Each year, Christmas always seems to sneak up on us and we adore this time of year. We especially love it because it’s the perfect excuse to recognise the women in your life and extend your gratitude for their support and care. However, sometimes finding the perfect Christmas presents sure can be daunting.

Luckily, we’ve got you! Here’s the perfect Christmas present for your:


Opt for something professional, classic and functional such as a Meeting Notebook or elegant rollerball pen.

Women who work from home

If you’ve got an entrepreneurial bestie, or someone who has recently started working from home, items such as wireless headphones, a membership to an industry group or a new print for their home office would surely be appreciated! ❤️

Inspirational friends

Do you have special women in your life that truly inspire you? Help them reach their goals with these 12-month planners that are full of practical features to help them pave their own paths!

Secret Santa/Kris Kringle (these are always the toughest Christmas presents to pick!)

Looking for a gift on a budget? Go beyond the usual chocolates with our Weekly Desk Planners, Sticky Notes or To-Do Lists. They’re small, classy and the perfect stocking filler.








Your friend who loves to learn

A Master Class or Linked In Learning (previously Lynda.com) subscription is the perfect gift for someone who loves to learn. They’ll get to watch content on thousands of different topics that relate to their professional or personal life and interests.

Someone extra special

Anything personalised! Whether it’s a custom illustration of their favourite group photo, an engraved piece of jewellery or one of our monogrammed products, going that extra step lets them know you’ve really thought about them.

What are your go-to ideas for Christmas presents? Let us know in the comments below!

Having a night in? Check out these movies and TV shows with women in leadership demonstrating the amazing strength, knowledge and entrepreneurship of strong female leaders. Whether you’re into comedies, documentaries, history or rom-coms, these characters are sure to inspire you!

The Mindy Project


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Full of hilarity, sass and quick wit, Mindy Khaling plays a fast-paced OB/GYN, who starts her own fertility business from the ground up and offers free medical support to women struggling to access health care.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina


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A world away from the 90s version of Sabrina the Teenage-witch. 2018 Sabrina shows great strength in standing up against deeply rooted biases. If you enjoy spooky thrillers and movies about witchcraft then it’s worth a watch.

Hidden Figures


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Hidden Figures shows the journey of three mathematicians who work at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the 1960s. The film highlights the deep racism and sexism that the women faced while being incredible leaders in STEM.

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel


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While the leading lady may be Mrs Maisel, we’re particularly impressed with her co-star Alex Borstein, who plays Suzie Myers. Suzie struggles to find her feet in her career until her instincts tell her to take the plunge and go down the path of entrepreneurship, starting her own business as an agent. The new business owner experiences ups and downs, making some great decisions and also ones that she’s not proud of.

The Crown


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Highlighting that royalty is not always as glamorous as it looks, The Crown shows a young Queen Elizabeth growing into her role as leader of a monarchy.

Rabbit Proof Fence


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Set in 1931, Rabbit Proof Fence shares the journey of three incredible Indigenous Australian girls who walk through Australia back to their community, Jigalong, after being forcibly removed from their families and trafficked 2400km away by law enforcement.



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Becoming follows Michelle Obama’s journey as she goes on tour for her recent book release, sharing the stories of the and the students and women she meets along the way.

The Bold Type


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Watch as these city-based millennials navigate job promotions, career changes, humanitarian issues, sexuality and owning their individual identities.



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This seven-season tv show is a political drama starring Kerry Washington’s as Olivia Pope, the founder of a crisis management firm and Chief of Staff in the White House. The show is dramatic, fast-paced and witty.

Big Little Lies


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Filmed in an extremely cinematic manner, Big Little Lies demonstrates women supporting each other throughout a tough time.



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Liza Miller, a single mum in her 40s, returns to work at a publishing house under the disguise as a 20-ish year old.


What’s your favourite movie or tv shows with women in leadership?

We’re kicking off a new Technology series in March, and kicking off our shoes to show you a different side of some incredible, inspiring women in the tech industry.

Our first interview is with Angela Fox. You may know her as the Managing Director of Dell Australia and New Zealand. She’s one of a growing number of high-ranking women in the technology sector, and has been instrumental in guiding Dell A/NZ through the recent global shake-up stemming from its privatisation.

But Angela is also a committed family woman, a pragmatist, and her beginnings back at university may surprise you! Read on for four things you didn’t know about Angela Fox!

What is one thing that we don’t know about your career?

Angela: Most people are surprised when they hear that I have a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology–this doesn’t seem very logical to some people! When I graduated there was a number of outstanding graduate programs, that judged you on having succeeded in obtaining your degree at a reasonable level, and having characteristics that companies were looking for. Many corporations were still taking on generalist intake, it didn’t really matter what your background was. I think it is getting tougher these days, graduates are being hired in their specialist area, such as Marketing or Finance.

What is one thing that you can share about your day-to-day life?

Angela: My husband and I don’t have any family in Sydney, and only one family member in Australia. Because we don’t have family around us, we have a daily ritual of multiple Skype calls to allow us to stay in touch with our families and to let our daughter keep day to day communication with her family – from aunts, uncles, cousins to grandparents. This ritual is very important to us.

What is your personal philosophy?

Angela: Truly believe that you have to live in the moment and seize the opportunity. While I am not a reckless person, you can’t beat yourself up for something in the past. It is that old adage: you can influence the future but you can’t change the past. While you have to take the learnings from the past, I am not big on beating yourself up over things that you can’t change. I am relatively pragmatic and I look for the positives and ways to always improve, learn and get on with it.

What is one piece of technology that you can’t live without?

Angela: I can’t live without mobile devices. From the laptop that I use at the office, to the tablet device I use for business and pleasure to my good old mobile phone! For me, there isn’t one thing: it is symptomatic with what is happening with technology, we are all leveraging multiple devices! I recently read an interesting article about “technology addiction”. Learning to turn the device off is part of it; you can’t neglect old-fashioned face-to-face communication.

We have a longer interview with Angela coming up next week, so don’t forget to check back in for that!

Tablets and smartphones have definitely changed the way that we work both in the workforce, in our businesses and at home. The consumption of content is mainly via portable devices, and such habits won’t be going away any time soon.

A survey conducted by Salesforce into Mobile Behaviour (2014) found that 85% of respondents commented that mobile devices were a central part of their lives. Sometimes, it is easier to read, peruse social media and surf the Internet from a tablet device rather than a smaller screen of a smart phone. Portable devices can also help streamline your day-to-day workflow, fitting into the cracks of your life and increasing your efficiency.

Here are four ways that tablets can improve your workflow.

Access and Cost

One of the annoyances I find in using a laptop in a meeting is the length of time to get the device started and get into the application I need. Since the iPad came out in 2010, our family rarely uses a laptop for browsing the Internet unless we are already on the computer and using it for research.

Accessibility has also been improved for all different learning styles with the introduction of tablets. If you require bigger text for reading, voice-over to read instructions and accessibility shortcuts tablets are able to deliver these options without costing thousands of dollars.


In the age of changing ‘digital work habits’ being able to improve collaboration is a key part to our daily work lives. Ever tried to collaborate while sitting around a laptop and struggle to see the screen?

A laptop is very much a personal tool, handing over access to someone’s laptop is very different to a tablet where it seems to be a more shareable device.

Sharing Information

With many tablets you can quickly share information either through Bluetooth technology or via AirDrop (iOS), Chromecast (Android), Play To (Windows Phone) and other manufacturer-specific features. For example it is much easier to hold up a tablet and share photos, videos and ideas rather than hold up a laptop (you need to be sitting down or have the screen projected via a VGA projector or TV).

Some examples include someone in the property sector showing digital portfolios of their properties, and then accessing Google maps to share with clients. This not only saves paper and gives clients better access to information, but also demonstrates professionalism in today’s digital world.

A world of apps

Currently the Google Play Store (Android devices), Apple iTunes Store (iOS) and Windows Phone Store (Windows devices) have over 1.8 million apps for purchase (either free or at a cost). More software companies are realising that the future is definitely mobile and apps are being developed for both tablets and smartphones. Whatever you use a computer for, you can normally find an app for your tablet that can do the same thing.
When searching for apps to help you with your work, work on these five key ideas:

1. Can you export the information, i.e. as a PDF or an image?
2. Can you bring information into the app? Or is it very one sided?
3. Can you share the information to other platforms, i.e. via email, cloud storage such as Dropbox, Box, iCloud, Google Drive and Evernote?
4. Does it do more than one thing? Try and find an app that fulfils a few different functions, unless you are looking to complete a very specific task.
5. How many in-app purchases do you need to buy in order to have the app at full capacity? Some apps are free, but then require you to spend twenty dollars in order to access all features.

Tablets sound great, but how do I choose one?

Three key things to look at when purchasing a tablet for either personal or business use:
1. Cost – There are some reasonable tablets to buy depending on exactly what you want the table to be able to do. Also take into account what features you would like to use on the tablet.
2. Operating system: If you struggle sometimes with new technology, stay with the same platform as your smartphone.
3. Accessories – what can you use with the device? Are there many external keyboards that pair with these tablets? Styluses? Or even cases that fit the tablet?

Running my business from my iPad for a month back in 2013 proved just how many tasks I could get completed. Not all things will be suitable for a tablet device, but it will make a positive difference to your workflow.

If you want to improve your workflow, Leaders in Heels is currently running a competition to win a Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet and Nokia Power Keyboard valued at AU$1080 (see featured image)! The competition is open worldwide and entries close 28th February, 2015 (Sydney, Australia EST) so get in FAST! Click here for your chance to win.

The seating arrangements that you’re managing and going through on a daily basis in your company have a much bigger impact on the success or failure of events than you might imagine at first glance.

Whether it’s a business lunch, brainstorming session or employment interview, the bottom line is the same: there are rules of seating conduct that can effect drastic benefits in outcomes if followed.

What this means for you as a success-oriented woman (or man) in the workplace is that there are both good and bad ways in which you and those you meet with can arrange yourselves in a business setting.

Luckily, reading this, and this excellent infographic that summarizes things in a more visual way, from the people at Seats & Stools, will ensure a much better chance of conducting your different business meetings well.

Here are the 4 rules of good business seating:

1. Conducting Interviews Effectively

In one-on-one interviews, the best arrangements are those which nurture easy communication and intimacy between both sides of the table, interviewee and interviewer. What this means is that the two should be seated across from each other at the narrowest part of a table, should be at equal chair height and should maintain regular eye contact.

Furthermore, if you happen to be the interviewer, offer the interviewee their seat first as a gesture of friendly courtesy.

Group Interviews
In the case of group interviews with several people interviewing one person, all of the same rules that apply to one-on-one situations should stay in effect but with the addition of group oriented protocols. These are, all interviewers should introduce themselves in order of relevance, the interviewee should afterwards introduce him or herself to the entire group and all parties should maintain well balanced eye contact while actually speaking and listening.

Furthermore, the table in both one-on-one meetings and group sessions should be kept free of personal belongings and other clutter.

2. Brainstorming Sessions

During brainstorming sessions, things should be kept as comfortably informal and open as possible. This is done by fostering intimacy and mutual confidence in self-expression.

Practically speaking, what this means is a focus on small groups, keeping dominant personalities separated from each other and letting no one person dominate the opinions of others by encouraging everyone to speak freely and regularly. Furthermore, a brainstorming session should avoid, when possible, the presence of executive supervisors and other high company authority figures in order to minimize employee shyness at putting forth their ideas.

Some Further Tips

  • Avoid tables altogether for an even more informally comfortable setting
  • Keep pomp and hierarchical protocol to a minimum for the sake of creative expressiveness, which always thrives best under informal conditions.
  • Ask all participants to avoid using communication electronics during a meeting of any kind

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3. Presentations

Four main presentation types exist and each has its distinct best practices

  1. Single Speaker Meeting
    In a theater style, semicircle seating arrangement, the speaker is kept close to the audience and all of them are able to enjoy more proximity to the speaker This will facilitate better attentiveness, more communication between speaker and audience and an easier ability to be heard by all those attending.
  2. Co-Presenter
    With a co-presenter on hand, the same audience/podium setup will apply but some additional rules also apply: Both speakers should stay on stage, both speakers should have coordinated well beforehand about who speaks when and under what queues (this will avoid a lot of possible confusion), and each speaker should remain silent and avoid distracting the audience while the other is actually talking.
  3. Panel Presentation
    In the case of panel meetings, you’ll have several speakers arranged to take turns speaking before an audience. In these cases, a moderator should be on hand to keep everything organized and this moderator should remain aloof of the actual presentation while always being ready to intervene if order needs to be restored.
  4. Sales Meetings
    If you’re going to be doing a sales meeting, whether it should have a single presenter or multiple speakers, either should be arranged before a seated audience that’s comfortable, close and willing to listen. This will make them pay more attention to the sales pitch and in turn, your closing rates will go up.

4. Dealing with Business Lunches

The best seating placement for a business lunch is one in which those who attend sit close to each other, feel and intimate, comfortable setting and are sitting corner to corner from one another whenever possible instead of across the table.

This will apply to lunches with just two attendees or larger meetings with several people (though no business lunch should have more than 4 or 5 attendees in total). Furthermore, the noise level at a business lunch should be low enough for everyone to talk easily, so also choose the location (restaurant, lounge) carefully based on this.

Post and infographic supplied courtesy of Matt Zajechowski via Seat & Stools.

Featured photo credit: Grant Wickes via photopin cc


No doubt some of you have children who can’t remember life without smartphones and tablets. But the question is, how do we, as parents, manage this shift in their lives to the online world? What should we be aware of, and how can we keep our children safe? Leaders in Heels had a chat with Dr. Justin Coulson, a parenting expert who is also well clued-in to this new and evolving digital landscape.

These days, it’s common to see young toddlers playing with tablets and smartphones. What kind of limits and boundaries do you think parents should be placing on their children’s use of technology?

To sum up, parents might consider limiting children’s use of devices when their children show an inability to let go of their screen time, or choose not to engage in physical activities, or social activity offline.Technology is becoming increasingly integrated with our lives – both for adults and for children. In the recent Safeguarding the Future of Digital Australia in 2025 report from Intel Security, 16% of Australians indicated being uncomfortable with the increasingly dominant role of technology in our lives and around a third of parents were unsure of how they felt about the increasing pervasiveness of devices. A further one third of people were genuinely concerned about safety and security associated with the technological changes we are seeing. These issues strike at the heart of what is and is not ok for children, and they are things parents worry about a lot.

It’s challenging to give a blanket statement regarding what kind of limits and boundaries we ought to place on our kids’ tech use though. It depends a great deal on their age. Experts agree that children under 2 shouldn’t have any screen time, kids up to 5 should only have a half-hour per day, and from 5-12 it shouldn’t be more than an hour. That’s TV, computer, phone, tablet… the lot! And it’s meant to be under 2 hours for teens! But why are they using the devices? The broader context matters to some degree.

In general I like the expert’s standards, but I think we need to think carefully before we get too militant about them. Similarly, we need to be wise enough to know when to say “when” as well. If our children are using technology to do useful things or for appropriate levels of ‘down’ time, then we should take that into account. But at the same time we want to balance the cyber-world with physical activity and in-person contact.

It’s probably also worth pointing out that our children don’t draw distinctions between the online and offline worlds like we do. To them, it’s all one world!

To sum up, parents might consider limiting children’s use of devices when their children show an inability to let go of their screen time, or choose not to engage in physical activities, or social activity offline. If children are infants and toddlers I’d advise against ANY screen time. And for pre-schoolers and children in the early school years keep it to a minimum. They don’t NEED it. And they are unlikely to get left behind if they don’t know how to play Club Penguin, Candy Crush, or Fruit Ninja.

Cyberbullying has increasingly come into the spotlight lately, with many parents only discovering it’s happening to their kids long after the fact. How would you suggest parents keep an eye on their children’s online activities without being too overbearing?

It’s so critical to keep communication channels open. Kids can get defensive about these things, so it is really important that they don’t fear getting in trouble.The first and last answer to this is that we build a strong relationship with our children and communicate consistently. We want to watch out for cyberbullying at both ends – as perpetrator and as victim. When children are young I think monitoring is central to our strategy. When we spot something on our timeline or on theirs that we think is concerning, we can use that as a platform for conversation.

As parents get older there is less cocooning, and more deference. But our children should know we are ‘friends’, and expect that we’ll monitor. (Note, monitoring is different to snooping.) I also encourage parents to talk with their children about cyberbullying incidents that make headlines. Ask them questions about whether any friends have had cyberbullying issues. Have they been perpetrator or victim? How did it affect them? How did it affect others? What else could have happened? How could it be avoided? And ask them whether they have ever had such things occur to them, and to talk about what they would do if it happened to them or someone close.

It’s so critical to keep communication channels open. Kids can get defensive about these things, so it is really important that they don’t fear getting in trouble. Rather, the process is about teaching and keeping them safe.

Additionally, be familiar with the apps your child uses. Talk about why they use them and how they use them. Get them to teach you about them. And if you have concerns about them (particularly in relation to snapchat, ask.fm, kik, and others), work out how they can be safe – either by deleting the app, refusing to respond to messages from unknown addresses, or doing a ‘friend cull’.

Finally, how do you see the increasing popularity of video games (and video gaming parents!) influencing this generation of children?

Gaming is addictive – of that there is no question. But it’s also fun, and it’s how many children and adults choose to relax and spend their recreation time. As long as gaming does not interfere with a person’s capacity to function and contribute, I think this is a development that we simply need to accept and work with.

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Dr. Justin Coulson is a parenting and childhood expert who runs the Happy Families blog with tips on parenting. He’s been featured on TV shows such as The Today Show and The Project, as well as various radio programs. He was interviewed here as a spokesperson for the Intel Safeguarding the Future of Digital Australia in 2025 report.