ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maggie Georgopoulos is an author, speaker, and executive coach specialising in helping female talent reach their full potential. She is a degree qualified Mechanical Engineer who rose to become the executive chairman of a large agricultural company in Australia by the age of 32 (and the only female on the board at the time). She has experience in a wide range of industries, largely those with a reputation for being male-dominated: manufacturing, automotive, oil and gas, and agriculture.
Maggie is widely traveled, with her business taking her around the world, including the Middle East, West Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Her diverse cultural experience, coupled with her experiences working and holding leadership roles in male-dominated fields have given her a firsthand insight into the challenges, blocks, and frustrations that women can face while trying to obtain leadership success. Maggie shares her own experiences—the good, the bad, and the ugly—as well as those of other leading Women Business Executives and Entrepreneurs, in a down to earth and insightful style that is easy to relate to regardless of your current occupation.
Maggie began her career as an apprentice electrician with mining giant BHP in Australia. She discovered very early in her career that she liked heavy machinery and soon decided that her skills would be better suited as a Mechanical Engineer. She was then confronted not only with the prejudice of being a female in a male-dominated field (she was one of only two females in her graduating class), but also and surprisingly, the prejudice of other women who held assumptions on what she should prefer to do with her career.
Maggie moved from one role to another, often being the first to step into newly created roles. This prompted her to create supportive networks for guidance from both inside and outside the industry.
Maggie strongly believes that everyone is born with the ability to succeed and she is passionate about getting in there and helping others achieve their dreams. She has worked with Maasai women, assisting them in setting up micro businesses to generate the funds needed to clothe their children and send them to school. She has mentored women around the globe to help them climb the corporate ladder, and has worked with young people to empower them to step out of the poverty cycle they were born into. Maggie is passionate about her work and is a great leader and motivator in her field and her community.
All of this hinges on Maggie’s lifelong philosophy: she deeply believes that obstacles are only challenges to help us grow, not to stop us.