PS: Who are your mentors?
LM: I have lots of different mentors, and I’m moving at such a rapid pace all the time that I don’t really have any one in particular. On a bigger scale there are people like Richard Branson and Martha Stewart — I just spent four days on Necker Island with Richard Branson a couple of months ago, which is his private island, and that was extraordinary to just meet him and talk to him about different things going on. He’s actually given me a testimonial for the front cover of my next book, which is amazing. He’s one of my greatest idols, I guess, in the business world. And Martha Stewart, I’ve been following her very closely for a long time, and I think she is really a doyenne of global media, particularly in the US. I interviewed her for issue eight of the magazine. And closer to home, I’ve got people who mentor me from a spiritual perspective, a health perspective, a business perspective. And then, really, it’s our community, which sounds funny because it’s almost in reverse — they think I’m mentoring them, but in actual fact I get so much from them, and their journeys, and watching them blossom and succeed. That actually spurs me on more than anything every day.
PS: Who are other women in your industry you admire?
LM: Martha Stewart, definitely, from a global perspective. Oprah, Ellen [laughs]. I’m getting closer to their journeys now, and I’m starting to meet some of them — I haven’t met Oprah yet, but it’ll happen soon, I’m sure. And then closer to home, people like Ita Buttrose, she really paved the way in Australia. I think Deb Bibby, editor of Real Living, is just such a beautiful, extraordinary, kind, nurturing person. Justine Cullen, Jackie Frank . . . There are so many people out there doing great stuff for women. I think when they’re given permission to step away from the bureaucracy that sometimes rules them in terms of the bigger guys, and they can do their own thing, everyone’s really kind-hearted and just wants to lift up other women and support them. I think it’s a pretty powerful community.