Sally Browne: Fashion Designer and Motivational Speaker
About Sally Browne
Sally Browne

Sally Browne has lived life to the full… Hers is a fascinating story:

From humble beginnings, to designing high fashion, and on to high altitude adventures, from taking to the stage as a washboard player with a jazz band to strutting the stage as a Key-note Speaker, from being a stressed out working mum of four to developing the first heart rate monitor to measure stress, and from community worker and philanthropist to mentor and nurturer for young business people. Sally is a walking example of ‘don’t just dream it, do it (and go for it!!!)’

Sally has received a myriad of awards for excellence in fashion design and for outstanding business leadership. Her philosophy is to live life to its full potential, and her tag is ‘take risks, take care, have fun.'

Sally Browne
Inspirational Speaking!

Sally Browne has been hailed as an energetic, enthusiastic and entertaining speaker. Her keynote addresses are filled with earthy humour, personal experiences, pertinent anecdotes and different perspectives. Sally’s broad and diverse experiences, in life, in business and in outdoor adventures have created a spectacular career for her in public speaking. Her presentations focus on “Living and Working to your Full Potential in an era of Challenge and Change”.

  • Sally believes we will never achieve what we are capable of achieving if we are stuck in our comfort zone.
  • She challenges ‘the wee small voice’ that holds us back and, in fact, sabotages us.
  • She confronts fear of failure, self-doubt, and limiting self-talk and inspires us to reach beyond our tipping point, freeing us to jump into a bigger, brighter, better, more positive and productive life.

Her understanding of embracing and celebrating challenge, her grip on the unpredictable world we live in, her belief in developing resilience (the capacity to bounce back) and her strategies to be a victor of change, not a victim of change, make her a thrilling and inspiring speaker. She has empowered, entertained and encouraged women in business, business leaders, educators, community, retail, local business people and attendees of corporate conferences.

Sally Browne: the Adventurer
Sally Browne: Adventurer

In the late 90’s Sally went for ‘a bit of a stroll' in the Everest Region to overcome her fear of height. The experience strengthened her most basic belief: "Don't let fear get in the way of your dream! No matter if your dream is conquering Everest, starting a business, building a better relationship, pursuing your chosen path, having a baby or writing 'that' book - just don't let fear get in the way of your dream!" Her Everest experience, as she describes it 'getting as high as you can (without drugs and alcohol!)', lead her to a fascination with Mastery and the Mind. She wound back her fashion business and began work on a project that involved stretching her comfort zone, which was a perfect foil for her relentless optimism, energy, curiosity and sense of adventure.

Her Mastery and the Mind project involved living completely different lives for 28 days each. For example living (in turns) creatively, adventurously, compassionately, dangerously, spiritually and so forth. The project has taken Sally to all corners of the world, climbing in the Everest region, summiting Mt Kilimanjaro, living with a Masai Mara tribe, exploring happiness in Bhutan, experiencing spirituality throughout India and in Ashrams, walking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago, visiting Mandela’s jail and Gandhi’s house, studying the effect of meditation on the mind with Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village, France, partaking in a drawing Marathon (with real artists), and generally pushing the envelope of life whenever the opportunity has arisen.

Sally believes, through these projects, adventures and experiences, that we can achieve what ever we fully commit ourselves to. It may not be at an Olympiad level, but with dedication, focus and preparation we can surprise and thrill ourselves with our ability to master challenges.

Sally Browne: Gardening at home
Sally Browne Now

Sally is committed to encouraging and mentoring the next wave of business leaders. She personally mentors a number of young business people and she was the founder of the Business World Young Heroes Awards. At a business level she is involved with ‘Community Capitalism’: converting corner milk bars into hip organic cafés and unused buildings into creative spaces for young people.

Sally is also committed to living sustainably and she enjoys cultivating her own edible patchwork vegetable garden. She loves the sensory pleasure of combining flowers and vegetables, the joy of toiling in an organic garden, the meditation of planting, the thrill of harvesting, the responsibility of collecting her own water and recycling vegetable waste through a worm farm. The delicious delight of home-grown food is often shared with Sally’s friends over dinner!

Also close to her heart is the time spent with a special group of young women known as Girls Without Mummies. (Young women whose mothers have died). They meet regularly to chat, laugh, cry and share over dinner at Sally's home. The women, in their 20’s and 30’s, talk informally with Sally about careers, relationships, weddings and babies. Sally is working on expanding this precious network.

Sally is an Australia Day Ambassador, serves on a number of committees and boards and is involved in fund-raising for many charities and in giving back to the community via her philanthropic work and charitable trusts.

Overall, Sally’s greatest delight and luxury is hanging out with her partner, her four children and their partners, and her young grandchildren: enjoying family dinners, gatherings and the occasional holiday together. More recently in 2015, Sally has been studying 3D printing, with a focus on printing food and shoes for her grandchildren.

Sally's Red High Heels Adventure Calendar 2010
Sally Browne: Red high heels!

Sally was a co-founder (with the late and great Sandra Bardas) of ‘Women in High Heels’, a group of high profile businesswomen with a social conscience. Women in High Heels’ major protest was to stop the mining of Uranium in Kakadu, home of the Mirrar People, indigenous Australians and the area of their food and water source. After the success of that protest Sally would always pack her Red High Heels to take on all adventures, as a bit of a joke to prove…women may not be able to move every mountain but we sure can climb them! (Thanks owed to Kirsty MacColl…In these shoes? I don’t think so!)
In 2007 Sally compiled a calendar highlighting some of her global adventures featuring pictures of her varied, and at times extreme, travels. Throughout the calendar Sally celebrates the humbled red high heel at all sorts of locales, from the Spanish Camino to the Indian Desert, from the icy slopes of Mt Everest to the iconic buildings and statues designed by her favourite architects and artists. The somewhat self-obsessed but humorous travel calendar certainly reflects Sally's ongoing desire to challenge herself and to live and learn to her full potential!

Contact Sally Browne
Mail: PO Box 711, South Yarra, Victoria, 3141, Australia
All images and text copyright Sally Browne 2015.