Women on a Mission!

Hear fascinating stories from innovative and pioneering women around the globe and get to know the person behind the success story - you know, the one who has experienced the same kind of doubts, fears and tough times as most of us have.

Look out for bonus ‘How To’ episodes where our Co-Hosts, experienced leaders and Non Executive Directors Claire Hatton and Greta Thomas, explore common career issues and share practical and proven tools to tackle these challenges.

Que Dallara – Unlocks What It Takes to Be Successful

Interview | Episode 47

From extreme disadvantage in her childhood, Honeywell Connected Enterprise (HCE) President and CEO, Que Dallara, has been driven all her life to ensure she and her family are far from the memories she has of begging for rice as a child refugee. We’re in awe of what Que has so thoughtfully achieved over the years taking her from supporting her family and herself through school and uni, to reach the highest echelons of corporate America....

Michelle Garnaut AO – Fabulous Stories from One of Asia’s Most Celebrated Restaurateurs

Interview | Episode 46

Our guest this week has taken the road less travelled, and pioneered her industry in Hong Kong and China for more than 30 years. We’re talking about one of Asia’s most celebrated restaurateurs, and a philanthropist as well, Michelle Garnaut AO. Michelle grew up in Australia but always knew she wanted to travel. The fact she founded and launched her business, the M Restaurant Group, in Hong Kong in the late 1980s makes her one of the first independent restaurateurs to set up shop anywhere in Hong Kong or China. Michelle shares her hard fought lessons about starting and running a business and some funny stories along the way .....

Laura Anderson – On A Mission to Mars

Interview | Episode 45

This week’s guest has an insatiable passion for learning and the future and she has the career portfolio to prove it! We’re talking about international company director, entrepreneur and global philanthropist, Laura Anderson. Laura grew up near Chicago in the US. She found out early on that she was good at maths and loved ideas and set about immersing herself in areas that fascinated her. As a girl she wanted to be an astronaut and to this day is convinced the Space Program is critically important. And yes, she’s passionate about humans getting to Mars! Laura’s “why not?” attitude ultimately led her to a career in the technology industry where she worked around the world for ....

June Dally Watkins – Redefining What’s Possible for Women Even at 92!

Interview | Episode 44

This week’s guest is a woman who at the age of 92 is still inspiring thousands of women to be the “best they can be!”. We’re talking about the incredible doyenne of etiquette and deportment, June Dally Watkins. At 22, June became Australia’s Fashion Model of the Year and soon became Australia’s first supermodel. She lived the high life as part of the global jetset becoming great friends with Hollywood stars such as Audrey Hepburn. When she came back to Australia she started her now famous etiquette and deportment business which made her one of Australia’s first female entrepreneurs. She is now, at 92 years of age, an absolute sensation in China where she goes for weeks at a time to teach thousands to be “the best they can be” .....

How to Have a Difficult Conversation

How To Episode | Episode 43

We get it, no-one likes having a difficult conversation do they? Yet, it’s a fact of life that we all need to instigate them at different times both at work and at home. And if you want to be successful at work, it’s fair to say that having constructive difficult conversations is a skill you just need to master.  Put them off no more! This week we provide you with some simple tips and tools to help you navigate these tricky situations with confidence....

Jodie Fox – The Rise and Demise of Her Global Business

Interview | Episode 42

Our guest this week has been on an incredible journey in the past decade - building an iconic online retail empire to global heights and then having no choice but to close it all down last year. We’re talking about Shoes of Prey co-founder, Jodie Fox. The trailblazing Shoes of Prey became a global start-up and fashion darling during its nine years in business - offering shoes that its customers could personally design and customise online. It was a truly innovative concept. Big name VC firms thought so too, and Jodie and her two male co-founders raised around $30 million over the life of the business before coming to the heart-wrenching decision to cease trading in August last year ......

Jordy Fu – Child Prodigy Artist to Sought After Architect and Designer

Interview | Episode 41

This episode features a super creative thinker and former child prodigy who’s on a quest to bring beauty and emotion to all that she creates and builds. We’re talking about renown architect, interior designer, fashion designer and artist, Jordy Fu. Jordy grew up in Chengdu in China. At the age of just six years old, 200 pieces of Jordy’s art work were exhibited in a solo exhibition at the Beijing Capital Museum. By the time she was seven a book of her artworks had been published! Jordy went on to study in London at the iconic art school, Central Saint Martins, before qualifying as an architect and eventually starting her own multi-disciplinary firm ......

Dr Cath Ball – Flying High with Drones and More

Interview | Episode 40

In this week’s episode we meet an entrepreneur and innovator who’s been through more than her fair share of challenge and trauma, yet has found a way to forge her own unique path. We’re talking about the irrepressible Dr Catherine Ball. Cath, grew up in a pretty poor, single parent household in an industrial town in the UK. Unlike her peers she was determined to go to university where she studied environmental protection. She then went on to complete a PHD - a process she now describes as torturous. Fast forward a number of years, just as Cath was being recognised as a leader in her space receiving the Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year award in 2015, her company merged with a competitor and she, to her surprise, was made redundant. It was this shocking jolt that led her to start her first company and led to her building on her already existing experience working with drones .....

Vicki Saunders – Reinventing the Game for Female Founders

Interview | Episode 39

In our episode this week we meet an entrepreneur who’s been on a 30 year quest to find ways to create environments and networks for people to innovate and solve problems that matter. We’re talking about the amazing Founder and CEO of SheEO, Vicki Saunders. Vicki grew up in Canada on her family’s farm where she learnt early on to work hard and problem solve. However, her pathway to becoming an entrepreneur took place, unusually for a young Canadian woman, in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic....

How To Manage Office Politics

How To Episode | Episode 38

Office politics - even the thought of it can make some people cringe! We so understand because those two words together conjure up images of mostly bad experiences don’t they? Whether it’s the nightmare colleague, the boss from hell or having the goal posts shifted on you without notice, it’s just not fun! If you’ve ever experienced this or are going through something like this right now, then this is the episode for you. With one research study showing that one in three working people in Britain were unhappy at work because of office politics, we figure that all the great advice featured in this episode is going to come in pretty handy for a lot of you! 

Martha Lane Fox – A Powerful Voice Where Few Women Are Heard

Interview | Episode 37

Our guest this week is the incredibly inspiring Martha Lane Fox, one of the UK’s most well known and respected technology leaders and society shapers. In 1997 Martha was 25 years old when she became co-founder of Lastminute.com, one of the first internet travel marketplaces in the world. This was in the days of the first dot com boom when creating internet based businesses was still a truly pioneering thing.  In 2003, after 6 years running LastMinute.com, Martha stepped down as CEO and took some time off to holiday in Morocco where she had a near fatal car crash. She broke 28 bones, had a stroke and spent 2 years in hospital. Martha’s story of her journey back to some degree of normalcy is truly incredible....

Trudy Kortes – A Career in Space Exploration and Real-Life Moonshots!

Interview | Episode 36

We’re excited to share this week’s episode with you featuring someone who’s had an extraordinary career at the cutting edge of space exploration. Trudy Kortes is the Chief of the Human Exploration and Space Operations Division at NASA. With her day job, not only is Trudy working on real ‘moonshots’ she is also developing new technologies that will undoubtedly have an incredible impact on our lives in the future. An aeronautical engineer by profession, Trudy has spent about 30 years working for NASA focusing on helping the space agency develop many super- sophisticated technologies to explore our galaxy....

Brukty Tigabu – Changing African Kids Lives With TV

Interview | Episode 35

Our guest this week is one of the most determined and resilient people we’ve ever met. For the past 14 years she’s been on a mission to improve education for millions of children in Ethiopia encountering challenges on almost every front. We’re talking about the amazing Brukty Tigabu. This former school teacher is running the highly awarded social enterprise she co-founded called Whiz Kids Workshop. Whiz Kids Workshop has inspired a generation of young children in Ethiopia with their most famous and loved program, the puppet based educational TV show called Tsehai Loves Learning ....

Cyan Ta’eed – From Imposter Syndrome to Rich List

Interview | Episode 34

Our guest this week is a serial entrepreneur and one of Australia’s richest and most successful women. She’s also one of the humblest and honest people you’re likely to meet. We’re talking about Cyan Ta’eed, Co-Founder of digital marketplaces business, Envato, and Founder of ethical luxury chocolate company, Hey Tiger and Milkshake, a new app for Instagram influencers ...

How To Feel Less Stuck in Your Job

How To Episode | Episode 33

This week we explore what you can do when you have that horrible feeling you’re trapped in your job… for whatever reason. Maybe you’ve been meaning to change what you do for a while but just find the whole prospect scary or overwhelming; or maybe you’re in a job that pays really well or gives you lots of status that others envy, but you feel miserable; or, perhaps, the job you took just isn’t meeting your expectations. If any of these scenarios sound like your situation then pick up those earphones and tune in now. Together we’ll explore some key reasons you can get stuck in the first place and most importantly we’ll share tips, tools and advice to help you feel less stuck going forward....

Caroline Issa – Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway!

Interview | Episode 32

Our guest this week has a habit of saying “yes” to things she doesn’t know how to do... such as designing women's wear collections for Nordstrom when she’d never designed clothes before! We’re talking about the unbelievably stylish entrepreneur, Caroline Issa, the CEO of the Tank group which includes the revered global fashion and culture magazine, Tank Magazine. Despite her quiet humility she’s also a fashion influencer and paparazzi favourite. Caroline started her career as a management consultant working in San Francisco, Singapore and London. One day a friend introduced her to the Founder of Tank Magazine, and she fell in love with the business. Much to the horror of her family and friends she left her big expat consulting gig and became CEO of the fledgling business .....

Mia Freedman – Is the Real Deal

Interview | Episode 31

We don’t think we’ve ever had a guest who is prepared to be as open and honest about her life and career as Mia Freedman is. Whether it’s in our conversation for this episode, or her Insta posts or in the 3 books she’s written, Mia is determined to show her life, warts and all, because she really cares about shattering the ‘women should look and be perfect’ myth. She’s all about making women feel better about themselves. Mia is a household name in Australia. She's the co founder and creative director of MamaMia, one of the largest female-focussed digital media businesses in the world. Mia became the world’s youngest editor of Cosmopolitan magazine at just 24 years of age ...

Katie Vanneck-Smith – Work Hard, Have Fun, Make History

Interview | Episode 30

Katie Vanneck-Smith is a media industry veteran and for anyone who’s not familiar with that industry, let’s just say it’s a pretty male dominated and blokey world. Katie’s grit really came to the fore when she spent nine years - yes nine years - trying to persuade her bosses at The Times newspaper in London to get readers to pay for online news content. She eventually succeeded and the rest is history. Last year she left her high-powered role as President of Dow Jones to co-found a new online media start-up called ‘Tortoise’ which is reporting news in a completely different way ....

Gaby Dalkin – How Her Food Side Hustle Took Off!

Interview | Episode 29

We’re so impressed by how this week’s guest has grown her business and her brand from pre side-hustle stage, to become the entrepreneurial ‘foodie’ success it is today. We think you’ll love getting to know Gaby Dalkin, the California based chef, author and influencer. Gaby is the CEO of ‘What’s Gaby Cooking’. She and her team are a content and recipe creating machine! She has more than 450,000 Instagram followers, she’s published 2 cookbooks with another on the way, she’s appeared on some of America’s most watched TV shows, she has several product ranges at kitchenware giant Williams Sonoma, and has numerous other brand partnerships as well ....

Ann Sherry – The Positive Change Agent

Interview | Episode 28

Ann Sherry is a change maker who’s notched up so many extraordinary achievements during her decades long and inspiring career to date that it’s hard to know where to start. Suffice to say Australian women have a lot to thank her for as one of the many things she’s responsible for is introducing paid maternity leave to corporate Australia. She also transformed the cruise industry in Australia as CEO of Carnival Australia, notching up double digit growth every year despite having to deal with significant challenges ......

How to Make Time Your Friend

How To Episode | Episode 27

We know you’re probably a very busy person but you won’t want to miss this episode all about maximising your time. In this latest episode in our ‘How To’ series, we share a whole host of useful tools and approaches used by a variety of amazing leaders that will help you ensure you maximise your own precious time and reduce any frustration you feel about time racing by too fast or tasks taking you too long to achieve....

Dr Emma Camp – On a Quest to Save the World’s Coral Reefs

Interview | Episode 26

This week’s inspiring guest is Dr Emma Camp, a British marine bio-geochemist who searches out and then studies corals that can naturally survive in extreme conditions such as mangroves. This might sound simple but it leads to Emma listing crocodiles as one of the greatest risks of a day in the office!

Kat Dunn – Making Tough Career Decisions to be True to Yourself

Interview | Episode 25

If we had to summarise what our guest this week is all about, we’d say she’s about reinvention and being true to herself. And for 35 year old Kat Dunn, that meant abandoning a successful corporate career. Born in the Philippines, had been climbing the corporate ladder at an impressive rate in Australia, first of all as a lawyer and then in a variety of roles in financial services. But she was deeply unhappy. One day she said “Enough” and took radical action … and in this episode we explore exactly how and why she did this… and how she feels now about her new career, several years down the track.

Marie Johnson – Breaking Digital Boundaries and Challenging Stereotypes

Interview | Episode 24

On the show this week is Marie Johnson, an Australian entrepreneur with a passion for finding ways to use technology including AI, to make life more equal and fair for everyone. She's co-created the world's first digital human assistant, Nadia. Marie’s cutting edge work today is all the more incredible when you hear her story ….

Debbie Wosskow, OBE – What It Takes To Be A Successful Female Entrepreneur

Interview | Episode 23

On the show this week is Debbie Wosskow, the serial entrepreneur who sold her third business, LoveHomeSwap, for US$53m. Debbie recently co-founded The AllBright, Britain’s first members-only club specifically for business women. In addition to successfully selling two businesses, Debbie’s also recently been awarded The Evening Standard ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ 2018. She’s a member of the Mayor of London's Business Advisory Board and has also been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE)....

What is Artificial Intelligence?

What Is Episode | Episode 22

Welcome to our first ‘What Is’ episode. The topic for this first episode in this series is Artificial Intelligence (AI). We’re quite sure you’ll be hearing a lot more about AI this year and so why not start 2019 one step ahead and enjoy this super useful primer on all things AI, all explained simply with some fascinating examples. In this episode we’re thrilled to feature two world-class AI experts: UK-based Kriti Sharma (see also Episode 19) as well as Australian-based Marie Johnson.

How to Switch Off

How To Episode | Episode 21

We’re excited to bring you the latest in our ‘How To’ series. This is our last episode before the Holidays and 2019! Here at Don’t Stop Us Now! we’re passionate about how important it is for our health and our performance at work to take a break and genuinely switch off. This episode shares research that might surprise you. Plus we are issuing you with a challenge… hint: it’s to do with something that has a battery and a switch off option!

Nathalie Nahai – Web Psychology and How to Juggle Life

Interview | Episode 20

This week’s guest is the one and only, Nathalie Nahai, The Web Psychologist. She’s an author and in-demand, globetrotting speaker on how to apply behavioural science to all things digital to make them more effective and ethical. Hear how Nathalie juggles life and how she reinvented her career ......

Kriti Sharma – Robots, AI and the Future

Interview | Episode 19

Kriti Sharma; a leading global expert in AI and its impact on society and the future. Kriti grew up in Rajasthan in India. She didn’t have access to a computer at home so she built one herself. She followed that with her first robot when she was 15. She’s recently been named a UN Young Leader; she features in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for advancements in AI; and was included in the Recode 100 list of key influencers in technology last year alongside Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg ......

Dr Fiona Wood – The Inspiring Optimist

Interview | Episode 18

Our guest today is Dr Fiona Wood, a world-leading burns specialist and innovative and respected surgeon and researcher. She’s a former Australian of the Year for her pioneering burns research and innovations. Pretty incredibly, she was also voted the country’s most-trusted-person for six successive years .....

Navyn Salem – Because She Can’t Wait . . .

Interview | Episode 17

Navyn Salem was told over and over that with no previous relevant experience she’d never succeed. Her vision was to build a factory to manufacture a food supplement called “Plumpy Nut” that could save the lives of children with malnutrition in the developing world. Fortunately for the world, she chose to ignore all the pessimistic advice and forged ahead to set up her not for profit, Edesia Nutrition ......

How To Negotiate Your Pay

How To Episode | Episode 16

Few of us enjoy the prospect of having to negotiate on behalf of ourselves. We typically find it much easier if we’re negotiating a business matter or something on behalf of others. When the time comes for us to speak up for ourselves it can feel a whole lot more confronting.....

Cindy Gallop – Blowing Shit Up!

Interview | Episode 15

Cindy Gallop is a globe-trotting consultant, speaker and entrepreneur who was a former North American head of the famed advertising agency, Bartle Bogle & Hegarty. As you’ll hear in this conversation, Cindy is a strong, edgy character with clear views about many topics including diversity and sex, to name just two. She’s not one of those people who just say things, she’s out there trying to change the world! And it hasn’t been easy ......

Aya Aso – The Savvy, Luxury Entrepreneur

Interview | Episode 14

Our guest this week is Japanese hotel and hospitality entrepreneur, Aya Aso. Until last year, Aya ran the hotel chain she founded a decade ago, the Agora Hotel Group, a multi award-winning chain of resort and luxury hotels in Japan. She spent most of her childhood living in Brazil and in her 20’s studied to become a concert pianist in Los Angeles. However, that idea was put on the back burner when a part time job at the Sheraton led to the discovery that she loved the hospitality industry .......

Margarita Herdocia – The Compassionate Capitalist

Interview | Episode 13

We have a truly international businesswoman and global citizen on the show today. Margarita Herdocia, is Nicaraguan by birth, was educated in New York, and lives in Costa Rica. She owns and runs Renaissance Holdings which operates multiple businesses based in Central America, the Caribbean, Russia and Europe. Margarita began - with no experience - by taking over a failing, family owned fast food and casual dining business and totally blitzed it......

Rebekah Campbell – Serial Entrepreneur

Interview | Episode 12

Rebekah Campbell was always destined to be an entrepreneur. Even at primary school she was collecting golf balls and selling them back to the golf shop. Fast forward to this year and she's founded and launched her third business, Zambesi, an online marketplace for career-related workshops. Raised in New Zealand but now based in Australia, Rebekah started her career and first significant business in the music industry following a university summer holiday project that took off.....

How to Breathe Easy About Your Purpose

How To Episode | Episode 11

This week’s episode is all about Purpose, how to think about it (and how not to!) and how to go about finding your own authentic Purpose. Hear Claire and Greta, and several of their guests, talk about the different ways they have thought about and come to realise their Purpose. You might be surprised by their answers...

Heidi Hackemer – Nothing To It But To Do It!

Interview | Episode 10

Heidi Hackemer is VP of Engagement at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. We first heard about her as a leading creative thinker and we knew she had started her own unique brand strategy agency in New York that was very highly regarded.  But then we realised how that was just the tip of the iceberg.....

Lindley Edwards – Wisdom to Live & Work By

Interview | Episode 9

Lindley Edwards is definitely not your normal investment banker… we don’t know anyone else who uses philosophy, poetry, biology, and cross-cultural intelligence as their foundation for thinking about life and business .....

Siew Hoon Yeoh – Is Making Travel Better

Interview | Episode 8

Siew Hoon is one of the most humble people you’ll meet. She refutes the idea that she’s an innovator and a pioneer in her space. But ask anyone in the travel industry in Asia “who is the most innovative women you know?” and Siew Hoon Yeoh is nearly always the answer.

Sherilyn Shackell – Has Found Her Purpose!

Interview | Episode 7

Sherilyn spent the first part of her career, by accident she says, as a formidable headhunter in the UK. She borrowed millions to buy the company she worked for in her mid 30’s and grew the business to be hugely successful. As successful as it was she felt like she was on a treadmill ...

Kate Vale – Has an Uncanny Eye for Picking ‘Unicorns’!

Interview | Episode 6

Kate was Google Australia’s first employee and Managing Director, and built the Australian business from one employee to hundreds. She then did the same for YouTube. In 2011, she joined Spotify and went on to do it all again ......

How to Manage Your Inner Critic

How To Episode | Episode 5

Welcome to this first ‘How to’ episode here at Don’t Stop Us Now! In this episode you’ll hear Claire and Greta examine that pesky voice we all have inside our heads - the dreaded inner critic. We call it the Evil DJ.

Tina Sharkey – Web Pioneer, Industry Disruptor & Tech Legend

Interview | Episode 4

What can you say about the woman who literally coined the term, ‘Social Media’ and has had numerous accolades including being named One of the Most Influential Women in Technology (by Fast Company)?

Audette Exel – Make Your Own Rules

Interview | Episode 3

Want to make a positive difference in the world? Then this latest episode of Don’t Stop Me Now! is for you because Audette Exel has mastered the art of making her own rules to her achieve her vision.

Rachel Botsman – TED Talks, Writing Books and BHAG Goals

Interview | Episode 2

Rachel Botsman’s TED talks have been watched more than 4 million times and subtitled in 29 languages. Monocle magazine has rated Rachel as one of the world’s top 20 speakers and we’re pretty sure she’s been on more planes than she’d care to admit!

Courtney Hohne – The truth about innovation

Interview | Episode 1

Ever wondered what life is like and what really happens in Google’s elite innovation division: X, the Moonshot Factory? We certainly have! It’s just one reason why we love this episode with X’s Chief Storyteller, Courtney Hohne.

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