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Some 20 years ago Carolyn Creswell was told she was going to lose her part-time job hand-making muesli and she took the plunge and bought half the tiny business for $1,000. She was flat broke for the first five years and used to get her brother to syphon petrol out of her mum’s car when she couldn’t afford to buy any to do the next day’s deliveries. Over the last 20 years she has grown Carman’s to the number one selling muesli and bar brand on Australian supermarket shelves and now exports to 32 countries world-wide.

Carolyn’s way of running Carman’s has achieved recognition across a number of awards including being crowned the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. All the while she has managed to raise four children 9 and under and maintains a successful marriage!

Today, Carolyn not only runs Carman’s, but also sits on the board of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation which puts kitchens and organic gardens in primary schools to give children the chance to grow, harvest, prepare and share food . And you may also recognise her from the Channel 10 show, Recipe to Riches, where Carolyn has taken on a mentoring role.

An inspiration to anyone plugging away at their dream, she is also extraordinarily proud to keep Carman’s 100% Australian made and owned.

It was in 2002 that Alisa Camplin leapt into the Australian history books when she became only the second Australian to ever win gold at the Winter Olympics. Alisa captivated the world and has made history.

To win the coveted gold medal, the 5-foot-2-inch Australian landed a ‘back full/double full' on her second jump. Since winning the Olympic title, Alisa had two phenomenal seasons. By the end of the 2002/03 season Alisa became the reigning World Record Holder, World Champion and the WC Grand Prix Champion, thus achieving ‘The Triple Crown'.

Alisa Camplin also won the 2002 Female Sportswoman of the Year Award and the 2002 Sir Donald Bradman Award, for the athlete who has most inspired the nation. An ex-gymnast, Alisa didn't start skiing until the age of nineteen. But in March 2004, Alisa Camplin capped off a brilliant season by winning the gold medal in the aerial skiing World Cup finals at the 2006 Torino Olympic venue in Italy. The victory made her the third woman in freestyle skiing history to claim seven victories in the one season, and gave her a second consecutive World Cup title.
At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Alisa claimed the bronze medal, becoming the first person in history to win back-to-back Olympic aerial medals.

The result was made even more amazing by the fact that Alisa had tragically re-injured her knee just four months prior to the Games. However she was able to make an exceptional recovery to be back on skis by Christmas and on the podium six weeks later!

Alisa Camplin is no stranger when it comes to injury comebacks (including two broken ankles, nine concussions, a broken collarbone, a broken hand, a separated shoulder, a torn knee ligament, a torn achilles tendon and two snapped anterior cruciate ligaments). But Alisa Camplin is the first to admit that it was all worth it to become Australia's first-ever female Winter Olympic gold medalist, duel Olympic medalist, World Champion, World Record Holder and two times WC Grand Prix Champion.

Lindsay Edward Fox, AC was born on 19 April 1937 in Sydney, Australia and went to school in Melbourne at Prahran State School and Melbourne High School.

The son of a truck driver, Lindsay left school at the age of 16 and bought his first truck when he was 19. Today, Linfox is one of the largest Australian-based transport and warehousing groups with operations in 10 countries.

The Linfox Group employs more than 24,000 people, operates 3.5 million square metres of warehousing, a fleet of more than 6,000 vehicles and carries out distribution operations for leading companies across the Asia-Pacific region.

From September 1992 to December 1993, Lindsay Fox together with Bill Kelty of the ACTU introduced a national campaign called ’Work for Australia’. This campaign encouraged companies and local communities to generate jobs for the unemployed with the aid of Government subsidies and programs. Upon conclusion, over 60,000 jobs were pledged through their efforts and Lindsay and Bill were awarded 'Victorians of the Year' by the Sunday Age. The success of this campaign set the foundations for NETTFORCE.

David Smorgon, a lawyer by profession, is a well-known, successful and respected businessman who has a reputation as a force in the business and sporting worlds.
 
For 25 years David Smorgon was a senior executive at Smorgon Consolidated Industries, the $1 billion family business that spanned meat, paper, glass, plastics and steel industries. When the business was sold off in 1995 in a staged divestment it ended a 70-year family history and marked one of the lowest points of David's life. He and others were bitterly disappointed when their efforts to save the family business failed.
 
Shortly afterwards, David - a lifetime supporter of the Footscray Football Club (now the Western Bulldogs) - was invited to head the taskforce that reviewed the club. Newly fired up by the many challenges the club was facing, David became president. Under his leadership, where business perspective and professionalism are paramount, the club has experienced great success on and off the field. David will end his 16-year reign as president in December 2012. He will be the second-longest serving president in the AFL.
 
In 1996 David and his three sons established Generation Investments focusing on business opportunities, equity and property investments. His most recent business venture is PointMade, where he assists senior executives to professionalise their pitch and speaking skills. Drawing on his own business acumen and astuteness, he enjoys imparting his own rules for success to inspire others.
 
In 1997 David was named the inaugural chairman of Family Business Australia, established to provide guidance to family businesses nationally. Eminently qualified with his insight into family businesses, he held this position for six years.
 
In 2000, David Smorgon was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the Western Bulldogs and for his contribution to the community through health, social welfare and education.
 
In 2008, David accepted the role of Ambassador for' Ochre - Supporting Indigenous health through art', an auction of spectacular Indigenous art to raise funds for research into Indigenous child health at Charles Darwin University's Menzies School of Health Research.
 
David Smorgon is a fascinating presenter who knows the requirements for success and generously imparts his wisdom born of experience. Refreshingly honest, there is arguably no one better equipped to talk about business, success, adversity, teamwork and resilience

Kevin Sheedy is one of the Australian Football League’s most enduring coaches, and arguably the most imaginative in the history of the craft. A player and coach for 40 years, Kevin Sheedy has an unsurpassed record of involvement in eight Premierships and in 1998 Kevin broke the record for coaching more professional AFL games than anyone else in history. He now holds the AFL record
for the most games combined as a player and coach with 886 games. Kevin Sheedy has been a catalyst for many changes in AFL: respect for interstate football during the 1980’s, an expanded interchange bench at the state and club level, a new level of versatility among players, the growing influence
and confidence of Aboriginal players, clever manipulation of the draft and apprenticeships in football.
Kevin Sheedy has been a success as a player and coach and is unrivalled when it comes to engaging new communities in the game. As an ambassador to the AFL, he was heavily involved in developing the Greater Western Sydney side.

For over twenty-five years Tommy Hafey has motivated thousands of individuals and teams to greater levels of personal performance. As a legendary football coach, his reputation for developing winning teams is unparalleled.
Tom provides sales directors, managers, teams and individuals with necessary tools to become successful winners. Tom Hafey is known as one of the super coaches of the AFL. After coaching Richmond Football Club to four Premierships, Tom Hafey was able to motivate Collingwood from the bottom of the ladder, to several Grand Final appearances.
In fact in his first year at Collingwood he took the team from wooden spooners to a tie in the Grand Final. Tom’s honesty and ability with people has been a major reason as to why he was successful at these clubs and also at both the Geelong and Sydney Football Clubs.

One of the most successful and inspirational coaches of the post-war era, Tom Hafey began his senior football life as a tough, relentless back pocket specialist who played 67 VFL games for Richmond between 1953 and 1958. It is as a coach that he is better remembered, however, and his total of 522 games (for a 64.75% success rate) as a senior VFL coach was only ever bettered by three others.