I really believe I have the best job in the world. I get to work with the most intelligent, enthusiastic and committed bunch of women; travel the country meeting interesting individuals; make a real difference in people’s lives; and work with some incredible brands (and the people behind them) along the way.
But by far, the best perk of my job is learning from amazing people.
A few years ago, when I first bought the Business Chicks business, Amber (who’s been with me for over four years now) and I sat in the audience listening to one of our amazing speakers. We both looked at each other and had the same thought at the same time. We said “Jeez, how lucky are we to get access to these people and to learn from them?”
Yesterday was our Business Chicks Lunch and Learn event in Melbourne. The event sold out in under two weeks and there were about 550 people in attendance. We gave away a stay at the new Crown Metropol; a high tea package; a Mimco bag; beautiful roses and loads more. The room was electric with the usual Business Chicks buzz.
Channel Ten’s Natarsha Belling emcee’d the event and our speakers were Naomi Simson from RedBalloon; Janine Allis from Boost Juice and Kristina Karlsson from kikki.K. Such a stellar line up of entrepreneurial talent. When Janine was unexpectedly running late, I called on Natalie Bloom from Bloom Cosmetics who just happened to be in the audience. After a tiny bit of coaxing, she joined the panel and her insights and experience were fantastic.
All four women share the same challenges. Janine talked about how in the early days she struggled to be present with her kids and she’d work every night until 2am (earning her the nickname ‘laptop dancer’ from her husband).
Naomi talked about her most challenging time – the day she fired herself from the business and stepped back from it, letting others run the show. She talked about the need for tax reform in this country and how important values are to a business.
Kristina advised us to have many mentors because just like friends, you get different things from different mentors. She also spoke of her cash flow troubles when she was first starting out, and how the banks wouldn’t take a risk with her. She even had to sell her partner’s house to get kikki-K off the ground. I loved hearing her talk about how every business should have a big clear vision; and also loved her advice: “don’t say no, say how”.
Natalie talked about how she was forced to get more creative through the GFC and how she only hires passionate people for her business, saying the rest would take care of itself.
All four women have shown tremendous guts, resilience, hard work and determination and it was a privilege to be witness to their success. We’re fortunate to have such brilliant role models to learn from, so thank you ladies for inspiring us all.