When Samantha Wills met Celeste Barber (and why she lost her shit)

When Samantha Wills met Celeste Barber (and why she lost her shit)

We live for these moments at Business Chicks!

BY Business Chicks, May 10, 2018
 

One thing we love most at Business Chicks is seeing women supporting other women.

Whether that’s backing up a fellow colleague in the boardroom, mentoring, sharing knowledge, or just simply championing from the sidelines.

Which is why when we spotted this in our Instagram feed, we asked Samantha Wills if we could share the story. We live for creating moments like this – for our members, for our speakers and for the women in our larger community. We’re thrilled to have connected these two talented and influential women. Read on for Samantha’s take on the moment she met Celeste Barber backstage at our 9 to Thrive event last year…

Samantha writes…

I don’t need to introduce Celeste Barber  – she is all of us.

I had followed Celeste on ye olde social media like many of us creeping in the shadows, hidden behind the screens of our iPhones, double tapping a love heart ‘LIKE’ and sometimes offering up a comment to tag a friend who I know would resonate instantly with Celeste’s all too relatable content. ⠀

I had the honour of speaking at 9 to Thrive, a Business Chicks event in Melbourne last year, I was humbled to be on an incredible panel of powerful business women. ⠀

On that stage, I spoke of my business, my personal insecurities, life hurdles, and all the “cry in the shower” moments to over two thousand people. ⠀



When you come off a public speaking stage like that, a stage-hand kindly removes your mic pack and you are guided to the dressing room where you’re good to go on your way. My job done for the day, I went to grab my bag to leave and as I did I looked up and there on the couch sat Celeste Fucking Barber – she was due to speak in the following set. Not only was she just sitting there but, get this … she was wearing a pair of Samantha Wills earrings. ⠀

I lost my shit. ⠀

Any media interview I had done over the previous 12+ years of my career had without hesitation asked, “How do you feel about Taylor Swift/Beyonce/Katy Perry/J-Lo wearing your designs?” I would always reply, “It’s amazing, it’s very surreal etc.” It was a habitual response because while I was, of course, excited, if I was truthful I didn’t really care too much about it.

I wish I had been able to give a media interview that day because I had never felt such pride in someone wearing Samantha Wills than when I saw Celeste wearing it.

I don’t need to introduce @CelesteBarber – she is all of us. I had followed Celeste on ye olde social media like many of us creeping in the shadows,hidden behind the screens of our iPhones,double tapping a love heart ‘LIKE’ & sometimes offering up a comment to tag a friend who I know would resonate instantly with Celeste’s all too relatable content. ⠀ ⠀ I had the honour of speaking at a @businesschicks event in Melbourne last year,I was humbled to be on an incredible panel of powerful business women. ⠀ On that stage I spoke of the @SamanthaWillsOfficial business, my personal insecurities, life hurdles, & all the “cry in the shower” moments to over two thousand people. ⠀ ⠀ When you come off a public speaking stage like that, a stage-hand kindly removes your mic pack & you are guided to the dressing room were you’re good to go on your way. My job done for the day, I went to grab my bag to leave & as I did I looked up & there on the couch sat; Celeste fucking Barber – she was due to speak in the following set…. Not only was she just sitting there but, get this… she was wearing a pair of #SamanthaWills earrings. ⠀ ⠀ I lost my shit. ⠀ ⠀ Any media interview I had done over the previous 12+ years of my career had without hesitation asked: “How do you feel about Taylor Swift/Beyonce/Katy Perry/JLo wearing your designs? I would always reply “It’s amazing,its very surreal,etc” –It was a habit response, because while I was of course excited, if I was truthful, I didn’t really care too much about it. ⠀ I wish I had of been able to give a media interview that day, because I had never felt such pride in someone wearing @SamanthaWillsOfficial than when I saw Celeste wearing it. ⠀ Tonight I had the privilege to sit in a sold out crowd in New York fucking City to watch Celeste, a girl from the Central Coast of NSW Australia, receive a very deserving standing ovation. ⠀ Her message is real, honest, & EXACTLY what the world needs more of. ⠀ ⠀ Celeste – firstly- Happy Birthday!! And CONGRATULATIONS to all that you are my friend. The world needs more Celestes. What a true honour it is to witness the history you are making. ⠀ ⠀ You have all my admiration.- SWx

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Tonight I had the privilege to sit in a sold-out crowd in New York to watch Celeste, a girl from the Central Coast of NSW Australia, receive a very deserving standing ovation. ⠀

Her message is real, honest, and EXACTLY what the world needs more of. ⠀

Celeste, firstly, Happy Birthday!! And CONGRATULATIONS to all that you are my friend. The world needs more Celestes.

What a true honour it is to witness the history you are making. ⠀

You have all my admiration.

– SWx

Samantha Wills will be joining us on stage for our next Westfield Women in Conversation event at Westfield Miranda. Head here for all the details and to book your ticket. FYI: we have limited tickets available. So be quick!

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