Maggie Georgopoulos


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 bette rsuited as a Mechanical Engineer. She was then confronted not only with the prejudice of being a female ina 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.


Are you worried that as a woman, you lack full control over your career, or struggle with whom to turn to for support in your leadership journey? You may feel forced to make compromising life choices to advance your career—ones that your male counterparts do not.

Women can thrive in business and reach the top of the leadership ladder, though it often doesn’t appear that way, as few seem to make it there.

Today’s business climate is filled with opportunities for women to climb just as high and be just as successful, though recognising these opportunities can be challenging. Women can thrive in male dominated fields and can help to make businesses even more successful with their own brand of leadership.

If you are searching for help along the leadership path, Maggie Georgopoulos’ Up the Ladder in a Skirt is the perfect guide. Whether you are male or female or where you are on your leadership journey, you will benefit from the practical tips and insights shared by Maggie and other successful women business leaders and entrepreneurs. As a speaker and coach, Maggie has built her reputation helping women all over the world to develop their own personal leadership qualities. She helps women discover and clarify their personal leadership goals, assisting in climbing further up the leadership ladder. The tips and suggestions inside will help you develop your productivity and that of your team through implementing better leadership qualities.


  • Proactively take control of your career and life without waiting for others to notice you;
  • Find the best support network to help you climb the ladder to success;
  • Negotiate the mine field of “office politics” and use it to your advantage;
  • Follow your own dream and achieve your personal vision of success;
  • Establish yourself in a way that will get you noticed and have you at the table when decisions are being made;
  • Find the personal support you need to help you deal with the ups and downs of being a female in a male-dominated field;
  • Develop key business strategies and build successful teams around you.


Up the Ladder in a Skirt is the first hand experience of climbing the corporate ladder as a female in male-dominated fields. It serves as a handbook for both men and women, describing how to be a part of the solution: Creating culture change within organisations to bring balance to the leadership equation.

  • Learn step-by-step strategies for climbing the leadership ladder.
  • Use personal skills and strengths in your leadership climb.
  • Create a stronger voice in the leadership community.
  • Gain leadership success as a woman in a ‘man’s world.
  • Discover how to conquer the voices telling you you’re ‘not good enough’.
  • Learn to use a true sense of community to climb the ladder.
  • Whose ladder are you climbing anyway? Learn to make it yours.
  • Discover different ways to climb the leadership ladder, and how to smoothly swap from one ladder to another.
  • Define authentic success on your own terms.
  • Explore personal peace of mind and positive health as you venture forward.

“Look around you in the world of politics, business, even sport, and you’ll see proof that Women are not on the rise, they have already risen. Almost unnoticed, they have been fulfilling their potential and stepping into their power for more than a decade.

Through this book, Maggie Georgopoulos shares how this quiet revolution has been achieved, and how success in any walk of life, is not some special gift for the few, or just the domain of men, but an achievable goal for anyone with passion, and determination to climb their own personal ladder.

Thinking back to my own career, I found myself nodding in agreement, laughing out loud and even getting a little misty-eyed at times. I highly recommend ‘Up the Ladder in a Skirt’ as a powerful call to action, for any woman who wants to fulfil her potential, and any man involved in a business looking to retain its female talent. Do yourself a favour, and read it.”
—Marianne Page
Creator of The McFreedom System™

“A powerful call to action for women and businesses alike. Up the Ladder in a Skirt is a great guide to embracing all that you are and using the power of this in order to climb the career ladder successfully. Maggie’s book is infused with clarity, insight and wisdom from one who knows.”
—Jo Rawbone
Change Agent – Scintillo

“I loved Maggie’s honest and open account including many details and stories from her own life together with other amazing women’s stories and carefully researched data. Maggie Georgopoulos, reminds us that we must believe in ourselves and have the courage and determination to reach for the opportunities around us, creating them if necessary.”
—Hannah Beko
Partner – gunnercooke LLP
Founder – Authentically Speaking

“With stories of her own life, other amazing women’s stories and carefully researched data, Maggie Georgopoulos, reminds women that they have to believe in themselves and reach for the opportunities. Many women, and men, may need this advice, but I am sure that they can all profit from this book.”
—Karolina Gutowski Riley
Author – In Bound of Freedom: 7 Ways on How to Live the Life of Your Desire

“A short, sharp, succinct and infinitely relatable piece of work, Maggie Georgopoulos ‘Up the Ladder in a Skirt neatly outlines – and seeks to tackle head-on – the problems facing women looking to get ahead in the business world today. Offering a perfect balance between statistics and science, anecdotes both personal and professional, and practical exercises set to guide readers along their own journey toward success, Georgopoulos’ work clearly demonstrates the difficulties still besieging women in the workplace even today, and how best to go about overcoming these barriers. She does so with an engaging narrative voice, with a wit and warmth often sorely missing from texts of a business-oriented persuasion, leaving the reader in no doubt as to the honesty, integrity and wide-ranging experience of their instructor, whose lessons are geared toward inclusion as opposed to prescription. Highly recommended both for those new to the field as well as the long-experienced, as Georgopoulos’ clear and vivid account of her own journey offers fresh, useful and inspirational perspectives for all.”
—Karen Anderson
Director – Adiante Leadership

“Maggie Georgopoulos skilfully and quickly draws the reader into this book from the outset, and continues to surprise and instruct with her expertise, the useful and interesting tools she introduces and her honest evaluation of her own life and work experiences. Interspersed with client stories, she demonstrates the problems so many women have come across in their careers – imposter syndrome, stereotyping and Superwoman – and how to deal with them. I was particularly struck by the chapter on mental health and bipolar disorder as I know it only too well in my own family. Maggie is a ‘tour de force’ in the flesh as well as on paper. Don’t just read this book – do the exercises. The business world needs women at the top of the ladder. And hooray for the skirt!”
—Susie Heath
Speaker, trainer, author – “Dance Your Way to the Top – feminine leadership without burning out”, The Essence of Womanhood – re-awakening the authentic feminine,” “The Potency of the Feminine in Business.

“Maggie’s writing is honest and thought provoking, bringing her story to demonstrate that climbing the ladder to success is a very much a personal and individual challenge.”
—Judith Andrews
Senior Associate
Hidden Gem Associates