Zoe Routh – Founder of Inner Compass, Author of People Stuff

Zoe is the author of People Stuff and is an Australian leadership expert who specialises in helping business leaders navigate the complexities of dealing with their teams and colleagues to make it all easier. But as a Canadian, it’s been an interesting journey getting here! She has always had an adventurous spirit and loves the great outdoors so she loved working at the Summer Camps that they run in the US and Canada for school kids. She went from being a leader in some local camps to wanting to spread her wings and do more of it! She knew about Outward Bound, the international network that focuses on outdoor education, and applied to become an instructor for the Australian version. Then she didn’t want to leave!

After 10 years there, rising to become the Foundation Coordinator, she decided to take what she has learned and apply it to corporate leaders. These days Zoe is an author, speaker and mentor to many business leaders. You’ll love her story!

Karen Ostenried, Founder of The Matanya Effect

Karen Ostenried has an amazing story, and business to share! She currently offers leadership training using horses as an example of teamwork and how people can work together. But her story as to how she arrived at her current business is fascinating. She started her career as a scientist,specialising in medical research and commercial biotechnology and so we HAD to talk about the pandemic! From there she describes how the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 devastated her personally, and her community in Kinglake, Victoria, and it was on the back of that awful event that she created her business, The Matanya Effect. She is the Choir Director for the Kinglake Phoenix group, created to help lift the spirits of the local community after the bushfires ravaged the area and so many people lost their homes. She also coaches people on stage presence and speaking skills and so much more. Karen’s positive spirit and energy in the face of awful tragedy is really inspiring and and you will love it too.

Mia Maze – CEO and Founder of Mazey Consulting

Mia Maze is an absolute dynamo! After blagging her way into an international role with realestate.com.au, after suggesting to the CEO that they could move into international sales, she spent 3 years travelling backwards and forwards to Belgium, Italy and the UK securing properties and buyers from overseas. This was followed by a stint in a senior role for Endota Spa, which she absolutely loved, Then it was time to get out of the city and so she started a business called Click Click Boom and moved to the Morning Peninsual in Melbourne. The experience of living outside of the city appealed to their family so much that they decided to go further afield and ended up in the Bega Valley in southern NSW.
Having such a great business background, and being an entrepreneur, meant she quickly caught the eye of the Bega Council and started the Bega Valley Innovation hub in 2018. The BVIH served as an engagement space to attract and retain professionals in the region and to bring new ideas to market. Mia wanted to help the local entrepreneurs to think BIG! She started an iAccelerate program to help them on their journey.
These days mia is still involved with the BVIH but she also runs her own consulting business, Mazey Consulting. As her name suggests, Mia is ah-may-zing and has so much passion for entrepreneurship, you’ll love this episode.

Christine Khor – Co-Founder, Peeplcoach.com and Peeplmatch

Chris Khor is a wonder woman! Having run her HR company for marketing peeps for a couple of decades (with some name changes and shuffling of staff), she realised that there was a weird thing going on in the business. The people who were getting the advanced leadership courses were the executive teams – but it is middle management who need it if they are going to get to the next stage! So she started Peeplcoach, offering on-demand executive coaching. It’s a brand spanking new business but one that clearly fills a gap. Starting her career in FMCG at companies like Kraft, Christine and a friend realised that there was a need for a recruitment company to help organisations find great marketers, and at that stage, there weren’t any so she jumped out of her corporate role and started an agency. She grew the agency, found a new partner, became part of a multi-office network and then downsized. That agency is still going, albeit with a new name, Chorus Executive. Two children and 20 years later, Chris is passionate about making change and is also actively working with The Hunger Project, a glocal organisation with the goal of ending world hunger by 2030.

Lisa Hollinshead – Founder, OneAnother Community

Lisa Hollinshead is so open and generous with her story you will be gripped! Lisa’s description of getting caught in Spain during the first lockdown in 2020 is a case of bad luck all around. Her timing was terrible! She also talks about how the pandemic was the impetus for creating the OneAnother Community which offers help and support for people in the community who feel isolated and alone, or who need help. But Lisa’s life has been super interesting up to this point. Born in the UK, Lisa decided quite early on that she wanted to be in PR, so she studied it and then soon after, decided she wanted to move to Australia where she was offered a job. Soon after, she started her own agency. She also has an amazing story of her ‘miracle baby boy and how he has conceived and her relationship with his dad. Lisa is funny, self-deprecating and super lovely to chat to. She has some fantastic stories to share and what she has learned along the way. This is one interview not to miss!

She’s the Boss Podcast Trailer

She’s The Boss chats is a regular program featuring in-depth interviews with amazing, inspiring female founders and women who run their own businesses. In each episode, Jules Brooke chats with a businesswoman about their entrepreneurial journey; from when they left school to where they are now (often a very wiggly path!), what their ‘lightbulb’ moment was, the women that have inspired them along the way and what they have learned from their experiences. You’ll love the She’s The Boss program if you enjoy listening to interviews filled with lots of laughs, great stories, and oodles of advice and lessons learned from life’s journies. This series of interviews is an extended version of the popular TV show on Ticker TV (tickertv.com.au) where Jules interviews all sorts of interesting and inspiring women every week. Jules is also the founder of Handle Your Own PR (handleyourownpr.com.au) where she teaches business owners, authors, and experts how to get featured in the media for free and has developed a unique PR Engine. Handle Your Own PR also offers online coaching and accelerator courses.

Sarah Morrissey – Founder, Little Rockers Radio

My latest She’s The Boss Chats episode is with Sarah Morrissey, the Founder of Little Rockers Radio.

Sarah is amazing! She founded Little Rockers Radio, a 24/7 online radio station for children, over 7 years ago (waaaay before podcasts!) after being unable to find a kids channel to listen to with her own kids, and it has grown from there.

Sarah also partners with some fantastic social enterprises and charities such as Red Nose and The Alannah and Madeleine Foundation (to name just two) to help them fundraise. To date, she has raised over $200,000 which is a huge number!

From her early career working at Moose Toys, she worked in the health and fitness industry for years before starting Little Rockers and she discusses the challenges she encountered along the way. Sarah is such an inspiring woman, you’ll love this episode.

Mireille Toulekima – Founder of MT Energy and global consultant in Oil and Gas investment

My latest She’s The Boss Chats episode is with the amazing Mireille Toulekima – Founder of MT Energy and global consultant in Oil and Gas investment. Mireille is forging a path for women in the oil and gas industry and her story is fantastic! Born in Gambon, Mireille started her career with Shell in Africa, where she learned all about the industry. Her work since then has taken her to many different countries including the Netherlands, South Africa and Malaysia before she and her family came to Australia. She initially worked with Woodside/Santos and then she set up her own consulting business, MT Energy resources. She also founded the Energy Angels Project in Uganda and STEM Queens to encourage other women into the industry. When Mireille talks about her first visit to an oil rig as the only woman there, you understand how pioneering she is! She is also an Ambassador forFemale Wave of Change (Asia Pacific) and the co-lead for the Women’s Economic Imperative (WEI) and much more. You’re going to love Mireille.

Judy Sahay – Founder and CEO of Crowd Media

Wow! My latest She’s The Boss Chats episode is with Judy Sahay – Founder and CEO of Crowd Media. Judy’s story will have you gripped from the beginning. Growing up as one of 3 daughters in a Sri Lankan family, Judy’s father was passionate about making sure his girls had a great education and that they would either end up a Doctor or a Lawyer. As children he would make them watch the news, prepare a report and present it to him. He encouraged them to study hard, and strive for excellence. Lessons Judy has taken to heart as she builds her business.

Listen to hear how Judy completely blagged her way into winning her first client (you will LOVE what she did!), how her agency nearly died when they took their eye off customer service and focused soley on growth, what she learned from that and how it has made a huge difference to her business going forward. If you want to feel energised and inspired, this interview will do it for you!

Tamar Hela – Co-Founder of Genius Encel agency in Shanghai, LinkedIn expert

What a woman! My latest She’s The Boss Chats episode is with Tamar Hela, Co-Founder of Genius Encel agency in Shanghai, and Co-President of LinkedIn Local Asia. Tamar is an entrepreneur through and through! As a Californian native, her career lead her to a few different roles, including academia, before she made a huge leap to end up in Shanghai as a co-founder of her own company, Genius Encel which specialises in helping big businesses navigate LinkedIn for profile building and lead generation. After finishing school, Tamar contracted a virus that affected her for a few years before she decided she wanted to do something different. She wanted to build a big business of her own and when she got the unexpected opportunity to travel with her work, she jumped at the chance. Her trip to Shanghai was equally as sudden and she describes arriving with 2 suitcases and very little money and no real idea of what she would do. That was followed quickly by meeting her business partner, who is French, and off they went to establish the biggest digital agency in Shanghai. She’s amazing!

Sarah Prime – Founder of The Champions Academy

My latest She’s The Boss Chats episode is with Sarah Prime, Rural Woman of the Year and Founder of The Champions Academy. Sarah is determined to bring life back to rural towns, and she’s doing it! She started the Champions Academy a few years ago and teaches people in rural towns how to rejuvenate the community with sports and volunteering. This all came about in an extraordinary way, because Sarah was climbing the corporate ladder nd had passed through the glass ceiling before it all became too much. To recover from her stressful life she decided to move back from Cairns to the tiny South Australian town she had grown up in. Just for a month.

She is now married with children, has been voted Rural Women of the Year, is Telstra Womens Business Award Winner, Westpac Social Change Fellow and she’s shaking up rural Australia and showing us a new way to build our next generation of rural leaders.

Jacqui Bloom – Founder of The Helping Hub

My latest She’s The Boss Chats episode is with the incredible, inspiring Jacqui Bloom, Founder of The Helpers Hub. Jacqui started off her life working in the family fabric business and thought her future had been mapped out for her (to an extent). As one of three daughters, when her sisters chose other careers, it was left to her to take over where her parents left off, and so she joined the family business, and took it over eventually, running it for 10 years before she decided it was time to try something different.

Reeling from the terminal diagnosis for her beloved Mum, a lot of things in Jacqui’s world imploded at the same time, including her marriage, and she was heavily reliant on the help offered by friends and family. That gave her an idea for a business when everything settled down again. The Helping Hub is for people who want to help their friends with something other than flowers! People can purchase ‘useful’, helpful gifts like cleaning services, or babysitting instead. It’s going to be really exciting to watch Jacqui’s business ‘bloom’ (couldn’t help it!) over the next few months.

Miriam Sankuhler – Real Estate Buyers Advocate and Franchisor

My latest She’s The Boss Chats episode is with Miriam Sankuhler, a Real Estate Buyers Advocate and Franchisor. Miriam’s story is really fascinating.

Miriam had a fierce desire to find stability after a difficult childhood and ended up buying her first home at 24. Since then she has become heavily involved in the property industry and now wants to help home buyers everywhere avoid paying too much or making mistakes with their purchases. Miriam’s story of physical breakdown thst lead her to adjust her life is a common tale. Her mission now is to help buyers and expand her business into a national franchise.

Keep an eye out at the end for her quirky fact. She was one of the ‘singles’ on Perfect Match back in the day!! She talks about her chaperoned ‘romantic getaway’ in Launceston and how she recently touched base with her ‘date’ after 20 years!

Katy Barfield – Founder & CEO at Yume Food, AFR Women of Influence Winner 2019, Telstra Business Women’s Awards Winner

Wow! My latest She’s The Boss Chats episode is with Katy Barfield, an amazing woman making a difference in the world. We all know about the amount of food that gets wasted in the world, and that there are lots of fantastic initiatives to share that food with people in need, but it doesn’t really solve the problem. Did you realise that 1/3 of most food produced, doesn’t get used? Katy was determined to make a difference, and to ensure that the farmers and people that are producing the food, get paid.

Starting off her career as an actor, Katy’s career has had lots of twists and turns! Yume Foods came about as a direct result of the volunteering Katy had been doing. She helped raise the funds for a 1000 bed hospital for the women in Afghanistan that were starving due to the laws created by the Taliban, and that is when she realised that individuals really could make a difference. The idea for Yume Foods came one day after she saw a chef in her own bar throwing out food that hadn’t been opened and was still in its packaging, but wouldn’t last the weekend. Katy talks about the ups and downs of growing a company, managing a board, the importance of having someone that supports your vision – and what has happened as a result of the pandemic. Listen to this episode and you will be spellbound.

Lisa McAdams – Founder of Safe Space Workplace around Domestic Violence and bullying

My latest She’s The Boss Chats episode is with the incredible Lisa McAdams, Founder of Safe Space Workplace. Lisa is an author, speaker and wiorkshop facilitator all around domestic violence and bullying and how to manage that in the workplace. She is considered Australia’s pre-eminent Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) support trainer and is on a mission to build a society where we support, empower and help those impacted to rebuild their lives.

Oh boy, her story is something else. She has survived a life of abuse that most of us cannot imagine. From a childhood of extreme abuse where her family’s violent actions and words were a challenge in mental fortitude and endurance, through to a terrible marriage. In our interview we discuss her move to Australia, back to England and then back again, how her lack of schooling gave her a drive to be the absolute best at what she did, in order to advance her career, and how she has grabbed every opportunity given to her. The way she finally left her abusive husband with two young kids in tow and how the remark by a male colleague that domestic abuse was ‘nothing to do with work’ is what spurred her to to establish her business. This is one interview that will have you gripped from start to finish!