Today's Inspirational Biz Gal is Personal Stylist and Fashion Designer Katie Perry.
We first met Katie at our inaugural Biz Gals event 7 years ago and, true to form, less than six degrees of separation meant that we had many mutual connections.
Her exuberant personality and passion for fashion had all our Biz Gals hooked and, before too long, wearing her comfortable, durable and stylish pieces.
Katie is the kind of Gal who supports those around her and fights the good fight for what she believes in.
Biz Gals: What is your greatest achievement?
Katie: Having just had a baby, she is my biggest and greatest achievement, but this group is about business. So my greatest business achievement would be sticking to my principles and winning the court case against the pop star, Katy Perry, over my trademark. So many people told be to back down and give up but I held onto what was right and won.
Biz Gals: What is your greatest lesson?
Katie: I have constantly changed and swiveled the business to find what works. When I was first starting out I made WAY TOO many of a particular style in brown! No idea why I chose that colour, I don't even like brown and it became my slowest seller.
Biz Gals: What is the best bit of advice you have been given?
Katie: NEVER GIVE UP
Biz Gals: What inspires you?
Katie: I am inspired by simplicity and luxurious fabrics. At the moment I am inspired by working mums. As I am learning to juggle running a business with being a mum.
What is your biggest hope for women in the future?
That we support one another and stop the judgement. When we come together as one, women are so incredibly resourceful and powerful.