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Maureen Jordan

Maureen Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and a Law Degree (Honours) and has carved a niche in the media to balance her world of work and family.

Her company, the Switzer Group, owns divisions in media and publishing and financial services.

During her 25 year involvement in media and publishing, Maureen has held Editor in Chief roles for esteemed publications such as Charter Magazine for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has authored several books including Women Entrepreneurs, which she wrote for the Federal Office of Women, Small Business Start Up Guide published by Allen & Unwin and Finding And Managing Your Mortgage, Wiley Publishing.

As group publisher of Switzer Media & Publishing, Maureen has initiated and managed the publication of specialty books, magazines and content for some of the country's leading organisations. Clients include Optus, the Mortgage & Finance Industry Association, IBM, Hewlett Packard, the Commonwealth Bank, Telstra, AMP, IP Australia, Yahoo 7, the University of NSW and law firm Griffith Hack.

Switzer Media & Publishing holds the Australian & New Zealand licence for Harper’s Bazaar and Maureen is the Publisher of both the monthly magazine and the Harper’s Bazaar website.

Such is Maureen's commitment to business that in 1996 she was inducted into the Australian Business Women's Hall of Fame in Melbourne, as well as being a finalist in the Sydney Business Review's Business Women of the Year 2003.

Early in her career, Maureen taught in both the secondary school system - public and private - as well as teaching at the University of New South Wales.

Maureen's knowledge of small business and the economy, combined with her legal skills as a solicitor, has enabled her to not only put a firm footing under her own long-established business, but has also given her the credibility to assist others.

19 August 2009
Look what they done to my brain, Ma

In my blog a few weeks ago, I wrote about a study undertaken at Oxford University that ranked Australian men as the least attractive to women wanting to enter long-term relationships. As someone who has taught at university over the years and engaged in high level research for my law thesis, I ask the question: […]

13 August 2009
Sisters are doin' it to themselves

Spare me a moment’s distraction from my usual literary references as I resort to Wikipedia, to define the word ‘confidence’. According to this internet source, confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most […]

7 August 2009
Gimme, gimme, gimme (a man after midnight)

Apparently a study emanating from an obscurely named corridor of Oxford University has pointed the finger of shame at Aussie blokes who don’t carry their weight when it comes to domestic chores. I picked up this article on Reuters under the title ‘Scandinavians most attractive husbands, Aussies least’. The study suggests that women are keen […]

30 July 2009
Bonfire of the Vanities

This week, I had the privilege of sitting in on the first webinar in a series our company is involved in with CPA Australia. The series is called On The Pulse hosted by Peter Switzer. The first guest, David Gonski, is (among many things) Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, chair of the […]

23 July 2009
Never miss a sale

I've been doing some research lately into the topic of selling to women. I remember years ago being so annoyed with bank managers, real estate agents, insurance salesmen and car salesmen (and yes, I say men as 99.9 per cent of them were men) to name a few. In our family, I make 50 per […]

16 July 2009
Get up, stand up

One of the key findings of a recent study based on data collected for Executive Managers and Key Management Personnel as part of the 2008 EOWA Australian Census of Women in Leadership – Pay, Power and Position – was that remuneration generally increases as companies get larger (measured by market capitalisation) but it increases much […]

14 July 2009
From orphan to entrepreneur extraordinaire

Saw the French film Coco Avant Chanel last week. What an inspirational story. She went from orphan to entrepreneur extraordinaire in a period in history when any woman would have found it tough. It takes courage break out and do things against the norm. I recommend this film highly to anyone looking for inspiration to […]

9 July 2009
Why do women shy from the limelight?

I've been in business over 20 years now and seen a lot of changes but one constant is that women have a tendency to keep themselves from the limelight. Of course, there are exceptions to this, but on so many occasions I see women declining opportunities for publicity. In numerous business awards, the line up […]

27 June 2009
Ms Entrepreneur

There is an entrepreneur in many of us. We dream of opening a café, owning a shop or starting some business venture from home. We act as entrepreneurs in our corporate life, running our division, leading people or coming up with innovations to drive up sales. There are so many opportunities to be developed and […]

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