Make It Happen: 26 May 2015
What’s the difference between having the big idea and making it happen? We got to hear how trailblazing women have turned great ideas into great enterprises – and managed to successfully juggle lives, families and a whole lot more.
MARY GOURLEY: GOOGLE GURU
When it comes to technology, no brand 'Makes it Happen' quite the way Google does! Sydney-based Mary Gourley has been a mover and shaker in the Australian voice, data and applications networking industry for 20 years. Today, as account manager at Google Enterprise, she helps drive demand for Google Enterprise application solutions. On top of her work within the business space, Mary juggles a family of three, an extensive portfolio of work in the philanthropic sector and an action-packed life in the Australian outdoors.
FIONA MCINTYRE: PASSION MAKER
With a background in super-yacht event management, Passionberry™ founder Fiona McIntyre today juggles a young family, a 60 acre strawberry farm and an export business that’s going from strength to strength. We found out how she and her husband Jason, have turned 60 acres of bare land and a startlingly-simple idea, into an export operation that showcases some of the best Kiwi innovation – and produces Justin Timberlake’s favourite strawberries! Not content with that, they’ve now created one of the world’s lowest-calorie cocktails that’s taking the world by storm.
KAYE PARKER: TRAILBLAZER
When it comes to making things happen, Kaye Parker wrote the book. As a former London advertising executive, she has a reputation for being strategically savvy, highly organised, never giving up –and incredibly hard working. As CEO of Cure Kids, with limited resources and a small team, she raised millions of dollars and transformed the relatively obscure charity into a leading not for profit brand.
Back in her hometown Kaye was the driving force behind what is now, one of the country’s most successful cycle trails – The Queenstown Trail. As chief executive of the Queenstown Trails Trust she spearheaded funding and led the planning and construction of the 110km trail. She raised $6 million and helped make the region’s vision a reality – in just three years. Last year she was awarded a Queen's Service Medal for services to tourism and children's health.