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Magnetic Branding – Zahrina Robertson – Australia

Magnetic Branding -Empowered Women

Magnetic Branding – Zahrina Robertson – Australia

For Zahrina Robertson taking photos is deeply personal. From the moment she picked up a camera as a child, exploring the
beauty and simplicity of the world around her, she was hooked. Born into a home where cameras had pride of place, Zahrina
took up photography as not only a way to make a living but as her way of making a difference in people’s lives. Inspired by
her father, who was an amateur photographer, she was in awe of his ability to take every day things and transform them.

Fast-forward to now, and her passion for photography and connecting with others is what sets her apart. For Zahrina,
photography is not a job; it is an extension of her psyche and her heart. It gives back and feeds her soul by allowing her to
tap into her creativity. Her gift behind the lens, coupled with her passion for personal branding, sees her create photos that
have people going ‘WOW’.

There is no ‘point and shoot’ in Zahrina’s studio. She doesn’t just do headshots; she is a maverick magician who makes
people’s personal branding irresistible. The journey to creating an entrepreneur’s personal brand starts even before Zahrina
picks up a camera. Her genius is in transforming people – helping them to really think about their brand, their business
messages, how they can do things differently – and ultimately capturing their x-factor.

Zahrina’s gift personifies the saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. She understands that an image defines a person’s
brand and believes that those first few seconds are vital, especially for 21st-century entrepreneurs. The image has to tell a
story, to capture the heart and soul, and to engage the viewer so they see the ‘real’ person they are about to do business

As a keynote speaker, Zahrina’s authenticity is one of her greatest assets. She has the ability to take people with her every
step of the way as she demystifies the complex world of branding – ensuring that they truly understand how to do it better,
and the value of getting it right. Honest, funny and quirky, Zahrina leaves her audiences secure in the knowledge that she
knows her stuff and that she has imparted valuable information to help them create razor sharp branding. Her wisdom and
insights on how to use imagery to connect with clients see her regularly approached by the media and businesses who
want to stand out and be noticed.

Zahrina has photographed such international entrepreneurs as Ita Buttrose, Tim Ferris, Taki Moore, Matt Church and Dale
Beaumont. She has also covered events featuring Richard Branson, Martha Stewart, George Clooney and stars of the music
industry such as Dannii Minogue.

Street smart, savvy and classy, Zahrina is a multi-award winning photographer and a Telstra Business Woman of the Year
nominee. After a whirlwind five years she has expanded her business beyond Sydney into Brisbane and Melbourne, with
plans for world domination.

A philanthropist and passionate campaigner, Zahrina loves to give back to the community. After winning the Commonwealth
Bank Women in Focus essay competition, she travelled to the Northern Territory to volunteer for nine days in a remote
aboriginal community with the Moriarty Foundation. Her journey ignited her desire to make a difference to the literacy levels
within the Australian Indigenous community. The trip spawned a series of presentations and a children’s photographic book
entitled ‘Zahrina and Tina’s Outback Adventure Book’, in which she shares her experience using both story and images.

In November 2014 Zahrina travelled to New York where she photographed celebrity Aviva Drescher from the Real
Housewives of New York City, as well as other dynamic international entrepreneurs.

While Stateside, Zahrina conducted workshops at the Australian Consulate and addressed New York networking
communities on personal branding. This trip saw her expand her business internationally to include personal branding
shoots in New York as well as her pre-existing photography studios in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

About the Author

Zahrina Robertson is a leading international multi-award winning personal branding photographer and video strategist. She is also a speaker and the author of NEW BOOK “Magnetic Branding -The Complete Guide For A Brand That Attracts!”.

Inspiring Story – Zahrina Robertson – Australia

To contact Zahrina:

Web: Zahrina Photography

Facebook: Zahrina Photography & Video Brand Marketing

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Change Maker – Dina Cooper – Australia

Change Maker – Dina Cooper – Australia

I grew up with racism prevalent at my primary school. Being an Indian girl in a predominantly Anglo school, along with a few of my peers who were also subject to racism, I questioned my worth as a person. But only momentarily… I realised early on that deep down I knew I was an equal. It didn’t matter that I had different colour skin, or I was female, or I didn’t have as much money as others.

I knew this, but I didn’t always display my equality on the outside. I would always try harder, be better, strive further so I would be accepted and what I didn’t realise back then, that I know profoundly today, is that the only person that needs to accept me, is ME.

Today I love working with Change Makers. Helping them to build platforms within themselves to launch their missions and make the change they wish to see in the world, in a balanced, healthy and congruent way. The reality is for any of us who want to make change happen in our world, it has to come from a place of passion and practicality combined, for it to be sustainable…

Burnt out change makers only get so far – I know this from my own personal experience!

Equality is also something I love supporting people with. Whether it’s at home, in the workplace, in relationships, in life.

The equality work that underlies all things I’m involved in, ties into the way that I work with change makers. Because when we feel equal we become equal. Because when we believe we can make change happen, we can create change. I want every person I know to follow their dreams and make it a practical reality.

I changed careers at the age of 35. My kids were then 2 and 4.
One day when I was churning through my work as a Chartered Accountant, I finally acknowledged the dull ache in my chest. The ache that said this wasn’t enough and I couldn’t imagine doing it for a moment longer.

I quit my job and went full on into a coaching career. I am so grateful I had support to do this. I studied, I qualified and have practiced every day since. It is no longer work, it is me expressing me – ALL of me.

Today I work with a combination of parents and non-parent Change Makers. The reason why I love working with parents is because they are raising our future generation. They have the greatest influence in creating change for our tomorrow, individually and collectively. When I can work with them, I get to work with our future generation and that is exciting!!!!

For me, creating change is all about balance. It’s about how can I help and how can I be helped. How I can live a full life and support others to live their full life. How can I look after my own family, whilst supporting others to look after theirs.

There is not one balance that suits everyone, despite the myth. I believe balance is a unique assessment of what works for you, in your life. When you find or are supported to find your balance, life really flies!

If I had one wish for everyone, it is to believe that you are worthy and equal, to create anything you can dream of. And it is to know there is a reality to this. It does require perseverance, courage, strength, determination and it doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen. And it will happen if you start and then keep growing and going!

About the Author

Dina Cooper loves supporting people to be genuinely happy. Because when people are happy, they naturally want to help others be happy and THAT’S EXCITING! Her work helps Change Makers, who are parents and non-parents, create a platform within themselves to launch life head on from the inside-out. The proven results are happier people that want to connect and thrive.

Inspiring Story – Dina Cooper – Australia

To contact Dina:


Facebook: Raising Happy Humans

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Understanding Your Strengths is The Key to Success – Sara Redman – Australia

Understanding Your Strengths is The Key to Success – Sara Redman – Australia

I am a mother, stepmother, partner, business owner, pilates instructor, daughter, sister, author, coach, friend and a semi-reformed control freak.

My current role is Co-Director of SRA Corporate Change. At SRA Corporate Change we work with organisations and their leaders to unlock their potential and co-create high performance.

I grew up in Toronto, Canada and moved to Australia when I was 25 years old. Sadly, my beautiful mother died of cancer when she was 46 and I was 7. Throughout my life, my mother has always been a major inspiration for me. She was an author of several healthy recipe books for families and had her own TV show on preparing healthy food. In the 70’s this was ahead of her time, as the preference was packaged, convenience foods. I always remember baking bread with my Mom, picking veggies out of our home garden and making bran muffins, homemade yogurt and bircher muesli. I also remember her kindness, her energy, her intelligence and her ability to engage with people.

I studied at University of Toronto and completed an Honours Degree in Psychology. After graduating I was unable to find a job, and really wanted to come to Australia on a working visa. So I made the decision to move to Australia and fortunately, felt at home right away. I stayed with some friends I had met overseas, backpacked around the country, and then started to work in an employment and training company. I ended up working here for over a decade.

At this time of my life, I was absolutely fixated on climbing the corporate ladder thinking the higher I got the happier I would be. Sadly, I was sorely mistaken. When I became a Senior Executive I was ironically more unfulfilled at work than I had ever been. I felt removed from people and swamped with policy, papers, and procedures. It took me almost two years to muster up the courage to leave this very respectable role and venture into the unknown. Upon leaving the organisation, I was lucky that I was able to take a redundancy package that gave me a few months buffer to find my feet. Leaving this role was most definitely the best thing I could have done, but was extremely hard at the time. All of a sudden when people asked me ‘what do you do?’ I literally couldn’t answer. I realised how much my identity had been connected to my job and my title, and I was a bit shocked and embarrassed by this. I carried out some soul searching to figure out who I really was, and what I really wanted in my life, not just professionally but personally too.

As a result of this reflection, I ended up working as a consultant in project management with businesses I had already known through my previous job. I also decided to become accredited in pilates, as my favourite pilates instructor (and the only one at the time in Launceston) was moving away. I enjoyed the consulting for a while, and I continue to enjoy running pilates classes today.

After reflecting more I realised that my strengths lie in communication, particularly – speaking, deeply listening, working one on one and in small groups, with an ability to draw people out, and always see, the good in people. Having worked as a counsellor I remembered my passion to support people and to help them realise their potential, and I decided to become accredited as a coach. Eventually I was able to weave this into my business, and I changed to straight consultancy, which included wellbeing coaching and corporate workshops. In hindsight this was a good move as today I deliver strategy, leadership, culture & wellbeing programs with our team of 10 at SRA Corporate Change.

I should mention this was all after several business attempts and failures. The failures were hard, but provided an immense amount of learning. For example, I learnt the importance of partnering with people who are aligned with your values and beliefs, of putting your working goals, plans and strategies in writing and ensuring you are on the same page, I learned how important it is to have the strength to back your gut instinct, because in my experience, it always seems to be right.

I experienced many crisis points in my life, as we all do, and only just learned recently that the Chinese characters for crisis are ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’. What an apt pairing! When we find the opportunity in the crisis it helps us let go, and move forward which to me is what resilience is all about.

Throughout my working life I have always had a deep desire to author a book. I feel this very likely links back to my Mother and her working life. I cannot say how many times I have planned or half written a book but never got them to a point of completion. Clearly something was blocking me. I had an insight when I found myself standing in the pantry one day, having an intense desire for chocolate. Now I don’t normally have chocolate in the house but I was desperate so even considered cooking chocolate! Then I stopped and asked myself ‘what is going on here?’ In that moment I realised that I felt as if I wasn’t enough to complete a book! Who was I to share my knowledge or experience with the world? It all came down to self doubt – something that I have seen time and time again in myself, in my family and friends, and in the 100’s of clients I had coached at this point. So guess what? The insight meant I no longer wanted chocolate…and it helped me move forward to finally complete my first book. Glimpse is all about assisting you in catching a glimpse of the person you have the potential to become – your best possible YOU. We all can be that person, sadly, we just don’t all see it… yet.

I am proud and inspired to have completed this book when I was 46 years old and my son was 7, which is the same age my Mom was when she died, and the age I was at the time.

My main message? Notice when you are doubting yourself and be gentle with yourself. This is normal but also a time to find the courage to push through. How do you do this? Really take the time to get to know your own unique strengths and talents. It is only when we know our strengths and bring them into our lives that we can find true fulfilment.

About the Author

Sara Redman – Tasmania, Australia

Sara Redman is the Co-Director of SRA Corporate Change. SRA Corporate Change works with organisations and their leaders to unlock their potential and co-create high performance. Prior to her current role, Sara worked in an extensive range of positions, some of which fulfilled her, others of which did not. From these experiences, one key learning she has taken away is that understanding your strengths is the key to success.

Inspiring Story – Sara Redman – Australia

To contact Sara:

Web: SRA Corporate Change


Please visit this link to get her book, Glimpse:

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Leading Women – Christina Guidotti – Australia

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Leading Women – Christina Guidotti – Australia

I’m the kind of girl who has always gone for what she wants — heaps of belief, conviction and commitment — a serial True Believer. There’s so much I am grateful for and like many there’s been some successful failures along the way — lots of valuable life lessons. I’ve been climbing the ladder of success in business for over 25 years. I have always been successful in my industry, leading highly productive and profitable teams. My real estate team achieved brilliant results winning industry awards and recognition — and the financial rewards were there. But being productive has always been a necessity. I was juggling so much — myself, family, friends, sellers, buyers, team and career — all while building and renovating several houses. It was hectic. I’d run all day long until I would often collapse into bed at night. As a working mum there was much hard work but the rewards were there.

Mastering productivity became a necessity as I wanted to have it all and I was determined. Saying no more to low value tasks and getting the right support were paramount. Many over the years have asked why I have so much stamina. Belief, conviction and commitment to having it all — both achievement and fulfilment — is what gives me stamina.

I want to:
•have my best health
•have my best relationships — family, friends and at work
•do work that I love
•have wealth to give freedom for the future
•live with peace and fulfilment.

And for over a decade in real estate I had a dream that I would own one of the best real estate brands in Australia. My energy — my driving force to this dream. For 10 years I kept this dream essentially to myself, just telling a few special others. I worked hard at it. And there was a lot of evidence coming through that I was on my way. After 10 years leading an award winning team, the problem still remained that I wasn’t an owner in the company. Although I was accomplished as a leader, I wasn’t the CEO — it wasn’t my gig. But I kept on going and held in my heart a strong belief that one day I would be the owner.

Then after 10 years I decided it was time to share my ambition – I had nothing more to prove. It was time to not just be the leader but an owner in my life picture — to own my own frame.

So I called the CEO of the company, my dad and invited him to lunch — you know, one of those special long business lunches, when you block out the rest of the afternoon. So I booked the finest restaurant — white table cloth and fancy menu and fine wines — for an afternoon that was to end in celebration. The day had finally arrived when I would declare my ambition. But in that moment I saw that my dream would not keep. The reality was that it was time to stop dreaming this dream. Although many would say my life looked picture perfect — I was still living the wrong picture! I was living someone else’s picture. That day I realised that this wasn’t my legacy and that I had lost ownership of my frame.

And this was one of the greatest tipping point of my life — the pain woke me up to the truth I had been ignoring and forced me to make a few overdue decisions. The greatest lesson was to have the courage to live the life I chose and not live in someone else’s frame.

Like all True Believers I persisted with:
1.belief — hope, trust and resilience
2.conviction — congruence, confidence and courage
3.commitment — decision, discipline and direction.

There have been many lessons from this experience but most of all:
•I will never not speak out again, never hide my ambition, never settle!
•I will always speak my truth, always declare my ambition, always live in my own frame!
•I will live my legacy — helping other True Believers to create their own life masterpiece!

This type of story and this tipping point are so common. So many climb the ladder of success only to wake up one day to find they are not where they want to be. What we do next in these challenging times is crucial to our success. I made a decision not to be passive – not to settle – but to create my own life masterpiece – a life of purpose and fulfilment as a speaker, author and mentor helping to empower women to undress their ambition and to live as a True Believer.

About the Author

Christina Guidotti (Sydney, Australia)

Christina Guidotti is one of Australia’s leading experts on belief, conviction and commitment in areas of sales, leadership, productivity, achievement and fulfilment.

As an authentic, powerful and inspiring speaker, author, mentor and trusted professional advisor she partners with individuals, businesses and organisations to create life-changing and sustainable outcomes.

Inspiring Story – Christina Guidotti – Australia

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Empowering Women to Become the Masters of Their Own Destiny Post Domestic Violence – Kate Worsfold – Australia


Empowering Women to Become the Masters of Their Own Destiny Post Domestic Violence - Empowered Womens stories Empowering Women to Become the Masters of Their Own Destiny Post Domestic Violence – Kate Worsfold – Australia

Kate Worsfold is a survivor of 15 years of Domestic Violence wanting to share her story with as many people as she can to help bring an awareness of this insidious and evil social ill. After spending her career in Managerial and Operational roles in various small business and corporate companies, she was given the privilege of working for the Queensland Times Newspaper as their Adopt a Family Appeal Coordinator.

During her time working with so many underprivileged people within her community, she realised her passion to help those who needed to find their wings and their voices, especially those who had suffered like her at the hands of Domestic Violent (DV) abusers. She then forged her organisation Wings of Destiny focusing on assisting women who have left DV relationships, to find their self-empowerment, self-confidence and freedom again and empower them to never return to relationships of abuse.

Kate understands all too well the paradox in leaving a DV relationship and then revoking the decision to retreat and return. One of the prevalent reasons Kate believes most women return to these relationships is because these women lack clarity in their self-identity and confidence. She believes they lose who they are and become conditioned into believing what others think of them, consumed by their limitations instead of focused on their true potential and the greatness they have within them.
Kate is committed to helping women be reunited with their true selves and finding their wings to fly so that they are capable of forging an amazing destiny for themselves that is not comprised by abuse. She has written her 6 week program “Destined to be … ME” that takes women on a deep soulful journey on finding their inner values, bringing them in alignment back with their authentic and true sense of self and learning how not to allow their negative experiences and trauma to define who they are but rather they learn the tools on how to define themselves based on their personal victories and greatness they already possess deep down inside.

Kate is a strong community advocate in helping women and families post DV and facilitates her course through various community centres in the region with the sponsorship of various businesses helping to subsidise placements for these women to rebuild their lives and additionally through the endorsement of several community campaigners and MP’s. Kate has also written a book which is due to be published in the coming months.

Empowering women to become the Masters of their own Destiny, Kate Heilbronn truly empowers women who survived domestic violence.

Inspiring Story – Kate Worsfold – Australia
To contact Kate:

Web: Wings of Destiny

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Disarm Your Limits – Jessica Cox – USA

Jessica Cox is recognized internationally as an inspirational keynote speaker. Born without arms, Jessica now flies airplanes, drives cars, and otherwise lives a normal life using her feet as others use their hands. She holds the title of the first person without arms to get a black belt in ATA Martial Arts and the Guinness World Record for being the first armless person in aviation history to earn a pilot’s certificate. Convinced that the way we think has a greater impact on our lives than our physical constraints, she chose to pursue a degree in psychology at the University of Arizona. Since then she has traveled to 20 countries and 6 continents sharing her inspirational message.

Born in 1983 in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Jessica has learned to live her life with her feet. There were many questions at the time about whether Jessica would be able to live a “normal” life. However, Jessica’s father has said he never shed a tear about her birth condition. He had full confidence in her potential. With the support of her parents and family, Jessica became confident in herself as an adult and continued to explore the world with her feet.

Jessica’s parents met a Taekwondo instructor named Jim Cunningham. His response when told of Jessica’s birth condition was that she would be more than physically able to participate and that only her attitude could hold her back. At the age of 14, Jessica earned her first black belt in the International Taekwondo Federation.

After graduating from high school, Jessica attended the University of Arizona where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. When talking about her degree, she frequently explains that psychology credits the way people think with having a greater impact on their lives than a physical limitation.

During college, Jessica joined an ATA Martial Arts club and resumed training in the sport of Taekwondo. Even though Jessica already had one black belt in a different style, she had to relearn all of the color belt material. The instructors created a standardized curriculum that would be accessible to any future armless students. Jessica then became the first armless person to earn a black belt in the ATA. Jessica is also a Certified Trainer in the ATA.

Jessica’s most famous accomplishment was learning how to fly. It took three states, four airplanes, three flight instructors, and three years to find the right aircraft: a 1946 415C Ercoupe Airplane. In 2008 Jessica earned her Light Sport Pilot Certificate. She received the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet in 2011.
In May 2012, Jessica married in the beautiful city of South Pasadena, CA. In the fall of that same year, Jessica became a Goodwill Ambassador for Handicap International, a Nobel Peace Prize winning NGO and has advocated for disability rights in Ethiopia, Philippines and the US Senate.

Jessica is now the subject of an award winning documentary about her life. Right Footed features Jessica’s journey from motivational speaker to mentor and international rights activist.

Motivational Speaker
Thinking Outside the Shoe®
As a person who has never viewed herself as a victim of her condition, Jessica shares in her speech humorous stories of struggle and success living in a “two-handed” world. She provides critical insight on how best to approach a challenge, redefining the concept of innovative thinking. She helps people reconnect with their own inner strengths and aptitudes. Jessica believes in combining creativity, desire, persistence, and fearlessness; with them, nothing is impossible. In her presentation, she will dig deep into her experiences living armless in a two-handed world and share how these four elements helped her achieve the seemingly impossible.


• Top 15 Filipino Motivational Speakers, When In Manila
• Plane and Pilot Magazine: 10 Best Pilots, Best at Overcoming Obstacles (2013)
• Inspiration Awards for Women: Most Aspirational (2012, USA) & Inspiration International (2013, UK)
• Published in Ripley’s Believe It or Not (2009) and Guinness Book of World Records (2014)
• Guinness World Record: The first woman to fly an airplane with her feet was Jessica Cox (USA) (b. 2 February 1983) who gained her pilot’s license on 10 October 2008 in spite of being born without arms (2011)*
• Special Commendation by the Philippine House of Representatives, 2014
• Certificate of Achievement from the Embassy of the Philippines, Washington, D.C., 2014
*Although often referred to as the first “licensed” pilot, the correct title is first “certified” pilot as Jessica holds a Sport Pilot Certificate.

Disarm Your Limits

Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? Like everything was chaos around you, you didn’t have the support you wish you had, and your motivation to keep going was slipping through your fingers? If this sounds familiar, then you know how it feels to be “disarmed.” In Jessica’s first book, she lays out the tools you need to design your own “formula for flight.” You have the ability to turn the obstacles you face around and use them to your advantage. All you need is the formula for flight.
Are you ready to become the pilot in command of you?
Order your copy at

Inspiring story – Jessica Cox  – USA
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Facebook: Jessica Cox
Twitter: @jess_feet
YouTube: Jessica Cox
LinkedIn: Jessica Cox

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