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Posted on March 14, 2016

Written by Venetta Sacha


It was a great honor to be one of the 1400 people attending the Westpac Banks international Women’s day celebration last week at the new cultural center The Cutaway, Barangaroo.

Enveloped in the atmosphere of this grand aboriginal place I was privileged to listen to Hon Julie Bishop MP sharing her insights as a woman in politics who is dedicated to help many talented women to dream big and aim high, just like her.

I was moved by the stories about the difference in the life of young women that the Gender and Equality Program launched by the government has made and will continue to make through education and mentoring. The road is open for many smart and ambitious women to show the world that they are capable of running any business alongside men. They are capable of running nations and do it well!

On a day like this, when many success stories are shared by women who have realised their dreams and when you listen to women like Julie Bishop, Ann Sherry and Michelle Payne, it is inevitable to reflect on your own career path and life journey and ask yourself if you are proud of your achievements.

I have always believed that for the determined and the resolute there is always time and opportunities but the most important personal quality is to never give up, as my father taught me.

Julie Bishop’s best career advice resonated with me and inspired me.  “Back your judgement and own instincts, don’t let others define you and never underestimate the value of hard work” was her key message to the women in the room.

As I reflect back on my career path, I am immensely proud that I always worked hard and stood my ground. I followed my dreams no matter what hurdles I had to overcome. Life was generously throwing obstacles and challenges at me but instead of weakening me, they tempered me.

My father will be proud to know that he inspired me to be strong and determined, to voice my views, to stay at the driver’s seat, to value my friends and reach out to people, to help others and be humble and honest.

My journey from a little mining town in Bulgaria to a Chartered Accountant, Tax Agent and a Chartered Tax Adviser in Australia and one of the owners of accounting firm in Sydney is a dream that came true, a dream I wasn’t afraid of dreaming. I aimed high, I faced many challenges and tragedies on my way but I never gave up and I never will. I was fortunate to have people in my life who were always there for me – my mentor and business partner who calmly and wisely guided me forward, my family, my team of young people eager to learn and deliver exceptional service, my friends who bring light, love, warmth and laughter in my life, and many others who deeply touched my life at every destination I stopped.

I am proud to be a woman, who equally participates and leads in a profession dominated by men until recently. I am honored to be the mentor of the bright, keen and smart young men and women working with me. I feel empowered to continue my development as a person and a leader, to inspire others, to share personal experience that may change the lives of others for the better.

l join the Hon Julie Bishop in her key note to other women by sharing my own career advice : “Be yourself, follow your dreams, stay fearless and never give up”.