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Cecilia Blakeley

Creative Director Business Chicks Australia

Sydney New South Wales, Australia
Member Since Jan, 2018

""Softly softly, catchee monkey" - An old English proverb meaning: "Don't flurry; patience gains the day"."

I am the Creative Director for Business Chicks, a role I am unbelievably proud to have. I have led an exciting and successful career as a designer for over 10 years, taking upon many roles and challenges of designing textiles, consumer goods, publications, websites and digital products as well as mentoring and managing other designers in their own development and careers.

Visual, curious, cheeky

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My work life blend

Why are you a Business Chicks member?

The Business Chicks community are an amazing, supportive group of women and I'm proud to be a part of that.

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

Being offered the role of designer for Business Chicks - a moment I had been dreaming of for 2 years!

How do you deal with setbacks, failures and fear?

I can only treat it like a lesson from the universe. I acknowledge, take the learnings I can from the lesson and move on.

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

Say YES (even if it scares the absolute s* out of you... then you really need to say yes)

Which women inspire you and why?

Cheryl Strayed, Celeste Barber, Ruby Warrington, Hannah Gadsby, Amna Karra-Hassan, Magda Szubanski, Tracey Emin, Louise Hay, Kathleen Hanna, Sia, Joan Wasser, Kemi Nekvapil, Dita Von Teese, Frida Kahlo - and so many women I have worked with - all for being themselves and openly sharing their gifts with the world.

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.)

Making people laugh and feel comfortable.

What makes you happy?

Spending time with my family, my partner, my friends, my dogs, making art and collaborating on projects and creating amazing solutions.

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

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