Highlights from our third season of conversations with some truly inspiring women.
Ingerlise Svaleng is a communications professional with a background in organisational coaching and positive psychology. She's also the founder of 21 Gifts – an initiative she started with her husband after their first daughter, Maia, was born with Down syndrome.
Kylie Flament started her career in big-city HR and management roles, before making a sea change and moving into not-for-profits. She is now the General Manager of Green Connect, an award-winning social enterprise that employs young people and former refugees in environmentally friendly work.
Solai Valliappan is an actuary turned tech investor, with an interest in start-ups that are bringing about positive change. She’s also a champion of female founders and hopes to inspire more women to start their own companies and get the backing they need to bring their big ideas to the world.
Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe is a passionate advocate for human rights, social justice and the environment. A proud Gunnai Gunditjmara and Djab Wurrung woman, she was the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the Victorian Parliament, before making the leap to Federal Parliament as the first Aboriginal Senator for Victoria.
Victoria McGrane left the bright lights of the fashion industry to downsize her life and realign her work with her values. Now she travels around Australia in her solar-powered motorhome, while running her creative business The Scenic Route.
Australian nurse Yanti Turang has spent the past year working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US. She’s also the founder and executive director of LearnToLive, a global health not-for-profit she started in response to seeing her own family members in Indonesia suffering from chronic and preventable illnesses.
Sanaz Fotouhi is an author, academic and filmmaker, whose book-writing journey began back in her 20s with a life-changing trip to Afghanistan. What she saw on that trip would stay with her forever and it set her on a path to show the world what was happening for women and children in that country.
Jenny McAllister is a young stroke survivor and the founder of StyleAbility. She's on a mission to transform the fashion industry, to make it more inclusive and accessible for the one in five Australians living with a disability.