GLOSS Issue 19 DEC 2014-JAN 2015 - Page 11

JAN ‘15 DEC ‘14 MELISSA BROWNE Contributing Editor Melissa Browne is an author, entrepreneur, business owner, and shoe & jumpsuit lover. She has two successful, award-winning businesses - Accounting and Taxation Advantage & Business Advantage Coaching and is the author of the recently published to rave reviews business book, More Money for Shoes. She has also just branched out into a new venture with Rod Soper, thinkers.inq - go to the website to find out more about this incredibly innovative model for early childhood education. A regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald, find Melissa on twitter at melbrowne_ or visit NIKKI FOGDEN-MOORE Contributing Editor Nikki Fogden-Moore is all about practicing what she preaches – and what she preaches is balance. Balance between work, home and maintaining your personal best. The owner of Life’s A Gym, Nikki is a motivational speaker, trainer and all round powerhouse who will help bring your body and soul together. Connect with her on twitter @nfogdenmoore or visit RENATA COOPER Renata is a visionary entrepreneur who seizes the moment and is pioneering financial change through social and ethical investment. In 2011, Renata founded Forming Circles aiming to change the way we do business through the power of giving. Committed to empowering people and ideas, through Forming Circles Renata improves the community locally and globally. She has invested in over 100 local and national businesses, individuals and organisations since its inception. Collectively the Forming Circles network reaches millions of people, Australia-wide on a daily basis. A woman of inspiration, Renata is an active philanthropist contributing to a number of projects including: Livvi’s Place Ryde – an all abilities playground in Ryde, Chalk Urban Art Festival, the 2013 Sydney Writers Festival and the anti- bullying short film ‘A Cautionary Tail’. CHRIS ALLEN Contributing Editor Chris began his career as a soldier and was commissioned as an officer, serving with the Royal Australian Regiment.He was engaged in humanitarian aid work for CARE International during the 1999 East Timor emergency and in the wake of September 11, 2001 became involved in Australian government protective security. Chris’s first novel, Defender, was self- published before being re-released by Momentum Books with his second novel, Hunter, released at the end of 2012. Bo th novels rocketed to the top of the charts and there is a US film / TV franchise in development. His third title in the series, Avenger, will be published this year. Visit him at IntrepidAllen