When we speak about bravery, we often correlate it to standing our ground and doing what we need to do for ourselves. While this is a valuable component of bravery in many situations, we often forget that another huge part of being brave is speaking up and standing your ground for the sake of others rather than yourself.
Angela Vithoulkas is a first-generation Australian making big waves in business and politics with a unique viewpoint. Angela’s mother arrived in Australia at the young age of 15 years old with not so much as language on her side, yet she managed to build a successful business while raising her children. Angela and her brother ultimately followed in their parents’ footsteps and collaborated to build multiple businesses in the hospitality industry.
Anglea went a step further to start a business in radio and television as well as jumping into the political scene head first where she is using her voice to speak on the injustices that she sees. The bravery to go for whatever she wants without the thought of barriers is inspiring and has provided her with the opportunity to achieve so much more than she thought she was capable of.
Much like any other type of bravery, we often don’t realise that it’s happening in the moment and it’s only something that we understand as bravery when looking back. Angela speaks to these moments of realising that she was brave when she looks back at something and considers it to be one of the hardest things she’s ever done. But it’s the hard things and the scary things that teach you the biggest and most valuable lessons in life.
Tune in to hear more about Angela’s story and how she’s making big brave moves on the business and political scene in Sydney! Everyone needs this dose of inspiration and I know you’ll love it.
ABOUT THE GUEST
Angela Vithoulkas is a multi-award-winning business owner who has forged a successful career in public, business, and corporate life. Angela’s business experience spans more than 3 decades, having bought, sold and built dozens of businesses and employed hundreds of people.
Angela has been acknowledged through numerous awards including City of Sydney Business of the Year, Café of The Year, NSW Entrepreneur of the Year as well as 2007 Telstra Women’s Business Owner of the Year.
In 2015 she was also named as one of Australia’s 50 Influential Women Entrepreneurs, and in 2017, she was named as one of Australia’s Top Nine Influential Female Entrepreneurs.
In 2018, against almost insurmountable odds, Angela formed The Small Business Party, an independent political party which aims to provide robust and honest representation for small businesses and residents in Australia.
Today, there is a growing divide between small business and government. Despite being Australia’s largest employer, there is no suitable advocate in government or media for small business. Through Angela’s tireless work in advocacy, policy, and leadership she is looking to fill that gap.