What if we could inspire people everywhere to change the world?
This question was the inspiration for creating this book. A vision to create something beautiful yet powerful that would inspire others to take action, in their own lives and the work they do, to find ways to make the world a better place in big and small ways.
This book is a collection of stories for women by women focused on inspiring purpose, vision and everyday activism. Featuring real-life, relatable role-models from all walks of life who are women changing the world through entrepreneurialism, education, conscious living, giving back, advocacy, innovation and more who had the courage to listen to the call to make a difference and took action to make it happen!
We hope this book inspires you to make the world a better place in your own unique and beautiful way too.
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Peace Mitchell is a keynote speaker, author, co-founder of The Women’s Business School & AusMumpreneur, Australian Ambassador of Women in Tech and Forbes.com business expert.
Peace believes that investing in women is the most powerful way to change the world and is passionate about bringing women together and supporting them to reach their full potential and create the life they want to live. She has helped thousands of women achieve their dream of running a successful and profitable business.
Today, Peace’s commitment is stronger than ever, to invest in the power of women to change the world and has worked with all levels of government to create change. Changing local government legislation to create more inclusive town-planning; calling for a national conversation on women entrepreneurs and partnering with the state Government to provide $1 million in support for small business owners.
Candice Meisels PR
Provides PR Services and Support for Australian and New Zealand based Start-Ups and SMEs in a wide range of industries. Candice has achieved millions of dollars of coverage for clients across TV, Radio, Online and Print publications.
Candice previously worked with multi-national brands and understands the pressure placed on in-house Marketing and PR teams which is why she offers PR Campaign support to in-house teams.
Candice has also taught PR and Marketing, written two books on PR and Marketing and assists not for profits and charities where she can.
Karen Mc Dermott
Karen Mc Dermott is an award-winning publisher of 4 publishing companies and 1 publishing academy. She has signed best-selling international authors including Sarah, Duchess of York, Kate Forsyth, Juliet Marillier and many more in Serenity press, KMD Books and MMH Press. She also hires a castle in Ireland every year to host her annual writers retreat. She knows no limitations, only possibilities. Life is for living to the full and she loves to make amazing things happen from the seedling of an idea.
Ainslee Hooper is an Applied Anthropologist & Disability Inclusion Consultant, and soon to be first time author.
Graduating from Deakin University in 2015 having worked and studied part time, Ainslee now runs her own consultancy to help reduce ableism and increase disability inclusion and commenced a Ph.D in 2021. Her thesis is researching the experiences of people with disabilities in her hometown of Geelong during COVID19.
Tara McKeon, founder of Proud Poppy Clothing,
Tara is a multi-award winning entrepreneur for the following categories in our 2020-21 AusMumpreneur VIC-TAS Awards
- Gold winner – Emerging AusMumpreneur of The Year
- Gold winner – Retail Business
- Gold winner – Customer Service
- Gold winner – People’s Choice E-Commerce Store
Tara is a Melbourne based mama to one, She is an emergency nurse by trade but is now the director of one of the fastest growing fashion businesses in Australia. Proud Poppy Clothing are passionate about providing affordable, on trend, inclusive fashion options to women from size 6 to 24.
Emma Allen founded Active Property Investing (API) in 2014 to change the way people experience a property company. API is the culmination of years in the property industry fused with performance coaching and a service centric philosophy.
API’s value proposition is powered by two fundamental engines: their service and consulting expertise; and their research and strict culling process. Their focus is ‘quality’ – of service, partnerships, product, locations, and everything they are part of.
Heidi Conway once life coach, once national manager in the corporate world – now an Aussie
mum of teens. Heidi has been reviewed as being able to have a conversation with your mind
whilst listening to your soul. It makes sense then that Heidi would listen to her sons and just know that in the traditional school environment their inner genius, she heard and saw often, was not sustainably lit. Heidi is co – founder of Changemaker Teens Global, a movement intended to r-Evoltionise the outdated, unresponsive traditional education system; she is redefining ‘school’.
As the founder and director of Alium Works, Ann Tomlinson works with job seekers and employers in the rail and construction industries to deliver more productive, rewarding, and safer workplaces. She has over 20 years experience working in the traditionally male-dominated rail industry including senior roles leading multi-million dollar projects in Australia and internationally.
Ann has been recognised both personally and professionally for her commitment to innovation and creating pathways with an AusMumpreneur ‘Women will Change the World’ Award in 2020, a Digital Transformation Award in 2020, and a Diversity Award in 2019 for her career-building Pathway Program. Her focus is on providing opportunities and pathways for career growth to a broad range of job seekers, while she uses groundbreaking technology to help leading employers to acquire, grow and retain the right talent.
Anna Tim, is the founder of Wellness @ Wilston. Driven by her desire to help clients achieve a better state of health and wellbeing, Anna set out to empower others to live a long, full and healthy life- from what Anna had witnessed in our “healthcare system” she had this inherent belief that in the right environment with proper nutrition the body can heal itself. So, Wellness @ Wilston was born.
What sets her apart is her commitment to training and passion for helping her clients achieve their health goals. Anna’s Ultimate goal is simple to create a integrative healthcare system so humanity can have a choice on how they heal their body.
Those who love fantasy, whimsy and vintage style would be great admirers of the works
of Carrie Rheinberger. Carrie combines old fashioned sophistication and charm with
modern photography technology to produce the amazing pieces of art her that clients travel from all over Australia to create with her either in her Brisbane or Calliope studio.
But Carrie is more than just a photographer – she’s an artist and her vision extends
beyond her one client. Her studio is a full photographic lab, producing heirloom quality fine art prints and museum quality canvas designed to be passed down through generations.
As someone who has always been more comfortable behind the scenes, encouraging others to step up and shine, I recognised how remiss I was in not showing them how. Life has not always easy, but it has been enriching and I have been grateful for all that I have been given.
My purpose is to deliver impact that leads others to success. I am otherwise known and an
indefatigable philanthropist who will raise the baseline of where people begin life across the world. Starting in Tanzania, my journey from 2014 where I spent time living with the Masaai challenged me, but also proved to be the most rewarding. It showed me “When we rise, it is important to also lift those around us”.
Kaya Services, a global organisation that provides businesses with resources to achieve their goals. Yona, CEO & Managing Director of the firm, is responsible for employing a highly skilled and remote workforce that helps businesses in Australia and beyond achieve operational efficiency. This enables her clients to move away from maintenance efforts, instead focusing on growth objectives tied to revenue and expansion. She is backed by a team who operate on the notion of doing good for others, ensuring the highest level of service and accountability that resonates with her client base today. Those who have had the privilege of working with her, know and understand that she lives with integrity, she attracts clients and employ people who believes in what she believes, and she strives daily to make a local and global impact.
Vanessa Fiducia is the mum of 2 amazing young children and the Co-Founder/CEO of Profit First Accounting. She is Certified in Fix This Next and Profit First Methodologies.
The business started when Vanessa was trying to juggle the work life balance of working a part-time job and owning a small bookkeeping practice. Vanessa had a great relationship with her Co-Founder and together they decided to merge Vanessa’s small bookkeeping practice and her Co-Founders small Accounting Firm.
Vanessa has managed at the age of 29 to grow the business 683% in terms of financial growth in the last 12 months. As well as grow from a team of 2 to a team of 7.
Yemi Penn is a global thought leader, leading change in areas of empowerment and resilience. An Engineer by profession, Yemi is a champion and tireless advocate for equality and equity in STEM fields. Now an Entrepreneur and Mindset Coach, she is an advocate for self-empowerment and resilience as tools to get organisations back on track with wellness and productivity.
After a whirlwind career as an Artist that saw me perform on a multitude of stages and on TV
screens for over a decade, it wasn’t until I was 4 months pregnant with my first child that I decided to hang up my microphone. I have not looked back since.
Now I am an award winning Entrepreneur, Talent Agent, Industry Mentor and Theatrical
Producer who is passionate about facilitating the dreams of others. Most of these roles are
delivered through being the Creative Director of my arts companies, Musical Makers Club and talent agency,
Next Move Studios.
Karthika Sivarajan is an eco-
conscious, kind and compassionate person. A Mother, she has had a colourful career, playing roles as diverse as Product Development Engineer, Software professional, Primary school teacher, Educator, Speaker and now an Entrepreneur who has started a social impact venture called ‘Embrace’.
Her start-up ‘Embrace’ is all about embracing and empowering women, particularly those from the disadvantaged sections of society. Embrace promotes eco-friendly, sustainable products like hand-stitched cotton/jute handbags, lunch/laptop bags etc. made by mentally challenged women in rehab-shelters and women from lower socio-economic sections of India.
I am a French champagne loving ambivert from Sydney who lives in Terrigal, NSW with two fur babies, Luna and Ranger Agent Doom.
A few years ago, I realised I was put on this earth to bring out the gold in ideas and people.
I do that as the Founder and Chief Alchemist at Thought Alchemists, a consultancy dedicated to helping Australia’s
established and emerging female thought leaders change the world, get paid well for it, and feel ridiculously fulfilled doing it.
My name is Kristy Fairbairn and my journey towards building The Business Oasis starts in a small town in Tasmania where my father used to make a living as a Fisherman. Growing up in a household with a seasonal & lumpy income, I have always known the pressure that it can place on your family when you’re not certain how much cash flow
you will have this month and you’re not in control of your finances.
I started a flexible bookkeeping role in 2017 that allowed me to work from home and spend time with my young family. The owner chose a new direction
in 2018, and I decided to buy the business and ‘The Business Oasis’ was created
Leah Chandler is a mum of 3, a lover of people, a wellness specialist, and enjoys competing in Olympic weightlifting. Her personal story has led to her passion for building inclusive communities (especially for those with additional needs).
Her business, Kids-Fit Australia provides fitness, yoga & mindfulness programs to all that support kids and families. This includes kids of all ages, parents & carers, families, and educators (schools, early learning, and childcare centres -both mainstream and special needs).
Leah believes that educating all these groups will establish a supportive and inclusive community and keep all fit and well for everyday life.
Madeeha Usman is a Chartered Accountant and the Founder Director at The Kalculators, Australia.
After Madeeha became a mother, she decided to leave her high-flying corporate
job and create her own business, The Kalculators.
Equipped with entrepreneurial flair, Madeeha gradually built her business from the ground up. Now it’s her full-time job and she has 8 offices across South Australia with over 20 employees working for her.
Mairead is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, owning and operating a diverse suite of progressive businesses across several industries including care, support, housing solutions, renewables and
Alongside her business interests, Mairead is a loving mother to 7 children but despite the demands of business, She has made it her priority to give back to her community, in her voluntary work & in the charities & mentoring she is involved with. Mairead is a strong supporter of equality, diversity & women in business.
She thought she had it all, the career, the house, the partner, the perfect lifestyle. When she suddenly became ill and couldn’t find the answers, she had to question everything. She left her stressful corporate job, sold her home and completely transformed her world through a healthy diet and a sustainable, chemical free lifestyle. When she finally healed, a new passion was born, so she embarked on a journey to share what she had learned. She started Eco Marketplace and Eco Healthy Finder, two businesses based on her core values, passion for sustainability and healthy food. She continues on her mission to help other people change the world!
Mel James is a child protection social worker based in Brisbane, Australia. Led by her passion to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and young people in foster care, she started her own company Social Care Solutions in 2009, to deliver high quality consultancy, training, professional development and assessment services to those engaged in the child protection industry. Mel has since built a second company aimed at disrupting the fostering system and how it recruits and supports its foster carers.
Western Australian Born and bred I am Melissa Homewood. I am a Entrepreneur, Chef, Café Owner, Boss, Wife, family member to many, friend, and Mum to 2 amazing children with allergies, intolerances, and different abilities.
My love for food changed when my children were little and with further education on foods and the effects it has on our bodies the more intrigued I became. The impact it had on our house the more I realized I needed to help others. To accommodate those with their own intolerances and allergies, to become healthier and wiser with foods. My cooking career changed to refined sugars, no gluten, no dairy and no meat, then it became my business.
Founder, Educator, Facilitator, and Author Karen Dennett is a change-maker, passionate about building the capacity and courage of our next generation. Karen has cultivated a growing tribe of inspiring experts and professionals to create meaningful learning opportunities that engage, broaden horizons and create possibilities mindsets.
Learning and growth occurs when individuals recognise their own worth, are aware of the opportunities that exist and have the courage to engage. Every young person can shine, and Karen believes that we all have a role to play in guiding young people to recognise and share their value with their world. We can all enrich learning and help teachers and schools to prepare for the future, and Karen is on a mission to make this happen.
Tash Treveton and Nicole Halton
Tash Treveton and Nicole Halton are the co-founders of Inspired EC, an early childhood consultancy company established in 2008, whose mantra is “we are changing the world for children.” In the last thirteen years, Nicole and Tash have not only provided high-quality training and support throughout Australia and
internationally, but they have also founded several early childhood programs and
built a strong company culture that embraces parenthood and supports many women to do what they love in a way that works with their families. As mama’s themselves Tash and Nicole are driven to be positive role models to their children –
showing them that women can do what they love, dream big, and make a difference in the world
As the owner of two incredibly different businesses, which are special to me and I love both for varying reasons, they do keep me very busy. My first business and love is my eBay consultancy business where I work directly with small businesses, helping to establish their business on the eBay platform and mentor them through the start-up phase and beyond for ultimate business success. After the birth of my first son, Koa, a creative side within me emerged and I was driven towards the unfamiliar. This spark, led me, without any prior fashion design experience to launch my second business, a children’s clothing label named Brave & Fearless. Edgy on trend clothing for the Rad Little Lad & Hip Little Chick, being featured in Vogue, Elle and Mama Magazine and showcased on the catwalk at Fashion week the label has gone from strength to strength.
Sally Andrew is a wife, mother and business owner from regional Queensland. Her and her husband have had four business’ between them over the last 15 years. With a passion for excellence and development Sally bought a floundering
dance studio in 2015 and turned it into one of the regions most awarded dance destinations. Now encompassing three businesses in one building: the dance studios, retail outlet and vocational training centre. Sally is a life long learner and constantly studying for work or interest. With three busy children their life is a hectic
blend of work and play.
Hi, I’m Laura Elizabeth, a trailblazing change maker and advocate for women’s empowerment. Author of Loving Herself Whole, Back Yourself! Wild Woman Rising, Rising Matriarch and Heartcentred Leadership. Director at Maven Press, Creatress of Kuntea, and owner of Laura Elizabeth Wellness/Erotic Maven Medicine.
I am dedicated to creating intimate experiences for conscious women ready to
step into a deeper layer of understanding of themselves. I assist them to embrace and embody their sensuality, reclaim their voices and own their personal power.
A passionate solo mother of three, leading by example, smashing goals and living
with purpose, I hope to be a positive influence and for my own children to reach
their full potential and inspire others to do the same.
Petina Tieman, Founder and Director of iiHub and Managing Director of Complete Business Solutions (QLD) is a serial entrepreneur who is dedicated to helping startups, micros, SMEs and Indigenous businesses to thrive.
Mentoring business owners nationally for 25 years, she deeply understands the business ecosystem, and what drives business success without dependency on investment or funding. She lives her life through her passion of helping remote community Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander become independent business owners. The fundamental values across all her businesses are ….”to build skills, capability and capacity in others through education, empowerment, collaboration and connectivity!”
Kylie-Lee is a proud Murrumburr women who grew up in a small aboriginal community called Patonga in the heart of Kakadu National Park, Kylie’s mum is a traditional owner of this region and a well-respected elder. In 2016 Kylie-Lee began her company Kakadu Tiny Tots an Indigenous owned company from Kakadu NT creating beautiful organic baby and children’s clothing that features hand painted Indigenous art and designs. Every little piece created comes with its own Dreamtime story.
The company has grown from strength to strength, Stocked in over 80 boutique stores around Australia as well as domestic and International airports. Their E-commerce store has tripled in sales year on year. With a very exciting social media campaign to be launch before Christmas promoting beautiful products made from Indigenous women around Australia. Growing up in the bush is incredible but also comes with many challenges especially when trying to start an Indigenous business!