Friday Night In with Emma Isaacs from Business Chicks
This is one powerful mumma I am about to present to you. The Queen 'Business Chick' and a beautiful lady inside and out. I am so excited to be able to feature this inspiring woman on the blog!
Emma Isaacs' is the brains and beauty behind the women's business network 'Business Chicks'. If you haven't checked out their events and signed up by now, you should. They have inspiring, passionate individuals that come and talk on a variety of topics over breakfast (who doesn't love breakfast with your girls?!). These events are held ultimately to help support you to be the best woman you can be - in business and in your personal life. Plus the member only Latte magazine is always a great read!
There are also workshops, networking nights and virtual business card swapping via the website (think of it like adding Facebook friends). I've done a fair few business networking events and in my humble opinion, Business Chicks get us. It's a community, a family and a support network. Not simply a swap of cards. There's often a goodie bag, some delicious food, and the chance to win prizes. Plus it's always fun. And no, this post is not paid or sponsored. I truly love being a part of this network and I wanted to let you know about it.
So enough about BC. Learn a little more about Emma, the mastermind behind this great company. Enjoy your Friday night in...
Tell everyone a little about yourself
By day, I’m the CEO of Business Chicks, Australia’s largest network for women and the Publisher of Latte magazine (a publication produced by Business Chicks.) By night, I wrangle three daughters aged four and under and attempt sleep (which regularly alludes me!)
How did your business come about?
I’ve had an unusual career in that I’ve always been an entrepreneur and have never worked for anybody else. I’ve loved all the challenges of my journey so far – there’s nothing like being ultimately responsible for your own successes, or failures. After a short-lived stint at uni and through a series of fateful circumstances I found myself as a 50% shareholder and sole director of a recruitment company when I was 18 years old. I went on to grow that business for seven years and we enjoyed some great accolades such as being named Westpac’s Small Business of the Year. After seven years I started to think about what was next for me, so I sold out of the recruitment business. It was about that same time that a girlfriend invited me to a Business Chicks event. I was immediately hooked, and ended up buying the business when I found it was for sale. Back then it was very different – we only had 250 members (we now have over 31,000) and the business only operated on the Eastern seaboard. These days we’re in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and the Gold Coast and we’ve evolved it in to a solid membership organisation and media business. We offer an online portal for our members at www.businesschicks.com.au; publish a print magazine called Latte and run an events program that sees us producing over 60 events nationally each year with past speakers such as Sir Richard Branson, Olivia Newton-John, Dannii Minogue, Ita Buttrose, Diane von Furstenberg, Sir Bob Geldof, Candace Bushnell and Michelle Bridges.
The most rewarding part of your job?
I feel really grateful to be able to do the work I do. Business Chicks is now Australia’s largest community for women and it’s a privilege to serve our members. I feel really strongly about supporting women to be their best, to play a bigger game, and ultimately back themselves and support others along the way.
What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could?
I have a massive bucket list that I’m working through! I’m off to Necker Island next month; have spent one on one time with Bill Gates; have birthed all my three daughters at home; and I’ve built an investment property portfolio. We’ve also just bought new headquarters in the Sydney CBD for the business, which has been a dream of mine for ages. The two things I haven’t ticked off yet are living overseas and writing a book, oh and buying a car for my mum – hopefully all these things will happen in the next year or two!
Favorite place in the world?
You can’t beat the Maldives. I went there last for my honeymoon and it was heaven on earth.
If you were a spice, which would you be?
Thyme – because I need more of it!!
5 things you can’t live without?
Five things that help keep me sane are:
My team – they make my job look easy.
My nanny – she’s a lifesaver. I travel every week and she keeps our home running beautifully.
My assistant – when she has a sick day my life turns upside down!
Mascara – I get very little sleep so this is a daily necessity.
My family – I adore my daughters and husband beyond measure and I’m really close with my extended family too.
If you could choose to eat anything in the world for your next meal, what would it be?
I would go to sushi with my family! We always leave the place in such a mess but the kids love the experience.
What was for breakfast?
Whatever I have time for! Some days it’s scrambled eggs that my assistant picks up for me and other times (when I’m feeling naughty) it’s a croissant. The only certainty is that it’s always on the go … accompanied by a coffee.
How would you classify your eating style?
I wish it were better, but I do the best I can. When I’m out I try and have the things that I wouldn’t normally eat at home, and always strive to pack in as much nutrition in as I can, but at this point in my life, food often falls down to the bottom of my priority list.
Your favourite way to stay active?
I have a personal trainer who comes to the house three times a week. Sometimes it’s tough to drag myself out of bed in the morning, but so worth it when you feel strong and full of energy for the day.
Your best advice for living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle?
Outsourcing everything. Get good people around you who can do the things that take up your time so you can free up space to look after yourself. I have a fortnightly massage (the masseuse comes to my home) and have organic groceries delivered weekly.
How can women find you?
Twitter - @emmaisaacs
Instagram – @emmaisaacs