Kate Roffey – President of the Premiers
Melbourne Football Club President
"Years ago, I chatted with author Bryce Courtenay and he asked me what I wanted to do with my career. Without thinking I said, “be the first female president of the IOC”.
Instead of laughing, he said, “well, someone has to be it, so it might as well be you”.
Every day, I think of those very wise words. I don’t know that we ever achieve our personal definition of ‘success’, but to even get close you have to choose your own path wisely. Don’t do what everyone else thinks you should - do what drives you, inspires you, challenges you."
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. "