Business Journey

Winner of our First-Prize Scholarship Announced

If you hadn’t heard about the Secret Women’s Business Academy’s Business Scholarship Opportunity, then you didn’t know we were giving away more than $50,000 worth of education and membership to 31 deserving women.

The highest award was worth over $4,000, including a $3,500 scholarship to attend our 3-day Femme-trepreneur Course, as well as 12-month access to our online Secret Women’s Business Academy.

There were also 30 scholarships of $1,100 awarded, along with 12-month access to the online academy (for a total value of $1,688 each).

We received over 150 applications from all types of female entrepreneurs. Some of them had a dream and just weren’t sure how to get started. Others had already opened their businesses and were struggling with marketing, branding and a variety of other challenges.

The rules for application were simple:

“Tell us all about your beautiful business (one you already have, or would like to build) and how it helps others or makes a difference in our world.”

One application stood out to us. It was from Rechelle Webb, a passionate Nyoongar woman with a business idea intended to enrich the lives of Indigenous Australian girls from 12-18 years of age.

The Abundant Kids will get its start in her local community, where she will teach young girls to realise their true potential without losing connection with their native heritage. She’ll accomplish this through programmes that include activities like yoga, Aboriginal art and dance, poetry and writing instruction, drumming workshops, spirituality, personal care and the use of positive language to accomplish goals.

Rechelle Webb, founder of The Abundant Kids

Once established, she will work to take the programme state-wide, with the ultimate goal being its adoption and implementation throughout Australia.

Rechelle calls herself a “Jack of All Trades,” having been a flight attendant and working in the mining, construction and hospitality industries—all unlikely lead-ins to creating a programme to empower young women. However, just one minute spent talking to the energetic, bright-eyed Webb is enough to prove that she’s got the passion to make big things happen for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia.

A driven woman with children of her own who is currently working on her Community Development certification, Rechelle understands the inequalities that Australia’s indigenous peoples have endured—in the areas of culture, spirituality and living conditions. She believes that the foundation for a culturally rich, balanced and diverse Australian life starts with the rebuilding of young girls’ confidence. Having experienced both sides of Australian culture, her greatest wish is to open discussion about what children want and need, so that they can be seen as assets to be celebrated, rather than problems to be solved. Historically, the government has not been interested in developing the youth of Australia. She wants The Abundant Kids to generate awareness and the programmes necessary for changing that.

When it came time to notify Rechelle she had won, I scheduled a video call with her, under the guise of a final interview for scholarship selection. We chatted for a while, interview style, before I surprised her with the announcement that she’d won. To see her reaction, watch the video below. It’s beautiful.

She was truly taken by surprise and so very grateful—eyes afire with hope and a big, beautiful smile that so many young girls are going to view as a symbol of joy and hope.

“So far, all feedback has been positive and those I’ve spoken to are impressed with my vision for the business,” she told me. “This is going to give me the tools I need to make it a reality…for them.”

Rechelle expects some resistance from traditional establishments and hierarchies; however, that challenge is not deterring her commitment to this labour of love. “As cliché as it sounds, I really do believe that everything happens for a reason,” she told me. “I know that this is what I’m meant to do, and my winning this scholarship makes that even clearer to me.”

Any woman who wants to grow and succeed in business can join the Secret Women’s Business Academy — the place for like-minded female entrepreneurs to support each other, learn together and gather daily inspiration and guidance.


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Reflecting on my 2017 - what a ride...

Reflecting on 2017 I have to admit, although it was a whirlwind of a year that pushed every boundary I had, we certainly achieved amazing things.

Three things stand out.

I began touring regularly and upscaled my ability to impact so many more women in positive ways.

Was it a risk? Absolutely, and a massive learning curve - but it paid off. I met so many amazing women, I am just so very grateful that I found the courage to get uncomfortable. Yes, it was VERY uncomfortable.

Standing in front of hundreds of women and having the confidence to share my message and my voice took courage, that I wasn’t sure I could maintain and determination, that I wasn't sure I was capable of... until I did it. There is a level exposure and vulnerability that would be hard for the best of us but I believe is even harder for a woman - because everything we are taught from a very early age is the complete opposite of what I was doing. But I dared to do it anyway, risk being shot down, ridiculed, even hated.

99% of feedback was ridiculously positive (yay!) but I did get that 1% that made it their mission to criticise and judge. I chose to see the criticism as a gift. It forced me to get to know myself better, to remain positive even when it felt hard and to stay focused on my “why” - the reason I was doing it all in the first place.

What else happened?

My book became a #1 bestseller. That was a surprise and so humbling and exciting! Again, because it was a tool I was hoping would help to make a difference and it did. I spent time, energy and effort writing it and it was so wonderful when I found out that women were reading it and finding it helpful. I received lots of amazing emails and pms. What can I say, it was a really cool time! :)

We launched an online Academy to help support women who couldn't afford to work with me directly. It looks amazing and we are steadily growing it and connecting with some beautiful ladies online and helping answer those burning questions that they need answered to succeed in business.

We also brought in more staff and contractors and made a whole bunch of changes and grew and grew and grew. What a journey! I'm not going to lie, sometimes it was full on and it had me questioning what the hell I was doing but I had a fierce "why" and a full on mission and I am never one to give up without a really good reason.

It's a fire in my belly and to be honest sometimes that fire burns - in a not so great way - but most times, if I focus on the right things, it warms me and helps me succeed in ways I could never have imagined.

We're making even more changes and taking more risks this year and it's exciting - not for the faint hearted - but exciting none the less. I'm going to be making big announcements soon - so stay tuned for the next phase in building this crazy passion of mine.

I truly hope your 2018 delivers gifts for you and provides a level of abundance that fills up your soul.

Let me know what you’re up to for 2018 below in the comments - I’d love to hear what you have planned. :)

Have a beautiful day, beautiful you.
Marnie xx


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