Terese Casu is one of the prominent female CEO’s in Australia. Courage and passion have pushed her to be the successful and happy person that she is today.
Terese is a performing artist. For her creativity is everything – she’s done circus, theatre, dance and a lot more before moving into management. She uses this prowess to lead the celebration of inclusion, diversity and acceptance.
Terese grew up in the farms of New South Wales. She looks up to her grandmother, who never stopped her from doing what she wanted to do. Unsurprisingly, this led Terese to do all sorts of things, including circus, theatre and other performing arts.
Terese has never done one thing – she’s done many things. She’s always wanted to do all sorts of things and never conforming in one discipline. Gradually, she kept on developing her skills in business and finance, held a number of management roles and then rising to the CEO position.
Now, she is the CEO of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, an organisation which champions acceptance and social justice, by actively supporting LGBTIQ+ community. It is also Australia’s biggest glitter-filled tourist drawcards generating an annual income of about $30 million for NSW.
Getting to this point was nothing but easy, Terese shares her story and how she managed to deal with her biggest life challenges including navigating bureaucracy. As she ponders the next chapter for Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, she also offers a tour of the beautiful community that is LGBTQI.
In this interview, she also provides advice for individuals looking to jumpstart their career and people, who may realise are lost at the moment and are in need of a helping hand.