THE BIZ CON­NEC­TOR

Women's Health Australia - - INSPIRING WOMEN -

Emma Isaacs When she started Busi­ness Chicks, Emma Isaacs knew it could be huge. Fast-for­ward 13 years? The all-fe­male net­work brings to­gether more than 45,000 mem­bers and hosts 100-plus events each year (past speak­ers in­clude Ari­anna Huff­in­g­ton and Richard Bran­son). But, re­veals global CEO Emma, the ma­jor­ity of her team’s hus­tling hap­pens be­hind the scenes, “con­nect­ing women to the re­sources and peo­ple they need to know”. “There’s a lot of strate­gic networking on be­half of our mem­bers, but we also fund women into their new busi­nesses [and] give them bridging loans. Cham­pi­oning women is the back­bone of ev­ery­thing we do,” she says. Her phi­los­o­phy is all about tak­ing ac­tion, which she ex­plores in her new book Wing­ing It ($34.99, Pan Macmil­lan). “I see a lot of peo­ple try­ing to con­coct the per­fect plan and have ev­ery­thing lined up be­fore they start some­thing, but what’s worked for me with my busi­nesses is just com­mit­ting to some­thing and fig­ur­ing it out as you go,” says Emma.

“It’s just [about] hav­ing the courage to keep try­ing.”

Her num­ber one networking tip? Take time to build new re­la­tion­ships. “It’s all about ... trust and cred­i­bil­ity.” WH

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