Reading: Law & Order & Food blog. Some people have too much time on their hands. This blog features scenes of characters from Law & Order eating. That’s it. So weird, I had to share it.
Detective Lennie Brisco and Detective Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) of the original “Law and Order” and tacos
Captain Donald Cragan (Dann Florek) of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” mid bite
Speaking: Last week I spoke on at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) event in Melbourne on a panel about “Social Media: Pathways and Pitfalls”. Fellow panellists included Andrew Murrell, General Manager Digital and Social Marketing: Commonwealth Bank of Australia; and Dianne Draganovic Social Media Consultant (Nine Network). Facilitated by the dynamic Deborah Harrigan, Head of Consumer, Small and Medium Business Dell, I loved the discussion about social media with a crowd of women entrepreneurs.
Inspired by: The Sydney Writers’ Festival. It’s always such a busy – but motivating – event, jam-packed with amazing authors all gathered in the Hickson Road precinct in Sydney, right on the harbour. As a former accountant turned writer, it’s probably no surprise to you that one of my favourite sessions was “The Artful Abacus”, where authors Gideon Haigh and Jane Gleeson-White spoke about how to write about the world of numbers. Gideon has recently penned a hefty tome on “The Office” (and no, I’m not talking about the Ricky Gervais comedy), about the history of working in offices. And Jane has written a book called “Double Entry” about the history of accounting. The session was chaired by former Macquarie Banker turned fiction author John M. Greene.
Eating: For an office lunch with a difference, we decided to have an indoors office picnic (well, it’s winter after all). We had Thai food, followed by – you guessed it – cupcakes. Thank goodness this was followed by a boxing session to work off all those calories (at least, that’s what I’m telling myself).
Celebrating: It was also great to attend the launch of Springboard Enterprises last week at an event hosted by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore at Sydney Town Hall. The organisation aims to help women gain access to venture capital and mentoring. I have long been familiar with Springboard’s work in the US so I’m thrilled that Wendy Simpson has brought the concept to Australia. These days, the startup space in Australia is a buzzing place to be. However, it’s still pretty male-dominated, particularly when it comes to high-growth companies. So I’m excited to see the impact Springboard will have on the landscape here and the number of female-led high-growth businesses.
Prepping for: I’ll be moderating the panel at next week’s “Let Talk Business” event on 29 May. The topic is How Your Customer Data Can Drive New Business and will also feature speakers from Google, Datarati and SmartCompany. It will be held at Sydney Town Hall this time. If you’re attending, come and say hi during the networking drinks.
Watching: “A Street Cat Named Bob”. Check out this book trailer.