Award-Winning CEO, Author and Founder of Mentor Me Women
Born and raised in Geelong (Australia), Colleen is the former CEO of Sportsgirl, inspirational speaker and business and leadership coach. She has a wealth of knowledge earned from thirteen years of experience as a CEO and a proven track record in brand growth strategies.
The Founder of Mentor Me Women, she works alongside women from all generations, coaching and encouraging them to believe in themselves, their ability and their voice. She empowers them to lead in their own lives, whether in boardrooms, organisations, communities, or homes. Together, Colleen wants to start a new era of leadership, one that leads with kindness, humility and self-awareness.
Having been raised in a hard-working, business-focused family, she believes her upbringing and the influence of both of her parents have played a significant role in the woman and leader she is today.
Colleen enjoyed working from an early age, and she landed her first retail gig at the age of sixteen at her local Just Jeans store. This would be the start of a retail career spanning over thirty years. At twenty years old, Colleen became one of the youngest area managers in the group and was responsible for sixteen stores. Four years later, her hard work paid off. She was promoted to Victorian sales manager, overseeing three area managers and 54 stores.
In 1999, Colleen was invited to join Sportsgirl, a brand she loved and had grown up with, and where she would spend twenty years of her retail career.
Despite her success, the path wasn't always smooth sailing. After suffering from burnout in 2007, she took a break from her career and learnt firsthand the power of self-care and putting herself first to stay on top of her health and life. Using her personal experience, Collen wants to encourage all women to take care of themselves. She is a firm believer that when we put people first, profits follow.
Using lessons learnt from a thirty-year career, Colleen has created simple tools and strategies to empower women and help them navigate through challenges, live with purpose, and lead their own lives with confidence.