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Lessons from Jane Austen

Jane Austen has become one of the most significant writers the world has ever seen - a phenomenal achievement for a clergyman's daughter born in 1775.  

Two hundred years after Jane's untimely death, she is more popular than ever. Jane’s books have been translated into over 35 languages. Over 100,000 people make the pilgrimage to Jane’s homes each year and there are over 30 Jane Austen Societies worldwide, the largest of which (The Jane Austen Society of North America) has more than 70 branches. Over fifty Jane Austen events and festivals are held each year across the world and her works have inspired at least 75 movies or television series. More than 20,000 fan fiction novels have been published, based on Jane’s life, work and characters and there are over 7000 Austen related websites and social media profiles online.

Jane's is the remarkable story of a young country girl from a quiet village in Hampshire, in the south of England, who was determined to become a published author. Her first attempts failed and there were many setbacks and challenges but Jane had self-belief, resilience and an approach to her 'business' that have inspired Caroline to achieve her own career success.

In Sense, Sensibility & Success, Caroline shares the business and life lessons of her fifth great-aunt Jane Austen that have inspired her own path to success.

Caroline started working in business in her late twenties and moved to Australia in 2008 to become CEO of a large marketing agency, responsible for 1500 staff. In 2009 became a not-for-profit board director and in 2012 Caroline was a finalist in the 2012 Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Awards. The following year Caroline became an Honorary Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and in 2015 Caroline was chair of the judging panel for the Institute's Leadership Excellence Awards. Caroline is now a Field Marketing Consultant and runs her own business, The Greyfriar Group. She is founder and chair of the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation and works with the Jane Austen community to raise money to provide reading and writing resources to communities in literacy crisis.