Honouring who you truly are takes courage and conviction, especially in the cut throat media industry, where beauty is often a woman’s currency. Award winning author, journalist and broadcaster, Tracey Spicer, has inspired many with her courage to embrace her authenticity, understand the power of her story and age gracefully.
Tracey has anchored national programs for ABC TV and radio, Network Ten and Sky News. In 2019 she was named the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year, accepted the Sydney Peace Prize for the Me Too movement, and won the national award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership through Women & Leadership Australia.
Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, became a bestseller within weeks of publication, while her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted more than six million views worldwide. In 2018, Tracey was chosen as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence and is forging ahead with her next powerful step to write a book on AI bias.
For her 30 years of media and charity work, Tracey Spicer has been awarded the Order of Australia, an award which recognises Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement. However her years of dedication to the media spotlight haven’t been void of challenges.
As she grew out of her 20’s, Tracey was replaced by younger broadcasters without the wrinkles and in her late 30’s, Tracey was sacked from Channel 10 due to maternity discrimination. Instead of walking away defeated, Tracey turned this challenge into an opportunity and has been advocating for fundamental change and equality ever since.
In this episode, we take a deep dive into the three powerful steps Tracey Spicer has taken to own the power of who she is, despite the media industry saying she is “too old” and “too grey”. I ask Tracey about her journey of embracing her grey hair and the liberation she has experienced by being her authentic self.
We talk about the age and gender bias that exists within society and how we must continue to have powerful conversations in order to create fundamental change.
It often takes devastating circumstances for us to look within to discover who we really are and what makes our hearts sing. Tracey shares her insights on discovering what sparks joy in your life and how to find balance each day through mindfulness practices.