Toowoomba businesswoman Kym O’leary has taken out a spot in the Australian Financial Review‘s top 100 women of influence 2019. Ms O’Leary is the founder and director of women’s industrial workwear brand She’s Empowered.

The prestigious awards aim is to discover women leaders who have pushed back against unfairness, and used their time and energy to help other women succeed and achieve their potential.  “The women who were selected for this list are outstanding professionals in the fields of public policy, innovation, social enterprise and more. I’m honoured that the judges saw something special in the work we do at She’s Empowered,” Ms O’Leary said.

Ms O’Leary started the venture in 2013 by creating the industry first, maternity, hi vis workwear range while she worked as a Management Accountant at Foxleigh Mine in Central Queensland, Australia. Ms O’Leary noticed a pregnant coworker struggling to find fitting clothing in the male-dominated industry and decided to create the brand to solve the problem. Shortly after the successful release of the maternity range the brand branched into cargos, shirts and outerwear.  “For some, workwear may seem trivial, but enabling a woman to feel confident and comfortable at work is the first step towards addressing inclusion and diversity, particularly in those industries where women are already in the minority,” she said.

Ms. O’Leary continues to advocate and work towards gender inclusion and diversity within Australia’s resources, transport and construction industry’s through the rebranding of the business to Co Gear. The rebrand will include extended sizing range. increased stockists, and new ranges including shorts and FR jackets.

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