Kerrie worked 18 years in management across a range of high intensity industries (legal, retail, commercial leasing, franchising and real estate) with the mantra of “learn as much as you can, teach as much as you can”. What better to do with all of that experience than roll it all into the life of an entrepreneur – enter Design Umbrella. And then hey, why not really push the boundaries and invest yourself into 3 equally “game changing” businesses? When asked to profile herself Kerrie said she was “A serial entrepreneur but my best project to date is my 2 mini me girls (5 and 14yo).
Design, creative projects, branding and everything in between is my happy place. 3 businesses, not much sleep and until recently I would have said all you need to know is bring coffee and we will get along just fine…but I have gone cold turkey so no more mention of the C word.” Above all else Kerrie thrives when she is facilitating change – it’s all about moving forward and taking everyone along for the ride.
As a League ambassador Kerrie wants to bring together Perth women who crave conversation around topics that are both relevant and engaging.
Sara Borowiak is the founder and director of Melbourne base creative agency, Inka.
After 10 years experience working in events, marketing and communications across food, hospitality, travel, fashion and health and beauty for top global brands such as National Geographic and Hyatt, Sara opened Inka, a boutique agency that supports lifestyle brands looking not only for growth but for some killer ideas and concepts to help make their brands shine even more!
With a passion for beautiful things, a huge enjoyer of life and rocking a positive, proactive personality, Sara is an avid supporter of female entrepreneurs, and a highly visual and creative soul who loves bringing people and brands together.
With a passion for business and working in a family business for 10 years, Tameeka is now a business banker that assists small business. Tameeka is passionate about family, Tasmania and exceptional customer service. Tameeka is also an avid homebody, foodie and shopper extraordinaire.
Founder and Director at The Sunkissed Collective, Sarah describes herself as passionate, energetic, and fun loving. Over the past 11 years, Sarah has helped a number of businesses of various sizes grow & flourish through the use of effective marketing strategies & tactics.
Sarah loves helping businesses to succeed, surfing, hot yoga, living by the sea, and helping to support other women in their endeavours.
Emma is a Sydney-based marketing specialist, who consults to businesses on strategy, business development, digital and social media marketing. With over 10 years’ experience, she has worked in marketing for iconic brands including Westfield, Diane Von Fürstenberg, Westpac and T-Mobile, both in Australia and overseas. Emma works closely with clients both to understand their business vision and develop tailored marketing, digital and social strategies accordingly. She focuses on strategic planning, creative marketing initiatives and engaging digital & social content to drive brand awareness, customer engagement, sales and traffic. Helping businesses transform to a customer-centric approach is a speciality.
Emma has a strong track record in business, winning multiple industry awards and consistently delivering above expectations. She currently consults to clients in the retail, lifestyle, property and technology sector, and is passionate about supporting female entrepreneurs.
Elle has business running through her veins, coming from a family of Adelaide entrepreneurs. After having her 4th child at the age of 39, she jumped into boxing fitness to shed baby weight and loved it so much she opened a boxing fitness studio. That was 10 years ago! Since then, the business has grown, upsized premises and is now looking for sites for future franchisees. Elle revels in the challenges of growing a business in such a competitive market – especially with the huge influx of 24/7 gyms, and the vagaries of human nature and fitness. It’s one of the first things that people drop away from when life gets tough and busy, so keeping people engaged and loyal is something that motivates Elle to provide the best experience every time a member walks through the door.
Elle has had lots of big bumps along the way, nothing more so than losing her only daughter. So although business is a huge priority, life balance is where its at for her. Elle is newly married, turning 50, and soon to be a too young Nanna all in 2016. Elle loves to spend time with her hubby and family at their holiday home on the Fleurieu Peninsula, relaxing and exploring the nearby wineries & towns, hanging out with her best girlfriends, and watching her boys grow into wonderful men.
Elle is thrilled and excited to be appointed the SA Ambassador of the League and hopes to help and support other entrepreneurial women in their quest to make a difference.
Starting out in 2011 selling handmade jewellery at the famous Salamanca Markets in Hobart, Hannah has since launched her business online and opened up a store in the heart of Hobart. Winner of Hobart Telstra Business of the Year, Francesca has also won multiple awards as well as made a feature at the Golden Globes in 2014.
For those yet to meet Hannah, she is bubbly, full of energy and will not take no for an answer. Just one chat and you’ll feel so inspired to get out there and just do something – anything to get you closer to fulfilling your dreams just like she has.
Jordana is a 30-something creative and digital entrepreneur – a career path she was drawn to after working in a series of corporate jobs for 5 years. Never feeling like it was the right fit for her, Jordana took the plunge and started her own business – a move which soon turned into 2 businesses that she now runs side by side. She is passionate about building female communities, having worked with hundreds of women across Queensland to build confidence and regain an adventurous spirit through riding bikes.
Her business, Chicks Who Ride Bikes, is the largest women’s only cycling group in Australia, and she can be seen speaking at a variety of events and seminars on small business, leadership and what women’s communities mean.
After facing redundancy from a high-flying career in IT as the Global Financial Crisis took hold in 2009, Sheryl turned her passion for baking into a career with her online cupcake bakery spawning the launch of cupcake stores throughout Melbourne. Inspired by a trip to the world-famous Magnolia Bakery in New York, Sheryl first started experimented with baking as a hobby for friends and family. Soon after being made redundant Sheryl decided to act on her passion and launched an online cupcake store, Cupcake Central.
Despite no previous pastry chef qualifications, within 12 months Sheryl opened her first bricks-and-mortar store in Hawthorn, followed by two more over the next two years, collectively churns out 20,000 cupcakes a week. As a League founder, Sheryl wants to inspire women with the group’s supportive atmosphere to “hatch that dream”.
Sheryl, newly announced her role as CEO, League of Extraordinary Women. See her open letter here.
Strategic and operational Marketer with experience across global luxury beauty, fast fashion and FMCG brands, who takes initiative and thrives in both collaborative and autonomous environments.
Founder of one of Australia’s fastest-growing direct marketing companies, Liz Volpe had no idea what the universe had planned for her when she arrived in Sydney as a backpacker from the United Kingdom back in 2001. Funding her way through her travels with commission-based direct sales jobs, Liz quickly learnt she had the ‘gift of the gab’, and after being asked by a client to manage a direct-sales project in Melbourne in 2006, Liz established her company, Zest Marketing, in order to service the growing direct-sales market, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now boasting offices across Australia and New Zealand, Liz is an accomplished corporate speaker and holds leadership roles at a number of entrepreneurship groups. Giving birth to her first child, Cruz, in 2013, Liz hopes to inspire women to integrate a smart business structure that lets them work more ‘on’ their business than ‘in’ their business in order to maintain a healthier work/life balance. As a League founder, Liz wants the group to act as a catalyst for change and help women develop their business confidence.
Liz has recently founded social enterprise Project Gen Z, an organisation that brings entrepreneurs to Cambodia to run “Dare to Dream” workshops to teach Cambodian orphans entrepreneurial skills. In 2015, over $130,000 was raised for Sunrise Children’s Villages in Cambodia.
Leveraging off her existing wedding stationery company, Marie was inspired to enter the relatively new market of event-styling in 2008 after a less than satisfactory experience organising her own nuptials. Unhappy with the inflexibilities of suppliers and hiring companies, Marie developed her business to respond to increasingly creative client briefs and create truly unique events for every individual client who walked through her doors.
The Style Co garnered national recognition in 2010 as the wedding stylist for Australian media personality and Carlton football player, Rebecca Twigley and Chris Judd, and the business has continued to grow in leaps and bounds since then. As a League founder, Marie wants members to challenge and encourage each other in an environment surrounded by like-minded fearless entrepreneurs. Marie has recently welcomed her baby boy, Harrison, into the world in June 2015.
Recognised as one of Australia’s leading young entrepreneurs, Sarah has been listed as one of “Melbourne’s Top 100 Most Influential, Inspiring and Creative Citizens” by The Age in 2011 and Shoestring’s “Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs Under 40”. Offering specialized financial planning, Sarah’s business, “Wealth Enhancers”, has offices in Melbourne and Sydney and is geared toward helping young professionals reach their financial goals sooner than ever before.
Sarah released her first book “Get Rich Slow” in 2013 and regularly speaks and contributes to a variety of Australia’s most renowned newspapers and television programs. As a League founder, Sarah is passionately committed to helping women realise their financial potential and in all aspects of their lives.
In 2011 four female entrepreneurs met up for coffee and cupcakes in Melbourne, eager to connect and learn from each others experience. Little did they realise that it was a catalyst to start a movement bigger than they could ever imagined. 4 years on, The League has grown to 9 cities across Australia with female entrepreneurs from all over the world wanting to bring The League across the waters. With a community of 60,000+ female entrepreneurs across cities & social media platforms, The League will only continue to grow so that we may flourish in our ventures, be inspired by greatness and connected through genuine conversations.