While many startups and entrepreneurs are tackling changed market conditions due to COVID-19, startup leadership is being tested. In this interview, serial entrepreneur, Stacey Fisher, shares how she is managing the market downturn while pivoting her business and forging ahead with international expansion plans.
Lydia X. Z. Brown is a renowned disability justice advocate, organiser, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer. They believe in the need for communities, governments, and individuals to re-assess the way “power over” or “power against” certain groups of people, including people with disabilities, is gained and sustained. Their work and experiences with disability justice urge people to consider ableism – discrimination against people with disabilities – as more than a disability rights issue.
Lisa Mitrov has been a makeup artist for a decade and is frustrated with seeing the same challenges over and over again – limited options for people of colour, stereotyped products based on gender, and stigmas influencing who should and shouldn’t use makeup. In 2020, Lisa believes makeup should be gender neutral, and it’s time the industry caught up with where society wants it to be.
Rupanty Akid is an actress performing on screen in both Australia and Bangladesh, and has experienced first-hand how the industry prioritises people of certain ‘looks’. In this interview, she shares how those experiences have shaped her perspective and approach to working in the industry, as well as how she’s seen the power of audience demand in being able to spark change on issues like representation and diversity.
Yasmin Poole is passionate about being and empowering the voice of Gen Z to be heard in parliament. In this interview, she shares why age diversity at the leadership level matters, and how governments and societies can benefit from involving young people in policy development.
Valentin Zhmodikov moved to Australia from Russia in 2014, with a passion for photography that has evolved since childhood. In this interview, he shares where that passion came from, and how it drives what photography he does and doesn’t do today.
During COVID-19, communities are being reminded of the value of connection and engagement. In this interview, Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew, who has literally written the book on engagement, shares how engagement can lead to resilience, and her views on how societies around the world are now engaging due to the pandemic.
Madison Page is a proud Wiradjuri woman, currently working in the construction industry as a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Advisor, while also modelling with WINK models. In this interview, Madison outlines her broad-ranging career, from studying marine biology to working with Aboriginal business leaders, as well as her views on diversity – or lack thereof – in the modelling industry.
Penelope Twemlow outlines why she created Women in Power to address the diversity gap in the energy and power sectors.
As well as being a healer, leader, storyteller, keynote speaker and health and wellbeing ambassador on the topic of ‘Warrior Within’, Shantelle is also a three-times Jiu-Jitsu world champion and is now preparing to qualify for a spot on the Australian wrestling team for the 2022 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games. Shantelle shares what is the ‘Warrior Within’ and what we can learn from First Nations to solve many of the societal issues we face today.
Michaela Rosandich is a life coach dedicated to ridding society of the common stigmas around menstrual cycles. In this interview, Michaela shares what a menstrual cycle is and isn’t, how it can be a superpower, why stigmas still exist today, and what employers can do to better empower of their female employees.
Winitha Bonney, founder of #ColourFULL, believes there is a fundamental misunderstanding of the term ‘women of colour’, and research around intersectional issues needs to be accurately undertaken so businesses and communities can take action.
Bianca Capra explains why aerospace engineering is a career path the next generation should consider, what they can look forward to, and why she is a strong advocate for women in STEM.
Laura Conti, experienced CFO and Founder of #GoKindly explains the multifaceted aspects of ‘difference’, and how businesses can embrace this in their workplaces to improve their bottom lines.
Cindy Gallop, Founder of Make Love Not Porn, and renowned revered advertising consultant, talks about diversity, sextech, resilience, and taking action.