Inspiring Businesswomen in the Australian Economy!


Without any doubt, women have a very important position in the Australia’s retail business sector. Lots of successful businesswoman is creating thousands of job opportunities in the market and helping to improve the national economy.

Our purpose in this article is not ranking the successful businesswomen. We just would like to present you some inspiring people that may influence you too!  

Uppma Virdi: Founder of Chai Waali

Uppma Virdi is a 26 years old Indian- Australian lawyer. While doing her daily job at a law firm, one day she decided to give a shot to her tea business idea ‘Chai Walli‘. Now she has the title of  Business Woman of the Year at the 2016 Indian Australian Business and Community Awards.

All she did was trusting herself and follow her passion for tea that goes down to her roots, from her grandfather, a doctor specialising in herb and spices. Uppma also runs “The art of Chai” workshops to teach people how to brew the perfect chai and she is still working as a lawyer.

Katie Page: CEO, Harvey Norman

The Australian business executive and the CEO of retailer Harvey Norman, Katie Page was ranked fourth on The Australian Business Review’s list of the “50 most powerful women in business” in 2015. Page started working at Harvey Norman in 1983 as an assistant. Today the company has almost 200 stores in Australia and more than 80 stores overseas. Katie Page is also a director at The Retail Council.

Maxine Horne: CEO, Vita Group

A CEO, speaker, author, commentator and a mom. Maxine Horne is an experienced business woman in the technology industry, and she established one of the first mobile phone stores Fone Zone back in 1995. Two decades later, that first Fone Zone shop has become Vita Group and the co-founder of the start-up is now the CEO of its listed company. She made this happen through “thinking smart and running hard”.

Lesley Gillespie: Co-Founder Bakers Delight

In 1980, Lesley Gillespie and her husband opened the first Bakers Delight in Hawthorn, Melbourne, with their friend. Today, Bakers Delight can be found in more than 700 locations across Australia, Canada, USA and New Zealand. Gillespie says a succession plan is of the “utmost importance” for family businesses like Bakers Delight. She has an Order of Australia award for her support of charitable and sporting organisations.

Janine Allis: Founder, Boost Juice/ Retail Zoo

Janine Allis started Boost Juice from her home in 2000. Today, the business has franchises in 13 countries. The successful business woman also stars as one of the “sharks” on Channel 10’s reality show Shark Tank. She has been entitled to awards such as; Telstra Business Women of the Year, Amex Retailer of the year, Awarded Exporter of the year.


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