Di Westaway | Founder & CEO
Di Westaway | Founder and Chief Adventure Chick of Wild Women On Top and Coastrek.
Di is a global leader & 2016 AFR/Westpac Top 100 Woman of Influence in Business Enterprise.
As the founder of Wild Women On Top, Di is an energiser specialising in natural exhilaration. And she knows how to help women find not just happiness, but fulfilment.
Di is a ground-breaking futurist who is leading the charge for wild wellness. After using an extreme mountain climb to motivate her off the couch and into nature in 2000, Di discovered adventure. She then used the lessons learned to drag herself and three kids out of the dunny of divorce to create a social enterprise that has transformed millions of lives.
She does work she loves with people she loves the way she loves and she’s keen to help families, friends and workers to achieve more and go further.
When she’s not freaking us out by doing handstands on knife-edge summits, Di leads her team on a mission to connect, inspire and empower, and motivates us to lead adventurous lives we love, creating pleasure, power and productivity from active adventures with friends in nature.
She is the author of Natural Exhilaration and How to Prepare for World Class Treks, a motivational speaker and three time Telstra Businesswoman of the Year nominee. Di has written for HuffPost Australia, Mamamia, Essential Kids, Great Walks, The Hoopla, Thrive Global and AG Outdoor. She has also climbed many extreme altitude peaks and holds the record for the world’s highest handstand on Mt Ama Dablam, 6,982m, Nepal.
What motto or mantra do you live by?
I love going wild by infusing every day with adventure and helping others live lives they love.
What is your favourite aspect about the WWOT community?
I love watching the faces of our wild women when they overcome the odds and hearing the amazing stories of courage and extraordinary achievements when they leap outside their comfort zone. Adventure provides us with magic moments to lift us out of the day to day routine and help us feel awesome. I like naughty treats, sunrise frolics and moon rise rendezvous on remote clifftops and hidden havens.
What uplifts your Natural Exhilaration?
Getting into nature every day makes me feel awesome. And then once a month I need a mini adventure to lift me higher and every six months I re-energise myself with a wild adventure with family and friends.
What is next on your bucket list?
I have a big bucket list to shuffle around based on my family, friends and wild women adventures. When a location bursts to the top of the list, I get super excited and start planning how to make it happen. There’s as much fun in the planning and getting fit, as in the adventure. But I love extreme wilderness adventures with high culture and exotic cuisine. This year I'm off to Rwanda with my eldest son, Patagonia with some wonderful wild women, and Greece.
What is the wildest adventure you have been on?
Wow! That’s a tough question. They’re all wonderfully wild but the harder the challenge, and the more remote, the more wild you feel. Doing the world’s highest handstand on Ama Dablam is the hardest wildest adventure but being self sufficient on a full pack trek in Tassie is also super wild.