Women of Influence Series: Lisa Messenger, Collective Hub

Women of Influence Series: Lisa Messenger, Collective Hub

Each week across March we're celebrating amazing women who influence and inspire us. This week we sat down with Lisa Messenger, founder of Collective Hub, to ask her what she is currently loving and what keeps her inspired.

Celebrating vibrant, game-changing Founder and CEO of Collective Hub, Lisa Messenger

Lisa launched into the media world founding print magazine Collective Hub in 2013. Today the Collective has grown into an international multimedia business and lifestyle platform with multiple verticals across print digital events and more recently co-working spaces.

Lisa is an international speaker (who has shared the stage with the likes of Sir Richard Branson) best-selling author and an authority on disruption in both the corporate sector and start up scene. Her passion is to challenge individuals and corporations to change the way they think, take them out of their comfort zone and prove that there is more than one way to do anything. Lisa’s vision is to build a community of like-minded people who want to change the world.

We sat down to find out more about Lisa!

Five words that your friends would use to describe you?

Fun. Creative. Adventurous. Curious. Innovative.

Biggest career highlight/most memorable moment to date?

  • Launching Collective Hub print mag in 2013.
  • Anna Wintour inviting me to have a private meeting with her in NYC in 2014.
  • Sharing the stage with Richard Branson 3 x in different cities.
  • Having Ryan Gosling on our cover.
  • Sitting in the New York Times Page One Editorial meeting twice.
  • Spending time on both Necker Island and Makepeace Island with Sir Richard.
  • Writing a zillion books.

There are literally too many highlights to count. I’m very fortunate.

What's coming for Lisa Messenger in 2021?

A lot. Big US expansion. More books. More journals. More speaking gigs. And a few little surprises. All to inspire and educate entrepreneurs and start ups. Oh and a house reno. Check out @collective_retreat to follow along.

When you need inspiration, where do you turn?

To our community. They inspire me with their courage every day. And also to some of my fab entrepreneurial friends. I am fortunate to have a pretty good little black book of contacts now.

The simplest piece of career advice you can give every woman is...?

Believe in yourself. Fail fast. Fail often. Know that anything is possible.

Favourite Beauty Food product?

Collagen cookies!

Last book you read?

The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku – he was 100 when he wrote it. Now that’s something!

Dream holiday destination

Right now I just spend a lot of time in Bangalow / Byron. But pre COVID and post COVID I try to go to some far flung place I’ve never been before at least once a year.

If you could have dinner with 3 people alive or dead who would they be?

Nelson Mandela. Oprah. Angelina Jolie. There are so many more but these three spring to mind.

Do you believe we are seeing a change for women in the work force?

Slowly slowly. Lets hope so. Just keep believing in yourself and digging deep and anything is possible.