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Key Points for Olivia Carr

  • Olivia Carr is the managing director and founder of Shhh Silk, a sleep, wellness and beauty brand focusing on improving people's lives through the power of sleep and self-care.
  • At Shhh Silk, doing good is in our DNA. Since launching in 2015, they have been committed to making many small acts of kindness that leave a lasting impact. Every single purchase counts. Doing good is in their DNA. It's shopping, but with purpose.
  • Part of 'doing good' is Olivia's focus and journey to being a sustainable, conscious e-retailer. This includes moving towards the removal of plastic from Shh Silk supply chain; the transition of zero plastic packaging for all of their products; reusable cotton gift wrapping; products made from biodegradable, sustainable or organic fibre; using off cuts of fabric for hair accessories rather than waste; made to order sleepwear model to reduce manufacturing waste; refunds not returns to reduce carbon footprint.
  • Pregnant at 19, Olivia often found herself struggling financially and coming close to bankruptcy on multiple occasions. Olivia has mastered the art of determination and never giving up, having now built a multi-million dollar sleep, beauty and wellness brand without any external funding or outside investors.
  • Olivia started her first award-winning business Shows 4 Kids at age 24.
  • Olivia was named Young Achiever of the Year in 2007.
  • Olivia and her team created a homeless social movement, 'Sleep For Street' in 2019, which saw the team make a world-first sleeping mask for the homeless — donating over 4,000 sleep masks to homeless shelters in the USA.
  • Shhh Silk now has products stocked in over 65 countries, worn and spotted on some of the world's biggest celebrities such as Serena Williams, the Kardashian Jenner sisters, Selena Gomez and more, and a successful sleepwear collaboration with the famous Beverly Hills Hotel since 2017.
  • During the pandemic, Shhh Silk has donated over $150,000 of product to frontline staff, paid for people in the community's mortgage's and monthly leases, provided countless food vouchers, along with numerous other acts of kindness, and the giving continues.
  • Olivia is on the customer advisory board (CAG) for Australia Post and an advisory board member for the National Online Retail Association (NORA).

Topics for Olivia Carr

  • Purpose driven leadership
    Since the inception of Shhh Silk in 2015, they have donated, paid it forward, gifted, volunteered and everything in between. The company's deep embedded purpose culture has allowed it to thrive and grow in a time that others have not. It is more important now than ever for organisations to identify, communicate and fulfil their purpose internally and externally.
    When the Covid-19 pandemic hit our shores in March 2020, Olivia and Shhh Silk felt the impact and uncertainty instantly. For the first time since launching in 2015, Shhh Silk faced a series of zero-sales days in a row. With a cash flow run rate that would see the business facing closure within a few weeks, Olivia did something she had never had to do before. She reached out to her community of customers and followers and asked them to help save Shhh Silk. What happened next was astounding, short of a miracle. Her online customers and retail customers rallied behind the business and showered it with support. They saved Shhh Silk and its staff. They allowed Shhh Silk to have its strongest sales year on record, which enabled the business to pay it forward to its community bigger than ever before.
    As a brand built upon the ethos of doing good, Olivia’s customers, in return, paid it back and allowed the business to thrive when retail was facing real hardship and financial turbulence.
  • My entrepreneurial journey
    Meet Olivia Carr, Founder of Shhh Silk; Olivia has always been a dreamer. Still, by balancing that spirit with a lifetime of entrepreneurial attitude, she has been able to turn her imaginings into a successful reality. Olivia dedicates her spare time to empowering and helping others to live out their dreams too.
    Mum (at 19). PR guru. Supporter of all women. No-secrets entrepreneur. Pioneer of sleep masks for the homeless. And ultimately? A true inspiration.
    Pregnant at 19, Olivia often found herself struggling financially and coming close to bankruptcy on multiple occasions. Olivia has since mastered the art of determination and never giving up, having built a multi-million dollar sleep, beauty and wellness brand without any external funding or outside investors.
    Success in business demands so much, starting with knowing your purpose and the heart and soul of your brand, exceptional problem-solving skills, combined with strategic thinking that generates meaningful outcomes. Olivia has mastered the art of leading with purpose.
  • From hardship to philanthropist
    Pregnant at 19, Olivia often found herself struggling financially and coming close to bankruptcy on multiple occasions. Olivia has since mastered the art of determination and never giving up, having built a multi-million dollar sleep, beauty and wellness brand without any external funding or outside investors.
    Having experienced real financial hardship early in my life, I now use those experiences to inspire and support others to pursue their dreams no matter where they are in their life right now. And to give back to others, pay it forward as so many did for me when I needed it most.
    When your mission is bigger than any obstacle you can achieve great things.

Testimonials for Olivia Carr

You were amazing!!!! Really inspirational
Chief Marketing Officer
Australia Post

I have met a lot of amazing women, but you have disturbed me in a good way. You have put fire in my belly.
Founder
AFDigital

Thank you for sharing your story today, you have inspired me to be fearless in my pursuit of my purpose in business.
Talent Advisor ANZ
The Arnott’s Group

Olivia, Great presentation today at the Women’s event!! Loved it!! It was amazing and I heard many people talk about it afterwards – you own it lady!! 
Head of sustainable business and CSR
Winning Group

Thank you for your talk today at the Retail Women’s Forum, absolutely inspiring! I absolutely resonated with your story
Founder
Di Bartoli Coffee

I just wanted to thank you for speaking and sharing your story. I was incredibly moved, and you have ignited something in me that I couldn’t quite place my finger on. Purpose, is what I need to focus on, and how I can use my passion to help others. I just wanted to say thank you, it was truly inspirational.
Head Of Macro Product Development
Woolworths Limited