My work life blend
Why are you a Business Chicks member?
I first became a member after I attended several events. I just thought, 'here's an incredible community of inspired and amazing women that I want to be a part of.' It's with great serendipity that I'm now part of the BC team.
What's been the biggest pinch-me moment of your career?
I've been fortunate to have many, but I think meeting the amazing people I get to interview (and call it work) have been the best. My most up there are Julia Gillard when she was PM, and my fashion idols Jean Paul Gaultier, and Karen Walker. I'd like to say I played it cool, but that's a total lie. I blushed. I fangirled. I accidentally kissed Julia Gillard on the cheek.
How do you deal with setbacks, failures and fear?
By silent screaming in the toilets. Um, I mean taking on board feedback and trying not to be too precious when it comes to criticism. I want to learn and be better, always. My whole career has been based on the 'fake it til you make it principle.' So I try to push fear aside and just go for it.
What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?
In terms of writing, I think it was my boss at the time, Mia Freedman. I was struggling and had lost all confidence. She said, 'just write like you write emails. Your emails are hilarious.' I started writing authentically with abandon after that.
Which women inspire you and why?
Come on! There's too many to mention! Everyone in the BC community? Ok, I'm going to narrow it down to working mothers. Corporate women and small business owners who have many or small children in tow are incredibly inspiring to me.
What's been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did it help shape who you are today?
I think being made redundant at 28 had a massive impact on my career - but for the better. I went back to uni, did my Masters in Journalism and finally took the leap of faith into writing and editing that I wanted to do all along. I think it's going ok so far.
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.)
Applying eyeliner. Oh, workwise? Idea generation. I've always been a dreamer. I have notebooks full of business ideas, drawings and concepts. It's putting them into practice that I'm not so good at!
What makes you happy?
Net-a-Porter deliveries, or if I'm more realistic (those black boxes aren't arriving nearly often enough) when my family is happy, and when my friends are in a great place in their lives - whatever that means to them.
What's your definition of success, and how will you know when you've got there? (Go on, aim high!)
Success for me is a moveable feast. I break it down into smaller goals and celebrate them as I go. (Read: drink champagne, often) Right now as a working mother success for me is keeping everyone alive, making sure there's been some kind of vegetable eaten, and killing it in my new role as online editor at this wonderful organisation.