Carolyn Clark OAM – Social justice advocate
Sacred Heart Mission’s Board Secretary
"Be a voice for others who do not have a voice. Learn to forgive, do not judge and listen with your whole self, this is hard sometimes but life is easier when you are present, authentic and true.
Be strategic in your choices, cultivate your own identity and perspective of the world and never underestimate the value of your own unique contribution.
Cherish the child inside and always trust in the wonder of serendipity; there is magic around every corner if you keep your eyes and your heart open.
And in all things embrace change, embrace opportunity and take the time to embrace those you love. A lot."
Dr Lynn Burmeister – Fertility health pioneer
No 1 Fertility Director and CEO
"I never want to ask another person for anything – I’ve always been fiercely independent. If you want something in life, you have to go and get it for yourself.
Empowerment is important to me. I don’t believe I should have to look up to anyone in life, which is why I wear high heels so I can look everyone in the eye.
The fertility industry is also about empowerment. We are giving women choices. Choice is power.
My advice to every young woman would be to study and work hard and never give up.
I have a poster on a wall in my clinic that says: 'If at first you don’t succeed, fix your ponytail and try again.'
That’s the advice I live by. "
Dr Collette Burke – Victoria’s first Chief Engineer
Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) National Inception Leader, Asset Performance
"Believe that anything can be done. There are a lot of opportunities that are missed from not realising an ambition.
There will be many careers that will be available and will be different from your primary training.
Find a role model and understand what issues they went through early in their career and problems that they overcame.
Be overt, and seek out supporters who can assist you in opportunities."
Des’ree Barnes – Sporting icon
Five-time world BMX champion and Olympian
"The advice I would give to young women would be to always believe in yourself. You’re going to have people trying to tear you down, people that don’t believe in you and people that simply don’t wanna see you succeed.
Turn the hate into motivation, and back yourself with everything. You’re worthy, and you will do great things, as long as you believe in yourself."