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

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