News

Women who play sport more likley to get ahead, study finds

Jodie Fox - Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Shoes of Prey.
Jodie Fox - Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Shoes of Prey. Contributed

LISMORE born and raised entrepreneur Jodie Fox is a good example of a highly successful business woman with a background in sport.

According to new research by the EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW she's not alone.

A global survey of 400 female executives found women who sit in the boss's chair are likely to have a sporting background.

The research found 90% of the women in senior management and executive positions had played sport at primary school, high school or in post-school education.

That figure rose to 96% for C-suite women (CEO, chief operating officer, chief financial officer etc).

Jodie Fox is always surrounded by shoes these days.
Jodie Fox is always surrounded by shoes these days.

For Ms Fox, who runs a multi-million dollar company, there's a similar mindset between achieving at sport and in the business world.

"I see in terms of the similarities of that mindset is that it does require a lot of the same characteristics which is not taking no for an answer, staying the course in the moments that are terrifying and being very passionate about things and being willing to take a risk," Ms Fox said.

Growing up in Lismore, Ms Fox was a dancer at the Lismore Rowing Club and regularly took to the pool.

Since then, the 32-year-old success story has graduated from Griffith University with a degree in International Business and Law, worked as a banking and finance lawyer in Brisbane before changing tack and starting up her unique online business Shoes of Prey where women can design their own shoes.

She has won the Telstra 2011 Business Woman Of The Year award, been listed as one of the 30 most influential women in Australian retail 2014, named one of the top 10 Australian female entrepreneurs for 2014 and a finalist for the 2014 InStyle Audi Woman of Style awards.

She said there was a key performance aspect to sport and the arts that coincides with the business world.

"That high level of performance has to be on every level, so not only your intelligence, also your emotions."

Topics:  business, sport, women




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Barnaby kicks the cash and the ball for Oakes Oval

Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce kicks goals for Lismore sport.

UPDATE: But Joyce won't be playing for the Swans anytime soon

‘Grave fears’ for safety of people after shooting arrest

Wood and brass judges gavel on a law book

Man allegedly threatened to kill his neighbour

POLL: Does Aldi have the Northern Rivers' best bargains?

Our readers reveal the best supermarkets for cheap groceries.

Latest deals and offers

Fair go Barnaby Joyce

Barnaby Joyce on a range of issues

Fair go Barnaby Joyce

Fighter Bomber

A 1940's P-51D Mustang fighter bomber at Lismore Airport.

A 1940's Mustang P-51d fighter bomber at Lismore Airport.

Shark Hunter warns of Attack

Shark hunter Joel merchant hooks a Tiger shark.

Joel Merchant says more sharks on the way as temperature drops.

Lismore real estate agent celebrates 100th birthday

LJ Hooker Lismore principal Paul Deegan is the third generation to operate the 100-year-old family business.

A Lismore real estate is celebrating 100 years in business.

Coastal development keeps young people on Northern Rivers

Wes Bale is a 27-year-old born and bred Lennox Head local who is an example of the demographic shift in the region.

Young Northern Rivers residents are looking closer to home