Mia Freedman is the co-founder and creative director of the Mamamia website
She formerly worked in the magazine trade, becoming the youngest editor of the Australian Cosmopolitan magazine before becoming the editor-in-chief of Cosmo, Cleo and Dolly
The Mamamia website now reaches 1.6m Australian women each month, and has grown 600% in the past year
She is the author of several books including Mia Culpa and Work, Strife, Balance
- How I built Australia’s largest independent media company from my lounge room
This inspirational, hilarious, heart-breaking presentation of Mia’s path from work experience girl at Cleo magazine to the co-founder of Australia’s largest women’s media company is the ultimate crowd pleaser. Mia’s honest, candid, humourous, instructional and motivational keynote details her path from lounge room to board room and includes information about mistakes she’s made, hurdles she’s overcome, how to survive and thrive as a business and an individual on social media and the secret to balancing work and family.
- The #1 Secret To Work Life Balance – from someone who’s been juggling for 20 years
Mia Freedman became a mother when she was just 25, less than a year after being named the youngest ever editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. Over the next 20 years she would go on to experience the highest of career and personal highs and the most crushing lows. From the ashes she managed to raise three children, repair her broken marriage and start a business from her lounge room that is now the largest women’s media company in Australia and includes the largest women’s podcast network in the world. How did she do it while maintaining her sanity? This inspirational keynote is instructive, heart-breaking and hilarious and is guaranteed to leave audiences thinking, talking and sharing her wisdom for a long time afterwards.
Mia Freedman was the keynote speaker at the Association for Women in Insurance NSW Spring Luncheon in October 2016. Mia was very well received by over 500 members and guests with a very funny and thought provoking insight into many issues that affect our day to day lives. Our audience enjoyed rare insight into what goes on behind the scenes of social media, fashion shoots and mainstream media. Mia showed us how things are not always quite as they seem, once you scratch the surface! Mia’s content, delivery and professionalism were second to none, and the feedback we have received tells us that our audience were left feeling thoroughly entertained.
Women In Insurance NSW
Mia Freedman was our guest speaker for the 2016 BizWeek Eastland Lunch in August this year and she did not disappoint! Mia spoke with passion and conviction and had the audience absorbed in her presentation, inspiring them to what can and needs to be achieved - it was refreshing to hear from someone so honest in her opinions. What you see is what you get with Mia, someone who is delightful to deal with and enthusiastic with her topic. Highly recommended by our guests.
Business Support Officer
Mia was once again a delight, this was the second time that Mia has generously volunteered her time to speak at our In Conversation event series. Whilst remaining down to earth and relatable, she manages to resonate with our audience perfectly - I think every women left with at least one of Mia's pearls of wisdom in their heads. Mia, we would welcome you into the Dress for Success community anytime!
Chief Executive Officer
Dress for Success Sydney
Mia was an amazing co-host for Instagram at our #MyStoryAU launch. She was quick on the brief, highly responsive for all of the prep, and totally understood what she had to do and, most importantly, delivered on the night. The #MyStoryAU initiative invited Australian women to tell their stories on Instagram. Our Chief Operating Officer Marne Levine was visiting from Instagram’s headquarters. We needed a co-host that was strong on substance and style and Mia was both. Her insights about the changing role for women’s voices and spaces for women’s stories, brought about by social media, tying in her personal experiences, was so relevant and wow-ed the crowd. The Instagram story she shared about her husband leaning in so that Mia could attend the event was also so relevant and impactful, and left an indelible and positive impression on the audience and on our COO.
Director of Policy Australia New Zealand
Mia was the MC at the launch of our SAFE book protective behaviours program in October 2016 where she spoke with passion, humour and dignity. We have had many comments since the event supporting our choice to have her there. I have no hesitation in recommending her.
Child Safe Resource Project Officer
NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian
Thank you for being such a valuable part of our panel discussion and for your honest, very real answers.
Women in Banking and Finance Conference
Melanie, Pam and I would like to warmly thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Women, Management and Work Conference. This year the conference had a high energy buzz, the feedback was particularly glowing with many participants saying they were going back to work inspired and energised.
Mia you were one of the stars of the conference. Really enjoyed your talk.
Mia Freedman spoke at our Annual Property Management Conference, she was a huge success to the female dominated audience who left the day feeling very inspired after her talk. The 130 attendees rated her presentation 9.2 out of 10. Please find below some of the feedback from her presentation: ‘very informative, so appropriate to us mothers in the work force. Mia was a pocket rocket, i love it’; ‘Lovely, articulate, funny, down-to-earth person, who doesn't need notes. One of the best presenters I have seen.’; ‘I have purchased Mia's book already and seen her website. she was very inspiring and it was nice to see a confident career woman who was very funny on the stage! I really enjoyed Mia's talk.’; ‘absolutely awesome!!! Thoroughly enjoyed every word she had to say and her presentation was fantastic. It was something that I feel a female dominated industry needed.
Training & Administration Manager, Hocking Stuart Corporate
You're a rare gem Mia Freedman. You're not scared to share the bad with the good and you do so in such a way that compels others to want to be better, and not be so tough on themselves. Thanks for sharing your story and your experiences with the Business Chicks community last week - the feedback's still coming in thick and fast and we'd have you back in a flash. Thanks again.
CEO, Business Chicks
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for such a wonderful and engaging presentation for our i connect conference on Saturday morning.
Your keynote address hit the mark perfectly. Your information was topical, your examples were amusing and relevant to our families and the strategies you wove through the presentation were practical and manageable. Just perfect!
All our parents were delighted and engaged and I think you set the tone for the whole day.
We’ve had fantastic feedback from our participants and the rest of the conference including the 24 workshops, dinner event and Sunday activities were all fantastic. It was a truly happy, relaxed and wonderful event.
Thank you for starting us off so well!
Communications and Development Officer
Thanks so much for your presentation today. It received a huge 'thumbs up' from all the ladies and this was reflected in overwhelmingly positive comments in the evaluation reports. Personally, I wanted to thank you for being so humble, so approachable and so inspiring. Corporately, I'm very much a rookie at this and often find myself, (or put myself) WAY out of my depth so I am very VERY grateful that you were able to attend today and were fantastic. I mentioned to you earlier that some women had never been to a 'women in policing' event and decided to attend because you were speaking. That alone, is a huge testament to your character and status within the community. Some of the women here are very much their own worst enemy and were pleasantly surprised by today which is excellent and the perfect result. I wanted to change the opinion of women who will ultimately band together and change the opinions of the men within the organisation and I thank you for playing a part in that change process.
Detective Senior Constable
Mia was an engaging, thought provoking and entertaining speaker, and shared insights on a range of issues relevant to gender equality. Mia tailored her speech particularly well for the audience, which consisted of guests from a diverse range of sectors and age groups. Her address generated very positive feedback from the audience, particularly among younger women. Mia was also a pleasure to work with, and I would have no hesitation in recommending her for future speaking engagements.
Manager, Office for Women's Policy, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
We just wanted to tell you how very happy we were to have Mia Freedman as MC for our Lindt Christmas media launch, which consisted of a Christmas lunch for approximately 70 lifestyle and food media. Mia fitted in immediately as if she was part of the Lindt team. She made a great effort to understand exactly what we were expecting from her and ensured that she would convey the key marketing messages in a fun and entertaining way. Her media background meant she also had a good understanding of what the media would relate too. The Lindt management were also delighted with Mia and thought she was the perfect choice. We wanted our Lindt Christmas Lunch to be relaxed and fun, as a Christmas lunch should be, and Mia certainly helped us to achieve this. We can thoroughly recommend Mia as a consummate professional who is also very entertaining and a joy to work with.
Sarah Entwistle Lindt Management
Mia went down a treat with our PAs. Many are fans of hers and appreciated the opportunity to hear from a ‘celebrity’. Despite her ‘celebrity’ status, Mia is very down to earth and friendly. Thanks Mia!
Bridges Financial Services