Leanne St George is a woman that you rarely forget after you meet her. She is dynamic, engaging, fun and fit! The type of woman in business that makes an impact on you. She has been a driving force in media and events in Queensland for the past 26 years, enduring the triumphs and challenges of running one of Australia’s leading boutique PR and event companies.
I first met Leanne over 20 years ago, when she was conquering the male sport of polo. Hailed as the “Queen’ of the Polo scene in Australia, Leanne was part of the first ever women’s polo team organising lessons, games and event managing 3 Australian open polo cups on the Gold Coast, and an international test series with South Africa and Zimbabwe.
See what I mean, a woman who makes an impact! A true champion inside and out! Here Leanne shares her thoughts on ‘Women Inspiring Women’, and how supporting and mentoring other professionals is one of her greatest rewards.
Q1. Suzie: What was your dream job as a kid and why?
Leanne: I wanted to be a jockey. I was riding horses from age 5 and used to help with track work from about 8. But I grew too tall.
Q2. Suzie: Your vision to create Australia’s biggest lifestyle fashion event on the Gold Coast has seen you overcome many challenges. What’s been your biggest challenge and what’s one lesson you learnt?
Leanne: Developing and marquee event such as Australian Resort Week takes years of work, research, trial and education. I have learned to listen to what people and the marketplace have to say.
If you don’t, and you push headlong on what you think the world wants, you will burn money and your worth.
The world commerce, social structure is changing so quickly, perhaps quicker than ever before.
The biggest thing I have learnt is “patience.
Q3. Suzie: You’ve invested a lot of time supporting and mentoring other professional men and women. What do you find is the most rewarding about being a mentor?
Leanne: I love to support people of either sex. I don’t think we should ignore 50% of the population. My most important mentors have all been men. I had some great people who helped me as a youngster.
Q4. Suzie: What are three keywords you would use to describe yourself?
Leanne: Resilience, courage and forthright
Q5. Suzie: If you could perfect one new personal quality, what would that be?
Q6. Suzie: What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
Leanne: Females! I don’t think all females are supportive of others, which is a shame.
If you are the only female board member on a board, don’t relish in the fact you are the only female on the board, use your influence to bring another female on board.
Q7. Suzie: What will be the biggest challenge for the next generation of women behind you?
Leanne: Taking responsibility for their own actions, decisions and direction.
Don’t play the blame game. In the words of Nike…just do it.
Q8. Suzie: What woman inspires you and why?
Leanne: I love Queen Elizabeth, I think for a 90+ woman she is still working and has seen wars, hundreds of world leaders, Social change and still trucks on. My latest girl crush!
Q9. Suzie: What are some traits you think female leaders should possess in today’s business world?
Leanne: Courage, intelligence, and originality. Don’t be part of the same branding, look and Instagram as the rest of the world.
Q10: What are your favourite podcasts, blogs, books or publications that you follow or read?
Leanne: Ariana Huffington, founder of the Huff Post and author. Richard Branson – always inspirational and a kind entrepreneur.
Q11. Suzie: What do you want to accomplish in 2019?
Leanne: 2 major marathon treks, and a month in Italy!