Red Heel Day 2015 event wrap-up

Last week, on the 15th October 2015, Leaders in Heels held our inaugural Red Heel Day Sydney event – an annual event that celebrates and promotes female leaders and entrepreneurs. The event is a part of broader campaign, Red Heel Day, run online and offline throughout the month of October.

You can see the event’s highlights in the video sponsored by our friends at Delicatessen Agency.

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One of our guests, Diana Ryall, the Managing Director of Xplore for Success, LinkedIn influencer and also speaker at our past event, wrote this beautiful event wrap-up on LinkedIn Pulse.

The Tsunami of Women Leaders

Last night I attended Leaders in Heels’ annual event, Red Heel Day. Kasia Gospos, the leader of this online community, brings passion and authenticity to the fore.

Over 150 women attended from many different industries to hear a line-up of young strong women talking about their views, careers and life in general. It was like a tsunami of the next wave of confident, aspirational young women coming through. This is the group that will move Australia forward.

The speakers spoke on a range of topics such as passion, creativity, leadership styles, entrepreneurship, transferability of skills and personal branding. Anne-Marie Elias capably emceed the evening encouraging the audience to tweet their learnings. (Editor’s note: #RedHeelDay was trending!).

Jules Sebastian (TV presenter, stylist and founder of The Sebastian Foundation) spoke of the importance of mentors – both finding one and being one. She encouraged everyone to champion others.


Jules Sebastian engaging the audience with her story on entrepreneurship and style.

Kirsten Galliott (Editor in Chief of Qantas Magazine) spoke about leadership in business and the need for kindness in leadership. She also spoke as an ambassador for Dress for Success Sydney about the work they do.

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Kirsten Galliott, Editor in Chief of Qantas Magazine and past Editor of Instyle magazine.

Ozlem Beldan (Founder of Spirit of Womankind and Associate at Xplore for Success) spoke with grace, courage and wisdom about the importance of finding your inner wisdom and finding your voice. Ozlem compiled the Unexpected Women book for Xplore for Success in the Goodie Bag – she is a woman of many skills!

Alexandra Mills (CEO of Product at AussieCommerce Group) spoke of moving from professional dance into business, and the lessons and skills that were transferable.


From left: Ozlem Beldan, Founder of Spirit of Womankind and Associate of Xplore for Success, Angela Chan, Red Heel Day event organizer, Kasia Gospos, Leaders in Heels Publisher, Alexandra Mills, CEO of Product, AussieCommerce Group.

Devika Mohotti (Business Advisor and Deputy Chair, IFAC – PAODC) spoke of the importance of creativity, entrepreneurship and business coaching.

Veronica Auld (Talent Solutions Specialist at LinkedIn) spoke of the importance of your LinkedIn profile and how to move your blogging to the LinkedIn platform.


Speakers: first from left – Veronica Auld, Talent Solutions Specialist at LinkedIn, Second from right – Devika Mohotti, Business Advisor and Deputy Chair, IFAC – PAODC; far right – Catherine Nolan – Leaders in Heels contributor.

I’m afraid my own heels didn’t reach the heights of others in the room. However, it was an honour to be in the room with so many women who will bring their skills to the future of Australia.

Please like and share, as these women are women to watch!


Thank you Diana for this great event wrap-up! You can follow Diana’s stories on LinkedIn here.


Wine from Evans & Tate



Canapes provided by YouChews


Red Heel Day theme “a touch of red” was welcome by everyone!


Kasia Gospos, Founder and Publisher of Leaders in Heels speaking


Red Heel Day activities


Jules Sebastian, TV presenter, stylist and founder of The Sebastian Foundation


Red Heel Day has been inspired by the Leaders in Heels Manifesto


Kasia Gospos, Founder and Publisher of Leaders In Heels


Check out Twitter #RedHeelDay for live event updates.


Our gorgeous volunteers: (from second on left) Patrycja Dziubek, Karen Columbia and Bahar Bahrami.



The reverse side of the Manifesto cards


Goals setting session. All Red Heel Day guests will receive a letter in 6 months – the reminder of their own goals set during the event!



The bags are now available in the Leaders in Heels store.


From left: Hammy Kaur, Volunteer, Angela Chan, Red Heel Day Event Manager, Anna, AussieCommerce Group.


Goodie bags full of beauty products, condiments, vouchers, and most importantly your complimentary copy of the Leaders In Heels’ Make Your Mark notebook.


The Delicatessen Agency team. On right Rebecca Saunders, the Founder of Delicatessen.


Thank you!

One reply on “Red Heel Day 2015 event wrap-up

  • Susan M Hollenbeck

    As a shy volunteer, I felt very comfortable with the job Angela gave me. I enjoyed all the speakers and their topics were very relevant for today’s women.

    I hope that I’ll be able to be a part of this growing organisation for many years to come.
    :-) #BeautyInChaos8

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