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Women’s Day: Celebrating women leaders who inspire us all year round


At Dynamic Business, we don’t confine our celebration of International Women’s Day to just one day; we believe in celebrating the achievements of women continuously.

Join us as we revisit the inspiring journeys of women bosses who have not only inspired us but have also taught us invaluable lessons about business.

Amanda Thompson, founder – Eco Salon Supplies

Amanda Thompson, founder of Eco Salon Supplies, embarked on her entrepreneurial journey unexpectedly, pivoting from a hairdressing course to championing sustainability in the beauty industry.

“Staying competitive isn’t something that we focus on. Our focus is on constant improvement as individuals and as a business. Focus on competitors just becomes a distraction.”

Amber Boyer, the visionary behind Baiia Swimwear

Amber Boyer, the visionary behind Baiia Swimwear, turned personal struggles into a mission to create inclusive swimwear that celebrates all body types.

“The mental side of running a business can be extremely challenging. It’s tough not having others around you who can fully understand the responsibility of growing a strong team,” Amber Boyer

Samantha White, CEO of Stella Insurance

Samantha White, CEO of Stella Insurance, challenged the status quo in the insurance industry, advocating for products that cater to women’s needs.

“As a young woman with no tangible business experience, getting financial help was almost impossible back then. In fact, I couldn’t get a bank overdraft approved to expand without my father pretending to be involved in the business!”

Vanessa Brennan, Mocka’s CEO

Vanessa Brennan, CEO of Mocka, emphasizes the importance of workplace culture in fostering success, especially in the retail sector.

“We spend a lot of time at work, and I have learnt over many years that the culture of the organisation makes/breaks the company’s success. Being an authentic and open leader is critical to success, especially in the retail world I work in.”

Stacey Hollands

Stacey Hollands, founder of Lust Minerals, started her business from a humble linen cupboard, driven by a commitment to creating safe beauty products.

When I reflect on where we started, it was myself running the business as my “side gig” with the product stocked in a linen cupboard in my home. Fast forward to now, we have moved into two different warehouses, an office, and have 20-plus amazing staff members who are on this incredible journey with me,” Stacey Hollands, founder of Lust Minerals

Monica Meldrum

Monica Meldrum, founder of Nourish Foods, took a bold risk to build a food empire, driven by her values and passion for healthy living.

“Lean in to your values, your passion and importantly your ‘why’ and take the time to really articulate these and to envision what the future of your business could look like.” Monica Meldrum, Nourish Foods and Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards winner.

Nadean Richards, CEO of One Fine Collective

Nadean Richards, CEO of One Fine Collective, transformed her marketing platform to cater to the needs of parents, inspired by her journey into motherhood.

I read “SEO For Dummies” (seriously!), and developed an SEO strategy that didn’t cost a cent. Over the next year we focused on creating digital content for our audiences, which has contributed to huge growth in our website traffic.” Nadean Richards, CEO and co-founder of One Fine Collective.

Cara, founder of Lilly’s Little Lunchbox

Cara, founder of Lilly’s Little Lunchbox, revolutionized children’s nutrition with her innovative meal service.

“My advice to aspiring women entrepreneurs is to trust your instincts and believe in your vision. Surround yourself with a supportive network and seek mentorship from those who have walked a similar path. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and never stop learning. Most importantly, persevere and stay true to your passion and purpose, “ Cara, founder Lilly’s Little Lunchbox.

Hacia Atherton

Hacia Atherton, CEO and Founder of Empowered Women in Trades, overcame self-doubt to drive change in male-dominated industries, inspired by her own near-tragedy.

“This journey often involved battling self-doubt, as I was not only setting up a new business but also venturing into uncharted waters to drive change in a male-dominated industry,” Hacia Atherton CEO and Founder of Empowered Women in Trades

Lauren Swidenbank, founder of Cali Social, navigated the challenges of entrepreneurship with the support of a business coach, carving her niche in a competitive market.

“One of the game-changers for me was hiring a business coach. It’s funny how you can be great at holding others accountable but struggle to do the same for yourself.” Lauren Swidenbank

Sonia McDonald, CEO of LeadershipHQ, prioritises brand integrity and resilience in building strong alliances, empowering leaders to reach their full potential.

“Knowing the importance of brand and messaging and staying true to it. Not letting the no’s and rejections stop me as they are one step closer to that yes,” Sonia McDonald.

On International Women’s Day and beyond, the stories of these wonderful and inspiring women entrepreneurs serve as a powerful reminder that inclusion isn’t just about acknowledging differences, but about actively valuing, empowering, and celebrating them. Their journeys inspire us to embrace change, dismantle barriers, and work collectively towards a future where diverse voices are not just heard, but actively shape the world around us.

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