Jade Collins and Alanna Bastin-Byrne

To a community and leaders of that have been so generous to us, it would have been criminal not to feature Jade and Alanna, founders of Femeconomy. These ladies are the movers and shakers of equality, as their directory only supports brands with women on the board or as owners. The additional bonus is that we got two features in one! Head to our website to read what they had to say on empowerment.

 

What does it mean to lead an empowered life?

Jade:

Consciously understanding that you have the freedom to choose what you do every day, and that you have the ability at any moment to change your current choices, and the world around you.

 

Alanna:

Being able to make choices about the work I want to do, the places I want to live or travel and helping my friends and family be empowered to make their own choices without judgement from others. Globally, others are not able to lead an empowered life because of society's systems and structures that surround them, taking away their ability to freely make choices. To me, leading an empowered life also means changing systems and structures so that more people have the ability to be and feel empowered.

 

 

What skills build you up to be empowered?

Jade: Self awareness, empathy, gratitude, curosity. Having a skillset or profession that you are consistently developing. Being attuned to the innate human capability and resourcefulness that each of us has, and comprehending and appreciating the unique strengths of others.

 

Alanna:

I think there are skills you need to be empowered such as resilience and an appetite for risk, but there are different skills needed to empower others like active listening, empathy and being a connector.

 

Best piece of advice to other women?

Jade:Time is wealth. Spend your time on the people, activities and causes that make your heart sing.

 

Alanna:

Provide a warm introduction for someone in your network. Women are busy - at work, at home and at play. Time is such a precious commodity and it is the one I hold most dear because we never know how much of it we have. What might be a two minute email for you, saves them several hours of networking, researching and follow-ups. I guarantee it won’t just make you feel good, but it usually will help your own career or business journey down the track.

 

 

Emma Lewis

Director, founder, boss, AND a badass solopreneur.. who is this woman? It's Emma Lewis, from Canvast. Canvast is the brainchild of Emma, and like us, she is dedicated to enriching the lives of women one planner at a time.
Here's what she had to say on empowerment;

 

What does it mean to lead an empowered life?

For me, living an empowered life means chasing after what sets your soul on fire, all the while accepting that you're flawed, that some days don't go as planned or you use dry shampoo for two weeks straight - BUT, you keep on going regardless! Feeling empowered to me also means not NEEDING anyones validation or acceptance and knowing that you're doing something magic that only you might understand sometimes.

 

What skills build you up to be empowered?

Getting uncomfortable and doing things that I thought I might not be able to do. Imagine that, knowing that whatever obstacle or fear inducing moment came up, theres always a voice in the back of your head assuring you, "you're going to be fine, you've been through worse than this"

 

Best piece of advice to other women?

Don't listen to the bullshit. You know your truth and what you need to do. Only you know when to rest, and only you know when to smash a coffee, put your hair in a bun, put on some gangsta rap and get it done...don't let anyone dictate your own life to you. And if there's something you want, go out and get it.

 

 

Bryanna McDermott

This girl KNOWS how to hustle hard to get the monies. Best of all, she's created a platform that empowers you to do the exact same with your finances. Above all, she's one of the most authentic and genuine people with a passion for what she does that we have been fortunate enough to meet.
Here's what Bryanna from Fearless Female Traders had to say on empowerment;

 

What does it mean to lead an empowered life?

We live in an age where we are constantly switched 'on', constantly connected, constantly engaging, the pressure to be in 'boss-mode' can sometimes feel forced or overwhelming. For me, leading an empowered life actually means knowing when to push that extra 1%, and when to be kind to yourself and your mind. It's amazing how productive and yet clam you can be when you're kind to yourself!

 

What skills build you up to be empowered?

Nothing excites me more than when women support me. Truly. To this day, I have had more men support me than women in the corporate world. So when a woman invests in me; when she spends time on my growth as a woman and a professional, I can't help but feel so empowered and privileged! It may be an hour out of their week, but it's always a moment that I feel uplifted and supported.

 

Best piece of advice to other women?

Listen and start with empathy. Sometimes the best advice is in the words of the least expected. Listen to what's going on around you and you may just find that the piece of motivation you're missing, or the guidance you're searching for is staring right at you. It doesn't always need to be filed with complexity and over used mantras, but rather in the simplicity of life itself. Oh and start with empathy, with kindness! I believe in the corporate world, they call this EQ or emotional intelligence. I just call it being a human being who respects other women, and will do my damndest to squeeze me feet into their shoes to fully understand where they're coming from and how they're feeling.

 

 

Michelle Redfern

We needed to feature Michelle Redfern as a thank you for the work she is doing to create an equitable future for, well, everyone! She is the founder of Advancing Women, professional women’s network, Women Who Get It and co-founder of CDW. Michelle is a proud recipient of the AFR & Qantas 100 Women of Influence Award (2018) for her work on diversity and inclusion in the Australian business and Sporting sectors. Talk about leading an empowered and purpose-fueled life!
Here's what she had to say:

 

What does it mean to lead an empowered life?

For me, empowered means having choices. I have worked hard, and continue to do so, in order to have choices about the way I live my life, the type of work I do and of course, my financial well being. I also work very hard, advocate and activate for all women to have choices, socially, politically, economically and of course, choice about their bodies, families, careers and leadership.

 

What skills build you up to be empowered?

I’m very fortunate that I have natural energy, drive and determination. These traits have certainly stood me in good stead to pursue an empowered life being able to make choices. I have also always had a strong commitment to self development. That meant ensuring that I was seeking, and gaining, skills to take me to where I wanted to go next. This included always putting my hand up for professional development during my corporate career, reading (a lot!), joining industry or networking associations to learn from others and enrolling in and completing my Executive MBA in my late 40’s. I try to be open to learning new things that will add to my toolbox! I’ve traveled globally to gain new skills, particularly about diversity, gender and creating workplaces that work for all women.

 

Best piece of advice to other women?

There is a lot of advice given to women. My best advice? Ignore all advice! I’m tired of women being told what they “should” do/be. I say to women, be very very clear about what your values and beliefs are, align your hopes, dreams, aspirations and priorities to those values and beliefs, then seek the advice you need, from the right people, at the right time. That takes work. But you’re worth it.

 

 

Estelle Polevoy

She's obsessed with Beyonce, loves red wine and chocolate, and is the Founder of Fierce Female Co, which support women in unleashing their inner fierce self to live their best life. Helping other women get past their fears and insecurities to achieve transformation is truly empowering. Here's what the badass coach Estelle had to say on empowerment:

 

What does it mean to lead an empowered life?

Leading an empowered life is about acting in alignment with what lights you up. Even if that very thing scares you or makes you feel uneasy. Leading an empowered life is about knowing you are making a difference to others and recognizing that you are growing every day. It means doing things on your terms, regardless of what others think or society claims you should or shouldn't do. It's about tuning into yourself and being curious about your purpose, what your mission is here on earth and being unapologetic about it. It's about believing in yourself and the universe, knowing you're on the right path.

 

What skills build you up to be empowered?

The key skills that build you up to be empowered is self awareness. Knowing yourself, understanding the reasons behind your emotions, your triggers and your inner desires. The more we understand ourselves and where we are at in our journey, the more we can pave the way for creating a more empowered life

 

Best piece of advice to other women?

Being visionary allows you to see things that are not formed yet, see opportunities that are not yet your reality. Being visionary allows you to step into an empowered state of mind even if your current circumstances don't feel empowering.

And being relentless. Having a strong inner knowing that no matter what you will achieve your desires and you will reach your goals. Being relentless is about moving forward, not giving up and believing in yourself enough to keep going even if you feel defeated. This builds character and the sheer act of being relentless feels empowering because you know you're following through with what is truly meaningful to you. And there ain't nothing more empowering than that.

 

 

Brooke Vulinovich

She's a Social Media Speaker, Trainer, and Donut Lover, the Founder of Villa Management and Creator of the Social Club Membership. If you live in Perth you would have seen her on 9 News Perth too! Her list of accolades is endless, but above all, she's one badass babe in business. Her enthusiasm and energy has radiated all the way on the east coast, so it was a unanimous decision that Brooke had to be part of our She's Empowered feature series. Here's what she had to say:

 

What does it mean to lead an empowered life?

Having the confidence to say NO to situations, people and opportunities that don’t serve you.. this took me YEARS to work out! When you’re first starting off in business you don’t want to turn down any opportunity but in the long term, you can only do so much and you have to become strategic with what you say yes to or you’ll burn out!

 

What skills build you up to be empowered?

Putting yourself first in every aspect of your life and realising how good it makes you feel so you can pass on that goodness to others. As the saying goes “you can’t pour from an empty cup” – you’ve got to find what inspires and motivates you and prioritise that consistently!

 

Best piece of advice to other women?

You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but ANY goal can be broken down into a series of actionable tasks that get you closer every day to where you want to be. Ignore the nay-sayers, they are just projecting their own insecurities onto you. Inspire every room you walk into. Be nice to people. Seriously. But don’t let them walk all over you. Surround yourself with people you admire for constant motivation to push higher and strive further..