Talk It Out!

The Women’s Agenda team of Angela Priestley and Georgie Dent host a range of dynamic guests and discuss ideas on shifting the dial for women at work.

Episode #034 - Talk It Out - Winging it with Emma Isaacs

Season 2 | Episode 7 - From university dropout to building Business Chicks, having 5 kids and transforming the networking and events game. Angela Priestley speaks with Emma Isaacs to learn she does it.  

Emma Isaacs acquired the then little-known Business Chicks when she was just 26 years old.

She saw the opportunity while sitting at a Business Chicks event with her friend Olivia Ruello. The former owner of the networking group revealed from the stage it would be their last such event and that they were open to offers. “You’re going to buy it, aren’t you,” Olivia whispered to Emma.

Emma did, despite being “immediately insulted by the name”.

Thirteen years and five kids of her own later (enough for a basketball team, she says), Emma is now the global CEO of Business Chicks, the largest women’s networking group in Australia. She’s changed how we think about business events and has put a wide range of international talent in front of massive audiences across the country, including Arianna Huffington, Seth Godin, Richard Branson, Nigella Lawson, Sir Bob Geldof, Kate Hudson and more.

I spoke to Emma in the lead up to the launch of her first book, Winging It. The book shares some of her wins and failures, key lessons and advice on how to do big things without relying on too much of a plan to guide you through.

The conversation was recorded for the Women’s Agenda podcast. I’ve shared a number of highlights below, but they’re just a small taste of what we cover in the full chat.


For more info about this episode and Emma Isaacs click here.


Angela Priestley & Georgie Dent

Angela Priestley is the Publisher and founding editor of Women’s Agenda and Georgina Dent is a journalist, editor and MC. Both are passionate advocates for workplace gender equality and diversity.

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