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Colleen Callander

CEO Sportsgirl

Cremorne Victoria, Australia
Member Since Oct, 2016

"Love what you do!"

Like many teenagers my career aspirations changed regularly. But one thing that always stuck in my mind was my parents saying to me to love what you do, be passionate and work hard. Fashion retailing was something I really just fell into and I wasn't planning on it being my career choice, but once I was in it, I didn't want to leave. Now 25 years on and I'm still loving it everyday.

Passionate, Hard working and disciplined.

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Why are you a Business Chicks member?

It is a great way to connect with other inspiring women and hopefully allow me to inspire others and tell my story.

What's been the biggest pinch-me moment of your career?

I still today pinch myself being the CEO of one of Australia's most Iconic fashion brands Sportsgirl. It is just the most amazing brand with incredible people.

How do you deal with setbacks, failures and fear?

I don't ever believe in such thing as failure. I only ever see failure as a learning and something that makes us stronger. This s something that i also instil in my team and encourage them to take risks.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Work hard and be passionate. This advice came from my parents and is with me everyday of my life both personally and professionally.

Which women inspire you and why?

All women....we are incredibly resilient human beings and every women has her own story to tell, everyone is different and everyone is inspiring in its own way.

What's been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did it help shape who you are today?

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.)

Im really good at being discipline and organised with my time. I have a company to run and also a family of five so i want to be my best at both jobs. So I'm very focussed when I'm at work and then I'm very focussed when I'm at home.

What makes you happy?

My family!!!! They are my number 1 priority always.

What's your definition of success, and how will you know when you've got there? (Go on, aim high!)

My definition of success is happiness, great health and choice.

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