Surrey Hills, VIC
What do you do?
Mother and CEO of leading Real Estate network, Harcourts Victoria.
What people don’t know about your job…
Despite what meets the eye, being in real estate requires you to be more than a property expert. It requires you to be a negotiator, a psychologist, a futurist, a tradesperson, a market analyst, a mediator and a lawyer…all in the one day!
You’re a mother and a CEO, what do you have to do to get out the door each day?
As a mother, the first steps towards getting the troops out the door are packing the lunches, preparing breakfasts, taking out the bins, hanging out the washing and having all the afterschool pick ups arranged. As a CEO trying to get out the door, I have a whole different list for that challenge!
What’s your mantra?
Death is the only thing you can’t fix!
What do you do for down time?
Down time is an extremely precious commodity, therefore I like to do things that are not only thoroughly enjoyable but let me unwind. Therefore, as so many of us like to do, I eat and drink!
Most overused phrase?
Too rude to say…maybe a trait from working in a male dominated industry!
Who’s your mentor?
I have many and they’re a mix of real estate and non-real estate.
You travel regularly both for work and pleasure. Could you please tell us….
Best hotel? (At your favourite destination) : The Westin (all over the world, there beds are amazing!)
Best airline? Virgin Blue
Best transfer service (Other than taxi’s): Combined Cars, Owner is Craig Tresise, 0413 674 890
How does it feel to be named Telstra Victorian Business Woman for 2013?
It’s so hard to put into words how I felt. I really didn’t think I had a cat in hell’s chance of winning. There were some really amazing and accomplished finalists and all of them when I heard their story blew me away with what they’d done with their professional lives. When they announced my name I was shocked and stunned – but also absolutely ecstatic at the same time! As was my family who were last seen dancing around the table.
I see it as a victory for anyone, from any background with nothing more than the energy to dream, a burn in their belly for success, coupled with a healthy dose of self-belief, grit and determination. I’d love the legacy of my winning to be that anyone and everyone believes that each of us can achieve something and each of us can have our achievements acknowledged.
My journey to today began in Fiji where I was born. I challenged the status quo in Fiji at the time in regards to women. I grew up surrounded by the most warm, loving and very caring family.
I came to Australia from Fiji at the age of 16, went to boarding school, didn’t get the marks to go to university so started as a receptionist in a real estate agency. I knew back then that despite being a young Indian Fijian girl I had to aim high, had to believe in myself and had to believe in my dreams