Our Story

Our Story

Meet the founders

Nurture Her is brought to you by two friends who share a passion for helping women live a life of meaning and happiness - Sarah Roocroft, creator of CommBank’s Wired for Wonder, and Libby Babet, trainer for Channel TEN's "The Biggest Loser: Transformed". In partnership with Zac de Silva and Steve Pirie, founders of Nurture Change business retreats, Nurture Her is a business event for women like no other, bringing together the finest business minds to share, connect and grow.
Libby Babet

For Libby, what began as a life-changing diagnosis of malignant hypertension in her early 20s, turned into a life-long mission to inspire a new generation of happy, healthy, empowered and of course, active women. The newest trainer to hit our screens on Channel TEN's "The Biggest Loser: Transformed" believes she was put on this planet to help people be happier, feel good about themselves and live life to the full by creating a healthy life culture they live and breathe.

Libby's businesses include:
* Australia wide female fitness community, BUF Girls
* Bondi based athletic group training studio, AGOGA
* Health food product, Chief Bar
* Health food distribution company, This Natural Life

Sarah Roocroft

Sarah is obsessed with wonder, productivity, creativity, innovation and curious about all things, the weirder the better. She's extremely passionate about normalising flexibility, mumpreneurs and women in business and has a reputation for producing mind-altering events. Sarah is the founder of The Wonder Tribe, a creative consultancy to create the kind of culture you want to be famous for. She's also the Producer, Creative Director and Curator for CommBank’s Wired for Wonder - an open architecture event dreamed up to create a space for truly innovative thinking, Sarah was one of CommBank’s first intrapreneurs when she founded this program. Sarah also owns a baby shoe company called Sienna Baby and is a Design Thinking Coach, Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner with a Bbus Human Resource Management and Psychology.

Zac de Silva

Winner two years in a row of the “International Coach of the Year” (as awarded by The Coach Institute in America), Zac de Silva is the main principal of Business Changing and owner of AccMe.co (virtual coaching software). Apart from advising and working with many companies of all sizes, Zac has either personally, or with the companies he has previously run, won many notable awards including:

* IBM Kenexa “The Best Workplace in the country”
* MYOB “Awesome Customer Service Award”
* “Top Overall Retailer” at 3 different large Westfield malls

Zac’s clients have also won or been finalists in numerous awards including the Deloitte Fast 50, EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the Westpac Business Excellence Awards along with numerous industry awards.

Steve Pirie

Steve describes himself as a passionate "Travel Entrepreneur" who spends his time bringing ideas to life across different sectors including travel, fitness & not-for-profit. Over the last 10 years Steve has founded a number of successful companies - the key, he reckons, is to continue to be excited and motivated by change. He's big on empowering other like-minded people, young and old.

Steve's involvements have included:
* Founder of Unleashed Travel – BRW Fast 100 AU
* Founder of Fernatics Sports & Events
* Director of Spirit of Sharing
* Director of Perform Better Australia & NZ

Peta Christie

Peta is obsessed with wellness and is fascinated by anything that nourishes wellbeing and infuses joy and satisfaction into life. Peta has spent over 15 years in marketing management roles across a broad range of industries including leading brands like Diagio (Guinness), Tabcorp (TAB Wagering) and Johnson Health Tech. Being a passionate traveller Peta’s career took her to London, Sydney and she eventually moved home to Melbourne 4 years ago to manage the Sponsorship department at the Melbourne Football Club (AFL). Her passion for health and wellbeing has recently inspired her to become a Health Coach, where she mentors clients to create and maintain long-term lifestyle changes to enhance their overall wellness.

Thomas Maharaj

Thomas has been at the cross sector of business, recruitment and charitable trust work in New Zealand and Australia. His primary focus is to create better outcomes for all New Zealanders, ensuring every young person sets off to a flying start. He is most passionate about recruiting and the managing of millennial's, building social enterprise and alleviating poverty from our regions. Walking the talk, Thomas has been a part of organisations ranging from grass-roots to a level of national significance, founded a charitable trust and piloted a social enterprise.

Prue Twyford

Prue is our social communications manager and team leader in customer happiness, looking after all of our Attendees in the Lead up to Nurture Her. She loves all things wellbeing and her passion is set amongst fashion, styling, and design. She's recently become a co-owner of Sarah Roocroft's, side hustle- Sienna Baby, a babies shoe brand designing pre walkers and first walkers for your precious little ones. She is also a Brand Manager for Fit Food Fit Body Travel packs, which is a brand that focuses on clean living made easy, through food and fitness.

Spirit of Sharing

Nurturing more change...

One of our key values is to share knowledge to create better people – it's why we bring in industry leaders and inspiring individuals to share their tips, tools and best practice ways of increasing their performance. We felt it was extremely important to find an organisation that shares similar values and works hard with helping the less fortunate in the Fijian community we are visiting, so we’ve partnered with Spirit of Sharing.

Spirit of Sharing is a fantastic foundation committed to empowering youth through sports equipment, resources and education. Over the past ten years, Spirit of Sharing has donated over $3,000,000 to the Pacific region including Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga and PNG.

To date we have raised over $50,000 for the foundation and we’re excited to contribute in 2018 and beyond.


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