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Michila Macleod

Michila Macleod

Michila Macleod

National Sales and Partnerships Director, Broadsheet Media

Michila is the National Sales and Partnerships director at Broadsheet Media, Australia’s leading cultural guide.

She has spent 20 years building her career across global media corporations and smaller independent publishers and across the Australian and UK markets.

Michila’s advertising experience spans magazines, newspapers, street press, radio, digital and now leads the national sales team in the content partnership space at Broadsheet.

A career highlight for Michila has been the experience she’s gained from working for incredible and inspiring female leaders, that has directly impacted how she leads today.

“My greatest reward as a leader is having a front row seat at watching the growth and development of your team. I will never get tired of seeing ambition and hard work payoff”

Career & Background

What inspired you to do what you are doing now?

Working for a brand that I truly believe in and leans hard to my passions points as a person.

I’ve been a long time lover of Broadsheet. My husband and I actually began our relationship talking about our love of food, restaurants and culture. So when I saw the role advertised on LinkedIn, I knew I had to make it mine. I also had five different people send it to me saying, “this role is so you” I had a 10month old baby at the time and most people wouldn’t of known I was looking for my next role. So I took that as a good sign and the rest is history.

Could you tell us a bit about your professional background and where you are headed in your career right now?

Your favourite food for thought

Podcasts / Thought Leaders

The Daily – New York Times

Mamamia Out loud


What drives and inspires you

What are your core values?

  • Authenticity
  • Humour
  • Respect

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Ita Buttrose. As someone who cut their teeth in the world of glossy magazines (pre social & digital), you can’t help but feel a sense of pride and nostalgia at what Ita did for women and the advertising industry in general. It’s easy t to see women’s magazines as redundant or problematic these days and some of the time, rightly so. However in the 70’s, what Ita did for women was groundbreaking. Working while pregnant, returning to work post having a baby to continue a successful career when most women left the workforce. Being the youngest editor to be appointed in Australia of her time. She challenged Sir Frank Packer on multiple ideas that proved to be very successful and profitable for the business. She backed herself and her gut in a time when equality for women was nowhere where it is today and we still have a long way to go. Ita is 80 years young and holds the prestigious role of Chairman of the ABC. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is.

You as a Mentor

Why have you decided to become a mentor?

I’ve been lucky enough to experience the full weight of successful and inspiring female mentorship behind me, as I’ve navigated my career. I would love nothing more than to pay it forward to the next generation of female talent within our industry.

What are the top 5 skills or qualities you bring to mentoring?

  • Confident
  • Empathic
  • Intuitive
  • Passionate
  • Willing to be vulnerable

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