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The much-awaited Inspiring Rare Birds inaugural book release is soon to take flight. Inspiring Rare Birds showcases “open, honest, and awe-inspiring stories from women at all stages of their entrepreneurial journey”.

The first in the series of Inspiring Rare Birds book is certainly showcasing some extraordinary Australian entrepreneurial talent: Carolyn Cresswell, Carman’s Fine Food; Jodie Fox, Shoes of Prey; Megan Quinn, Net-A-Porter; Melanie Perkins, Canva; Nahji Chu, misschu; Kylie Green, Aegis Media; Kristina Karlsson, kikki.k; Emma Isaacs, Business Chicks; Lauren Fried and Nat Archer, UN General Assembly are just some of the Rare Birds in the debut edition.

Inspiring Rare Birds Founder, Jo Burton, aims to use the platform to give every woman globally the opportunity to become entrepreneurs by choice and to see 1M more women entrepreneurs by 2020. Personally, I love Jo’s intention to make available the Inspiring Rare Birds book in 6,500 schools and Universities. What better impact can we have on entrepreneurship than shaping the minds of the next generation of entrepreneurs? Congratulations, Jo!
You can pre-order your copy of Inspiring Rare Birds here. And, why don’t you order a copy for a young Rare Bird at the same time? You could be paving the way for strong, independent, entrepreneurial thought leadership.

To a flight of a different kind: this week, Nicole Matejic (aka #SocialFirefighter ®) returned from the NATO School in Norfolk, Virginia where she delivered social media training. Nicole is uniquely positioned as a social media crisis communication and information operations specialist after years in the Australian Defence Force delivering communications strategies for some of Australia’s biggest military acquisition projects. Nicole is now setting flight to her entrepreneurship as an independent consultant working with a global portfolio via the #SocialFirefigher ® and Info Ops HQ.

Congratulations to Amanda Cassar, Advisor Director of Wealth Planning Partners for being announced as a 2014 Finalist – Financial Standard ‘Smileys’. The Financial Standard Smileys acknowledge financial services practitioners who are influencing the dynamics of financial discussion in Australia. By all accounts, Amanda has had to meet some pretty tough selection criteria having been assessed by a top panel of judges across five categories: social media presence, quality of connection, level of amplification of their social media message, creativity and execution of vision. Good luck at the Awards later this month, Amanda – we’re cheering for you!