Community & Business

15 July, 2023

Mum turned author up for awards

JULATTEN mum and author Crystal Leonardi has been named a finalist in three upcoming awards.

Julatten mum and author Crystal Leonardi is a finalist in three awards.
Julatten mum and author Crystal Leonardi is a finalist in three awards.

In the past year, Crystal has published three books of her own as well as several other titles under Bowerbird Publishing – a journey that started with writing a book about her son, Sebastian, and his fight against brain cancer.

Now, she is a finalist in the Author of the Year, hosted by AusMumpreneur, Woman of the Year, hosted by Beam in Business, and Sole Entrepreneur of the Year, hosted by the Cairns Business Women’s Club.

The AusMumpreneur national awards, presented by The Women’s Business School, celebrate and recognise Australian Mums in business who achieve outstanding success while balancing motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.

The Beam in Business national awards shine a light on business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals in business. They are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of out- standing business owners and professional achievers.

The Cairns Business Women’s Club local awards acknowledge women who own and manage

their own businesses for their outstanding skills and contribution to their businesses and the business community.

Winners will be announced during July and August, with Crystal looking forward to travelling to Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney for the award ceremonies.

Last year, Crystal picked up the AusMumprenuer Author of the Year award.

Her publishing company, Bowerbird Publishing, is gaining traction with emerging writers engaging her services from around Australia as Crystal uses her experiences to guide other budding authors.

“Balancing responsibilities is a challenge I’m sure many women, including myself, need to work on constantly,” she said.

“As a mother, businesswoman, P&C member, and community supporter of several charities, including Children’s Hospital Foundation and Book Angels, balance and good time management skills are essential.”

Crystal attributes her success to having a clear vision and an ambitious attitude and gives the following advice to others: “Do your research, know your budget, and connect with other women in the industry.”


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