Ambassador Profile: Christina Yiannakis

What are your top go-to places for information and inspiration?

Bookshops and libraries inspire me and keep my mind active.  Having said that, sometimes the best place for me to find inspiration is just at my local café where I can study while I people watch and sip on Melbourne’s best coffee.

What are some of the most inspiring events you’ve attended?

Once a month I head to Cherchez La Femme, where a panel of women discuss current events, issues and politics from a feminist perspective.  It’s always a great night where women and men are welcome to discuss topics at ease, in a friendly and accessible environment.

Any tips to effective networking at events?

Swallow your fear and introduce yourself to as many people as possible.  There isn’t much that can go wrong if you approach people in a friendly, positive manner.

Who would you like to see profiled on

My mother.  She has dedicated her life to her family and her career and in doing so has successfully raised three daughters, completed a Doctorate at UWA, had a lot of her research work published and been successful in her career as a school principal.
Why do you think there aren’t enough women in top jobs?

Society teaches us from the day we are born that girls will grow up liking pink and barbies, wanting to play dress ups and eventually be mothers.  This social conditioning doesn’t present girls as potential businesswomen, politicians, scientists, or leaders so we tend to underestimate their ability to fill these roles. is taking the right step towards letting people know that this isn’t true, by providing us with role models and advice on how to be a woman on top.

How do you (try to) live a balanced life?

Does anyone live a balanced life?  I spend a bit too much time studying and working to get much time out, but I try to do yoga and walk everywhere to keep fit, and I keep at least two nights a week free to catch up with friends and go out.  I also set aside time every week to call my family in Perth.  Living in Melbourne while your loved ones are so far away can be hard at times so I find that these calls relax me and keep me grounded.

How can others connect with you?

Follow me on Twitter @cyiannakis.

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