Madeline Stuart is a game changer. After deciding she wanted a career on the catwalk, her first photo shoot went viral, and she has never looked back. With the support of her mother, Rosanne Stuart, Madeline has embarked on an incredible career in the spotlight, and has used her very public platform to advocate for diversity and empower the disability community. In this interview, Madeline shares her career journey so far, and how she sees the representation of people with disabilities evolving.
Concetta Antico is a renowned tetrachromat artist who has recently relocated to Australia after decades based primarily in San Diego. 2020 and COVID have meant changes, but no slowing down – she’s offering online painting classes, and preparing to open a new gallery on her farm retreat in Byron Bay in August.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Lunden De’Leon has seen first-hand the great lengths the film industry has had to go through to keep moving. This includes keeping a six-foot safety distance, wearing masks on set, actors bringing their own costumes and outfits, and using alternate camera angles to enable greater distances between actors. Filming of her latest job has completely halted. In this interview, Lunden shares how she started a career in acting, and how this has evolved over the years.
After years of teaching MBA students at UNSW and undertaking her own PhD in strategy, Jane Qiu recognised a clear market demand – coffee. This wasn’t regarding the physical product itself, but rather everything that happens around a coffee.
In 2010, Sharon daVanport founded the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN) to build a supportive community where autistic women, girls, nonbinary people and people of all marginalised genders could share their experience in an understanding, diverse and inclusive environment. In this interview, Sharon shares how gender stereotypes can lead to a misdiagnosis, how they are maintaining and building the AWN, and their views on disability justice.
Kaylene Ledgar’s experience with education has shaped her entire career. Despite not getting her ideal grades when finishing high school, she excelled in her public service career of 26 years, built her own business from scratch, and is now a world renowned public speaker, mentor, coach and more. In this interview, Kaylene shares her approach to learning and how she has used non-traditional educational experiences to live a life with no regrets.
Following a teenage crush on Mulder in the X-Files, Jo started acting at 15 years old. While building this career and acting alongside the likes of Heath Ledger, Jo undertook a degree in education and became a primary school teacher. As well as juggling these two career streams, Jo has become a social media influencer, mummy blogger, and of course also manages her most important job of all – being a mum. In this interview, Jo shares how she multitasks and manages her various skills, and her view on what you really can have it all.
Hayden McEvoy was diagnosed with ADHD in Year 1 and has since thrived at school and gone on to start his own successful tutoring company. He believes in the importance of a student’s environment, rather than their ADHD diagnosis, when determining their potential. In this interview, Hayden shares his own journey through the education system, and why he developed a bespoke teaching model to bring out the best in every student.
Lisa Cox is an author, presenter, consultant and advocate. She had an extensive career in corporate advertising before acquiring multiple disabilities and had to restart her career from scratch. In this interview, Lisa shares her experiences with re-joining the workforce with disabilities, how business leaders can overcome their misconceptions of accessible work environments to create inclusive workplaces, and how she has used her deep skillset in communications to become a high-impact disability advocate.
Today Esha Oberoi sits at the head of a 550+ staff, multi-million dollar business and has been recognised for her achievements as a Winner in the Indian Australian Community Business Award for Small Business and a Finalist in the Telstra Young Business Women of the Year Awards in 2014. But her journey to success wasn’t without challenges.
Nikki Hamilton started her own marketing consultancy, Seedling Digital, under a year ago with no formal qualifications yet is succeeding beyond all her expectations. With a baby just over one, a commitment to constant learning, and a dedication to building beautiful brands with meaning, Nikki is a driven leader and passionate about helping businesses grow and thrive.
In Australia, the majority of VC funds are founded and led by men, and globally, only 2% of investment dollars go to women. Yet, there are more women joining the investor community each year, including angel investor, Solai Valliappan. In this interview, Solai shares experiences with unconscious bias which she regularly experiences from other investors, while highlighting that some sectors demonstrate this more strongly than others. She’s also on the look-out for female-led companies and is always encouraging women to follow their gut and venture out on their own.
Natasha Ritz has owned three businesses, as well as held various senior marketing and brand roles, including Brand Lead for LUSH ANZ. She currently runs two businesses – an online retail business called ARNAonline, and a consulting service. In this interview, Natasha shares the story behind the scenes, where she enrolled and quickly dropped out of university, managed a team of five from the age of 18, ignited a passion for women empowerment and has used her 15 years of work experience as a 29-year old in the world of business.
Shain Neumeier is an attorney and activist, a proud member of the disability and LGBTQ+ communities, and a passionate advocate for disability justice. In this interview, they share why disability justice is worth fighting for, the challenges society needs to overcome to achieve disability justice, and the importance of not mistaking disability justice for disability rights and ensuring it leads to fundamental changes across society.
Bo Tallentyre is a plus-size model on a mission to normalise different bodies. In this interview, she openly shares the ups and downs of her career, her advice to other aspiring models, and her message to the media about the importance of embracing every body and every person.