “Are our systems, and processes designed to disadvantage half of our population?” Could they start a movement to redesign systems to help women succeed? I have written about this…

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…

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…