When you first start out in a career there’s the people who help you learn the ropes, the mentors you look up to, and then there’s the trailblazers who inspired you to pursue that career in the first place.
For me, that woman is Lisa Wilkinson.
For those of you who haven’t followed Lisa’s career trajectory, she became editor of Dolly magazine at 21. Four years later, thanks to a nod from Kerry Packer, she was offered the editorship of Cleo. Under her guidance, the magazine doubled it’s circulation and became the No. 1 selling lifestyle magazine per capita in the world.
Today she co-hosts Channel Nine’s breakfast television show and is considered one of Australia’s most respected journalists. She’s done so much in the Australian media landscape that the moniker ‘Media Maven’ gets resurrected every time she’s interviewed or profiled…oh.
Lisa also mentored and helped launch the careers of Miranda Kerr, Megan Gale, Nicole Kidman and our own publisher Mia Freedman.
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To me, having admiration for someone boils down to a physical reaction; the goose bumps on your arm or the spine-tingling sensation you get immediately after they’ve said something that deeply resonates with you.
And that’s exactly what happened to me listening to Lisa give The Andrew Olle Media Lecture. Not only was she the first female to give this lecture since Jana Wendt in 1997, not only did she use the opportunity to tackle sexism and misogyny – topics that haven’t been touched on before, not only did she move some of the audience to tears and received a standing ovation, but she dedicated a sizable chunk of her closing to praise her fellow female journalists.
You see, Lisa’s too classy to view her peers as a threat or competition. She’s too intelligent to entertain the thought that the work they’re doing is taking anything away from the work she’s doing. The desire for women to be more supportive of each other in the workforce is something she’s spoken about before.
“[There is a perception that] we are somehow in competition with other women. There’s plenty to go around and we’ve got to stop feeling that competition and be supportive of other women,” Lisa said in an interview late last year.