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  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “In order to be successful in regeneration of the planet, we need to think in more circular terms.”

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    My guest today is none other than Karen James (or KJ to most that know her). We met years ago when she headed up Comm Banks Women in Focus program - an incredible initiative that she also founded. KJ is renown for her big picture thinking and strategic mind and has a 30-year background in engineering, banking, IT, consulting and change management.

    Karen is now the CEO and Acting Asia Pacific Director for Buisness in Development, a global NGO whose goal is to use inclusive business approaches to address poverty and help achieve sustainable and profitable outcomes.

    Karen has worked across Europe and Asia and has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Hartford.

    Karen is also an author and her book On Purpose is a modern-day business book for people who want to steer their work back on course, with purpose leading the way. KJ & I always have facinating conversations about life, business and making a difference so I’m thrilled to have her on the show. Please enjoy this wonderful conversation with Karen James.

    For more information about KJ, check out these places;-

    Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/karentjames/

    Twitter: @karentjames

    Website: https://karentjames.com/

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    AND, if you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on the One Question podcast, drop me a line at hello@michellejcox.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “The conflict that’s occurring between gender roles at the moment. As a trans gender male, I have a different perspective on gender to many and see the world through multiple lenses.”

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    Today I’m talking with a lovely friend of mine, Andrew Guy who is a transgender male that educates others on Trans issues & advocacy. When I first met Andy, more than 20 years ago, he was known as Anna. We both worked in Tourism and whilst I knew him reasonably well, I had no idea the internal battle he was going through. Andrew shared quite openly his journey of the emotional, physical and often psychological challenges that he faced through his transition. I was in awe of the openness and bravery of someone to share something so personal but it gave me such a deeper understanding of gender dysphoria.

    Andrew is an actor and presenter and was recently in Still Point Turning at Sydney Theatre Company. Andrew is a script adviser and advocate for trans representation in film, TV and radio and was the first transgender presenter on Channel 10’s The Project. Andrew has spoken at many corporate functions on gender identity, diversity and inclusion. Having received two successive nominations for Australia’s LGBTI awards, this year Andrew was invited to be a judge.

    Andy is incredibly approachable and a highly experienced speaker advocate and I was thrilled when he agreed to come chat to me about a topic many of us need to understand more fully. This is a fascinating conversation and I learnt so much about a topic I feel I still need to learn more. Please enjoy this wonderful conversation with Andrew Guy.

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    For more information about Andrew, check out these places;-

    Instagram: @andygeey

    Linkedin: Andrew Guy

    Andrew suggested the ACON Foundation if you’re looking for more information on any topics we covered in today’s interview;-

    https://www.acon.org.au/

    Under ACON’s Trans & Gender Diverse section, it provides some information that may be helpful to understand more about our conversation today:-.

    The umbrella term ‘trans and gender diverse’ describes a population of people whose gender is different to what was presumed for them at birth.

    We recognise and celebrate the diversity of the TGD experience, so when we use the term ‘trans and gender diverse’, ‘trans’ and ‘transgender’ we mean all people who are not cisgender. Cisgender is a term used to describe people whose gender is the same as that was presumed for them at birth (male or female). ‘Cis’ is a Latin term meaning ‘on the same side as’.

    Trans people may position ‘being trans’ as a history or experience, rather than an identity, and consider their gender identity as simply being female, male or a non-binary identity. Some trans people connect strongly with their trans experience, whereas others do not. The processes of transition may or may not be part of a trans or gender diverse person’s life.

    They also have a great section on understanding pronouns.

    Pronouns are a special part of the English language as they are often used to indicate a person’s gender. For many trans people, having people know and use correct and affirming pronouns is an important and validating part of their gender affirmation.

    https://www.transhub.org.au/pronouns

    And this is a great article and short film from TIME that I found in my research that’s worth a watch & read if you’re interested to learn more about the topic:-

    https://time.com/transgender-men-sexism/

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  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “Having a fulfilling life even if you don’t have kids.”

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    Bernadette Andrews of Embrace Otherhood is an author and life coach to women who have gone through unsuccessful fertility treatment. She helps them to release fertility shame and trauma, to create a new meaningful life.

    For sixteen years, Bernie went on and off the baby making train in the hopes of falling pregnant. She tried everything, from IVF and Chinese medicine to naturopathy, all while maintaining her humorous and positive vibe throughout a very challenging time.

    Today’s topic is one dear to my heart as whilst my story was very different to Bernie’s, there are similarities in our finding a new path in life, one we didn’t expect (or want) but one which we feel very happy & privileged now to live.

    Bernie's now on a mission to help others see the beauty in a life led without kids. Instead of referring to people who wanted children but couldn’t have them as ‘childless’, Bernie now encourages us all to embrace ‘otherhood’. Whilst your life may not have turned out exactly how you or those around you expected, you did all you could to have children and now you’re open to all the other possibilities that life has to offer - that of ‘otherhood’.

    In sharing her story, Bernie hopes to help others experiencing infertility know they’re not alone, and that you can live a full, purposeful and rewarding life whether you join the mothers or fathers club - or not.

    I hope you enjoy this really interesting conversation with Bernadette Andrews.

    For more information about Bernadette, check out these places;-

    Website: www.embraceotherhood.com

    Email: hello@embraceotherhood.com

    Instagram: @embrace_otherhood @bern_andrews

    You can find Bernadette’s book, How to Stay Sane on the Baby Making Train, here

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    AND, if you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on the One Question podcast, drop me a line at hello@michellejcox.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “Mum’s kicking the inequality butt!”

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    Oriane is a highly ambitious and passionate entrepreneur and a mum to two boys. Born in France, Oriane has lived in many countries before she moved to Australia with her family. Harnessing her life-long questioning and curious nature, she created a marketplace to buy & sell products, services and resources to enhance mums’ lives. The company is called Spotz and Oriane’s mission is to empower mothers to create a world where they can thrive and positively impact the next generation.

    Oriane is not only passionate about helping others improve their lives, she has a Masters Degree in Genetics, Biology and Biotechnologies - which makes her one fascinating human to chat to so I can’t wait to learn more - Orianne, welcome to the podcast.

    Spotz is a Mum to Mum marketplace that allows Mums to earn money on their own terms by selling their products or services giving them independence. Spotz is also a purposeful platform that allows Mums to form a community, to express their needs and eventually unite behind a common cause to influence policy makers to change society to a more Mums' friendly one.

    “I created Spotz after experiencing discrimination first-hand. My husband and I achieved our Masters together, in the same course at the same time. We ended up in the same role in the same company together. There was one thing that was very different though. Our Salary! After my maternity leave, I was earning 30k less than my husband doing exactly the same job. When I asked for a pay rise that I felt was only fair, I was told my career was in “hibernation” and therefore didn’t deserve a pay rise. It was an injustice that I and so many of us have to put up with.. Instead of complaining, I decided it was time to be the change I wanted to see in the world. This led to the creation of Spotz which has given me a strong sense of purpose in my life.”

    For more information about Oriane, check out these places;-

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oriane-juncker-36826721/

    Spotz website : www.spotz.com.au

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spotzformums/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spotzformums

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    AND, if you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on the One Question podcast, drop me a line at hello@michellejcox.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “I want to talk about Imposter Syndrome - what it is, how it affects people and what you can do about it.”

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    Today I sit down with Alison Shamir who is an Imposter Syndrome & Confidence Expert Coach. As a Speaker & Media Contributor she’s spent 10+ years in Senior roles across the Technology and Media sectors. Certified in Applied Neuroscience and Brain Health, Alison arms her audience with the knowledge and evidence-based methods grounded in neuroscience to build unshakeable Confidence, overcome Imposter Syndrome & do the deep change work needed to rewire their brain and achieve the success they desire. These are topics I find fascinating so I was super excited to chat Alison - I hope you enjoy the show.

    For more information about Alison, check out these places;-

    Website: https://alisonshamir.com/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alison-shamir-67440b17/?originalSubdomain=au

    Insta: @alisonshamir

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    AND, if you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on the One Question podcast, drop me a line at hello@michellejcox.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “Female founders and the lack of funding we are still experiencing.”

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    Kate Vale is a powerhouse and has had a distinguished career in the technology and digital industries, with over two decades experience across major digital brands, including Spotify where she was Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand; prior to that was Head of YouTube Australia and New Zealand, as well as the first in-region employee for Google as the Head of Sales and Operations Australia and New Zealand. So Kate knows a fair bit about the topic we cover today.

    Kate has held a number of Non-Executive board roles including Tourism Australia, Tourism Tasmania and currently at ASX listed e-sports company Mogul. She is also a former Council Member of Make-A-Wish Australia. Kate is an active angel investor, having invested in several companies in Australia and the US. She holds a Bachelor of Business from Monash University.

    Kate is currently a General Partner at ALIA-VIA Ventures, based out of Los Angeles where she resides. ALIAVIA is an early stage Venture Capital fund investing in U.S. and Australian based female founders building world-changing enterprise and consumer tech companies. Please enjoy this wonderful conversation with Kate Vale.

    For more information about Kate, check out these places;-

    Website: https://www.aliavia.vc/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kavale/

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    AND, if you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on the One Question podcast, drop me a line at hello@michellejcox.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “We want to talk about sharing the life admin load in a partnership - being aware of how you’re contributing to dysfunction and letting go of unsustainable standards. Tied into this is budgeting/outsourcing and people’s irrational money stories and money types - trying to do it all rather than asking for and buying help.”

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    Mia Northrop and Dinah Rowe Roberts first met at high school in Melbourne. They studied together at university and remained fast friends through marriages, dynamic corporate careers in London, Dubai, New York and Vancouver, and the arrival of children. Their combined experience in senior strategy, commercial, digital and customer experience roles did nothing to prevent the onslaught of life admin, which became their passion to solve. Today, Dinah & Mia coach, write, speak and facilitate workshops about life admin, and together they host the podcast ‘Life Admin Life Hacks’.

    They recently released a book - of course called ‘Life Admin Hacks’ where Mia and Dinah have marshalled their professional expertise in innovation, finance, design thinking and operations to research best practices, trial the tech and craft the most efficient processes to optimise their own life admin. The result? No more overwhelm, way more spare time and thousands of dollars saved. Please enjoy this wonderfully practical conversation about a topic many need to shift their perception on,

    In our conversation, Mia mentioned the psychologist Harriet Lerner and her books - find more about her here:- https://www.harrietlerner.com/

    For more information about Mia and Dinah check out these places;-

    Their Website: https://lifeadminlifehacks.com/

    Grab a copy of their book here: https://lifeadminlifehacks.com/life-admin-hacks/

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    AND, if you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on the One Question podcast, drop me a line at hello@michellejcox.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “The value of relationships. I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I started writing my book. When I was younger no one ever told me the value of long term friendships / relationships. I spent way too much time/emotion on burning through people when I was younger (accountants, business partners, employees, early on even friends). It wasn’t until my thirties that I really started to notice others who’d built these rock solid relationships over many years and how much this adds to your life in terms of happiness, wellbeing and also business outcomes. Now I’m raising two young children, I put so much more emphasis on helping them to deepen their friendships and model friendship. There should be a much bigger focus on this at school as well as learning about relationships in general.”

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    Imagine that you’re a super smart entrepreneur that has run & invested in several successful business ventures but you find it hard to translate your business success into your love life. You’re keen to start a family…but can’t seem to meet that right person no matter what you do. How would you tackle this problem that’s more common today than many people realise?

    Rebekah Campbell is the co-founder of Hey You, a mobile app used by more than one

    million Australians to order and pay at cafes. But she’s also the author of a fascinating book called 138 Dates - a true story of one woman's search for everything. You see, Rebekah took a very different approach to her dating dilemma and she bares all in her wonderfully unique story.

    Prior to Hey You, Rebekah founded the shopping app Posse.com and built one of Australia’s

    most successful independent music companies representing the careers of Evermore, Matt

    Corby, Lisa Mitchell and several others with offices in New York and London.

    Rebekah has kept a blog about her experiences as an entrepreneur which was named ‘Best

    Business Blog’ by Smart Company and became a New York Times column in 2012. Rebekah

    is a high-profile public speaker who spoke at TEDx Sydney (2012) and numerous events for

    Business Chicks and was named a Woman of Influence in 2015 and APEC Young

    Woman Innovator. She was the host and curator of the City of Sydney’s virtual event series ‘Reboot’ supporting 18,000 Sydney business owners to recover from the impact of COVID in

    2020 / ‘21.

    I saw Rebekah speak at an event many years ago and was struck by her humble nature that masks a clearly incredibly talented and intelligent woman. I hope you enjoy this wonderful conversation with Rebekah Campbell.

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    For more information on Rebekah check out these places;-

    Grab a copy of Rebekah’s book here https://rebekahcampbell.com/138-dates/

    Website:www.rebekahcampbell.com

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rebekahcampbellwriter/?hl=en

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebekahzambesi/?originalSubdomain=au

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    AND, if you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop me a line at hello@michellejcox.com

  • You are in for a treat today - Kemi Nekvapil is like no other human I’ve ever met. She’s wise, she’s funny, she’s incredibly insightful, and what I think I love about Kemi the most in my dealings with her over the years is that she pulls no punches and holds us all accountable.

    Kemi has had a really unusual life and she shares many of her experiences and wisdom in her new book that is out right now (I got a copy only yesterday at the airport actually!). It’s called POWER and it’s all about living and leading a life without apology. I can’t wait to get stuck into it!

    Kemi has a wealth of experience including studying leadership and purpose at The GNH Centre in Bhutan which is all about the Gross National Happiness measurement of countries - fascinating. Kemi also trained with one of my fave humans, Dr Brené Brown and is now a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, working with teams and organisations to create daring leaders and courageous cultures.

    Kemi is one of Australia’s leading credentialed coaches for female executives and entrepreneurs, author and a highly sought-after international speaker. She’s a facilitator for The Hunger Project Australia and a regular interviewer of industry icons including Elizabeth Gilbert, Martha Beck and Marie Forleo and hosts the number one ranking also hosts a podcast The Shift Series.

    Kemi is a mother of teenagers, a wife, an endurance athlete running 42km-100km races, a dedicated gardener and aspirational flower farmer.

    With a level of compassion and wisdom only gained through extraordinary life experience, Kemi is a powerful advocate for connected, value-based living and I always learn so much when we meet. Please enjoy this fascinating conversation with the awe-inspiring Kemi Nekvapil.

    For more information on Kemi check out these places;-

    Grab a copy of Kemi’s book here https://www.kemi.courses/power#pre-order

    Kemi’s Podcast - The Shift Series – two series are currently available and Kemi is working on the third series.

    Website:https://www.keminekvapil.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keminekvapil/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kemi-nekvapil-58000027/

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    AND, if you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop me a line at hello@michellejcox.com

  • Welcome back to the land of Wabi Sabi Series! I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long from your ears… I’ve had a bit of work to do on the podcast behind the scenes before I launched Series 3.

    Having a platform like this & a forum to talk about such interesting things is great when you start out…but once you start growing and getting more listeners and feedback on your episodes (which I love!), I've felt a growing sense to continually improve it and make it even better for you.

    One of the things that was coming up constantly was that the title was a bit confusing to people. They couldn’t work out in a short glance exactly what the podcast was about. And whilst I absolutely love the premise of Wabi Sabi (and encompass the philosophy of beauty within imperfection into my life daily), the name for this pod needed to be clearer.

    After a tonne of research, we’ve landed at our new name - ONE QUESTION. This came from the simplicity that whilst I talk about uncomfortable and sometimes taboo topics, the entire podcast stems around the one question that I ask the guest right at the start - and the conversation goes any-which way from there.

    Other than the name though - the format will be largely unchanged so I hope you stick around to hear some incredible conversations which some really interesting people that I’ve got coming your way. And in the meantime, if there was one topic you wish society should talk more about, what would it be?

    Head to michellejcox.com for more information about the ONE QUESTION podcast or your host.

    Connect with Michelle on Instagram here:- @michellejcox

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    AND, if you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop me a line at hello@michellejcox.com

  • Why do we think it’s a compliment to say to someone “Gee, you look so good for your age?”. Why is society at large so obsessed about staying young?

    As I approach my 50th birthday, I’ve been reflecting on many things. How wonderful it is to be alive. How lucky I feel to be surrounded by so many amazing people in my life who bring me joy, challenge and support me, and what an absolute privilege it is to get ‘old’.

    In this final episode for the season, my dear friend, fellow podcaster and incredibly talented business woman, Tina Tower takes hold of the mic and interviews me on all things ‘ageism’! We cover the topic of my upcoming milestone birthday and why I never thought I’d make it this far, what I would tell my 20year old self, and what I’m excited about most in this next chapter. I was a little apprehensive about getting interviewed by someone else on my own podcast - and Tina certainly hits a few nerves with her questioning - but it was a great chat.

    It’s been a big year and I’m taking a break now until we return in January. A great time to catch up on any episodes you’ve missed given this is now the 70th in the series! Have a wonderful break over the new year, I do hope you get a chance to wind down a little and I look forward to being back ‘in your ears’ with more wonderful ‘uncomfortable conversations’ in 2022.

    Much love,

    Michelle x

    For more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “Overcoming adversity using a resilient mindset.”

    I’m talking today to a woman known as the “Queen of Resilience”! Justine Martin has a story that is hard to believe and she has used the adversity that has happened to her to now help others.

    Ten years ago Justine was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Then she underwent three heart surgeries, and followed that up with three primary cancers. All that happening to one person - much of it at the same time is bloody hard to comprehend. Justine was told she would never work again - but that was never an option for her. Justine catapulted herself into the world of business. She not only changed her life to give it purpose & direction but also inspired those around her with her story.

    To be resilient means the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; a toughness. This definition has been the cornerstone of Justine’s extraordinary journey over the last decade, a journey no one could fathom, but what Justine believes, a journey that has changed her for the better.

    After learning how to paint and using her art as therapy, she has become a multi-award-winning artist and found the strength and determination to take control of her financial future. She is also a Resilience Consultant & Speaker and the owner and founder of the Resilience Mindset, where she draws on her years of experience and knowledge, consulting with clients to develop and sustain a positive mindset. Justine has just won five awards at the AusMumpreneur Awards including GOLD for Coach of the Year!

    I was introduced to Justine through a friend of hers who felt we’d have a lot to talk about. It was wonderful to chat to Justine and learn how she’s overcome so much adversity. I hope you enjoy this very different conversation today with the incredible, Justine Martin.

    Connect and find out more about Justine here;-

    Website, Socials and LinkedIn - https://linktr.ee/justinemartincorporation

    YouTube: https://youtu.be/c4jxj6IPS7s

    Look out for these projects coming out soon:-

    The Resilience Mindset Podcast, a new Resilience Mindset 8-week course and Resilience Mindset Book mid next year.

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    

    “We all need to take responsibility for our own health and wellbeing”

    This is a short episode where I’m challenging you to think a little differently about your body and how you treat it. It’s not about badmouthing general practitioners and ridiculing the medical fraternity. It’s a centuries-old notion that doctors are healers and near to gods, but they are mere mortals and their expertise is limited. My crusade is to help you realise that you need to create a working relationship with your medical professionals; surround yourself with a ‘team’ that ensures your body runs as efficiently as it possibly can.

    If you’d like to read the book “Doctors are not gods” in full or you think it would be good for someone you know, you can find it at all online book stores or purchase it here at the Wabi Sabi Series shop.

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

    Connect with us on Instagram here:- @thewabisabiseries

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “Society needs to talk about the state of homelessness for older people, especially women over 50. Many of whom find themselves without superannuation or even a fair deal when a marriage breaks down if they haven't had visibility over the family finances or everything they own has been run through the ‘company’.

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    Marina Go is as dynamic as they come. Such an impressive human and we had so much to talk about when I first interviewed her - we decided to do another episode!

    Marina has a lot going on! She’s currently the Chair of Netball Australia, Ovarian Cancer Australia and The Walkley Foundation, and a non-executive director on the boards of Energy Australia, 7-Eleven, Autosports Group, Pro-Pac, Adore Beauty and Booktopia. She was recently appointed to the board of Transurban.

    She is a member of UNSW’s Business Advisory Council and ANU’s Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership (CAAL) Advisory Board, and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. Boss magazine named Marina as one of the 20 True Leaders of 2016.

    Marina has over 30 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist. Her media exec roles are extensive and she was also the former chair of the West Tigers NRL Club - which we’ll get more into today.

    Marina’s media executive roles included Private Media CEO and Head of the Hearst JV at Bauer Media and held leadership roles at ACP, Fairfax and EMAP Australia. Marina is also a former Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club, Chair of the Super Netball Commission and was the inaugural Chair of the UTS Centre for Media Transition Advisory Board.

    She is a member of O’Connell Street Associates, Chief Executive Women (CEW) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

    Marina has been actively progressing equitable outcomes for women and culturally diverse Australians in her working life and as a volunteer for more than three decades. If you can’t tell, you’re about to hear from one incredibly impressive lady. Our conversation is real, authentic and interesting as Marina has had one phenomenal career. But what I hope you also hear is that she’s a really lovely person. Genuine, articulate about her values and such an advocate for women. It’s an absolute pleasure to have her on the show - please enjoy this wonderful conversation with Marina Go.

    Connect and find out more about Marina here;-

    We talked about Marina’s new publication, a collaboration with some of her mates - find it here: https://tonicmag.com.au/

    Links and Social Media

    LInkedin: linkedin.com/in/marinago

    Twitter: @marinasgo

    

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “Body Confidence. The whole pressure around keeping up appearances for society, not for yourself. I believe it’s time to step into the uniqueness of you!”

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    After 25 years of covering up herself & wearing a ‘mask’, Rebecca Saunders has decided to throw away the wig & embrace her true self - no matter how uncomfortable that makes others feel. Since the age of 7, Bec has had an autoimmune disorder called alopecia universalis which means she has no hair on any part of her body. So, for most of her life, she’s worn a wig (in public) to fit in with society's expectations of what people think is ‘normal’. Throughout lockdown - it was all too much for Becc and she decided to throw away the wig and step into what makes her unique and own that. It’s early days - but what’s happened already in these short months has been amazing. She’s not only happier and more free than she’s ever been, she’s inspiring so many others to embrace their own uniqueness more and be more body confident.

    In business, Rebecca is known as a video ninja. She’s a sought after video strategist who builds brands with impactful video content and live virtual events. At the age of 22, Rebecca packed a small bag and booked a one-way ticket to Sydney with her laptop and just $500 in her pocket as she boarded that plane. She had a dream of living in Australia and building her own company to sponsor herself to stay here. Fast forward a decade and Rebecca has built a global production company, has a purpose built film studio in Sydney where she produces live virtual events and education content, and has a selection of online courses including her signature program "The Video Accelerator" to help make our video journey's just that little bit easier.

    Becc and I connected at a business event and it brings me so much joy to see her stepping into this space of not worrying what others think about her looks and embracing life more fully. I hope you enjoy this wonderful conversation with Rebecca Saunders.

    Connect and find out more about Rebecca here;-

    Website: http://rebeccasaunders.com/

    Socials: @therebeccasaunders

    The Video Accelerator: https://www.rebeccasaunders.com/thevideoaccelerator

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “The current political environment and apparent lack of leadership in our country.”

    My guest today is a successful business leader, active social commentator and activist. Kylea Tink believes that challenges cannot and should not be ignored. She has been a driving force behind a number of initiatives that have shaped the Australian community for the better.

    Kylea is a passionate believer that each of us can play an important role in addressing the challenges facing our society. Being told something can't be done, or shouldn't be considered or discussed, has more often than not motivated her to ask "why not" and to play her part in the push for positive change.

    Kylea has been a CEO, Managing Director, business owner, Board Director and Strategic Adviser. For the past 30 years, Kylea has worked in all sectors - Government, Commercial and Not-for-Profit, helping to drive sustainable, positive change.

    Her capacity to quickly come to grips with business and stakeholder challenges has seen her not only champion the development of several iconic community campaigns (including the Sydney Pink Test) but has ultimately resulted in the achievement of a number of sustainable positive social changes.

    From her current work with organisations assisting vulnerable young Australians, through to the role she played as CEO at the McGrath Foundation to establish the organization and exponentially expand its Breast Care Nurse Network, to her most recent role as CEO of Camp Quality where she was challenged to bring the organization into the 21st Century, Kylea’s commitment to never settling for the status quo has meant she is widely recognized as a formidable change agent.

    With a proven track record for building and inspiring high performing teams, Kylea’s ultimate motivation is simple: “To leave the world a better place than I found it!”

    Kylea and I met many years ago under the stars in the outback at an incredible dinner at Uluru. We had so much in common and we’ve been great mates ever since. Kylea called me before she went public to let me know she was putting her hand in the ring to join politics.

    I challenged her on whether she was sure she wanted to do it. This country does not have a great political landscape and female politicians are somewhat marginalised. So I asked her ‘Why would you willingly put yourself (and your children) into that incredibly tough environment?” Her response gave me lots to think about - and that’s why I wanted to get her on the show to chat on this interesting topic that might make you put more thought into the next time you vote. Please enjoy this wonderful conversation with the fabulous Kylea Tink.

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    Connect and find out more about Kylea here;-

    Twitter: @KyleaTink

    Instagram: @KyleaTink

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/North-Sydneys-Kylea-Tink-for-Canberra

    Website:https://www.kyleatink.com.au

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “We could all be more generous. To ourselves in everyday life, to our communities and our country as a whole could be far better.”

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    Many would find interviewing your mentor a little confronting, but the fact that my lovely ceramics mentor wants to talk about us all being far more generous, gives you a little insight that we are not talking to your average teacher. You see, despite his 45 years of incredible knowledge around all things ceramics, Malcolm Greenwood is incredibly humble AND phenomenally generous with his time and knowledge of his craft. From the first moment I randomly contacted him, to spending time in his studio learning so much in those first few hours - I’ve been taken aback by how willing Malcolm has been to help others.

    Now one of Australia's most sought after potters, Malcolm first began working with clay in 1976 whilst at Uni in Massachusetts, in the US. After moving to Boston, he began studying various Japanese pottery techniques with visiting Japanese potter, Makoto Yabe, including throwing, glaze formulation and firing techniques.

    While living in Nigeria in 1978, Malcolm built a wood-fired kiln, producing pots using local materials. In addition he travelled throughout much of West Africa, studying the traditional pottery techniques and various collections of antique and contemporary pottery. The form and texture of many of the African pots has had an influence on the development of his work.

    After Malcolm’s early career as an engineer, he left the corporate world in 1989 to begin his dream as a full-time potter. He often says, ”I left my job in the corporate world one day, walked out the back to the shed, began making pots, and never came out!”

    Malcolm’s tableware is exquisite and If you’ve dined at some of Australia’s top resorts or restaurants, you’ve likely eaten off some of Malcolm’s beautifully made pieces. I’m thrilled to get to talk about something a little different with Malcolm today - I hope you enjoy the conversation. 

    Connect and see some of Malcolm’s incredible work here;-

     

    Instagram: @malcolmgreenwoodceramics

     

    Website: www.malcolmgreenwood.com

     

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at  hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “The common good and how we can all be there for one another. I wish we would reflect on who's talking, who's being talked for and who's missing entirely.”

     

     

    Strap yourselves in because you are about to hear from one seriously outstanding human. I’m delighted to introduce you to the legendary Holly Ransom. Holly is a globally renowned content curator, powerful speaker and master interviewer 

     

    Holly’s belief is that if you walk past it, you tell the world it’s okay. She was named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, she has delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List’ of Future Game Changers to watch and was awarded the US Embassy’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Leadership Excellence in 2019. Having interviewed the likes of Barack Obama, Malcolm Gladwell, Richard Branson, Billie Jean-King, Condoleezza Rice, Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and the world’s first humanoid robot Sophia, Holly fights complexity with curiosity, apathy with empowerment and fear with fact. 

     

    Holly was identified early as a dynamic thought leader and asked to Co- Chair the G20 Youth Summit in 2014, the United Nations Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs in 2016 and was the youngest Director ever to be appointed to an Australian Football Club, the mighty Port Adelaide. 

     

    An accomplished company director, Holly has compressed a power-packed career into a decade, spanning corporate, nonprofit and public sectors. She’s the founder and CEO of consulting firm Emergent servicing some major global clients. She’s a regular on The Drum and QandA; a proud champion for diversity and inclusion, as the Chair of Pride Cup Australia 

     

    Holly’s podcast ‘Coffee Pods’ was named in the top ten business podcasts to listen to by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2018 and she’s currently hosting the Energy Trailblazers podcast which I’m really enjoying.  Holly’s achievements feel never ending - she’s a woman on a mission.  

     

    As a Fulbright scholar and Harvard Kennedy School Class of ’21 fellow, Holly is a recipient of the prestigious Anne Wexler Public Policy Scholarship, allowing her to action social and economic inclusion by connecting people with the decisions that affect their lives. 

     

    Having released her book The Leading Edge, Holly helps people harness their own potential to lead by asking better questions, thinking beyond biased answers and building collective momentum for change. The Leading Edge is part of Holly's broader belief that we need to democratise leadership learning and break open elite leadership discourse to fire up every individual to catalyse change. Holly has been recognised as a LinkedIn Influencer and a must-read content producer by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

     

    As founder and CEO of consulting firm Emergent, Holly has led real-world results with clients such as P&G, Microsoft, Virgin, Cisco and KPMG. Holly has also been a regular on the likes of The Drum and QandA. As a proud champion for diversity and inclusion, Holly is Chair of Pride Cup Australia, a non-profit organisation (and movement) devoted to challenging LGBTI+ discrimination within sporting clubs - and create welcoming and supportive environments for LGBTI participation and fans. A two-time Ironwoman, Holly loves to cook, dance and sing... despite her complete lack of talent at all three. 

     

    You’d think that you’d feel a bit inadequate hanging out with Holly -but that’s just the thing - she’s such a beautiful person, incredibly humble & her curiosity about the world just radiates from her sparkly eyes. Holly is one of the reasons I found my voice with creating the Wabi Sabi Series so I’m absolutely thrilled to get to sit down and chat with her, it was such a delight. Please enjoy this wonderful conversation with Holly Ransom. 

     

    Connect and find out more about Holly here;-

    Purchase The Leading Edge

    Take the 28 Day Challenge

    Listen to her Podcasts

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    Check out hollyransom.com

     

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  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “We all need to take responsibility for our own health and wellbeing”

     

    This is a short episode where I’m challenging you to think a little differently about your body and how you treat it. It’s not about badmouthing general practitioners and ridiculing the medical fraternity. It’s a centuries-old notion that doctors are healers and near to gods, but they are mere mortals and their expertise is limited.

    My crusade is to help you realise that you need to create a working relationship with your medical professionals; surround yourself with a ‘team’ that ensures your body runs as efficiently as it possibly can. 

    If you’d like to read the book “Doctors are not gods” in full or you think it would be good for someone you know, you can find it at all online book stores or purchase it here at the Wabi Sabi Series shop. 

     

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  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “When you own your story you own your power and this can be VERY uncomfortable, but incredibly life changing.” 

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    Whilst leading a successful Brand Comms agency, Torstar for nearly 20years, Tory Archbold had a pivotal moment. She’d had a near death experience and found herself standing in a courtroom representing herself after 10 years of being aggressively stalked by an ex. After winning the case she knew her life would never be the same again. She wanted a life with more purpose. It was time to reshape her story.

     

    After twenty years of being ‘behind the scenes’ as one of Australia’s most powerful publicists, working with top name brands and celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Megan Gale, Zara, Nespresso and Victoria’s Secret, Tory felt it was time to step forward and own her own story. She used this momentum and founded Powerful Steps in 2019 – a platform designed to inspire, encourage and guide women through the different challenges of life.

     

    Tory is a gorgeous human and is passionate about sharing her learnings and knowledge to mentor and empower others. As someone who has taken a few years to truly own my own story and step into the power of that, I was super excited to talk to Tory and pick her brains a little. I hope you enjoy this wonderful conversation with Tory Archbold. 

     

    Connect and find out more about Tory here;-

    Linkedin: Tory Archbold, 

    Instagram: @powerfulsteps 

    website: www.powerful-steps.com

     

    Powerful Steps’ exclusive Business Attraction program. Tory shares the same brand expertise she used to nurture the world’s top performing brands. It’s for C suite women who want to take their business to the next level, or the entrepreneur going it on her own who needs a wingwoman.

     

     

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