January 19, 2022 4 min read
If we could choose one word to describe the powerhouse that is Michelle Redfern, it would be electric!
Michelle brings swathes of generosity and keen insight to every conversation, sprinkled with some colourful language, and ever-present humour. As the Founder of diversity and inclusion practice: Advancing Women in Business and Sport, Michelle’s mission to fix the systems in workplaces that stop women and underrepresented people from reaching their full potential is inspiring and exceptionally necessary work that resonates with everything She Lion stands for.
We were so thrilled to have the chance to catch up with Michelle and find out what’s in her business bag of tricks for success and survival.
I have actually been working remotely for a long time, as I have clients all over the world across many time zones. Ramping up that side of my business and demonstrating the capability and capacity that virtual has, even locally, was an extension of what I already do. Apart from the initial shock of being sent home to work, I helped my corporate clients to realise that they can’t sit around waiting for the pandemic to be over to re-engage about workplace inclusion.
Sport, however, has been very, very badly affected and I‘m only starting to see sporting clients re-engage (in Q4 of 2021), as they’ve been fighting tooth and nail for survival.
We have seen women disproportionately affected during Covid.
The statistics are already alarming. Due to the pandemic as women are downsizing roles and losing jobs at a greater rate than men, on top of having to look after all the things at home as women are traditionally, disproportionately responsible for unpaid labour.
I’m very lucky that my clients trust me to strategise with them remotely. I don’t think anything replaces face to face but, we are doing the best we can.
My wonderful wife Rhonda is my live-in business advisor. I'm SO lucky to have access to her brain as she’s completely different to me. She's great at black and white and facts and I'm very creative and emotionally driven.
“I’m like a kite darting around the sky and she's the gentle string that guides me. I’m so lucky to have a smart person by my side who lives with me.”
Men certainly inspire me but I overtly overcorrect when it comes to women, I will intentionally buy from women and partner with women.I want it to be “her-story, not his-tory”. If I’m feeling pissed off with the patriarchy I just have to watch Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech to get the fires burning.
Other women I admire and follow for inspiration are:
On a day to day basis… I am amazingly lucky to be surrounded by an incredible collection of strong women. I was brought up with strong female role models and have cultivated this influence throughout my life.
I have The Catalyst Clutch, The Futurist Tote and two of the wonderful Melbourne made, Support Local and Actually, I Can sweaters. I also recently grabbed the gorgeously tailored Walk Fearlessly blazer and LOVE IT and its hidden empowering message in the seams..
Before She Lion i would always have a bag in a bag, in a bag. Now, I can still do that, but be organised with all the pockets and room for everything I need,
I always carry:
My online digital network for businesswomen, A Career That Soars is available for only $145 a year. It's a personal leadership and career development resource built around a global community of career-motivated women.
I also co-host a podcast for career-woman looking to advance inside an organization, with Mel Butcher called Lead to Soar, it’s already in its 4th season!
June 28, 2023 7 min read
We were ecstatic to have the pleasure of interviewing Melbourne-based performer, teacher, artist muse and business owner Evana De Lune.
Join us as we peel back the layers of Evana's life, exploring the inspirations, challenges, and triumphs that have shaped her path...
March 15, 2023 4 min read
Gina is a Melbourne / Naarm-based burlesque performer, dance teacher, model and powerful role model who boasts a bold and emphatic online presence with generosity and kindness that oozes from every pore. We can't wait for you to meet Gina…
August 31, 2022 5 min read