Last year you were recognised in the Co.OfWomen Hall of Fame. How has your experience with Co.OfWomen helped you in your career?
Co.OfWomen has hugely contributed to where I am today. No one tells you how to grow a business, so it can get pretty lonely at the top. Co.OfWomen has allowed me to navigate some of the trickiest challenges I have faced to date, as well as given me access to some really special and clever women who have parted with invaluable advice and support.
Why do you think business support organisations for women, like Co.OfWomen, are important?
Because being a woman in business means you are in the minority. We are different creatures to men, therefore we face different challenges. I have a lot of really special men in my life too, especially my husband Stephen with whom I run Burger Burger day to day with, but women have different conversations when they are not around men and somehow that just works a little bit better.
Are you doing now what you thought you would be when you imagined your life as a child?
When I was a child I wanted to be an air hostess because I thought they were glamorous, a checkout chick because I thought the beepy checkout scanner would be so fun, and what I called a passer-outer – a waitress because I love food, and I love sharing it with people even more. I guess I did follow my dreams!
Is there a woman in New Zealand business who you look up to?
There are so, so many. My mama because she is fabulous and taught me to have good work ethic, Sarah Paykel because she is always so positive and creative, and Jo Doolan because she is just a financial ninja and knows how to kick butt.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a young woman starting out as an entrepreneur?
It's okay to not always know the answers. Don't be afraid to recognise your weaknesses and ask for help. Don't be ignorant to not; it will cost you time, energy and money. You are the heart of your business – your energy needs to go where it is best used to keep it alive.