The EqualizHER podcast is about real equality stories that maketh the woman
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The EqualizHER Podcast features life changing life stories on gender equality from remarkable women... okay & sometimes men.
Host Bianca Hartge-Hazelman talks candidly to business leaders, public figures and change agents about their personal journeys – the highs and lows, and what they learnt along the way.
These women also share how their experiences with equality affected their money stories and the actions they take today, including what financial or tech apps they can’t live without
EP 24 – Trenna Probert
In this Financy EqualizHER podcast we chat to Trenna Probert, the vivacious personality and brains behind Australian fintech Super Fierce. Trenna is a mum of boys and an innovative entrepreneur who cares deeply about helping women take control of their financial futures. Her equality story started early as a determined and aspiring golf star, who fought her way for recognition and out of difficult situations in a male dominated space. Today she’s just as fierce and inspirational as a business woman who is letting the world know she aims to shake up the way wealth works for women for the better.
EP 23 – Joanne Edwards
In this EqualizHER podcast, Joanne Edwards is the chief risk and data officer of ASX-listed fintech Wisr. She’s a person who is building on the shoulders of many women in data science before and is helping to bring more leadership diversity to her field. She remembers starting her career as the only woman in her course area, before being one of only two women in her office – which made her a nervous wreck when it came to presentations. Today Joanne is leading the charge for women in STEM and she’s using data insights to help people break down barriers to financial education.
EP 22 – Queenie Tan
In this EqualizHER Podcast, Queenie Tan is the fininfluencer star Invest with Queenie. Her journey started from a flat broke experience, where the only way out was to go frugal, get a better job and start investing with whatever’s left over. Today she’s actively building her own investment portfolio and taking tens of thousands of followers, particularly young 20-something women, on TikTok and Instagram with her.
EP 21 – Kate Farrar
In this EqualizHER Podcast, Kate Farrar is the CEO of LGIASuper a fund responsible for managing $24 billion in member funds. She also sits on the boards of multiple companies. As a classical musician at heart, Kate is at her best when she is in the moment. She grew up not seeing gender inequality, which she sees as a benefit because it led to the belief that anything was possible for women particularly in leadership.
EP 20 – Licia Heath
In this EqualizHER Podcast, Licia Heath is the CEO of Women for Election and she’s on a mission to get more women into politics. Her light bulb moment came after the birth of her first child whilst working in a fast-paced financial services environment. She was exhausted by the work and mental load. Things just didn’t seem fair, and this helped give rise to a purpose to encourage and fearlessly support more women to enter the political arena and start to change policies so that they reflect half of the population.
EP 19 – Carol Schwartz
In this EqualizHER Podcast, Carol Schwartz was raised in an equal opportunity home where she was encouraged to try things but always expected to attend school. It wasn’t really until university that she started noticing that more women than men dropping out of degrees, either to have children or travel. It was an eye-opener then, and today she’s constantly outraged and determined to help change the barrier that prevent women from stepping up and into leadership positions.
EP 18 – Meggie Palmer
In this EqualizHER Podcast, Meggie Palmer is a former Australian journalist turned accidental entrepreneur and pay coach. It was a peeved off moment that led to her eventually starting Peptalkher which is all about helping women close the gender pay gap. The inspiration for it was upon finding out she was being underpaid compared to her male colleagues for the same role. Today she encourages other women to share their stories and take action.
EP 17 – Nicole Forrester
In this EqualizHER Podcast, we speak to Nicole Forrester, a proud indigenous Australian businesswomen who is the head of the off of purpose at Fujitsu for Australia and New Zealand. It’s a pretty cool job title for a Navy reject. Yes, it wasn’t her first career choice. She wanted to be a Navy clearance diver but was knocked back on the basis of her sex. It was a light bulb moment for her which has driven a life-long commitment towards helping teams thrive because of their difference be that gender, culture or other.
EP 16 – Sally Loane
Sally Loane has a beautiful voice and it’s one many of us have listened to because she was the journalist and host of the Morning program on 702 ABC Sydney for many years. Growing up she was told that girls could do anything – thanks to a progressive 70s school and upbringing. As a journalist she never felt under paid or overlooked because of her gender. But when she hit the corporate sector to enter the world of financial services, she experienced her own lightbulb moment, that she likens to attending a boys school, and suddenly it allowed her to see why so many women feel alienated and not at home in leadership.
EP 15 – Catherine Robson
In this Financy EqualizHER podcast we chat to Catherine Robson, who recalls a time that her mother said to her “that women are only one husband away from poverty.” It’s a comment that has stuck her and it drove a desire to work in finance despite always thinking she was never good at Math. Today Catherine is a highly skilled wealth strategist and non-executive director of various organisations including SCALE Investors, which invests in female led start-ups. Interestingly, her experience as a young girl, still keeps her seeking financial security today, even though she has an impressive portfolio which she shares with us.
EP 14 – Leigh Russell
Leigh Russell is a champion of gender equality, diversity and inclusion in sport. Her story was one where she noticed that when it came to her playing sport, she wasn’t the focus, her brothers were. Her mother was given house keeping money to run the home. These were things that made her question gender equality at a very young age and she was driven to get out of her circumstances. It was normalised but confusing. Today she is the former CEO of Swimming Australia and a champion for change in business and sport. If you’re wondering if she is tough enough – a question she’s often asked – hell yes!
EP 13 – Brooke Roberts
Brooke Roberts is a New Zealand entrepreneur and businesswoman. She is one of six co-founders of the micro-investing platform Sharesies. Her gender equality story started early. She remembers not being able to compete against the boys at sport – and questioning why! She was also aware of the financial impact of her parent’s divorce and what that meant in terms of having enough to do nice things compared to those who could not. It was an experience that stuck with her and its what drives her today in working to ensure everyone has the opportunity to build wealth from a low base.
Episode 12 – Catherine Fox
“It’s not women that need to change, it’s the environments they are working in that has to change.” That’s the strong view of the incredible Catherine Fox in this Financy EqualizHER podcast. Fox, who is a leading commentator on women and equality in the workforce, an award-winning journalist, author and presenter, talks to us about feminism in the 70s and what’s changed today, what hasn’t and what needs to. Fox has published five books, including “Stop Fixing Women” which along with her journalism was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media.
Episode 11 – Phil Hayes St Clair
Phil Hayes St Clair is a proud, self described Girl Dad and he’s big on talking about gender equality but not because it’s topical but because he wants better for his daughters. He’s an entrepreneur and has a number of successful companies under his belt such as Drop Bio, a digital health company focused on chronic inflammation and an interesting project called the Laundry Guy – which was born during the rise of unpaid work in COVID lockdowns.
Episode 10 – Annabel Crabb
Annabel Crabb is an award winning Australian political journalist, commentator and television host. Her equality journey started at 14 with a copy of Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch. While she’s never felt constrained by her gender, she’s seen toxic gossip hurt women’s careers and she’s observed the different treatment and experiences of men and women in politics and in the media. She’s never been motivated by money but admits could do with a financial makeover. Let’s hear her story
Episode 9 – Natasha Janssens
Natasha Janssens is an inspirational and awarded money coach and author who likes to keep life and money simple. She’s gone through a journey of ditching perfect on the home front to focus on her business and passion – helping women build wealth. On finance, likes mico-investing apps but draws the line at cashflow apps and crypto. Here’s her money & equality story.
Episode 8 – Jo Burston
Jo Burston is the CEO of Job Capital, founder of Inspiring Rare Birds, an awarded entrepreneur and trendsetter. Over her career, she’s had hard fought wins, battled sexism and inequalities and has loads of advice for women and advice on these issues.
Episode 7 – Lelde Smits
Lelde Smits is an awarded entrepreneur, finance journalist and is proudly the youngest director of the Australian Shareholders’ Association. She’s unassuming, a Cinderella feminist – the kind of woman that always smiles when the chips are down but empowers you with her lipstick and the show must go on approach. She’s got lessons about unlearning the Cinderella story and fighting the hard battles in business to get respect.
Episode 6 – Michelle Redfern
Michelle Redfern is on a mission to achieve gender diversity in the business and sporting arenas. Next to her family, sport is her passion and it allows her to cut through barriers – even “talk Bloke” at times to connect and push for equality in the elite space. Her career has been one of a frustrated senior executive, entrepreneur and one of Australia’s women of influence. She doesn’t have one moment that triggered a burning desire to change the world for women but many – so let’s hear them.