Revealed: Australia’s Top Ten Women Entrepreneurs

The very nature of being an entrepreneur and an innovator means that you fully embrace ambiguity and are comfortable with being challenged regularly. Choosing this career path is completely irrational because the odds of succeeding are dismal, but most succeed because of their unwavering belief, laser focus on delivering and persistence.

Starting a company, or managing a company through a period of transition and growth, can be a riveting roller coaster of emotions with tremendous highs and at times, difficult lows.  But despite the challenges, many women have risen to become leaders and influential figures in their respective areas.  My Entrepreneur Magazine recognizes and celebrates the outstanding contribution made by individual Australian women to their businesses and, in many cases, their local communities.

The 10 female Australian business leaders nominated by My Entrepreneur Magazine are of different ages, social backgrounds and industries.  However, the one common thread which unites them is that they dared to believe.  And, in believing, they made the seemingly impossible a reality.


Linda Reed-Enever

When it comes to public relations, marketing, and the media – Linda Reed-Enever is the quintessential “go to girl”.

Linda not only understands publicity but lives and breathes it, connecting people and ideas through PR agency ThoughtSpot PR and the highly successful media distribution outlet Media Connections. She is also the brains behind business networking and resources site

From corporate communications to the needs of small business and entrepreneurs, Linda has a comprehensive understanding of storytelling and promotions, message crafting, the media and how to work with it. Linda has worked with businesses of all sizes creating concise and captivating messages to have their voice heard. Read More.


Ludwina Dautovic

The Room Xchange is a new mid to long-term accommodation platform connecting stressed, busy households with a spare bedroom with Guests who are willing to give a couple of hours of help around the house each day, in Xchange for food and accommodation.

The Host provides the space; the Guest provides their time. The Host gets some time back and the Guest dramatically cuts their cost of living.

It’s a new way of living through collaborative consumption. With 7 million spare bedrooms in Australia we have the existing infrastructure to start changing the way people live, by utilising underused resources.

Ludwina Dautovic is the brainchild behind The Room Xchange and is passionately working with businesses and communities to help make an impact in some of society’s key challenges, such as: housing affordability, limited affordable long term rentals, increasing ageing population, high cost of childcare and affordable university housing. All these issues are contributing to time-poor, stressed out households and a generation of young adults with little options for affordable living.  Read More.


Lorraine Pirihi

Lorraine Pirihi is an author, entrepreneur, coach, and speaker

After 13 years as ‘The Productivity Queen’, helping small business owners become much more effective in running their business and creating a more time for life, Lorraine hit the wall of Baby Boomer Burnout at 53. Both life and business had lost their meaning for her. She walked away from a business treadmill that felt like Groundhog Day and went searching for ways to reignite her passion and purpose.

During this 3 year period, Lorraine created a Rugby League Academy with her daughter helping boys succeed on and off the field, and also experienced the challenging world of employment for the over 50’s.   Read More.


Corina Lorenzi

Corina Lorenzi is the Founder and Director at Elite Success Strategies, a Coaching & Training organization which focuses on helping business owners and leaders to create thriving and profitable businesses, for which employees love working.

Motivated by the staggering statistics of 75% business failure in their first 4 years of existence, Corina’s mission is to overturn it and to contribute to the economic progress of her community.  In addition to being a sought after speaker for radio shows, podcasts and public events, Corina is also an international published author with her contribution to the two books Your Success, 2014 and Insiders Know-How: Running Your Own Business – Thought Leaders Edition, 2016. For the latter, she has been recognised as a Writing Excellence Category finalist in the coveted 2017 Motivating Mum Brilliant Biz Mum Awards. Read More.


Janelle Ryan

Janelle Ryan is a passionate and dedicated Personal Coach, the founder of Sky High Coaching, a regular and avid blogger, published author and engaging and inspirational speaker who credits everything that she’s experienced in her life to date to her love and success in the life development arena.

Janelle’s passionate and enthusiastic nature, along with her unwavering belief in her clients makes her a natural in working with successful high performers ready and committed to take their life to the next level. Her level of genius is her ability to use her intuition and skills in assessing what isn’t being said and tapping into what is being communicated. She has a gift of seeing behind the facade and bringing forth her clients true inner most desires – even those they are not necessarily aware of themselves.  Read More.


Rochelle Courtenay

Rochelle is Share the Dignity’s founder and Managing Director; the title she is most proud of though is ‘Pad Lady’ a title that has stuck following the collection of over 650,000 packets of pads and tampons across Australia.

After learning of homeless women going without basic sanitary items during their menstrual cycle, Rochelle decided the question was not “Why is nobody doing anything” but rather “What’s stopping me from doing something?”.  In March 2015 Rochelle took matters into her own hands, collecting sanitary items within her local community and distributing to local shelters. From a simple idea of giving dignity to women, Share the Dignity has grown into a national charity, with over 1,000 volunteers Australia wide, and multiple initiatives aimed at giving dignity to women.  Read More.


Dr Kate Adams

Dr Kate Adams is the founder behind tech startup Thankly launched in October 2016 and is a tech platform that has revolutionised gifting in Australia by bringing back the old fashioned thank you. Thankly makes it easy for people to send handwritten cards and gestures of appreciation, in less than 5 minutes from their phone or computer. Thankly has a very small curated selection of unique gifts to choose from and allows the sender to compose their own message and choose a handwriting style for their card. The sender can choose to just send a card or add one or multiple gifts for a bigger gesture of thanks. Thankly is great for businesses who want to stand out, increase their brand loyalty and to stay top of mind as unlike email, it’s a marketing touchpoint that has 100% reach. Thankly encourages people to send gifts on a more regular basis by making them accessible, easy to choose, and affordable.  Read More.


Honi Rosenwax

Honi Rosenwax is the proud owner and director of Arize Communications. 

Honi has over 15 years’ experience in the development and execution of high-quality communications campaigns for clients across a range of industries including telecommunications, banking and finance, property, technology and consumer goods. Her areas of specialty include corporate communications, brand positioning, senior management, spokesperson profiling and issues management. She is driven, passionate and strategic and has in recent years become an advisor to various well-known CEO’s and boards.  Read More.



Shevonne Joyce

Shevonne Joyce is a business mentor, global podcast host, published content writer and a business personality with a growing following. She is passionate about helping women to grow successful and sustainable businesses and has established herself as a trusted thought leader who refreshingly gets real about business.

 Prior to leaping into the world of entrepreneurship, Shevonne spent 12 years in the corporate world working for a range of organisations, from start-ups to global enterprises on developing their human capital, including people leaders. She obtained three post graduate qualifications in Employment Law, Organisational Coaching and Business Innovation while working and becoming a mum.  Read More.


Jemimah Ashleigh

Jemimah Ashleigh is the Creative Director of Tangs Design and is the founder of Epic Social. This criminal-investigator-come-jeweller is passionate about breaking through the many myths and misconceptions about being an entrepreneur and thrives on helping other business owners on their journey.

Jemimah’s career is jam-packed with a wide range of experiences. From working for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for over a decade as a criminal intelligence analyst and working in Manhattan, to leading the Canberra business networking scene and enjoying life as a thespian.

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Loved this! Thank you for shining a light on the journey of an entrepreneur + highlighting some inspiring women who are leading the way!