When you are introduced to Lisa Newman the first thing you realise is that this is one bold, bright and beautiful woman!  There is no getting around it, Lisa Newman is a force!  She is one of those people who commands attention when she walks into a room … and I mean she owns it! 


Her energy, presence and personality is so inviting and consuming that you are, well, simply just drawn to her.  And this is a woman who has spent the vast majority of her professional years, in the shadows of her husband Campbell Newman who was a former Australian Politician who served as the Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) and our 38th Premier of Queensland. 


I first met Lisa Newman many years ago as “the wife of” Campbell Newman.  We would see each other at functions and corporate events and she would always greet you with an authentic smile and gracious elegance.  She is the type of woman that makes and impression and you are always left feeling elevated from the experience of meeting her.


Today, Lisa Newman is a professional woman who recognises that it’s her time to step out of the shadows and into her confidence as a woman in business to truly shine!  Lisa has swapped her title as ‘the wife of Campbell Newman’ to the Leasing Manager for Arcana Capital as she pave a new path to success in real estate.


I recently caught up with Lisa at a Fashion event in Brisbane where a friendship ignited over our joint  ‘passion for fashion’.  Today, she shares with me some insights into ‘what light’s her up’ and her passion and purpose as an inspiring woman today!

Q1. Suzie: What energizes you and lights you up?

LISA: To me making a difference is what really counts and ‘lights me up’. 
I always get excited when I can help someone who is facing challenges and there is a beneficial outcome.

Q2. Suzie: What is your biggest hurdle you have faced in your life and career?  How did you overcome it? 
LISAGuilt due to the juggling act of work and family!  It was very liberating to convince myself to stop trying to be superwoman and that my best attempt at the juggling act was good enough and the family are all OK with it.

Q3. Suzie: What has be a career highlight or project you have been most proud of? 

LISA: Working with an amazing team as Chair of Lord Mayors Community Trust (2004 – 2011) raising over $4 million to support charities in our community; reaching out to those most in need, especially youth and women in need and experiencing homelessness. 
Q4. Suzie: What advice can you share  from the lessons learnt from these experiences

LISA: Stop trying to be superwoman.  It’s no fun trying to be perfect and its actually more enjoyable to rejoice when things actually do go right, and laugh at when things go a little pear-shaped and know that it’s all a learning experience. 



Q5. Suzie: What is your passion and purpose?

LISAHelping others to embrace  the value and impact we can have as individuals to influence change and acceptance through the power of caring and giving back.  

The years of helping to raise awareness of the multi-faceted issues and challenges facing so many in our community has, and continues to be, one of my most rewarding experiences.  

Q6. Suzie: What was your key take-away from the Women In Business Personal Branding Workshop? 

LISA: Not being alone in the challenges we all are facing, and also coming away with more confidence in being able to tackle the challenges of modern day work environment, particularly effective communication.