Melanie Summer was born and raised in Germany. After travelling around the world on a sailing boat, a journey that took her three years, she chose to call Australia home. As a busy single mum Melanie recognised she needed to re-organise her life in order to be flexible enough to care and create security for her young daughter, so she started her own business on the Sunshine Coast, Flash Fotos. Her dramatic learning curve over the next three years saw her contemplate bankruptcy and then turn her business into the ongoing success that it is today. As she says, “I always knew I’d land on my feet but I just wasn’t sure if I’d be wearing high heels or running shoes. Land on her feet is exactly what she did. In 2009 she co-founded the Mind Design centre and continues to inspire and motivate as an engaging speaker and writer. Melanie was finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards 2010 and in 2011 she won both the Telstra Business Awards for Small Business and Regional Queensland.