My Business Stars

Tuesdays @ 12 PM
Replayed Thursdays @ 6 PM

Join That Blind Woman Julie Woods for a series featuring conversations with disabled business owners, telling their business stories.


Episode 1
Callum McKirdy is a speaker, author, mentor and facilitator specialising in workplace dynamics and behaviour. Over the course of his 20+ year career, he has supported leaders and teams across the Asia-Pacific region to build better work cultures by leveraging their uniqueness. Proudly dyslexic and ADHD-positive, Callum champions organisations to think differently about different thinking, and views the neurodivergent staff as the innovative super-workforce of the future.

Episode 2
In Part 2 of this conversation with speaker, author and ADHD+ Online Community founder Callum McKirdy, he shares more about his 20+ year career and why he believes that leaders and teams can build better work cultures by leveraging their uniqueness.

Episode 3
Suzanne Jones and Katrina Phillips are the co-founders of SpecialGifts, a social enterprise that uses profits to support and grow disabled entrepreneurs’ businesses by sharing their talents with the wider community. SpecialGifts curates gift boxes with high quality products created by disabled entrepreneurs and businesses who employ people with disabilities at a fair wage. Their mission is to support inclusivity in business and employment, one gift box at a time.

Episode 4
Dr Robbie Francis Watene has lived experience of disability and has worked in the disability sector for over 15 years. In 2014, she co-founded The Lucy Foundation (TLF), an Aotearoa-based social enterprise that supports disabled people into training and employment in the global coffee industry. TLF has helped to create what is believed to be the world’s first totally disability inclusive value chain of coffee – from farmer (Mexico) to consumer (Aotearoa NZ).

Episode 5
Kylee Black is a social entrepreneur and speaker who is committed to cultivating community and enabling the best in others. Her co-op for all things accessible, Kylee & Co, is founded on the belief that accessibility can be functional, fashionable and fun at the same time. Through her work, she aims to show that accessibility works for everyone – and it just makes sense!

Episode 6
Phil Turner is the Chief Executive of the NZ Disability Employers’ Network (NZDEN), leading through his passion to see a more equitable NZ society for disabled and neurodiverse people. He and the NZDEN team are working with employers towards realising the full potential of disabled and neurodiverse New Zealanders.

Episode 7
Ella Collis is a 21-year-old woman with Williams Syndrome who first caught the business bug at school when she created her own range of lip balms. Supported by her father Craig, Ella went on to pursue her dream of entrepreneurship and now runs her own business operating under the brand Ella Cares.

Episode 8
Becky Cammock always had a love for animals and regularly volunteers at her local vet and Riding for the Disabled, but it was when she participated in the My Business Starter programme that she unlocked the potential to use her passion in a new way. Completing the course has helped Becky become more confident and determined, and she is now in the early stages of setting up her own pet-sitting business, Furry Friends.

Episode 9
Kim Dyball was born with a visual impairment and has acquired a number of chronic illnesses over the past few years. She is determined to ensure that our future leaders with access needs get the support and confidence they require to live the life they choose and build a 100% accessible Aotearoa.

Episode 10
Grant Cleland was born with a physical impairment and has used a wheelchair since childhood – lived experience that has shaped his 30-year career within disability services. In 1997, Grant developed Creative Solutions to provide disability-related advice, support and training for private, state and NGO organisations, as well as disabled people and their whānau.