Mega Advertising – Phillippa Jacobs – New Zealand

What defines someone as inspirational? To me it means inspiring others to step up too by doing the walking, not just the talking.

My business is Pinnacle & Co. Limited in Christchurch, New Zealand. I started Pinnacle in 1997. This hasn’t happened by luck or by mistake. Nor has it by blood sweat or tears. Okay, I lie, a few tears!!! It has happened with passion, and dedication, and a lot of laughs too.

I started as a first class honours visual communications student looking for work. It didn’t take long to get work but the next few months proved pretty tough.

I had been fired for glandular fever, fired for severely hurting my knee (4 surgeries), made redundant twice, terminated with wrong contract, you get the picture. Then major self doubt set in with government interviews (in order to claim a financial benefit). They suggested that perhaps I wasn’t very good at design (forgetting I have first class honours). I was determined to get a job, and a good one!

I hit the pavement over and over visiting what now are only describe as our oppositions, until an amazing man Terry Kearns offered me rent free for six months at his advertising studio, to start my own business. My CV was looking pretty bad, so I talked with my parents, even though I was only age 26 and we thought “why not!”

So December 12th, 1997 was a day I’ve never looked back on. It taught me anything is possible, even with low self esteem at High School and not a good start into a career path. I learned that to believe in yourself was the first magic step. And when someone tells you can do it, believe that they just could be right. There will always be people that can’t do what I’ve done, but I believe all people have potential to do their best, and that is how I live each day, with my glass half full attitude.

I have a truly wonderful team of staff. They are very loyal and supportive, hard working and clever. I believe what Richard Branson says, be good to your staff and they will be good to your clients (and you)! So true. They are good to me, which in turn makes me love my workplace too. If you love your job then it shows in your work and your life!

So how do I inspire people when it seems to me that what I do is just normal? Yet weekly, if not daily, I cross paths with someone that says how much I inspire them. It’s crazy at times; people who inspire me are often the ones that say I inspire them. Awesome. I guess it comes to another common saying: hang out with successful people and you too will be successful. I add to that with happiness too. I need happy people round me to be happy! I thrive on people being nice to other people.

We love helping small/medium businesses succeed. Yes, we help many large national and international businesses too, but it is the businesses where there are less hoops to jump through, no politics, just passion to succeed that we have the most success with – because they let us drive them. Pure excitement.

So what do I do? I go to work each day. I do have good holidays but when I am at work, I work, because I want to. Because I enjoy watching my company make others so happy. I’m still motivated to take my business further. I don’t need it to be the biggest, but I do need it to be the best!!!

The other part of making my world better, is what I am able to do for everyone else. There is something special about helping other people. As a person, and as a business we do so much for charity work. I belong to Zonta, I run a youth group for Zonta (Z Club) at Avonside Girls’ High School. I chair Kiwi Business Chicks, since 2006, I have been a member of BNI since 2005, I am on the Industries Board at Yoobee School of Design. And at Pinnacle we do a host of different things to help charities do better.

Why? The values that I have had instilled in me, are the values I wish to spread to others. My personal values come through in my business as we love helping businesses, we love helping people. Our clients love our openness our friendliness, and this is what gets me up in the morning to do more in our world.

We are always growing our own business as well, we are proud to be Strategic Creative Partners with our amazing clients.

Inspiring Story – Phillippa Jacobs – New Zealand
To contact Phillippa:

Web: Mega Advertising

Nikki Taylor personally thanks Phillippa for sharing her inspiring story today with us on Should you too wish to share your very own inspirational journey/story please email and our editorial guidelines will be sent to you.

Nikki has known Phillippa for many years and it was Phillippa who added a brainstorming day with Nikki Taylor when starting out on her own business in Recruitment.

Thank you Phillippa, I will always remember that day you inspired me with my branding. – Nikki Taylor


Living with IT - Empowered Women

Living with IT – Paula Brand – Australia

Living with IT - Empowered Women

Some years are transformative ones where we burst out of our shells and gallop at such a rate that speeding light goes at a snail’s pace.

2014 was such a year for me with the first month spent in the Domestic Violence court winning a DVO against my business partner who was also my life partner which left me in a wilderness of low self-esteem and fear of failure.

I struggled on with my six month old business start-up in an industry that I was unfamiliar with but loved from the moment I registered it.

Living with IT was created because I knew each home and business had a number of computers that would need computer repairs and servicing.

For twelve months I stood in survival mode and put one foot in front of the other to make enough money to pay bills and feed my six year old daughter and I.

I had to throw myself into the business world during school hours and so the North GC Business Lunch Series was created of which the lunch events are now sold out every month. It wasn’t ego driving me, it was pure fear and desperation.

As I got into the rhythm of learning the business ropes,  I had the good fortune to surround myself with business leaders and successful business supporters. I met the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott and a number of Federal Ministers and local and state members of Parliament as well as Gina Rinehart, the richest woman in Australia. These leaders gave me courage and inspiration to keep growing.

As a result, I founded and ran the North GC Business Expo in August 2014 which was a huge success for businesses in the fastest growing region of Australia. My ethos has always been “if you help enough people, then success will come”.

As my confidence grew I sought out media to raise my profile, which I encourage all small business owners to do. My personal healing was moved along by being brave and standing on a platform in public and on social media to tell Gold Coast women, Domestic Violence has no place in our community.

A year on and I feel like a new person, I have scheduled in ME time and I am just about to launch the South GC Business Lunch Series as well as the South GC Business Expo. My Facebook Success Workshops will extend to run in Brisbane and Living with IT, my core business, has doubled its revenue.

From desperation comes inspiration and I am grateful for all the support I have received along my journey this year.

Who is Paula Brand?

A Computer Chick, a Soldier, a Networking Lunch and Business Expo owner, Facebook Business Trainer and a dynamic people connector.

She is a single mother of a beautiful fijian, cook islander, aussie child and is a passionate foodie.

One of the things you may not know about Paula is that she was a not so good muslim wife.

Paula blends 24 years of industry development, sales, marketing and business skills to help grow small businesses in the North Gold Coast region to make them Shine-Connect- GROW.

She owns the North GC Business Expo and the South GC Business Expo as part of the Northern Gold Coast Business Networking Lunch Series which has no member fees and is open to all business owners

Her key focus is her company,  Living with IT which is a mobile computer repair and I.T support business that services the whole of the Gold Coast. It is a co-op of extraordinary technicians that dress well, smell nice, know their stuff and are house trained.

For service beyond the norm, give Paula a call 0475 411 793

Paula is an experienced business owner having run a $3 million tyre import business in New Zealand. She has a management background in the training and not for profit and charity industries.

Her specialisation is to build industry sectors and has done so for the pharmaceutical manufacturing, restaurant and catering, aged care, child care, nursing, food processing, computer gaming and the IT sector over the past 20 years.

Director: Paula Brand has worked in the IT industry to promote the first computer games development Diploma in Australia. She has run the Queensland Women in IT Association and ran the Queensland IT Awards for Excellence and the National Digital Media Awards for a number of years. Paula also worked as a public relations manager for the 4th largest IT services company in Australia.

Inspiring Story – Paula Brand – Australia
To contact Paula:

Web: Living with IT

Nikki Taylor personally thanks Paula Brand for sharing your inspiring story today with us on Should you too wish to share your very own inspirational journey/story please email and our editorial guidelines will be sent to you.


I am known in the business world as “Allie” -inspirational womens stories

I am known in the business world as “Allie” – Maritess Pasag – Philippines

I am known in the business world as “Allie” -inspirational womens storiesI am known in the business world as “Allie” – Maritess Pasag – Philippines

Championing Challenges

I am Maritess. Family and friends call me “Tisya”, but I am known in the business world as “Allie” I grew up in a loving family. I was a typical daddy’s girl with simple dreams. I was raised by a hardworking home service beautician mother and a hardworking father who was a simple employee in an organization. Those jobs meant having to make ends meet for them to provide for me and my brother. Being raised in that economic situation was a challenge for all of us: I wanted to raise our standard of living, I want to provide the best. Good thing I had a scholarship growing up. I was always at the top of the class and I even earned an engineering scholarship from the Philippine’s premier university.

Then I met a boy who was exactly my opposite. He was the ideal guy every girl wanted, and I really fell for him. It was a relationship that our parents knew about and approved of. They trusted us but our curiosity and the promise of young love got ahold of us. I got pregnant during college and had to drop out of school because we already had to prioritise our family.

Coursing through Challenges

It was never easy. Not only was our life difficult but finding a job when you have not finished college in the Philippines meant that there are only a few opportunities. I had to settle for an outsourcing job as a call center agent. I had to travel 2 to 3 hours to and from work everyday just to go to a graveyard shift job. It meant that I had to be away from my children at night just to provide for them. Although my husband had stable job at that time, there were a lot of days when I skipped eating lunch because I wanted to save most of the money for my family.

My Candle fades

As if I had enough challenges, one of the greatest was surviving the passing away of my father. I may have mentioned that I was a daddy’s girl. Indeed, I was, even when I was already married. My father would even pick me up from the bus station when I go home late from work. He was the greatest dad, and his passing was the worst time of my life. I wasn’t even able to say goodbye to him as I was confined in the hospital when he passed away. I was devastated.

The challenge that gave me a chance to champion

I was almost dead sick. Working in graveyard shift job got the best of my health. I was always literally hospitalised because my health was suffering. I had to make a decision to leave my job once and for all. I tried looking for home-based jobs but was always scammed in the beginning. Until I was hired to become a virtual assistant, and that boss of mine even partnered with me. It was a good partnership. But good things never last, they say, our partnership had to end.

Being a champion meant losing some along the way

When my business partnership ended, I took the courage and established my own business. It was never easy as there were times that I client would retrieve their contract but I still had to extend my employee’s salary. I didn’t always win.

Championing for my family

After several years of challenges, now, I could say that I was able to overcome them with perseverance and the support of my family. I now own a Business Process Outsourcing company, earning over twenty times more than an average Filipino family does. We were able to build our own two-storey house which eventually became our office and now we are building our own home. We were able to purchase our own SUV which was only just a dream. Life is great and when I see pictures of our house in the past, I cannot help but be grateful. Challenges are part of our lives, and we can always champion them.

Inspiring Story -Maritess Pasag – Phillipines
To contact Maritess ( Allie )

Web: myVIRTUallie

Nikki Taylor personally thanks Maritess Pasag for sharing your inspiring story today with us on Should you too wish to share your very own inspirational journey/story please email and our editorial guidelines will be sent to you.