AN INTERVIEW WITH TRACEY & JANEY

Janey Francis and Tracey McDonald are the dynamic duo which lead The Springboard Series, a small business that aims to empower women to grow in their careers and personal development.

Janey and Tracey are both mothers, coaches and connectors who have juggled corporate careers, business start–ups and creative initiatives while raising daughters and travelling. With their many years of business and life experience, they have joined forces to expand the capabilities of women who are poised to take a leap of faith to the next stage of their professional life.

The duo are running a bunch of workshops (aka Springboard Sessions to help women brainstorm their business ideas) over the coming months in Melbourne and Sydney, and we had the pleasure of interviewing them.

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The best part of my job is…

Collaborating! Bouncing ideas off each other and brainstorming activities to find better ways to help women step out of their comfort zones with new found confidence. And then experiencing the joy of women developing the courage to take a leap of faith to follow their passion.

I chose to enter this field of work because…

In our coaching and leadership development practices, we had observed so many talented, industrious hard working women, who were unfulfilled in their roles and desperate to do something for themselves or in a different capacity, but without the courage and support to take the leap of faith required.

We felt the exhilaration our participants experienced when they shed their comfort zone cloaks, and how they became clear of their intentions and set themselves goals to a new beginning.

The greatest challenge in my career has been…

Following the courage of our conviction to step out of our respective comfort zones into unfamiliar territory and having to brave it in a venture on our own.

The funniest misconceptions about my industry/company/brand are….

That we are party entertainers or swimming instructors!

The most influential person in my career has been…

For Tracey it is a male and female duo who were the CEO and Deputy CEO of a business I worked for. They equally pushed me forward like a tag team and told me that it was my job to make them “look good and keep the bullsh*t from their door”. What they meant was ‘you can do it’. It was quite a vote of confidence and very empowering to be given that authority so early…

For Janey the most influential person in her career was the owner of a business where she worked in a senior strategy position for 10 years. Straight away he gave credence to my ideas, gave me the support to have the courage of my convictions and put me on a plane to Manila to turn my ideas into a reality. By being given a push, I had no choice but to back myself.

If I could give one piece of advice to my 18-year-old self, it would be….

Know yourself really well, believe in your strengths and back yourself. Try not to fit into the mould that someone else has created for you. Also don’t overthink it – there are always plenty of options.

My greatest achievement has been…

Experiencing a brainstorming idea turn into a business collaboration and leaving our very first Springboard series group of attendees in a great place to achieve their individual future visions.

The greatest personal challenge I have over come is…

Working and travelling and being away from home in a male dominated corporate environment with two small children and a brand new baby, where my nickname was ‘mum’ and where women in senior roles weren’t invited to working lunches!

Juggling a heavy exec workload in a growing changing corporate firm, constant travel, and two young daughters. I needed to get my act together fast and get a good team around me!

I don’t understand why…

People lack empathy for those in a less fortunate plight than their own.

I try to relax by…

People watching, flicking through a glossy mag

My biggest fear is…

Losing my freedom

I can’t live without…

Sunshine and a morning coffee energy boost

I really wish I had…

The ability to tidy a room by twitching my nose “bewitched” style

The greatest lesson I have learnt is….

Gratitude and generosity of spirit. There is room for everyone to succeed

If I had one super power, it would be….

Xray vision to see opportunities for others

If I could invite four people to a dinner party, they’d be…

Madeline Albright, Cleopatra, George Clooney and Colin Firth (sans wives)

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