My work life blend
Why are you a Business Chicks member?
To continue to use credible and valued resources to engage with and learn from strong women.
What's been the biggest pinch-me moment of your career?
Whilst attending our clients major event in New York City where we ferried to Ellis Island for the opening night. Late in the evening we were asked to go outside where they put on an amazing fireworks display over Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Standing there, at that moment. made me realise how far we had come.
How do you deal with setbacks, failures and fear?
They are a lesson and a chapter of what I hope is a very long and interesting book.
What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?
No matter what happens, you are never in too deep, there is always a way to change things for the better.
Which women inspire you and why?
My sister and my niece inspire me. My niece was born with profound hearing loss. My sister was exceptional in how she worked with the resources available to get the best advice and make the most informed decisions she could for her. My niece had cochlear implants as an infant/toddler and is an absolute powerhouse. She is exceptionally smart, well-balanced and a high-achiever in so many areas. Last year she was awarded a General Excellence scholarship to a leading Melbourne Grammar and I could not be more proud.
What's been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did it help shape who you are today?
Learning all about deafness and how this impacted our very-close family has shown me that we not only make the best of what we get dealt but that most situations can become 100% positive if you give yourself some time to truly understand what is happening. I also think that you are often only ever dealt cards that you are able to handle and you are often stronger than you think.
What are you really good at? (We know this one's hard, you guys! As women, we tend to talk about what everyone else is good at. But now it's your turn.)
I'm good at listening and absorbing what is being said and what isn't being said.
What makes you happy?
Spending time with my family, especially when on holidays!
What's your definition of success, and how will you know when you've got there? (Go on, aim high!)
Success is feeling like you are consistently achieving great outcomes across all areas of your life. Having great balance, raising happy, confident children. I think I'll know when I've got there because my life will be filled with great stories and brilliant memories of activities and moments which made me and the people I care about most, extremely happy and I'll have plenty more of it ahead of myself as well.