“i feel humbled to be recognised by the australian financial review as one of 2018’s 100 women of influence.
it is a privilege and an honour to be amongst such inspiring women. yesterday’s awards gala dinner was incredible and i was blown away by the women, their incredible stories, and their achievements.
it has been a challenging but wonderful journey and i cannot thank enough the people that believe in me, inspire me, challenge me, and stand beside me; my family, my team, my business partners, my mentors, and my friends.
we are all celebrated because of our stories. our influence stems from us sharing our truth. this truth transcends history, geography, race, religion, politics, workplace and personal life boundaries.
reflecting on where women stand today, i cannot help but think of the countless women of the past. women whose names remain unknown. women who endured lifetimes of inequality, oppression, and injustice. women for whom education, work, and simple rights that we enjoy today, were not options. to them i express my gratitude. it is because of them that we are where we are today.
and what an amazing time it is to be alive! i am immensely proud and inspired to be amongst women who are strong, who take it upon themselves to speak up, to fight injustice and discrimination, to make a dent in the world, and to challenge the status quo.
and so i challenge everyone to think of the following: it is now on us. it is on us to be the leaders, the ones to pave the way for future generations, and to build a society based on the foundations of respect and equality. how will you use the influence you have today, to shape the world into a better place?” - demi markogiannaki #100woi #womenofinfluence @financialreview @qantas