Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
I'm Elle, a 36 woman with a disability. I spent the first bit of my life competing as an Australian Representative swimmer, then National Wheelchair Rugby player. I'm now an entrepreneur with two businesses, @iamellesteele (business coaching/speaking/strategy for leaders/intuition) and The Space (Coworking and Events).
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
I work predominately with women who are wanting to get to know themselves by igniting their intuitive brilliance. This often leads to them leaving their day jobs and starting their own business, and this is where I get really excited, I have a business background, so have spent the last ten-ish years helping women build businesses or incredible careers through my coaching/intuitive healings and online courses. A friend once said to me, women owning their own businesses is the most powerful demonstration of feminism, and I agree, we're backing ourselves in all that we do.
I am also a huge believer in educating people without disabilities about what it is like to live with one, so spend a bit of time educating organisations on this. I'm also really passionate about guiding business/individual or Not-for-Profits to work out ways to create new income streams or to scale their businesses.
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
Gawd, I don't even know. I think I've had to be courageous all of my life because this is what my life has required from me, it sometimes feels like a default setting. I have an incredible life and I am so blessed to have a thoughtful, fun, courageous family, we can do anything. So, maybe it's when my family (Mum, Dad, Meg and Bridge) are around reminding me that even though there are hurdles, I have big dreams and nothing will stop me until I get what I set out to get.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
That even if you can't swim for your country anymore, you're still a beautiful, worthy person who deserves to be alive, loved and to fulfil her dreams.
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
That in truth, you'll never feel ready, but your courage will come in the moments you said yes to yourself and went for it. The more times you can say yes to yourself, the more data you have in your 'I'm awesome' bag that you can draw from when you need it.