MEDIA BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

Karen’s unique No ‘BS’ approach to business transformation and change leadership has been widely recognised. Karen and her unique and powerful business transformation process have been featured in a wide array of national and local media.

FEATURED ARTICLES

FEATURED INTERVIEWS

4 April 2022
Getting the Heart of Business with Karen Matthews

Media: Julie Hyde Making it Count podcast

Karen Matthews chats with Julie Hyde about getting to the head and heart of business and her
No ‘BS’ approach to leadership and business transformation strategies.

Karen and Julie also talk about Karen’s love of marrying business with emotional brand driven retail, her No ‘BS’ approach to marketing, 3-part Business Transformation process and the extensive work Karen did to transform Ella Bache, harnessing the brand and developing the systems that worked across the board.

13 December 2021
Effective change in business requires disruption with Karen Matthews
Media: Tory Archbold Powerful Stories Podcast

Karen chats with Tory about the telltale signs that a business needs to change, how to get started with a Reality Check and what leaders can do now to take positive action as they leapfrog into 2022.

Karen also talks about the importance of brand to the long-term success of a business, and updates Tory on her new book, Demystifying the road to CHANGE.

MEDIA

HIGHLIGHTS

Effective change in business requires disruption with Karen Matthews

Tory Archbold Powerful Stories Podcast

13 December 2021

Karen chats with Tory about the telltale signs that a business needs to change, how to get started with a Reality Check and what leaders can do now to take positive action as they leapfrog into 2022.

Karen also talks about the importance of brand to the long-term success of a business, and updates Tory on her new book, Demystifying the road to CHANGE.

Do your franchisees have the right numbers?

Franchise Business executive

21 August 2019

Having run a franchise business for many years, Karen shares the key numbers, ratios, models that help franchisees assess the success of their operational decisions every month.

Karen Matthews Leadership Tips for Women

Suzi Dafnis, HerBusiness TV

July 2013

Karen Matthew’s shares her top tips for businesswomen on leadership and moving up in an organisation, and the role of mentoring for leaders.

Highlights

  • Appointed CEO of Beauty Health Group (BHG)
  • Leads BHG’s listing on the ASX

Karen Matthews to lead new beauty and health group

Professional Beauty
15 July 2010

Karen Matthews, former CEO of skincare company Ella Bachè, has been appointed CEO of newly formed health and beauty company, Beatury Health Group (BHG).

New beauty group aspires to listing

Inside Retailing
6 July 2010

Karen Matthews is appointed as CEO of newly formed health and beauty company, Beauty Health Group (ASX:BHG), with plans to list on the ASX in 2010.

Beauty Health Group pretty well set for listing

AFR
3 July 2010

Less than two years after stepping down as chief executive of Ella Bachè, Karen Matthews is building Australia’s first publicly listed chain of health and beauty salons.

Fund-raisers stay on the hop

AFR (Street Talk)
1 July 2010

Karen Matthews leads Beauty Health Group to IPO.

Highlights

  • Keynote Speaker on the Franchise Counil of Australia (FCA) Whirlwind Women in Franchising Series, Franchising – A World for Women

A glass of wine with… Karen Matthews, Ella Bachè

Money magazine
August 2008

Karen Matthews swore she would never work in skincare, until she was offered a job at Ella Bachè and become one of Australia’s youngest CEOs.

Women on top: Women make better managers

9 to 5
9 June 2008

Female leaders are more strategic, innovative and more prepared to take risks than their male counterparts, research proves.

COMPANY MAKEOVER: Karen Matthews on brand, change and dreams at Ella Bachè

Management Today
June 2008

An in-depth interview with Ella Bachè CEO reveals her approach to brand, change and transforming a beauty brand into Australia’s most successful beauty franchise system.

Inside women in franchising: Karen Matthews

The Franchise Review
May 2008

Discover how Karen inspired 374 delegates to articulate the ”big headline” they are shooting for.

Women in franchising ‘Whirlwind’ tour

The Franchise Review
May 2008

Karen Matthews shares the key messages from her Keynote Presentation at the Franchise Council of Australia’s (FCA) inaugural Whirlwind Women in Franchising Series, Franchising – A World for Women.

Awards have their rewards in franchising

The Age
13 April 2008

Winning the Franchise Council of Australia 2007 Franchise Woman of the Year brings tangible benefits, including increased brand recognition, a boost in company morale and attracting the best talent to Ella Bachè.

Girls on top

Herald Sun
April 2008

Karen Matthews features as a keynote speaker at the Whirlwind Women in Franchising Series.

SPECIAL REPORT: Simplifying the balancing act

9 to 5
17 March 2008

Read Karen Matthews’ advice on how to create a harmonious work/life/study balance.

Career Queens

Cleo magazine
March 2008

Karen Matthews reveals what it takes to be a career queen (and stay true to yourself).

Industry Heavyweights

Human Capital
February 2008

Karen Matthews shares her professional challenges, the future of HR and how she has risen to the top.

Highlights

  • Named 2007 PriceWaterhoueCoopers Franchise Counil of Australia National Franchise Woman of the Year.

Karen cleans up franchise award

North Shore Times
2 November 2007

Lcoal newspaper, North Shore Times, shares the success of North Shore company Ella Bachè.

A business recipe for success

Madison magazine
November 2007

Ella Bachè’s unique franchising model is a recipe for success for salon owners across Australia.

Success is more than skin-deep

The Sydney Morning Herald
17 October 2007

Karen Matthews overcame a possible revolt from 260 independently-owned salon owners to transform Elle Bachè into Australia’s most successful franchising business.

Lifecycle turnaround: Sleeping beauty

BRW
October 2007

Discover how Karen Matthews transformed a mum-and-pop mentality in a franchising powerhouse.

The Way I See It: Karen Matthews

Retail and Consumer Outlook
May 2007

Ella Bachè’s holistic approach to training, lead my Karen Mattews, is driving the success of its 200 salons across Australia.

PriceWaterhoueCoopers National Franchise Woman of the Year

PriceWaterhouseCoopers
2007

Karen Matthews is named the PWC 2007 National Franchise Woman of the Year.

Franchising: A woman’s place

Professional Beauty
2006

The franchising industry is breaking through the glass ceiling, experiencing its own unique boom.

Individuality a plus at Ella Bachè

Franchise Review
2006

Karen Matthews shares why Ella Bachè franchisees are encouraged to be creative and entrepreneurial, while still protecting and nurturing the brand.

Highlights

  • Named NSW Franchise Woman of the Year 2005 by the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA).

The Innovators

Madison Magazine
November 2005

Karen Matthews reveals why she is a Scanlan Theodore junkie, what a day in the office looks like and where she’ll be in 10 years.

You’re not alone

In The Black magazine
September 2005

Life for the corporate elite is not as lonely as it used to be. Now CEOs have an abundance of mentoring options to help them.

Expressing Yourself: Hidden talents

Family Circle magazine
September 2005

To get the balance of work and family right, Karen Matthews turns to painting.

NSW Franchise Woman of the Year 2005

Franchise Council of Australia Franchising Awards
September 2005

Karen Matthews was awarded NSW Franchise Woman of the Year 2005 for her transformative work at Ella Bachè.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Part One – The Challenge of Management

Management Today
July 2005

In the first of a two-part feature, Management Today quizzes Karen Matthews on her management style, inspirations and ambitions.

PROFILE: Strong Foundations

Vive Magazine
May 2005

A belief in her product, tough organisational skills and the ability to ask questions have helped Karen Matthew turn around the fortunes of cosmetic firm Ella Bachè.

Extreme Makeover

In The Black magazine
March 2005

Ella Bachè chief Karen Matthews is the driving force behind the brand’s reversal of fortunes.

Skin Deep

Investigate Magazine.com
March 2005

How is Karen Matthews turning Ella Bachè into a great name in Australian skincare? Investigate Magazine learns the secrets of one of the country’s youngest CEOs.

Highlights

  • Named 2004 Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year

Face Value: The success of local business isn’t just a cosmetic thing

Sydney City Weekly
October 2004

The success of Sydney’s beauty industry isn’t just a cosmetic thing!

The face behind Ella Bachè: Karen Matthews

New Woman magazine
October 2004

Turning Ella Bachè into a $17m company as one of the youngest CEOs in Australia, Karen Matthews reveals her secrets for success.

Congratulations Karen Matthews – Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year

AFR
10 October 2004

The Executive Connection publicly congratulates Karen Matthews on being named Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year 2004.

Congratulations Karen Matthews – Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year

The Sydney Morning Herald
6 October 2004

David Jones congratulates Karen Matthews being awarded the 2004 Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year.

Beauty wins in women’s award

Sydney City Weekly
29 September 2004

Karen Matthews is named the 2004 Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year.

Ella Bachè tries to tempt younger set

AFR
6 September 2004

At 50 years, Ella Bachè is celebrating by relaunching its brand to attract younger skin-care-savvy customers using the slogan “Skin good enough to eat”.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Karen regularly delivers keynote presentations on her career journey, business transformation, change leadership, business planning, leadership and franchising expertise. Her audiences range from large corporates, the franchise sector and retail, and include some of Australia’s most respected and recognised brands.