"Building a business has taught me so many things, but I think one of the most important lessons that has stayed with me over the years is that women need to support each other. As successful women in business I see it as is our duty to help build the next generation of successful women in business, and be generous with our knowledge and support as those that went before us did for us."
Liandra Gaykamangu, Founder & Creative Director of Liandra Swim
"Always stay focused on what you are trying to achieve and chip away at your goals daily. It’s okay to allow room for plans to change, but don’t let the noise and distractions of the world around you take you completely off course."
Elaine Yang, Founder of askbella
"Being a female founder to me means embodying resilience, creativity, patience, and passion. It represents being able to support other women while on the path to entrepreneurial success. Always remember to treat others how you would like to be treated – you never know what someone is going through, so always take a moment to understand someone else’s point of view."
Kristina Youssef, Founder & CEO of KYK Hair Care
"In a world known to be dominated by successful men, it has been proven over and over again that women can also have whatever they strive for. If you dream it, you can achieve it; nothing is out of your reach."
Chloe Zhu, Founder of Glowie
"Get clear on the woman you want to be, and show up as though you are already her."
Erica Berchtold, CEO of THE ICONIC
"Women often wait until they’re confident 'enough' before they throw their hat in the ring. My motto is, 'Why not?'. Why not give something a go? If it doesn’t work out how you hoped, don’t lose out on a lesson for the sake of a perfect experience. That’s almost more valuable than if everything goes according to plan!"
Dr Ginni Mansberg, Founder of Evidence Skincare (E.S.K)
"Two bits of advice: The first is to have more coffee catch-ups. Meeting more people and getting out there has so many benefits. Apart from the health benefits, you never know how the people you meet can and will cross paths with you later on. It may be tomorrow and it may be years from now, but chances are that coffee will pay off in ways you don’t expect. The second is while keeping your eye on your own goals, when meeting with others, think not about what they can do for you, but how you can help them. The more valuable you are, the more value you can create."
Melanie Leahy & Elisse Alexander, Co-Founders of Ziinkle
"Believe in yourself. Have confidence in your abilities and don't be afraid to take risks. Believe that you can achieve your goals and work towards them with determination. Also pay it forward when you can. Share your knowledge, skills, and experiences with other women and help support them as they pursue their own goals. Together, we can lift each other up and achieve great things."
Renee Douros, Founder of ADYTUM
"Avoid trying to define who you are. Never pigeonhole yourself as this automatically restricts your potential in all facets of life. You are more than one thing and who you are is fluid. Express this in creative or career pursuits, how you dress day-to-day, the company you keep and where you direct your energy. Doing so will position you on a pathway to constant learning and self-discovery."
Tahnee Edwards, Founder of Gammin Threads
"Surround yourself with people who believe in you and can hype you up. It can be really isolating running a business by yourself and imposter syndrome sometimes creeps in, so having the right supports around you is crucial - especially other women who are getting it done!"