Whilst many may know Gretel best from the seven-years she was the host and co-writer of the Logie Award winning Big Brother, her credits both on and off screen are endless and impressive. An award winning TV host, comic, journalist, actor, voice artist and author, Gretel is also regularly seen on TV and heard on radio as a social and political commentator.
She balances her many roles with grace and professionalism and, in addition, has also worked tirelessly for charitable organisations around the world. Gretel was a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for seven years, travelled to Pakistan in 2015 for The Fred Hollows Foundation, is now a Pink Ribbon and Australia Day Ambassador, created CSA’s for unexploded ordinance in Laos and poverty awareness in Bangladesh and even wrote and directed a documentary on AIDS orphans in Zambia.
We don't know when she gets the chance to take some time out, but are thankful she did (with her signature sense of humour!), long enough to be a part of our Inspirational Women Series.
Biz Gals: What is your greatest achievement?
Gretel: Raising my son and daughter as a single mum, learning to trust my own values, and learning to treasure good and kind people.
Biz Gals: What is the greatest lesson you have learnt?
Gretel: If you want to make your bum look smaller you can extend the crack with an eyebrow pencil.
Biz Gals: What is the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given?
Gretel: Turn every worry into a problem, and then solve it.
Biz Gals: What or who inspires you?
Gretel: Boldness, uniqueness, goodness, Pippi Longstocking and Dr Seuss.
Biz Gals: What is your biggest hope for women in the future?
Gretel: That we all have the bravery, belief and support to become the unique and powerful woman that we were born to be.
Gretel’s new book, The Zebra Who Lost Its Spots, is a modern fable for everyone about love, courage and difference and how complete freaking nutters get to rule the world. She will be signing copies at our very special The Inspire Series event for International Women's Day on 8 March alongside Dame Changer patron Margaret Pomeranz.
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