How To Build A Colourful & Adventurous Career


Creating a global multi-million dollar company in her twenties, Therese Tarlinton was an entrepreneur before really knowing what it meant.

“Most of us intuitively know what makes us come alive, and we need to foster that enthusiasm and channel that energy into a successful and rewarding career,” says Therese.

When Therese was at school, she felt as though stereotypical corporate roles were the only career options for women. She never imagined the job title of ‘entrepreneur’ as a future profession.

And yet, Therese decided to leave behind her steady career in marketing and take a chance by starting her own importing and manufacturing company. After finding a baby product brand overseas that she knew should excite Australian mums, Therese convinced US-based Jeep Baby to let her import their products. Soon, Therese and her company Born With Style had formed connections and partnerships around the world with brands such as Sesame Street and United Colors of Benetton.

As her baby business grew up, so did Therese.

She moved into e-commerce working for Grays Ecommerce Group, Australia’s largest ASX listed auctioneer and retailer. As their communications, social media and partnership manager, Therese elevated Grays’ brands through numerous major media appearances such as The Today Show, Channel Nine 6pm News and Today Tonight.

In 2014 she expanded their fine jewellery category as General Manager, auctioning over $35 million worth of jewels and diamonds.

As the current General Manager of BuddyBid, a retail software that she brought to Australia, Therese has been using auction techniques to gather market intelligence on potential buyers through social media. This technology has enabled Therese  to sell customers what they wanted, at their price point, transacting over 250,000 bottles of wine on the company Facebook page.

Her passionate attitude aligns with the values of the Rare Birds Ambassador program. “I am proud to be part of a tribe of resourceful and resilient people, who always strive to be the best version of themselves,” says Therese.

Through Rare Birds, Therese aspires to share the stories of female entrepreneurs with young women to both inspire them and entice them to “forge their own adventures” and lead “colourful lives”.

“I feel passionately that young women in high school should know that being an entrepreneur is a credible and rewarding career path,” says Therese.

Meet Therese and hear more about her entrepreneurial journey at our Sydney Ambassador Launch event on Monday 5th September. Tickets available now.


Why Right Now Is The Best Time To Be in Business


Rhonda’s passion for HR has spanned twenty five years, four industries and three continents.

One of Rhonda’s fundamental beliefs is that inclusion and good leadership are not only the building blocks of good people practices in organisations, but equally the foundations of forming more equitable and prosperous economies and communities.

In 2009, Rhonda won the David Ulrich HR Leader of the Year and the national Hudson Private and Corporate Sector Division Award as part of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

She has held senior roles in large multinationals such as BHP, Sara Lee, Luxottica and CBA which have taken her career across the globe from Australia, to the Netherlands, and around Asia.

Rhonda has worked within the banking industry as General Manager of Human Resources at Retail Bank in 2010, and Executive General Manager of Organisation Development with Commonwealth Bank of Australia from 2012.

She is currently chairperson of FlexCareers, which connects talented career mums with progressive employers offering flexible work. Even as more and more women graduate university, less than 10% of leaders at Australia’s top corporates are female. FlexCareers strives to assist the under-utilised talent pool of 2.1 million career mums, so that qualified and experienced women are contributing to the economic success of this generation and inspiring the next. They also offer a suite of training and re-accreditation programs for women returning to the workforce or seeking a career change.

Rhonda focuses on the changing nature of work and how flexible careers should be the norm rather than the exception. She understands that work, and our everyday lives, are no longer dictated by 9 to 5 repetitive schedules. We can connect to a global community in seconds, greater work flexibility has seen more working mums in offices, and there is no such thing as a ‘normal’ week.

Rhonda, like many entrepreneurs, has found that now is one of the most exciting times to be in business.

Rhonda is a strong advocate for women helping other women, in business but also in helping with the morning school drop-off. Surrounding yourself with great girlfriends who keep you grounded is vital for women in positions of leadership. Business doesn’t wait for you to be ready, so networking with fantastic mentors and colleagues can be the most effective strategy to reaching your goals.

Meet Rhonda and hear more about the power of people at our Sydney Ambassador Launch event on Tuesday 23rd August. Tickets available now.


LaunchVic funds for Victorian businesses ‘will create impact for many years’

LaunchVic released its first round of funding today to help businesses nurture Victoria’s startup ecosystem.


Six and a half million dollars will be allocated from the $60 million innovation fund to develop incubators, co-working spaces and other projects in Victoria.

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Rare Birds founder and CEO Jo Burston (far left) with fellow LaunchVic board members


‘These are wonderful programs that will create impact now and for many years.’ – Jo Burston


Among the recipients is investor Trevor Townsend, who received $600,000 to bring Startupbootcamp to Australia. The global accelerator network is among the largest in the world and will be the first of its kind in the country. The network will launch in Melbourne next year.

Inspiring Rare Birds founder and CEO Jo Burston, who is a member of the LaunchVic advisory board, says Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis, leads the way in gender diversity and entrepreneurship in Australia.

“I am immensely impressed by the scope, diversity and reach of the Ministers’ focus on startups, incubators and entrepreneurship. The entire State has been allocated funding,” she says.

“I’m proud to be a director of LaunchVic. The first grant recipients are wonderful programs that will create impact now and for many years. This is truly a progressive move by Victorian Government,” says Jo Burston.

LaunchVic is the first board in the sector to include more women than men. Of its 11 members, six are women and includes business leaders such as Mirvac director Elana Rubin and Eventbrite managing director Rachael Neumann.

The board is headed by former Victorian Department of Health and Human Services secretary Dr Pradeep Philip and is chaired by Australia Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour.

LaunchVic’s next round of funding will open next month.

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