Career Advice from 2 of Australia’s Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs
Whoever said that mixing business and pleasure was a bad idea has been proven completely wrong by entrepreneurial duo and best friends, Bree Johnson and Jess Hatzis. Not only did the pair launch content communication agency, Willow & Blake, together back in 2011, but they also founded the cult, coffee-based skincare brand, Frank Body, two years later in 2013 which is now distributed in 141 countries and has sold over two million units.
Yesterday, in front of 120 of the country’s young business leaders, the friends of over six years were announced as the Australian winners of the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award for 2017—a global initiative for the luxury champagne company that recognises the success and vision of up-and-coming, entrepreneurial business women, specifically those less than 40 years of age—much like Veuve Clicquot’s very own Madame Clicquot who took the reins of the business at just 27-years-old.
Hatzis and Johnson were selected from an impressive line-up of finalists—including The Daily Edited’s, Alyce Tran, and WedShed co-founders, Melany McBride and Amy Parfett—by a panel of judges based on their qualities of innovation, audacity, and fearlessness. An accolade that is beyond deserved by the pair.
Upon receiving their award, the entrepreneurial duo were asked to share their best career advice (*cue pricked ears*). “You have to be bold, you have to be different, and you have to take that risk,” said Johnson. “We have a saying that if you’re not embarrassed by the first prototype of your products, then you launched too late.” Hatzis added, “If you never ask, the answer will always be no. That was something we learnt really early on.” It’s unsurprising that these BFF’s have become two of the country’s most successful female business owners. What’s the only thing better than a #GirlBoss? Two of them.