You may no longer be surprised to find out that many Fortune 500 companies are run by women. It is solid proof that the world can learn so much from women who are achievers in their own fields.
Many women may feel more pressure on them when thinking of running their own business – some want to be taken seriously, some may be in doubt about making the right calls, and for some it is the fear of realising a lifelong dream.
We have gathered 2 powerhouse business women to share their thoughts and experiences on becoming a leader that delivers results, to inspire undeterred determination to a pool of aspiring and starting female entrepreneurs.
Find the solution to the challenges that women encounter in running a business and know how to take them to your advantage and succeed.
In late 2003 Emma and her childhood friend Tom Griffith decided to start their own business - nothing really new about that. Like many Australians starting up their own small business they wanted to own and work in something which would be done their way - not someone else's.
Emma and Tom identified that Australians wanted more super-premium, super-tasting juices with nothing added apart from the goodness. As a result, Emma & Tom's Life Juice was born.
Emma has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Melbourne University and an MBA from INSEAD France. She is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Emma spent quite some time in the corporate world, with Cargill, Mars, LEK Consulting and in banking with the National Australia Bank; but her dream had always been to have her own business. She knew she had the knowledge and the passion to create a successful business based on truly premium whole fruit juices and smoothies that Australian's would love. From that Australia's first 'wellbeing brand' was born.
Since its launch in 2004 Emma & Tom Foods now sells its fantastic tasting, minimally processed range of whole fruit juices, quenchers, sparkling juices and snack bars into over 2,000 premium independent cafes and delis as well as to the major grocery retailers.
Sheryl Thai began her career in the IT&T industry but, with a job loss resulting from the economic downturn of 2009, found herself presented with a unique opportunity to fulfil her passion of starting a cupcake business.
Starting off in her home kitchen with less than $2000, the business started to flourish as name “Cupcake Central” spread through word of mouth and orders starting flowing in. As demand increased, the decision to open up her first cupcake store became imminent and Cupcake Central’s first storefront in Hawthorn opened their doors in August 2010.
Since then, Cupcake Central has expanded to 5 stores, released a sold-out cookbook “Hatch That Dream” and employs over 85 staff. Sheryl won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2013 at the Australian Start Up Awards and was also a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2016, Entrepreneur category.
These days, Sheryl spends the majority of her days fulfilling the role as CEO of the League of Extraordinary Women, an organisation she co-founded in 2011. The League connects female entrepreneurs through meet ups, conferences and an online technology platform. For more, visit leagueofextraordinarywomen.com.au
WeTeachMe is our vision of the future of learning: Inspired and impassioned learning that is run by the people, for the people.
In 2016, WeTeachMe officially became the biggest school in Australia, one giant leap towards our fundamental goal to be the biggest school in the world. As we start on our new journey to attain our next ambition, we begin with empowering thought leaders in every corner of the world by equipping them with the right tools and knowledge that will help them spark new ideas and bringing these ideas to life.
In accordance with this purpose, we have formed a new creative program to assist us in spreading our message into the world. We launched The Masters Series so that we could begin sharing the gifts, knowledge, and experience—of those who have achieved against all odds, the unimaginable in their life.
To achieve this aim, we invite the best and the brightest, the industry movers and shakers, the well-known and influential members of the world of entrepreneurs to share their learnings and experience in an unwavering effort to help those who are in constant search to find the answers. From creating thriving companies out of company to achieving gold medals in the Olympics, learn from the best of the best.
The development of Melbourne as a knowledge city has long been a priority. Today, the knowledge city concept remains a central component to the vision of the city. The City of Melbourne seeks to create a future in which the knowledge sector is better branded, understood, valued and experienced.
“The City of Melbourne continues to develop new ways to gather and share information to support those whose innovations and developments underpin the growth of the city. We broaden understanding and respect for Melbourne’s diverse knowledge sector and ensure learning can be a lifelong process.”
Inspire9 is the original community-led co-working space for Melbourne’s startups, freelancers, and creative entrepreneurs. It is a community in the truest sense. We share ideas, responsibilities and opportunities. We collaborate on projects, help our neighbours with a tricky technical problem and broker business deals over a game of pool or ping-pong. At the end of the week, we savour the satisfaction of work well done over a cheese plate and glass of something nice at our friendly Friday Night Drinks.
The Dream Factory has created a space for extraordinary people to gather and innovate in design, technology and social change. It is owned and powered by Impact Investment Group and has become one of Melbourne’s premier workplaces and event locations. The building features an ample on-site and secure car parking, very accessible bike paths from Melbourne CBD and inner north, great end-of-trip facilities, and loads of breakout spaces, meeting rooms and communal areas. The rooftop is one of Melbourne’s best panoramas of the city and port and is accessible to all its tenants.
SPARK empowers, educates and brings together Melbourne's most aspiring entrepreneurs. An initiative by Deakin University, our mission is simple: To invite everyone, Teach the curious, and Empower the best.
SPARK is more than just a moment in time, a source of funding, an event, or even a community. Spark is an startup ecosystem designed to help solve real problems and create a better future.
Startup Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation set up to create More Founders and Better Founders.
Startup Victoria is the go-to destination for all startup related topics. We believe that Melbourne can be one of the world’s best cities to build a startup. We want to help make that a reality by helping to accelerate the growth of Victoria’s startup ecosystem.
Wade Institute is home to The University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship. When you’re teaching people to create, make and innovate, the space they occupy should invite them to create new things from the moment they walk in. The Wade Institute centre will do just that.
Rather than walk into a building full of classrooms and offices, students will enter a space with a kit of parts, from walls and screens to different desk parts and lights. This main studio workshop is a white canvas with colourful parts ready to become whatever students and staff need it to be – from open plan classroom to office, customer lab or forum to pitch their business idea.
Appreciated the frank and open manner of both Emma and Sheryl, especially around the challenges of working with friends and partners. Invigorating.