The path to success was not a linear one for Sharon Flynn. She travelled the world in search of the best fermentation practices for 20 years before returning to Australia, where she committed to putting her newfound knowledge to use. Her first task: re-educating Australians regarding their choice of food.

Sharon’s passion for traditional fermented foods stems from the positive effects on our health her family experienced first-hand. In 2013, she founded The Fermentary to reverse the trend of highly processed food consumption by spreading the concept of “gut democracy” – a term she coined to describe an ideology for improving our diet.

Sharon is also blazing a path forward for women in business. The success she has garnered in a male-dominated field is a testament to her leadership style. Her collaborative approach and relationship-building skills are just some of the ways she is modernising business practices.