Meet the Team behind the Leaders in Heels.
My name is Kasia Gospos and I’m an advocate for the rising powerful woman. I’m passionate about supporting and inspiring women to create fabulous businesses, careers and personal lives, on their own terms.
I believe that an education is the most valuable possession anyone can have, and am fortunate to have a mother who taught me that there’s no bigger achievement for a woman than claiming her independence. She was my inspiration in starting Leaders in Heels and my aim is to use that inspiration to provide a forum where women can be educated and empowered to take charge of their own lives. I’d love to see more women in leadership positions and hope that Leaders in Heels can act as a platform for change. Read our Manifesto to understand what Leaders in Heels stands for.
I come from a background as a commercial analyst, management accountant (ACMA), and project management professional with 10 years experience across Australia and Europe. After observing women struggle with confidence in the workplace I wanted to be part of the solution to empower women, create change in the workplace, and provide resources for developing leadership traits. My professional background, combined with my creative streak, love for technology, and desire to see women confident in their businesses and careers helped me bring Leaders in Heels to life. I am an author and the creative designer behind the range of Leaders in Heels stationery including the best-selling “Make Your Mark” journal, “Phenomenal Woman” planner, and other practical products to guide women in their personal and professional goals.
In my free time I love listening to jazz, playing tennis and golf, exploring the latest fashion trends and attending the ballet. I live in Newcastle with my wonderful husband Nino, a true feminist who positively influences my opinions from time to time. We are kept busy by our two boys and the family corgi, Happy, who are all a constant source of joy and positive energy!
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Job Title: Chief Leader in Heels, design & tech lover, coffee drinker, beautiful things sucker
Fave color: Pastel Mint, Light Blue & White
What’s on your desk: Leaders in Heels Manifesto, Chanel coco mademoiselle, Swarovski Crystals pen, Samsung & Leaders in Heels Notepad.
Favorite quote: “The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation.” – Pearl S. Buck
Favorite morning beverage: Large flat white with one sugar
Secret talent: I can play piano (but I am not good at all)
Favorite LIH stationery: Black & White stripes notebook.
- Silver award winner of the 2016 Stevie Awards for Women in Business in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category
- Kasia has been named one of Australia’s most inspirational women online by Open Colleges 2014
- #2 blog in Australia and New Zealand in Technology Category, 2014 [Catablog]
- #3 blog in Australia and New Zealand in Business and Finance Category, 2014 [Catablog]
- #10 blog in Australia and New Zealand in Lifestyle Category, 2014 [Catablog]
- #1 Top Site for Women Entrepreneurs to Love in 2013’ [She Owns It]
Anastasia Benveniste loves anything digital or creative and is passionate about human rights. She gets enormous amounts of personal satisfaction through her work in digital communications, as it allows her to share people’s stories. She has a Masters in Design Communication, and her favourite academic experience was spending a semester studying at Yale University.
Outside of work, she loves art history, painting and anything monogrammed!
Job Title: Online Coordinator / Editor
Fave color: Navy and peach
What’s on your desk: Mechanical pencils, Leaders in Heels notebook, graphics tablet and a ginger cat.
Favorite quote: “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”.
Favorite morning beverage: A large long black coffee (preferably in bed).
Secret talent: Drawing super intricate ink patterns, I could do them for hours.
Favorite LIH stationery: Make it Happen Planner – I love that it encourages me to think of the big picture when it comes to my goals, it keeps me on track and accountable.
Social Media Coordinator
Shin Guan is a lover of words and all things beautiful. She is passionate about empowering women to flourish in all areas of their lives. She has a double degree in Law and Arts with a major in English and Creative Writing and is currently building her own startup.
She loves travelling, exploring and going on an adventure, and she spends her free time listening to inspirational podcasts, reading books and spending quality time with her loved ones.
Job Title: Marketing Assistant/Social Media Coordinator
Fave color: Red, White, Pastel Colours
What’s on your desk: Books, Bible, Water Bottle, Notepad
Favorite quote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Favorite morning beverage: Coffee
Secret talent: I am a visionary.
Favorite LIH stationery: Make Your Mark Self-Coaching Journal. It is the perfect self-coaching tool to keep me inspired and motivated.
Anna Chau loves sharing her positivity to the world and endeavours to encourage and inspire girls to live their best lives and make their dreams happen. She studies management and marketing at one of the top business schools in Hong Kong and has great talents in graphic design and creative media. In her spare time, she runs her own blog to motivate and inspire other people.
Sometimes you will find Anna outgoing and adventurous, as she proactively adopts leadership positions, travels and loves making new friends. Other times you will find her relaxed and classy, enjoying flowers, coffee, reading and chilling at cafés.
Anna describes herself as having too many hobbies and passions. All she wants to tell you is to enjoy your own life, believe in yourself, and work hard to make your dreams happen!
Job Title: Pretty things designer
Fave color: Rosy pink, neutral colors
What’s on your desk: Vision board, my art prints, Disney Tsum Tsum dolls, flowers, essential oils diffusers, coffee
Favorite quote: “You don’t have to get it perfect; you just have to get it going.” – Marie Forleo
Favorite morning beverage: Coffee
Secret talent: Singing!
Favorite LIH stationery: Make it Happen Planner which inspires and helps people from “dreaming” to doing in order to make their “dreams” happen!
Kris Deminick is a writer, art lover, and wearer of many hats. With a degree in Marketing and Communications, majoring in Media, Art History and Film Theory, she is devoted to all things creative. Kris comes from a career in Digital Advertising and Project Management but now uses her passion as a writer as a profession.
When she isn’t writing for Leaders in Heels, she is crafting poetry and mentoring creatives in her business This Electrified Life, teaching Pilates, and travelling.
Job Title: Word Wizard
Fave color: Electric Blue and Black
What’s on your desk: My “Little Book of David Bowie Quotes”, pens, a framed Rebecca Campbell oracle card, a piece of vintage Indian silk, and more pens… lots of pens.
Favorite quote: Oooh too many to choose from! “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” David Bowies
Favorite morning beverage: Rotates between almond milk flat white, a cacao with Lions Mane mushrooms, or a Dandelion Chai tea.
Secret talent: Dances with fire sticks and chains
Favorite LIH stationery: The Write Your Own Story Journal because stories connect us as humans beyond any characteristics of separation.
Leanne Yong absolutely loves her technology and puzzles. With a degree in Mechatronic Engineering (a.k.a. building killer robots for world domination) and her latest job managing and designing escape rooms, she’s been surrounded by all things technological for many years now. She loves anything that makes you think and creates great ‘Ah-hah!’ moments.
The only thing she loves more than puzzles is a good story.
In her spare time you’ll find her playing nifty indie video games, reading (generally fantasy), working on her novels, and aiming to become a published author one of these days.
Job Title: Games master, wannabe author
Fave color: Purple
What’s on your desk: Writing notebook, fountain pen, bibles, too many nerdy figurines to count.
Favorite quote: “We are all of us, every one, our own works; we present our souls to our Patrons at the ends of our lives as an artisan presents the works of his hands.” – Lois Bujold McMaster, Paladin of Souls
Favorite morning beverage: Sometimes coffee, sometimes tea. Depends how stressful a morning it is!
Secret talent: Jumping before I have time to think about what a bad idea this could possibly be. It means I get to experience a lot of things I wouldn’t even attempt if I gave them more thought.
Favorite LIH stationery: The notepad, because it combines structure and creativity and beauty and makes it work!
Customer Relations Manager
Nino Laygan is all about chilling out, and how better to do it than a day on the golf course followed by some great craft beer? On the weekends, if he’s not on the course, he’s mastering the art of barbequing on his smoker and keeping our Head of Security, Mr. Happy, company!
Job Title: Customer Happiness Officer
Favourite colour: Blue
What’s on your desk: Lots of paperwork (!!) and a small speaker
Favourite quote: “Without a goal you can’t score” by Casey Neistat
Favourite morning beverage: Flat white with extra shot
Secret talent: Can sing Hungry Eyes better than Eric Carmen
Favourite LIH stationery: The planner pad, because it keeps me on track with my daily tasks.
Angela Bee is a curious cat! She loves learning about technology, doing a ‘brain dump’ of marketing and social media strategies for problems she’s passionate about, and is eager to help women grow and gain the confidence to achieve what they want to achieve. She has a degree in Communications with a major in Public Relations and currently works as a marketing specialist.
When Angela isn’t working, you’ll find her helping startups, writing her own blogs, exploring the world, and probably enjoying a cocktail or two with her family and friends.
Job Title: Event manager, Friendship maker
Fave color: the rainbow! I’m a colourful and vibrant person so I love a good mix and match!
What’s on your desk: colourful sticky notes, highlights of every colour, pens, textas, a notebook, headphones so I’m hands free during calls, and plenty of photos from events :)
Favorite quote: work hard play hard. Do everything 100% and enjoy and celebrate the results.
Favorite morning beverage: French earl grey from T2 wish a spoon of honey and a dash of milk
Secret talent: I used to know a few languages, but now they are mish mashed in my brain!
Favorite LIH stationery: Make your Mark notebooks. They’re beautiful, easy to carry, and keep me inspired.
Head of Security
Mr. Happy lives up to his name – he absolutely loves making others happy (though he prefers females to males… typical guy!). Despite his small stature he has a loud bark, which makes him perfect as our Head of Security.
When he’s not defending us from terrible threats like the mail, he’s also our unofficial guest welcomer who’s all about his stylish bow ties. Want to win him over? Food and treats will do it every time.
He spends his weekends sleeping, avoiding the rain or anything wet, and, of course, keeping our team company!
Job Title: The Barker
Favourite colour: Blue.
What’s on your desk: Walkie-talkie (what else would you expect from security?)
Favourite quote: “Woof woof woof woof!”
Favourite morning beverage: Happiccino
Secret talent: Creating the illusion of multiple corgis after Mum grooms me
Favourite LIH stationery: Boxes.