OUR SHE WEAR BRAND AMBASSADORS
As a small Aussie female-founded & female-led business, our brand values are very important to us. We are firm believers in “you can’t be what you can’t see” and we love to encourage women & girls into thinking outside the norm and shattering the glass ceiling.
Our brand ambassador programme is about spreading that message and to inspire, motivate & empower others to pursue their passion and follow their dreams.
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our 2019 she wear brand ambassadors
These women are living proof you truly can be whatever it is you want to be!! They all have amazing stories & journeys and not only do they have fabulous careers, they are actively pursuing their passion & following their dreams .. and inspiring others to do the same.
Our ambassador’s introduction bios are following. We will release stories, interviews and share their journeys on a regular basis throughout 2019. They most certainly are women to watch .. so stay tuned! We are honoured to have them as part of our she wear squad and we hope you love reading their stories as much as we did. ♥
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Diversity, inclusivity & leadership expert,
founder of “the BCW ” & author
Teagan is the founder of The Blue Collared Woman (The BCW) which supports individuals, associations and organisations to develop and deliver initiatives to achieve greater diversity and inclusion within the engineering, resource and construction industries. Teagan has significant large scale Civil Construction, Iron Ore, Coal and engineering industry experience in the areas of Human Resource, Learning and Development and Human Behaviour Coaching and Psychology. She holds a Masters of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from The University of Melbourne. Teagan is a leader in diversity, inclusion and leadership and is regularly asked to comment on industry developments. She is a founding Management Committee Member of the Diversity Practitioners Association and a Ministerial Committee Member of the School for Student Leadership in Victoria. In 2016, Teagan released her first book, Rules of the Game: Women in the Masculine Industries, which presents an honest account of the realities faced by women in these industries and succinctly delivers recommendations on how to overcome the challenges and make the most of the advantages.
In 2018, Teagan became a first time Mum and she wants to demonstrate how having children does not need to slow down your career. She wants to challenge that assumption and show that women who have kids can still be strong contributors and leaders in our workplaces.
Camille lives and works on her family’s cattle station, Kalyeeda Station in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She works in the stockcamp, which involves mustering and processing their herd of 10,000 cattle as well as doing all those other jobs that need to be done to keep things running smoothly – fencing, fixing machinery, checking bores .. the list is endless! Camille is very much an outdoors girl with hobbies like horse riding, camping and hiking.
Camille is very passionate about encouraging women to work in the agriculture industry. As the Head Stockwoman, her goal is to show that women are just as capable as men and that women have a vital role to play in the agriculture industry.
(Main photo : Stephanie Coombes)
Licensed builder &
Rachael is a licensed builder and company director/owner of Front Porch Properties. She was formally a musician but decided on a career change into construction and hasn’t looked back! After 5 years, Rachel received her low rise builder’s license in 2016. In 2018, she won the Master Builders’ Women in Building award. She is the “face” of TAFE Qld, has won several awards and regularly speaks about encouraging others into the construction industry.
Rachel is a passionate advocate of the construction industry and believes there should be more women in the industry and she hopes to continue to spread the message of encouragement.
Rachel currently serves with the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Relief team, where they are on call to respond to disasters around the world.
For Rachael’s interview and full story, please click here
Underground coal mine electrician,
sailing instructor & pilates instructor
Saraya is an electrician at an underground coal mine in Central Queensland. Saraya completed a Certificate II in Electrotechnology at TAFE and while studying, she also became a qualified sailing instructor.
Saraya started her apprenticeship in Moranbah in 2015 and she was one of the first female apprentices ever to be employed by BMA at Broadmeadows. She is now a fully qualified electrician at Grosvenor mine and is the only female employed at this site underground, amongst 396 men.
Saraya was a finalist in the 2017 Women in Mining and Resource Council (WIMARQ) tradesperson category, has spoken on panels about encouraging women into mining and over the last 4 1/2 years of working underground, has conducted on site training days for new female apprentices. She has also been instrumental in arranging mentors for female apprentices and trainee operators.
Saraya is also a qualified pilates instructor and on her days off, she teaches pilates and loves getting outdoors (especially after working underground for 12 1/2 hour shifts!).
For Saraya’s “day in the life”, please click here
Heavy vehicle driver
(super b-doubles & triple road trains)
Candice is Australia’s only profoundly deaf female road train driver. She is the first deaf women to drive super B-doubles in Australia and the only deaf women on the planet to drive triple road trains (three trailers). Earlier in 2019, Candice was invited by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to consult on how best the department can support drivers living and working with disability. In addition to her full time work, Candice is also 1 of 3 female co-founders of the newly established non profit “Women in Trucking Australia” (WiTA) set to launch in July 2019. She will co-star with her female heavy vehicle driver colleagues in a national heavy vehicle road safety campaign in 2019/2020 “signing” her message to the nation’s road users.
Candice has received multiple awards and nominations and her personal goal is to work remotely driving super quad (four trailer) road trains across the Australian outback.
Candice is also determined to open the nation’s highways and bi-ways to female heavy vehicle drivers balancing the 2% – 98% gender scales by 2030.
Health & safety auditing business owner,
Vineyard owner & sheep breeder
Leigh-Anne is a true entrepreneur! She has owned and managed a successful health, safety and chemical compliance business for 22 years, owns a vineyard in Central Otago (New Zealand) selling award winning pinot noir and in 2018, Leigh-Anne started “Rose Creek Valais Blacknose Sheep” a business importing and breeding the “cutest sheep in the world” to NZ (by importing embryos from the UK). The Blacknose sheep business has skyrocketed and the sheep have become famous, with Leigh-Anne and her family putting on tours and people coming from all over the world to visit them.
She is also a busy wife and mum and owns several horses, including two gypsy vanners, a rare and beautiful breed.
heavy vehicle mechanic,
trainer & assessor
Louise is a qualified heavy vehicle mechanic. She has also completed a Certificate IV in heavy vehicle diagnostics, Certificate III in pant mechanics, Certificate IV in training and assessment and auto electrical skill set. She has been an automotive apprentice mentor for 6 months and is now a Trainer and Assessor for the Westrac Institute
In 2015, Louise competed and won the Australian World Skills “heavy vehicle maintenance” national competition and went on to represent Australia in the International World Skills in Dubai, coming an amazing 4th out of 16 countries. She is now a Worldskills national judge and a chief judge for the Illawarra regional competition.
Louise is a member of a rotaract club and she assists in organising fundraising events for different charities and causes.
Louise is a member of SALT (Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen). They run workshops at schools, communities centres and teach women how to use hand tools. She is also a member of the Tradie Lady Club, Tradeswomen Australia, Transport Women Australia, a TAFE student ambassador and VET alumni.
Acoustic Project Engineer
Meisha’s passion for acoustics began at 17 when she began her career as a sound engineer while completing a Bachelor of Music and Sound Production at QUT. After 7 years working in live sound, she furthered her studies in a Masters of Audio and Acoustics at the University of Sydney. Meisha is now employed as an Acoustics Engineer for a multi disciplinary engineering firm. She has worked on a diverse range of projects including multi million dollar commercial fit outs, large scale hospital developments, residential projects and a large portfolio of schools, with a keen interest in the importance of acoustics in learning outcomes and the comfort of building users.
In 2018, Meisha won the NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) Future Leader aware for her work in promoting women in the industry, with a focus on building the confidence and exposure to opportunity for the women in her workplace. She is an active participant in many industry groups, eg. the WIDAC (Women in Design and Construction), PCA (Property Council of Australia) and the Australian Acoustical Society and is a mentor in a career mentoring programme.
For Meisha’s interview and full story, please click here.
“Recycled Racehorses” founder &
Sky Racing TV presenter
Chynna is the founder of “Recycled Racehorses”, a not for profit rescuing, re-educating and re-homing retired racehorses giving them a future and a life after racing. Chynna and her mother self fund the organisation and they currently have 30 thoroughbreds and have rehomed 65 in the last 3 years. To fund the not for profit, Chynna gives horse riding lessons, carts hay and runs a small farm. She also works as a TV presenter for Sky Racing and is an ambassador for Women in Racing.
As a junior show jumper, Chynna had wonderful experiences and career highlights with three Off The Track Thoroughbreds who carried her through and looked after her for numerous show seasons, competitions and events. All three of these geldings had been saved from the knackery. These horses became the loves of her life and it was so incredibly difficult to comprehend they may not have even been alive if someone hadn’t saved them.
Following a career as a jockey, Chynna became more and more aware about the desperate need for a place for these horses following their retirement. “Recycled Racehorses” was then created as a place for thoroughbreds to have a chance at a new future and life in other disciplines. A chance to change lives as these 3 geldings had changed Chynna’s.
for a “Day in the Life” of Chynna, please click here
Essendon VFLW player &
April has recently moved to Australia from America to play the 2019 VFLW season. She has been senior listed with the Essendon Football Club and is following a dream to become the first American drafted to the AFLW. April holds a Master of Science in bioinformatics and Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and microbiology and is a researcher in bioinformatics at the University of Melbourne.
April believes leading by example is incredibly important in her 2 passions where women are drastically underrepresented .. women in STEM and women in sport. She is actively involved in organisations such as the Association of Women in Computing.
In addition to football and her work, April is a volunteer ambassador for Footys4All, an organisation that supports underprivileged youth through participation in sport.