CEO & BUSINESSWOMAN, 34
I was 23, turning 24, when I started Red PR [now Red Republic ]. I was working part-time as a journalist, and one of the media outlets I was working for said they didn’t need me on a Friday. So I thought I might do a bit of PR and registered a business name. I’ve always been a bit of a risk-taker.
I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My hard-working nature definitely comes from my parents. I grew up thinking I could do anything. And Mum always taught me that everything you do, you do it 200 per cent. She was the CEO of mothers, sometimes even when you didn’t need her to be!
She had me when she was 20, so there’s not a huge age gap. We are definitely mother and daughter – she acts like my mother – but we are friends as well. I think we’re very different in our personalities. I’m more of a risktaker and Mum’s a little bit more of a scaredy-cat.
Maybe the difference is that Mum was a stay-at-home mum and I’ve always been a career woman and, for better or worse, I’ve always taken the hard road, or the more challenging road. But when my marriage broke up [several years ago], I wouldn’t have got through it without Mum.
My brother’s got two little boys now and of course she’s turned into the most fantastic grandmother. She was recently named Woman of the Decade [1965-75] at the launch of celebrations for her school’s centenary [Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne, in Brisbane’s east] but she’s the woman of our lives to us. She’s the glue.
“I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My hard-working nature definitely comes from my parents.”