Busi­ness­women tell their sto­ries

Western Suburbs Weekly - - International Women’s Day - By DENISE S. CAHILL

CHEF So­phie Budd says she had to work harder than her male coun­ter­parts when she started out in the in­dus­try.

“That work ethic is still with me at 35, but it’s tough and a lot of women don’t last as chefs be­cause of the long hours and it doesn’t of­ten work to have a fam­ily,” she said.

“But I love wak­ing up every morn­ing and be­ing with the peo­ple I work with.

“I don’t say yes to things I don’t want to do any­more; it’s a re­ally good time for me.”

The Taste­budds Cook­ing Stu­dio owner is among 32 women fea­tured in the Ex­tra.or­di­nary Busi­ness­women book that will be re­leased on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8.

Pub­lisher Clare Mcalaney, who owns Creatavi­sion Pub­lish­ing, said the book pro­fil­ing busi­ness­women rang­ing from chefs to real es­tate agents and med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als fol­lowed on from last year’s IWD re­lease In­spi­ra­tional WA Women.

Ms Mcalaney said men­tor­ing was a theme that she and co-writer Car­men Jenna wanted to cap­ture.

“The women in the book take on a men­tor role but also make it clear they had men­tors too,” she said.

Ms Jenna said each busi­ness­woman in the book had a busi­ness coach or men­tor.

“They were quite happy to ad­mit they haven’t done it on their own,” she said.

“What re­ally rung true with me was how brave they all were.

“So many had suf­fered dis­crim­i­na­tion, health is­sues, fi­nan­cial is­sues and a lot of them rein­vented them­selves.

“Some rose through adversity and in­stead of fall­ing in a heap they found their pas­sion.”

Chemo@home co-founders Julie Adams and Lorna Cook share how they turned their nurs­ing ca­reers in to an in­no­va­tive health care busi­ness.

Sue Pem­ber runs three na­tional busi­nesses and aims to give work­ing moth­ers op­por­tu­ni­ties, say­ing she be­came dis­il­lu­sioned at the way com­pa­nies treated mums who could only work part-time.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d465856

Dr Clare Allen, Sue Pem­ber, Car­men Jen­ner, So­phie Budd, Clare Mcalaney and Julie Adams are all fea­tured in the new book, which will be launched on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day on March 8.

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