By Lucy White
Jessica Alba made headlines last year with news that her business, The Honest Company had a total valuation of over $1 billion USD after an injection of $70 million USD from venture capitalists. In June this year, Forbes ran a feature on the actress and her company’s success from its early conception in 2008.
After she had her own allergic reaction to a mainstream baby detergent while washing onesies for her baby, Alba found a perfect place in the market for her business. Realising there were few options out there for families looking for affordable natural, safe and eco-friendly products, The Honest Company was born.
While we love a success story involving women, it got us thinking – who are some Australian #girlbosses making it big?
With an idea that formed around a kitchen table in the suburbs of Melbourne, Janine Allis is the founder of one our nations favourite juice companies – Boost Juice (yummmm). With over 200 stores trading nationwide (our intern counted approximately 229 stores), Founder and Managing Director Janine is doing exceptionally well for herself, selling over one million juices and smoothies a month, and going through more than 50 tonnes of mangoes a year.
As Chief Creative Officer and one of three amazing co-founders, Jodie Fox is responsible for one of our favourite online stores – Shoes of Prey. Women can design their perfect pair of shoes with Shoes of Prey, and the company has been making waves both nationally and internationally, with recognition from sources such as the Wall Street Journal, Business Insider and more!
The founder of online experience gift retailer, RedBalloon, Naomi started the company out of her house in 2001 and was the CEO of the company until 2013. A fabulous businesswoman, Naomi is now one of five sharks on Channel 10’s Shark Tank (along with Janine Allis). Naomi was also recognised in 2012 as one of LinkedIn’s World’s Most Influential Thought Leaders, and one of only leaders from Australia in the group of 150 people.
The current Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Kate Vale is building the business of Spotify in our backyard. As well as managing the provision of music streaming for Aus, Kate was also the first regional hire for Google as Head of Sales for Australia and New Zealand, as well as previously working for YouTube, building another Australian team from scratch.
These ladies are just a few of our amazing and inspirational business leaders making a name for themselves in and out of the country. Interested in finding out more about Women Leaders in Australia, or maybe even getting your own name out there? Visit the Women’s Leadership Institute of Australia at www.wlia.org.au to find out more.
Image: Forbes Magazine