Meet Susan. At fifteen years old, Susan was on a fishing trip with her parents and brother when their boat suddenly sank. After four hours of struggling through darkness and rough sea, Susan eventually made it to shore-- but her family did not. Such trauma took its toll on Susan, leading her down a path of self-destruction. Becoming a mother at 20, Susan’s life continued to test her, having to face domestic violence, single motherhood and cancer. In the years following, Susan started the healing process and used motorbike riding to do so. Whilst writing her book “The Girl Who Lived”, she rode her motorbike throughout South East Asia, immersing herself in the diverse cultures and learning more about herself along the way. Susan now puts her energy into WOW Motorcycle Tours, an organisation she started with her son that runs motorbike tours across Victoria, Australia. Susan encourages women to rediscover themselves and build confidence with just two wheels and an open road. In January 2017 Susan will be facing her fear of swimming, and taking part in the Lorne Pier to Pub-- hoping to raise $100,000 for the McAuley Community Services for Women. Despite trauma and grief, Susan continues to face life head-on and inspires countless others along the way. She is a Strong Woman.
Meet Lisa. Growing up in country NSW on a 4,500 acre property, Lisa was a typical country girl, riding motorbikes and horses and loved getting her hands dirty. Working her way up the corporate ladder, Lisa has come from humble beginnings and is now a power woman in the publishing world. An entrepreneur and author of over a dozen books, Lisa’s success is rising almost daily. Also the CEO of custom publishing company, The Messenger Group, Lisa has overseen the publishing of over 400 books! Two and a half years ago saw the birth of The Collective; a stunning magazine now available in 37 countries. Lisa is the proud Editor-In-Chief of this beautiful publication and its popularity is increasing rapidly. Despite her enormous success, Lisa has always been authentic and transparent about her struggles, often writing about them and sharing them with her online community and in her books. Lisa is no stranger to setbacks, with personal, family and professional hurdles creeping their way into her life. A challenging relationship with her mother caused her a lot of heartache however she spent about 10 years working on her healing and surrounded herself with people who built her up and injected goodness into her life and journey. Believing that anything is possible with hard work and determination, Lisa radiates confidence and strength. Her story is certainly one to keep an eye on with her increasing success. She is a Strong Woman.
Meet Sharon. A teacher, author, presenter, educator and motivator, you may have seen Sharon on TV Shows such as 'The Circle', 'The Kerri-Anne Show', 'Sunrise' and 'The Daily Edition'. Also the author of 12 books written for children and adolescents to help guide them through life, Sharon continues to write and share her wisdom with children and parents both in Australia and internationally.
The past few years have kept Sharon very busy with both professional and personal hurdles. Supporting a family member and their mental health struggles took its toll on Sharon, however she did not let it defeat her, still maintaining a household, her business and professional appearances. Despite the built up pressure in her personal life, Sharon has continued to smile and keep her positive outlook on life. Her two children are a beautiful reflection on her strength and joy. She is a Strong Woman.