Steve Jobs’ legacy includes the Women he inspired…

Steve Jobs’ legacy includes the Women he inspired…

Steve Jobs

The Steve Jobs story often leaves out all the others, including dozens of women, involved in Jobs’ first big bet, 1984’s Macintosh. Like everyone else on the original Mac team, these 20-somethings put in gruelling hours to create a machine that could live up to the vision of Apple’s brilliant and volatile leader.

And now, they are movers and shakers in their own rights. Read their entrepreneurial mother stories in full here…


what to do when the diary is just way too full…


Just sometimes, Life seems to take over your diary, well it does mine at least. And that in turn leads to feeling really quite overwhelmed.

That’s because (I guess I’m similar to you) you don’t want to let anyone down. I most certainly don’t.

Should I have said no to a few things, probably. But when youré a solo-preneur, a solo-breadwinner and a solo-parent (a double parent actually!), you are often set to accept all that comes your way (within context) because usually something happens and not all comes together, all at once.

But in my case, at the moment, it has all come together and I am under the pump! Right now, I’m even feeling a little “Mother Hubbard” as Daughter will be living on cupboard leftovers soon if I’m not careful. Yes sure, I can get help but that also takes head space and time to arrange, which I don’t have right now. If only the EA of my dreams rolls up on my doorstep and takes over my diary and half the stuff that emanates from it.

Cinderella wanted a Prince.
Me? If a Prince relieves me of my diary, my to-do list build-up, then bring him on!


Hazel Hawke – what an entrepreneurial mother!


Having just watched the updated version of “Australian Story” following the death of Hazel Hawke, it brought home to me what a wonderful woman she was. I’d always held her in high esteem and tonight’s episode only confirmed that was no fluke. What a legend!

I can only hope that Daughter, family and friends speak as highly of me when my time comes.

Even in her final days, at her most vulnerable, she continued to share, to use the circumstances as a means of educating, of deepening, of love-in-action.

I have since heard her described as Australia’s Eleanor Roosevelt. Maybe this is right in some respects… but I want the rest of the world, myself included, to remember her as Australia’s Hazel Hawke. That’s more than enough.

Rest in Peace. You will be missed.

when great minds get together, beautiful things happen…


Gotta love when creative minds get together! Today I met up with one classy dame who not only knows her stuff but who is also very open about sharing. Whilst I didn’t know her that well, I suspect we are going to get to know each other a whole lot better!

If the seed of an idea we were drawn to today germinates, watch out world, here we come.

Why not go for ‘world domination’ I say. OK, maybe not, but get a band of merry folk together and let their creative juices flow, all idea-hell could break loose… excellent. Bring it on!

Stay tuned…

The Webjet “Judith Horsnell” Memorial Lunch…

The Webjet “Judith Horsnell” Memorial Lunch…


Fr Bob Maquire at the annual Judith Horsnell memorial lunch

Sunday (yesterday) I had the good fortune to be asked to attend and MC the 3rd Annual “Judith Horsnell Mothers Day” lunch. It all started like this…

… Christmas 2010, Webjet Marketing P/L made a generous donation to the Fr Bob Maguire Foundation. Their PA, Judith Horsnell, prior to that time, had suggested to the staff to do away with Kris Kringle, and instead, donate to a local charity; the Father Bob Maguire Foundation was chosen.

Tragically, Judith passed away suddenly, early in 2011.
A a special bond had been established however and since then, Webjet’s employees talked about the possibility of remembering Judith in a more tangible way, culminating in a “Mother’s Day Luncheon with a twist”, (the Sunday after Mother’s Day), for 40 disadvantaged mothers from the South Melbourne / Port Melbourne area.As a result, the first function held at the Emerald Hotel in May 2011, was sponsored by Webjet and its employees.
Webjet’s Finance Director (at the time), Mr Richard Noon, said that,  “many of his staff felt the need to do something to remember Judith by, for her generosity to others. This is really an event for others and at the same time, to remember Judith. In some way, do something that Judith would have felt special about. We remember our friend, always helping others. We think this would make Judith smile…”
This year, the “Special” Mother’s Day Luncheon was hosted at the same venue, for 50 disadvantaged mothers this time. Again sponsored by Webjet Marketing, in conjunction with the Fr Bob Maquire, St Vincent de Paul Society and Sacred Heart Mission.
A great day was had by all. The food was delicious (and plenty of it!), the company delightful, the flowers gorgeous, the book “Secrets of Inspiring Women Exposed” and the door prizes greatly appreciated and quite frankly, pretty impressive. It was a pleasure and an honour to be involved.
What will 2014’s lunch bring…

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