Melissa Foote is a Non-Executive-Director of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and the Managing Director of her practice and educational businesses, Bloom 8 Global & Melfoote.com.au. As an accomplished entrepreneur, she built a successful accounting and bookkeeping practice as well as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that specialised in finance and business qualifications. After many years of building and growth, she then focused on creating a lifestyle business that ultimately could run without her. The outcome of applying these principles to both her practice and the RTO, enabled her to sell the Government-funded educational arm, whilst still retaining her practice. Melissa is also an accomplished speaker and network facilitator for ICB and her own companies. She has also expanded her practice to incorporate online courses to assist business owners and other bookkeepers and accountants to streamline their practice and/or business. Melissa is a proud advocate and avid supporter of the accounting, bookkeeping and education industries, which is clearly evidenced by her passionate dedication to her ongoing practice (since 2002), the ICB, further studies and support for her peers in industry.