About Claudia Hackman
"Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest
when we cheer each other on.”
- Serena Williams
I’m Delighted We’ve Found Each Other
From the Orient to Oceania – My Journey is Still Unfolding
Unless you know me, it’s unlikely you’ll guess my origin. I was born to a Ukrainian father and a Russian mother in China in 1962 – a far cry from sunny Sydney.
I was christened Klavdia Vasilevna Karmanchuk and later renamed Claudia in Australia. My name-changing may have ended, but my personal journey is ever-evolving.
After a rewarding 35-year career in fashion, I started exploring new ways to connect with like-minded women and share some of my own experiences on transitioning from my forties to my fifties.
It wasn’t until I reached my fifties that I realised my vitality and passion for life could unlock newfound visibility. This mindset alone opened a whole new world for me as I ventured down the path of ageing. I hope to demonstrate that you don’t have to be defined by the parameters of ‘life over 50’ and that your older years can, in fact, be your most transformative yet.
As a new member of the sixties club, I feel privileged and excited to be part of a growing collective of strong, creative, and inspiring women. I’m motivated by helping other women embrace, celebrate and conquer the ageing journey.
Through shared wisdom and influence, I believe women can develop radical acceptance of their bodies, minds, and emotions at every age and with every milestone they meet.
Today, you’ll find me in Sydney, where I enjoy my urban lifestyle right in the middle of the city. I love the diversity of my community and the convenience of being able to walk everywhere. I stay active by taking long walks, going for hikes, swimming (all year round), skiing in winter, and the occasional tennis match with friends.
I’m grounded by the two most important people in my life, my 17-year-old daughter, Ella and my 63-year-old husband, Michael. Of course, I can’t forget my gorgeous Havanese, Bobbi.
I did not always live a charmed life. It was often hard going. I was a self-starter with all my previous businesses – running a couple of fashion boutiques and a European shoe warehouse. There were times when I worked two or three part-time jobs just to make ends meet. It was challenging, exhausting, and humbling.
I have some regrets – who doesn’t!? But now, at 60, I am happy and grateful that I have good health, wonderful friends and a greater passion for life and love.The rest is icing on the cake.
As I continue to evolve, I’m determined to make the most of what this extraordinary life has to offer.
I believe the best is yet to come.
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