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Olivia Ruello

CEO Business Chicks

Sydney New South Wales, Australia
Member Since Nov, 2010

"Be Kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."

I have always fought fiercely for fairness and equality, it is the thread that has been woven throughout my career and the choices I have made. My purpose is to be a voice when others don't or can't always use theirs and to make a difference - even just in a small way - on the path towards gender equality. I have always cared enormously about people and I believe staying true to my purpose and my passion has got me to where I am today.

Equalist, Loyal, Feminist

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Why are you a Business Chicks member?

Because I believe in women. There has never been a more important time for women to step up and into their power and support other women and themselves to achieve gender equality. The Business Chicks tribe makes me feel hopeful that anything is possible.

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

Being appointed CEO of Business Chicks in Australia was a pretty special moment for me. Standing humbly on the stage addressing 1300 Business Chicks at my first event was definitely a pinch-me moment and it really hit home the importance of the work we do at Business Chicks and the responsibility to serve the community.

How do you deal with setbacks, failures and fear?

I dust myself off and tell myself that tomorrow is a new day.

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

Don't let the light that is on you shine brighter than the light that is within you.

Which women inspire you and why?

My heroes and main source of inspiration are the women I have met in my travels to rural India. The women who against all odds with an entire system often against them are rising up and stepping into their power and changing the future for their families and their communities. They are courageous and bold and gather as tribes of women to fight the worst atrocities, They never give up, even when they get no a million times. Those women are my heroes.

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

It was definitely challenging stepping into the CEO role at Business Chicks, after 10 years being led by our incredible Founder Emma Isaacs. There was a huge weight of expectation and a community that love and respect Emma enormously. Honouring that legacy has been challenging at times and I have learnt that you can't try and be like anyone else, all you can do is be yourself and focus on the things that you personally do well. Stay true to yourself and your own values and just keep showing up.

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.)

Communicating my belief that women are wondrous, amazing beings who are capable of anything! I can influence others to really believe that

What makes you happy?

Others succeeding (especially against all odds), and nights to myself watching netflix and drinking West Australian wine!

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

Living a life with purpose. Success to me isnt a destination, it is a sense of purpose each and every day and getting to live that life freely and without limitation

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