October 1, 2018
The Word – Emma Isaacs
Emma Isaacs is the founder and global CEO of Business Chicks, Australia’s largest community for women, she’s a mother of five children and she works across four time zones. The passionate feminist and author took time out of her hectic schedule to share some insights into her impressive career and busy life.
If I could describe myself in three words they would be… restless, ambitious, thoughtful.
My first job was… at a local restaurant that my next door neighbour owned. I begged her for a job and she finally relented as soon as I was legally able to work. My first real job was in the company I co-founded when I was 18 years old.
On the weekend I like to… decompress from my week by trying to switch off the computer and phone as much as I can. I usually fail, and only really start to unravel by Sunday but then it’s time to start again on Sunday afternoon (I live in Los Angeles but the timezone means my Australian headquarters are up and running for their new week then).
My favourite travel destination is… anywhere new! I love to explore new destinations although I’m also a creature of comfort having vacationed in Hawaii eight times and India four times now.
If I could meet anyone it would be… having worked with incredible talent over the years with Business Chicks – people from Sir Richard Branson through to Diane von Furstenberg and Rachel Zoe and Jamie Oliver – I’m not easily star struck. I would however have loved to have met Amelia Earhart, Maya Angelou and Kate Spade.
My hidden talent is… catching Maltesers in my mouth.
The qualities I admire most in other people are… kindness
My most annoying habit is… my impatience. I’m working on it.
My daily routine consists of… cold showers (by choice!), wrangling five children, and working across four time zones in my business.
I look up to… the stars, and always try and be grateful that I’ve received the gift of another full day.
When I’m not working I am… I’m never not working. As an entrepreneur your work never leaves you. I try and be present wherever I am, but I’m always simultaneously dreaming and scheming and wouldn’t have it any other way.
The highlight of my career so far has been… building teams of talented leaders around me and watching them grow.