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11 Unmissable Game Changers To Keep An Eye On

Naomi Simson, STEM

Across hundreds of sectors on all corners of the globe, there are individuals who disrupt the norm, who are unafraid of change, who fearlessly innovate and step up to make a difference for the better. We call them Game Changers. 

Launched by Robyn Foyster, owner of women’s lifestyle sites The Carousel and Women Love Tech, Game Changers.com.au is a platform where inspirational men and women share their incredible career achievements, journeys through adversity and enthralling ideas for the future. 

With the help of experienced writers, editors and a fantastic TV crew, the ‘Game Changers’ platform is brought to life. Providing an in-depth article on each Game Changer as well as a video interview; their messages can be spread to thousands of people in the hopes of inspiring everyone to fulfil their potential and make a difference. 

Here are eleven Game Changers who will inspire you.

#1 Natasha Chadwick

Newdirection Care

Natasha Chadwick is the Founder and CEO of the nursing facility micro-town, NewDirection Care, Bellemere in Queensland  -the first of its kind in the world. 

When her own mother reached retirement age, Natasha realised change was desperately needed in the aged care industry. From there, the New Direction concept was born and she has gone on to revolutionise aged care by building a warm and caring community like no other.

NewDirection Care at Bellmere is a residential community for the elderly and for those living with younger onset dementia and complex care needs. It is a place where residents can enjoy fulfilling and happy lives beyond diagnosis — socialising, staying active, pursuing hobbies and continuing to play a role in the community, creating a world that is close to normality. It is the way forward for our elderly and those living with dementia.

Watch Natasha Chadwick’s Game Changers interview here.

#2 Cassandra Spies

Cassandra Spies

Cassandra Spies realised during her trip to the US over 10 years ago that there was a gap in Australia’s dessert market…there were no healthy alternatives. She took the opportunity, using her knowledge from her Bachelor of Science in Food Tech, to start up what is now called Twisted Healthy Treats – the frozen desserts that keep the great taste we all love as well as all the health benefits.

Watch Cassandra Spies’ Game Changers interview here.

#3 Nick Molnar 

Nick Molnar, Game Changers

It’s not a loan or credit agreement, there’s no interest and you still get your product on the same day? What’s the catch? With Afterpay, you pay later in instalments to encourage responsible spending. A few years back this was but a concept in the mind of Nick Molnar. Now, it’s one of Australia’s biggest success stories. 

Watch the interview and read Nick’s story here

#4 Naomi Simson 

Naomi Simson, Game Changers

Businessperson, blogger, and entrepreneur, Naomi Simson, explains to us what being the owner of RedBalloon means to her. It’s not just a consumer brand, but a way of support thousands of small businesses. But what makes her tick? It’s knowing that she’s having a positive impact on people who hear her speak, who’ve read her book or seen her on TV. “It’s the most rewarding thing for me,” Naomi says. 

Watch the interview and read Naomi’s story here

#5 Jody Allen

Jody Allen, Game Changers

Calculated master plans are boring anyways – there’s far more excitement in spontaneous success, which is exactly the case for Jody Allen who went from redundancy during her maternal leave to suburban superhero. To keep their dream home, Jody and her husband, Brendan, needed to find a way to live off $50 a week. After reaching out to the wider Facebook community, she found herself with over 10,000 followers within just two weeks. Since then she’s started the website, Stay At Home Mum, which led to a series of hit books including ‘Live Well on Less’, ‘Once a Month Cooking’, ‘The $50 Weekly Shop’ and ‘The $50 Weekly Shop: Weekday Dinners’.  

Jody Allen, Game Changers

Jody says that her secret to success was to make every dollar stretch. She adds that you don’t need to be the most intelligent person in the world, you just need to give it a go. 

“I’ve still not got a business plan; it’s just been day-to-day and see where it goes – and so far it’s been good,” Jody concluded.

Watch the Game Changers interview here.  

#6 Anna Lahey 

Game Changers: Sarah Harris Meets Vida Glow CEO Anna Lahey

Only in her early thirties and she’s already disrupted the Australian beauty game with ‘Vida Glow‘ – her range of marine collagen powders for skin, hair and nails. After discovering the “mystery ingredient” while on a trip to Japan, she brought it back to Australia. Anna explained that the ingredient has been part of the Japanese lifestyle for over 300 years with a Japanese pharmacist claiming that it has benefits for hair, skin and nails – and possibly even life expectancy. 

With Vida Glow, Anna is not only helping people improve on the beauty front, but even with problems like joint pain. 

“Within three weeks, I had noticed a dramatic reduction in my hair loss, and within four weeks, my skin was glowing – I was blown away,” Anna said, and now she’s helping people across Australia feel and look their best with all-natural ingredients. 

Watch the interview here

#7 Terri Vinson 

Terri Vinson
Terri Vinson, Synergie Skin Founder T

Describing herself as “part science nerd, part beauty tragic,” Terri Vinson is the founder of Skin Synergie. Her journey started when she worked as an educator and formulator for a cosmetic company where she discovered how popular safe and clean skincare was becoming and thanks to her background in science, she knew exactly what she had to do. What she calls “clean science”, Synergie Skin is the cosmeceutical and mineral makeup range including calming, restorative and nourishing moisturisers, eye creams, and cleansers that provide the safest and most effective results. 

Watch the interview and read Terri’s story here

#8 Charlie Thompson and Georgia Lawson

Charlie Thompson And Georgia Lawson, The Clean Collective co-founders

The Clean Collective is Australia’s strictest toxin-free shop and savviest source of zero-waste solutions. a company that started with CEO, Charlie Thompson’s earlier anxiety attacks which inspired her to make a change in her life, starting with her consumption and lifestyle habits. During this time she realised just how difficult it was to find the information and products she needed in one single place. With this in mind, she and her fellow co-founder, Georgia set out to create a completely toxin-free, non-plastic, and eco-friendly company. They’ve helped remove thousands of pieces of plastic from the ocean, offset Australia’s Christmas wrapping paper consumption through their tree-planting initiatives and continue to provide customers with eco-friendly alternatives. 

Watch the Clean Collective’s Game Changers interview here.

#9 Kate Save  

Kate Save

Kate Save wants to empower all Australians to live an optimal healthy life, and she’s making advancements in leaps and bounds through her company, Be Fit Food. 

Be Fit Food provides healthy, whole-food and home-delivered meals which are packed with nutrition and uses evidence-based research.

An award-winning entrepreneur, accredited Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist, Kate is a walking advert for glowing good health and she also has a lot to be proud of as the CEO and co-founder of Be Fit Food.

Watch Kate Save’s interview here.

#10 Debbie Taylor

Debbie Taylor

Debbie Taylor has over 30 years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industries with leadership roles at PwC and giants Vodafone. Today, she holds the position of CIO at NBN Co – the broadband company that only six years ago had no females in leadership positions. With NBN, Debbie also focuses on encouraging gender parity regarding roles, pay and general inclusion in STEM.

Debbie Taylor, Game Changers
Melissa Doyle’s Game Changers interview with NBN CIO Debbie Taylor

Watch Debbie Taylor’s Game Changers interview here.

#11 Ellyse Perry

Elyse Perry

A lot of top sportspeople duck for cover when the term role model is bestowed on them – but not cricket and soccer star Ellyse Perry.

The humble dual international tells host Sarah Harris in the second instalment of Game Changers – The Carousel’s hit video series about inspiring leaders – that she’s honoured to be helping drive an unprecedented interest in women’s sport across Australia.

Ellyse says that she feels that “there is generally a huge tide of change, looking at the number of companies that now do want to be involved in women’s sport in terms of sponsorship and investing.” Ellyse says a prime example of that is the support the Sydney Sixers now get from their new major sponsor Priceline, which has an exclusive partnership with the women’s side of the club.

Elyse Perry
Aussie sporting hero Elyse Perry

“It’s not about being the best at anything but making the most of those opportunities – and we’re getting more-and-more of those now,” said Ellyse.

Watch the interview here.

For more inspiring and game-changing stories, visit GameChangers.com.au.

Robyn Foyster

Written by Robyn Foyster

Robyn Foyster is an award-winning journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of The Australian Women's Weekly. She is also the owner and publisher of Women Love Tech, Game Changers and The Carousel. Robyn is the owner and founder of a tech business called AR tech, where she helped create the world's first AR community shopping app called Sweep and her team produced the 2018 Vivid app. She is a speaker and a judge of the Telstra Business Awards and Mumbrella Awards. Robyn is passionate about supporting women in STEM.

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