November 19 is International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day so today we are celebrating fabulous women in business making a difference to the lives of everyday Australians.
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) was founded by entrepreneur Wendy Diamond following a trip to Honduras where she witnessed extreme poverty.
Diamond was inspired to pioneer a movement to empower women in business and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day was born.
Kochie’s Business Builders editor Cec Busby chose 9 amazing female entrepreneurs in Australia making a difference to celebrate the day.
Ronni Kahn – OzHarvest
One of our best-known social entrepreneurs, Ronni Kahn has been rescuing food from landfill and distributing this food waste to local charities to help feed vulnerable Australians since 2004.
OzHarvest delivers the equivalent of around 25 million meals a year that would otherwise be dumped. She has been fundamental to the fight against food waste in Australia.
Emma Isaacs – Business Chicks
Isaacs was just a teen when she bought her first business, a recruitment agency called Staff It.
At the age of 25 she invested in a fledgling women’s networking business, Business Chicks, and the rest, as they say, is history. Today Business Chicks boasts a network of over 50,000 members with a sole aim of empowering women in business.
While Isaacs now lives in the US, the impact of Business Chicks on the Australian women’s entrepreneur scene is undeniable.
Laura Trotta – Sustainahome
Carrie Kwan – Mums & Co
Co-founder and CEO of Mums & Co, Carrie Kwan is passionate about empowering mums in business to succeed.
Her mission is to help aspiring business mums to achieve their dreams and Mums & Co is the platform she uses to do so.
As a mum running a business, Kwan knows firsthand the challenges faced by mum entrepreneurs on a daily basis. Mums & Co is geared towards helping mums in business thrive.
Julie Mathers – Flora & Fauna
Rosie & Lucy Thomas – Project Rockit
Sarah Moran – Geek Girl Academy
Sarah Moran was just five years old when she first learnt to code and as the co-founder and CEO of Geek Girl Academy, she is passionate about increasing the number of women and girls with careers in STEM.
Geek Girl Academy initiatives include coding and hackathons, 3D printing and wearables, game development, design, entrepreneurship and startups.
Lorna Deng – DivTal
The online platform pairs employers to job candidates from diverse backgrounds to create a more inclusive workforce.