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Secrets of Glowing Success

Emma Grey

Canberra entrepreneur and business coach, Helen Roe, has interviewed a panel of 10 female entrepreneurs from Australia and overseas for her upcoming ‘Glowing Success Summit’. The event is an online conversation for women in business (and women intrigued by business), and she’s featured several Canberra entrepreneurs amongst a panel drawn from fields as varied as eco-fashion, spirituality and health.

Helen wanted to know what success meant to each of us.

“Focus in the past has mainly been around external validation and I think women today are starting to learn sooner that there’s ‘more.’” she explains.

“Yes it’s about following your bliss, that of course is part of it, but it’s also about identifying what sustains us and fuels us. We want the financial freedom, the accomplishment the ‘jump out of bed in the morning’ energy rush but we are now incorporating this into our lives in sustainable practices.”


Being challenged by Helen to define what success means was an interesting exercise. To me it’s partly about being able to show my kids that it’s worth growing up. That being an adult is enjoyable.

That it can be fun.

The reality is that we’re all dragged down at times by responsibility or illness or bills or relationship pressures and we all have days we don’t want to repeat, but gosh, there has to be lots of good stuff mixed in there too. Beautiful experiences. Achievements we’re proud to own. Decisions that pay off. To me, success means doing what you love (in your career or in your personal life, or in both).

The summit delves behind the scenes with speakers sharing their best strategies for purpose, mindset, marketing and wellbeing.


I’m honoured to be sharing the virtual stage with Canberra’s Kelli Donovan, for example, who has created one of Australia’s most prolific and ethical fashion brands, Pure Pod. Kelli is a global pioneer in the Eco and Sustainability fashion industry and one of her top nuggets of wisdom is to “stick to what you’re good at and outsource the rest. We’re good at what we’re passionate about, but not necessarily great at the other elements of business.”

The Merrymaker Sisters, Canberra’s Carla and Emma Papas (recently named in HerCanberra’s 15 Women to Watch), are big on finding what you love and doing that.

“Everyone has the power to make massive changes in their lives. Find your bliss, that thing you love to do and follow it,” say the dynamic pair.

Helen agrees. “Working harder is no longer a badge of honour and a fast track to success in business. We are walking our talk and living our lives with purpose and passion, taking a stand for what we believe in and doing meaningful work that makes a difference in the lives of others.”

What I’ve learnt is that self-doubt is very normal. It’s important to identify it, recognise it and get out there and do it—whatever the hard thing is. It’s from listening to others, further along the journey, that this kind of courage has developed.

I’ll be learning a lot from the other speakers in this program, and encourage you to register too.

Join the conversation at the online Glowing Success Summit to learn personal success strategies from a panel of women entrepreneurs who have created the business and life success they desire. It’s free!

Register for the Summit here. It kicks off with the first seminar on Monday 13 April.


Emma Grey

Emma Grey is the Canberra-based author of ‘Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum’ and ‘Unrequited: Girl Meets Boy Band’. She’s director of the life-balance consultancy, WorkLifeBliss and co-founder of a fresh approach to time-management, My 15 Minutes. She lives just over the ACT border with her two teen daughters and young son. More about the Author

  • The merrymaker sisters

    So excited about this summit! <3

  • Looking forward to it Emma!

  • can’t wait!

  • Sounds great! Thanks for sharing Emma.

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