Speakers Profile - Emma Isaacs

Global CEO Business Chicks

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At 37, Emma Isaacs has achieved more than most twice her age. She's the CEO of Australia's largest community for women, Business Chicks; has spent one on one time with Bill Gates; is a serial property investor, has raised over $10million for charity, and is mother to three girls five and under (with a fourth on the way!).

Superwoman? Maybe. A courageous entrepreneur? Definitely. Emma can take something good and turn it into something spectacular with no experience required. At the age of 18, she acquired a small recruitment company which, with Emma at the helm, went on to be named 'Australia's Favourite Recruiter' in the SEEK Awards for three consecutive years and in 2005 won Westpac's Small Business of the Year.

After eight years, Emma felt the entrepreneurial urge to try something new. She was invited to a small event run by a group called Business Chicks, where she learnt that Business Chicks was up for sale. So at the age of 25 Emma took a leap of faith and bought it.

Fast-forward seven years and Emma has grown the small Business Chicks group of 250 members into a national community of over 35,000. Business Chicks produces over 90 events annually; publishes a quarterly magazine called Latte and facilitates thousands of new connections each week through its online platform.

Emma has spent time with some of the world's greatest business visionaries, entrepreneurial minds and thought leaders including Sir Richard Branson, Diane von Furstenberg, Sir Bob Geldof, Candace Bushnell and Ita Buttrose.

As a passionate philanthropist Emma wants to make a difference. She sits on the board of The Hunger Project Australia, is a past President of the Entrepreneurs Organisation and has held ambassadorships with Dry July, Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and 1 Million Women.

Emma is a sought after keynote speaker and media commentator who's been featured in BRW, Cosmopolitan, Sydney Morning Herald/The Age and Marie Claire. She appears weekly on Channel 9's The Today Show, and regularly on Sunrise, Today Tonight and Sky Business News.