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Living in Australia we too often take for granted access to education; medical treatment; food, water and electricity; a roof over our head and the safety of our children.

The Hunger Project is asking us to challenge our views on what can be achieved even without the luxury of the resources above. Unstoppable women such as Ruchi and Navali are currently in Australia from their native India to speak to the changes they have made in their villages through the support of The Hunger Project.

Navali, a very young woman herself, has achieved so much against significant odds. For two and a half years Navali lobbied her local bureaucracy to have the school in her village reopened. This school is now changing the lives of 350 children through education.

The women in Navali’s village protect their children from atrocities such as abduction and rape. They work together to lift themselves out of poverty and combine resources to set up small businesses. All of this is made possible by The Hunger Project unlocking the capacity of those who are impoverished and providing them with the leadership skills to change their future.

Ending world hunger is possible in our lifetime. It may be as simple as purchasing a beautiful ‘Loved and Adored’ Christmas gift created especially for the Hunger Project by Mecca Cosmetica. Or, attend a ‘Rethinking What’s Possible’ workshop (Sydney 15 October), invest or challenge yourself by participating in the Business Chicks Immersion and Leadership program (Uganda, November 2014 and Ethiopia May 2015).

I encourage you to read more about the unstoppable women empowered by The Hunger Project, you will be uplifted. Perhaps, you too will become unstoppable!
This week I wanted to congratulate Leanne and Scott Haining for achieving the impressive 15-year anniversary of their business, Urban Rituelle. Over the years, Urban Rituelle has grown from the humble beginning of selling handmade soaps at a local market to a successful international business that’s 100% Australian and full of organic, delicious goodness. Congratulations, Leanne. You know how much I love your bath, body and beauty products! X

Continuing the theme of unstoppable women – congratulations to Tina Tower for opening her 17thBegin Bright’ childcare centre at Kirra on the Gold Coast! Begin Bright’s school readiness and primary tutoring centres are providing children aged 2 – 12 with a competitive advantage by creating happy, smart and confident children through simply beautifully crafted programs. Tina enjoyed a double celebration last week with her 9 year wedding anniversary rounding off a brilliant week of personal and professional achievements.

Anyone that hovers around in the digital space will know of the fabulous Cat Matson. Cat has recently been appointed as Brisbane City Council’s Chief Digital Officer. Hurrah, Cat! Your stellar background in the digital space, combined with exceptional digital skills and commitment to equipping Brisbane’s businesses to meet the opportunities presented by the multi-billion dollar digital economy are going to see the city prosper.

Congratulations Nicole Matejic for achieving what we believe to be an Australian first: a registered hashtag trade mark! Nicole, a digital native, is building a global reputation as a Social Media Crisis Communications and Information Operations specialist. Whilst Nicole’s work may not be familiar to you, she has successfully delivered communications strategies for some of Australia’s biggest military acquisition projects and is now lending her expertise to NATO.  #thesocialfirefighter® could possibly just be a world-first in strategic intellectual property branding!

Finally, and on a personal note, I was delighted to attend the APAC Janders Dean Legal Conference in Sydney last week. The conference brings together legal industry professionals to discuss innovation, knowledge management and technology. We were treated to a line-up of world class speakers and content. Inductees of the 2014 LexisNexis| Janders Dean Legal Innovation Index were announced and it was my pleasure to contribute to the judging of legal innovation for this prestigious award.
If you’re interested, you can view some photos from the week here. As always, your comments are always welcome.

This week your challenge is to be unstoppable!