“I’ve always tried to elevate the … good stories about interesting women. I’m a loud and proud feminist and … Australian women still don’t get a fair go,” she says. “Across so many sectors in Australian society, there are so many remarkable women doing really great stuff and their stories aren’t being told. Podcasting is a really great platform to really flesh out and showcase their stories.
“Men have always been very good at networking; whether it’s the old blue-blazers set and private schools or it’s the golf course or the footy fields, men have been very good at that. Women don’t need access to their networks; we need to build our own. A big part of the philosophy for me behind this is about saying to women, we’re quite remarkable.
“There’s a lot of really great success stories out there with really interesting women who have found their own niche and they need to find their own voice. I think the podcasting platform gives them an opportunity to speak up and be heard.”
Each episode varies in length, depending on the conversation, which is a refreshing break for Sully, used to the strict time limits of television.
“There have been questions asked internally about what’s the optimal podcast length? And I don’t know the answer to that. I think a conversation holds its own or it doesn’t. And there’s a natural conclusion.”
In a recent episode, Sully talked to the founders of Beam, a start-up focused on finding flexible work for professionals. Sully is clearly passionate about the needs of working parents to find a work life balance, and is quietly optimistic the coronavirus might force Australian businesses to rethink the workplace.
“This is the unscheduled wake-up call to business about the need for more flexibility in the workplace. I’m quietly excited about the possibilities when COVID-19 is done because it will showcase how entrenched we were prior to COVID with the expectations and norms of everyday business.
“It’s been so archaic for so long and it was impossible to explode those entrenched beliefs and workplace practices, and this has done it by default. I honestly believe it’s a silver lining.”