Australia’s Top Ten Women Entrepreneurs: Kylie Travers of The Thrifty Issue


Kylie overcame domestic violence, homelessness, robbery, rape, paralysis, a cancer scare and mental health issues as a single mum to become a multiple international award-winning CEO, keynote speaker, author, blogger and charity advocate, in the space of 3 years.


Through her work, Kylie won 3 Plutus Awards, was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year and a runner up for numerous other business and advocacy awards as well as helping raise over $30,000,000 for charities to end homelessness and domestic violence. Kylie was also the youngest ever director on a board for a homeless charity in Canberra.


Kylie has founded or bought and sold numerous business starting with Frangipani Hair and Beauty at 19, as soon as she finished her apprenticeship. Later she bought and sold websites then founded and sold an influencer marketing company at 29, just 18 months after being homeless.


Since 2014, Kylie has been an ambassador for 5 charities and numerous businesses including This Is Not A Wife Beater, Share The Dignity, Communities@Work, Business In Heels and Wonderful Indonesia.


Currently, Kylie works with national and international governments, corporations, not for profits and small businesses regarding finance, marketing, charity campaigns, events and public speaking. She particularly enjoys working with tourism boards and companies to increase awareness and visitors to the areas or work on influencer campaigns, public speaking about finance, marketing or turning obstacles into opportunities, freelance writing and charity work to help end homelessness and domestic violence.


Due to all she has experienced, Kylie is extremely passionate about empowering women through financial independence. To do this she shares ways to make and save money at and various resources at, as well as speaking at relevant events. Kylie is based in Melbourne, Australia with her two daughters, although they travel regularly.


Nominee’s three achievements


– Finalist for Young Australian of the Year for overcoming all she has and all the work she has done to end homelessness and domestic violence.


– Raised $30,000,000 in the past few years for charities around homelessness and domestic violence through events she spoke at or was involved in.


– Winner 3 Plutus Awards in the USA.

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