CEW Austrade Women in Export Scholarship

CEW Austrade Women in Export Scholarship


As a little kid growing up I used to boss
all the other kids around and make up stories and strategies that we would then play out. I thought I would love to be a psychologist. When I was a child I wanted to be a horticulturist. I suspect I wanted to be a clippie on the
buses. It was only because we had no buses where
I lived. I don’t remember having a precise knowledge
or passion except knowing that it has to be with numbers. As a child I always thought that I would be
a lawyer. So I’m Barbara Steven and I’m managing
director of an animation studio. My name is Megan Zeims and I’m the founder
and creative director of Grace Lovers Lace. I’m Karen Thomas and I’m a director with
High Performance Coaching. I’m Fleur Anning and I’m co-founder of
Evolve Skateboards. I’m Vanessa Bourne, Director of Legal and
Governance for UOW Enterprises. My name’s Jane Oppenheim and I’m the Scientific
and Operations Director at Ego Pharmaceuticals. Hi, I’m Sigal Pilli from Envato. I’m the CFO of the company. My name is Christine Holgate. I’m the CEO of Blackmores. I’d say my proudest business achievement
was being the executive lead for the expansion of UOW’s footprint into north-east Asia. I was very proud of the many products that
I developed as a scientist. Probably what I’m most proud of is the teams
that I’ve developed. I think one of the proudest moments was when
we were given the opportunity to go global. We’d done a lot of work in Asia and our
programs were given the opportunity to be showcased to the global team. We launched a new product and I was quite
instrumental in developing our international marketing strategy and when that product was
released it sold out around the world within 24 hours. Early on I was really proud of our first sales
event that we held in Los Angeles and we had a line up of women down the street every day
and I couldn’t believe the response that we got. I think the day that I don’t want to stop…
you know, don’t want to keep learning and I don’t think that’s important is probably
the day I should not be working anymore. It’s always important to continue your learning
throughout your career, especially in a technology business where things are moving at a rapid
pace. You can’t expect to learn something and
20 years later to still be able to draw on that. You have to progress yourself and learn and
refresh the skills and deepen them every few years. I think what’s really important is that
we really focus on the number of women in middle and key management positions because
we need women to come through this funnel so that they have the right skills and the
right experience so they can take those bigger leadership jobs. You have to put yourself out there and you
have to back your capability and to be willing to push through some of those boundaries and
to take those risks because if you’re truly going to play on a global stage, that’s
what it takes.

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