Building a matriarchy: Women heading up family businesses

The KPMG Enterprise Family Business Australia 2018 survey found although today’s family business leaders are overwhelmingly male (78 per cent), when it comes to the next generation of leaders, the ratio is evenly split.

For Meryl Dahlitz, owner and general manager of Waproo, “The thing that has been wonderful about it is by working in the business I feel connected to my family in a way I haven’t been before… I felt part of something even though the world has moved on hugely since my ancestors were in the business.”

The motivation for Meryl and her daughter, Holly Gurling is stopping a throwaway mentality. “What we care about is looking after and preserving beautiful, leather and sneaker products because so many people buy something and then when it is dirty or soiled or a little bit smelly out it goes into the landfill and with a bit of attention we have product that can make old products look fabulous.” Says Meryl.

Cara Waters, small buisness editor in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, has written an article about women in family business, featuring Waproo’s owner and general manager Meryl Dahlitz.

To read the full article published in the Age 17.12.18 click here

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