International Women’s Day 2017: Inspiring Messages From Our Game Changers
For International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, organisers are asking everyone to #BeBoldForChange.
Each one of us – with women, men and non-binary people joining forces – can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity, is the overarching message of the campaign.
The stars of our first Sarah Harris-hosted Game Changers video series – all inspirational Aussie leaders in their own right – know a thing or two about overcoming stereotypes and busting through glass ceilings.
They’ve been pushing the envelope for change longer than most, forging their way in largely male-dominated industries to become a phenomenal success in their respective fields.
To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, here are just a few of our favourite tenets from each.
Ita Buttrose, media maven
“I don’t go around thinking about it [being a feminist icon], but I’m very happy to be a feminist and I’m flattered to be an icon. I think it means I’ve been around a very long time!
On where she gets her energy: “I don’t want to short-change myself. I think I have very high standards on how I should behave, how I come across and what I should do.”
On a life without regrets: “I don’t see the point. You can’t go back and change it. Everything you’ve done makes you the person you are now.”
Kendall Seddon, Luvme baby products CEO
“I’ve learned everything I know from her [Kendall’s mum] – [it’s all about] staying focused and never giving up. Failure doesn’t exist in either of our minds. If there is a problem you just work out a solution.
“Our business we were going to keep at it until it succeeded, no matter what. And I think that’s why it succeeded.”
Karin Adcock, jewellery queen
“When PANDORA was at some point around $70 to $80 million, I thought ‘Oh My God, I can’t do this, I’m a school teacher, what would I know about a P&L’.
“[But] I was never afraid of what I wasn’t good at which meant we could collectively work out where my weaknesses were and make sure we have a very strong management team around me. I then became the glue between the different parties – we work very much together as a team.”
Sharon Williams, Taurus marketing guru
“I think it’s about having fun, focusing on your responsibilities, earning a good living, giving back, investing in people, contributing to society and doing each of those roles as well as you can.
“We have a very short time here, and you’ve got to make the most of it.
“If an entrepreneur has an idea then they should get on and do it. They don’t need to go to university to find that opportunity.
“If you’ve got a good idea then why wait – go for it.”