Angela Ferguson the MD of Future Space an award winning commercial interior design firm working with clients like Google and realestate.com. Angela shares her journey from living in a family with substance abuse to rising into a resilient award winning businesswoman, mother and wife. Hers is a dynamic story shared with authenticity.
Narelle Anderson is the founder and managing director of Envirobank, Australia’s largest network of reverse vending machines and automated recycling depots.
In 2000 she was the first aboriginal woman (she is the great niece of the late Senator Neville Bonner) to solely own a waste management company, buying and expanding CBD Enviro Services, then selling through a trade sale to a public company.
In 2008 she founded Envirobank Recycling and introduced Australia to the concept of Reverse Vending Technology. Initially starting the business to reward and incentivize consumers for recycling, this technology is now going to underpin the Container Deposit Schemes being rolled out across Australia. In December this year NSW becomes the first state (after longstanding SA and NT) to legislate a Container Deposit Schemes.
Like her great uncle she is passionate about indigenous welfare and has achieved many firsts as an indigenous woman and entrepreneur. In Narelle’s words ‘my culture makes me a custodian of the land so cleaning up the country seems a natural fit. Narelle is a self starter, she has developed a business few women would consider and she has been very successful both financially and from a business perspective. Interviewing her was a intense because as with all successful individuals their journey is never easy and is often peppered with challenge and loss. Narelle gives us a beautiful account of her life to date and I can only expect that she will continue to make us very proud.
Stephen Todd is fun, intelligent, accomplished and humble. Born in Yallourn, raised in Melbourne he moved to Paris age 30 to simply try somewhere new. That time turned about to be 20 years and took him from hand beading bras into the company of fashion gurus like Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood. In Paris he established himself as a writer and editor. He was the Paris fashion correspondent for The Australian for 14 years, as well as writing on architecture and design for a selection of papers including The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde and mags of merit most notably American Vogue. Stephen set up a Paris-based boutique branding and communications agency called concept+image in 2005, working in the luxury sector for clients including Moët & Chandon, Woolmark, Kopenhagen Fur, Swarovski and in 2008 he accepted an offer to become Director of Branding & Communications (Global) of Swarovski.
In 2010 Stephen decided it was time to head back to home to Sydney but on arrival he decided that if he was going to live in Australia he wanted to really live in Australia and so moved out to a small house on a large wheat and livestock property 5 hours inland, nearest town Forbes. Never far from the action however he is still travelling and is now Design Editor of the AFR Magazine and a weekly contributor to the Life&Leisure section. He is also at the helm of the features of Habitus quarterly, a section he has branded In Habitus Veritas. I expect he will never stop even when sequestered on a property 5 hours outside of the city.
What does one say about Clive Burcham?
Clive is a business maverick, social entrepreneur and a great single dad of two small children plus he can cook a very good lamb.
This is a man on a mission, having grown up in the country, he lost his dad at the age of 8. and soon after he suffered abuse at the hands of a trusted member of the community.
He has since gone on to become a well known businessman and has made media waves, some good, some not so good. Clive is a success story but it has come with its challenges.
Clive founded the successful branding agency The Conscience Organisation 14 years ago with Coca-Cola as its foundation client. He has worked with some of the most impressive brands in the country. But what really makes him tick is his passion for social change and he works closely with several organisations including OzHarvest, The Global Poverty Project and KidsXpress Limited to help achieve this.
To me Clive epitomises a successful entrepreneur he is dynamic and fallible which makes him very relatable.
Chido Govera offers one of the most inspiring and emotional interviews I have ever done.
Chido Govera is a pioneer of hope. She grew up as an orphan in a small village in Zimbabwe. Following the death of her mother, she turned into a parent at the age of 7, mothering her brother and caring for her nearly-blind grandmother. At the age of 8, she had already experienced the worst possible sexual and physical abuse, inflicted by a close uncle. She promised herself then that when she was older, she would save and protect other orphans from experiencing what she, and so many others, had suffered.
Turning down a marriage proposal at the age of 11, Chido chose to take fate into her own hands -- learning to farm mushrooms from local waste. She changed her journey to one of education and cultivation, she founded the Future of Hope Foundation and has now taught over 1,000 orphans and young women to take responsibility for their lives and see the opportunities around them.
An incredible woman who offered a raw and honest story of her life journey. She is an inspiration.
Ash Mackinnon is an incredible man, one that refuses to give up. After watching his wife fight cancer he authored the book Dying to get to Oklahoma, The story of an Australian family's cancer journey that includes amazing cameos by Oprah, Elvis, Patrick Swayze, Spongebob and more. It is also a tale of amazing travels in search of the treatment that had eluded them in Australia. Some tragedy, a few laughs but also the determined fight to change cancer treatment options in Australia.
Ash was nominated for Australian of the Year and has tirelessly campaigned to get the the first CyberKnife into Australia. The CyberKnife can offer life saving cancer technology to sufferers of certain cancers and Ash is committed to seeing one in every state. He is tireless, he is truly amazing.
Recognised as 'CEO of the Year' by the CEO World Awards and winner of a Gold Stevie award for Female Executive of the Year Sharon Rowland does not do things in halves. In fact if anything she knows how to get to the top of every business she has worked in. Sharon is a force in international business having led the well known finance house Thomson's which bought out Reuters in 2008. She has rubbed shoulders with some of the most dynamic forces in the finance world. Financially successful she banked over US$1.5M one year, Sharon shares that being a woman and making large sums of money is ok, woman should strive for success. Now CEO for ReachLocal a global social media business Sharon spends her time as a super savvy digital marketing specialist and works with a global team to help small businesses punch above their weight.
Success is sexy and never more so than when coupled with global brands, a dynamic woman and the successful reaching out to make people seek their potential. Great interview by a truly successful woman in the global arena.
What happens when you follow a man to America for love? You get inspired by Kate Spade and decide to launch your own handbag brand. Sam Wagner did just that. Launching Sambag on a shoestring budget she built her fashion and accessories brand into an iconic Australian brand that has cemented our love of the ballet flat and the fabric handbag. Sam is driven to succeed with a strong work ethic and an understanding that in order to survive in the fashion market you also need to be adaptable. Here passion for beautiful things extend to her homes that she lovingly renovates as well as her businesses. As a single mum she is doing what every woman wants to do and that is find a balance between family, work and play. Listen to my interview with this gorgeous woman to find out how she makes it work.
What happen when you are the first person in your family to go to university? You become a criminal lawyer who fights sex offenders and then you change 360 degrees and launch one of the most successful adult education schools in Australia. Tricia has a steel backbone combined with a deep desire to do good. Interviewing her was memorable and her energy and compassion has marked her interview in my mind as exceptional.
Lyndey Milan is a force of nature. She walks her own way and has created a path within the food media that is by all standards exceptional. Her journey as a single mum to successful food personality has all the makings of an incredible TV series. She has featured on our TV screens and authored cookbooks, launched a range of baking aids and MC'd enough events to last a lifetime. She loves a sing-a-long around the piano with the family and is now a very proud grandmother. The loss of her beautiful adult son Blair rocked the industry but as luck would have it Lyndey had filmed an incredible overseas food trip with Blair not long before he fell ill. Her story is of strength and perseverance and told in the beautiful way only a great storyteller can. We bow to Lyndey.
Meiron Lees took the high road. The one you often walk alone. From his journey through religion to his success as a financial planner and then his brush with cancer Meiron has been a personal disruptor. Not happy to just agree and carry on, he has questioned everything bringing himself into a place that is often challenging. Hard work, an expansive world view and a book on stress has him sharing his business knowledge and his life journey with corporate businesses and the speaking stage. His honesty is breathtaking and his story inspiring.
Lucy is likable and passionate. You want her at your dinner party and to have your back in business. She is also challenging and refuses to tow the party line. Her decision to go her own way has had positive and negative consequences for her career. As the former CEO for Sunrise Cambodia and Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, she raised impressive donation amounts and shook the charities from their sleepy hollows. Her personality is as electric as her pink hair. You can't help but follow her.
Lucy ran a successful creative services firm for 20 years before she took on the start-up challenge as founding CEO of a brand new women’s health charity. In less than three years at the helm, Lucy built the team and the communication strategy which raised $7M for a network of hospitals and a midwifery school in Ethiopia. Lucy then moved on to transform Sunrise Cambodia as the charity’s first CEO. The rest will be history.
Investigating homicides, leading international teams into scenes of crisis and disaster is not your normal path to global keynote speaker and business consultant. Peter Baines worked in countries following major crisis including Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and Saudi Arabia.
His grounding came from two decades as a forensic investigator that saw him unravel the mysteries and discover the secrets of criminals thought rested solely with them. Prior to finishing his career as a forensic investigator he would spend time working with both Interpol in Lyon, France and the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime advising on Counter Terrorism and capacity building.
But it was the work his in Thailand that brought the biggest change. In response to the needs of the children left without a home and without parents Peter formed Hands Across the Water and commenced fundraising in Australia to build these needy children a home. Ten years after starting the charity he now spends much of his time helping other charity leaders through The Growth Project and advises business on how they can and indeed should benefit from their engagement with their community partners through corporate social responsibility programs.
Peter had seen things no man should ever have to experience from identifying dead bodies after bomb blasts and tsunamis to witnessing the crushing hopelessness of orphaned children he is a man that has risen to the challenge of Doing Good. He has not come out unscathed but is without doubt one of the most incredible individuals I have ever been blessed to meet.
Listen to my fabulous interview with the remarkable Jean Kittson, funny, intelligent, passionate and authentic.
I was fortunate enough to be present at an event when Jean Kittson took the mic to share some of her insights about being a woman. Not only did I almost hit the floor with laughter I felt myself feeling so incredibly understood. She is funny, ruthlessly honest and yes remarkable. i loved interviewing Jean because like every remarkable person I have had the pleasure of interviewing she has a perfectly fascinating story and i discovered that nothing is as easy as it looks.
Jean Kittson is an Australian performer, writer and comedian in theatre and print on radio and television. She made her comedy debut at Melbourne’s comedy venue Le Joke in a series of solo performances, and then in the stage version of let The Blood run Free.
She came to national attention on The Big Gig. This was followed by Let the Blood Run Free, Kittson Fahey, the Great Debate series as well as Good News Week, The Glasshouse and The einstein Factor. She is also well known for her lively comedy debates for the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel Ten and was a regular guest on Channel 7's the Morning Show, Channel 9's KAK Show and 20 to One. She has also been a judge on Strictly Speaking and a guest on Talkin' About Your Generation.
Jean Kittson is a regular guest on TGIF, ABC radio 702, Sydney and has been a regular columnist with New Weekly, Sunday Telegraph, the SMH Sydney Magazine, Inspire Magazine, and the Readers Digest Health Smart magazine.
She is the author of Tongue Lashing, published by Penguin.
Its hard not to know about the brand Roses Only. The beautiful long stemmed roses set the bar for Valentines Day and all the days in between from I love you to I'm sorry. So how did this brand grow so formidable?
James Stevens grew up with immigrant Greek parents who worked tirelessly to give their children the best opportunities. In response James learnt from an early age about the challenges of running a small business at the mercy of landlords and decided that he wanted to change the game. So he took a bold step as his father's business partner and launched a roses brand aimed at men. The rest is history.
Listen to my fascinating interview with this dynamic businessman and brand builder.
Bebette has built her career as an internationally recognised leader in the field of Competitive Intelligence (CI) and Strategy in business and academically. She founded The MindShifts™ Group in 1992, as a leading consulting company specialising in Competitive Intelligence, Strategy and Business Mentoring, in response to the number of organisations looking to interpret the landscape of business and make smarter decisions.
Since then Babette has undertaken 350 projects with Australian and Fortune 500 companies. Utilising skills and principles of CI and Strategic Intelligence she has worked with industries such as aerospace, information technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and financial services companies.
Babette was appointed a Fellow of SCIP (Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals) in 1997. In 2006, she was the recipient of the SCIP Meritorious Award, and is the first Australian and first international female recipient to be honoured with this award.
The SCIP Meritorious Award is the most prestigious award within the international CI community. Awarded annually, it recognises a single individual for their significant contributions to the CI profession. These contributions are judged in terms of both the advances made within the industry practice and the publicity for CI that has resulted from this person’s achievements.
In recognition of her international awards and endeavours, Babette received the 2006 Alumni Award from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM).
Listen in to be inspired and motivated by this remarkable woman.
Here is a story of a life journey from loss to support, near death to success and the realisation that giving back is the only way forward.
Emlyn Scott loves Business Development. Creating new and exciting businesses, products and services and helping businesses grow. he has over 20 years experience in the finance sector with experience in startups, turnaround situations, SMEs, capital raising, clearing, exchanges, funds management, trading, all across a broad range of financial products and services.
Hi stellar CV includes 4.5 years as CEO of the National Stock Exchange of Australia (www.nsxa.com.au), co-founder of CapitalPitch (www.capitalpitch.com), co-founder of OpenMarkets Online Trading (www.openmarkets.com.au), and nine years as head of business development of equities & CFDs at LCH.Clearnet (www.lchclearnet.com) in London.
Listen in to be inspired and motivated and for some great tips on raising capital.
Garry Browne AM
Garry Browne AM is the CEO and Managing Director of Stuart Alexander & Co, an importer, marketer and distributer of premium consumer brands throughout Australasia.
Beginning his career as a sales and marketing graduate trainee at Stuart Alexander & Co, Garry has held several positions within the company including Sales and Marketing Director and National Sales Manager. Garry also spent two years at Sara Lee in Europe in Product Development and Product Management roles.
Promoted to CEO and Managing Director in 1997, Garry is a respected business and industry leader and a master of brand building, successfully introducing numerous international brands to Australia including Moccona instant coffee, Lindt, Baci and Guylian chocolates, Betty Crocker cake mixes, Homer Hudson ice cream, Tabasco sauce, Stimorol, Hershey’s, Fisherman’s Friend and Mentos.
Delivering retails sales well over $300 million, Garry is an expert in transforming organisations that have lost their way through a combination of cultural change and innovative practices.
A committed philanthropist and advocate of social corporate responsibility, Garry founded the Stuart Alexander’s S’Team Foundation in 2004, donating over $100,000 every year to worthy charitable organisations in Australia.
Garry currently holds non-executive board roles with the Centre for Social Impact, NSW Procurement Board Industry Advisory Group, Outcomes Australia, Foundation of National Parks and Wildlife, Jewish Communal Appeal. He is a past president of the Food and Beverage Importers Association and of the Rotary Club of Sydney and was Sydney District Governor for Rotary International from 2013-14.
Garry’s significant service to the community was recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014.
A truly inspiring interview about the man behind the business. Garry Browne is one of the most accomplished and humble men I have met.
Elly Bradbury is a woman of many talents. Her career spans storytelling (film) to working with top celebrities on critical aid ventures around the world. Listing some of her friends as Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra Lee Furness, Rebecca Gibney and Fifi Box Elly has experienced the world of riches and poverty. Working on critical aid projects allowed her to see first hand what the world has to offer in terms of hardship and it was an eye opening experience. She used many of her skills gleaned travelling in marginalised countries when her husband was diagnosed with cancer and she decide to help him fulfill his travel bucket list. Terrified he would not make the trip successfully she had the details down pat taking into account all the possible outcomes. Having spend her career and personal life experiencing pain and suffering Elly knows all too well how important it is to remain grounded and to continue to pursue challenges and keep giving back. An inspiring interview that puts life into perspective.
Barry Du Bois is a man of many talents. He started his career as a tradie, working his way up into a successful property developer and today he graces our TV screens as one of Channel 10's favourite reno personalities on The Living Room.
But it hasn't always been that easy, in fact lots of his journey has been peppered with challenges that most people have never had to face. Barry shares his story from growing up in a fibro house next to a six stack highway to his battle with cancer and his surrogacy journey with wife Leonie.
An awe inspiring interview with one of Australia loved personalities.
Articulate, erudite and informed not to mention beautifully styled Jan Land is a woman of intelligence and vision. She was a member of Mensa before she was 10 and enrolled at University at 15 to do medicine. But a sneaky turn of events had her following a broadcasting career that spanned the BBC and the ABC for many years. She was instrumental as the media and technology consultant to the Sydney 2000 Bid Committee as well as being the video communications strategist for Federal Government. Jan pioneered introduction and implementation of digital compression technologies and developed and implemented tele-health applications. Interestingly her first love was always medicine. I think Jan is just a superb achiever and shows us that you can have a balanced life with a top career, children and grandchildren and remain relevant as a woman throughout the entire journey.
Dr Malcolm Linsell was born into a Salvation Army family who migrated from place to place sharing their passion for giving back. No wonder he became a doctor. As a very young boy he badly burnt his hands on a stove top, little did he know that this painful act would shape his future. Malcolm shares with us his journey from a young boy with a dream to a top plastic surgeon and he talks about why he left medicine to join a commercial cult and how his first love saved him from ruin. Featured on 60 minutes with his biggest success story Wesley, Malcolm includes us in his compelling and heartwarming journey. Look out for his book. "An Ordinary Man, an extraordinary life" by Dr Malcolm Linsell. Published by New Holland.
Kobi Bokshish offers us a candid look at a life lived with few barriers. Strong willed and determined he fell in love with hairdressing the first time he held the clippers. After emerging from an army jail in Israel Kobi was directionless until he was steered into the army hair salon. He has honed his craft over many years, in many countries and he still loves what he does. As the creative director of large brands he is responsible for emerging trends and helping to push his industry to grow and thrive. But nothing gives him more pleasure than his charity event each year called Hair Raise where he raises money for a number of charities. He is also a passionate industry supporter working with groups on legislation and improving the image of the hairdressing industry. As if this is not enough he is also a partner in an innovative business that has developed an eco-friendly shower head for salons and he is working on initiatives to improve the industry. Warm, funny and brilliant this is a fascinating interview.
To say this was an incredible interview on The Dialogue is an understatement. Joan Philips is a celebrated child and family psychologist. She pioneered working with children and families launching successful initiatives in her home country South Africa. Now a young 98 she has a memory that would leave you gasping as well as a beautiful energy and sense of humour. We follow Joan from her childhood town of Bethal where she taught herself to read at 7 through her school career and admittance to University at 14. At the age of 22 after studying in London at the London School of Economics she returned to Johannesburg and set up her practice as a child psychologist. During the apartheid years Joan and her husband fought for equality and justice while both building stellar careers. All I can say is Thank you Joan it was an honour to interview you.
Award winning Sustainable Architect Caroline Pidcock is a force within the sustainable architectural landscape. Her accolades are impressive, she launched her own firm Pidcock which specialises in sustainable architecture. And she has been instrumental in informing, transforming and educating consumers, students and government bodies on how to create a sustainable environment. Caroline lectures and sits on boards across many different universities and companies and yet is down to earth and realistic. She is an advocate for public transport and is the cofounder of Origination which is actively commercialising a modular prefabricated flatpack building system. Caroline offers a beautiful combination of strength and understanding, of acceptance and humility. She is one of the best people I know.