My Hunt for a Hero – The Conclusion


Two weeks ago I set myself a highly ambitious goal of having a conversation with Virgin Founder and business legend Sir Richard Branson during his upcoming visit to Melbourne.

He was visiting to speak at the 21st Century Financial Education Summit, headlining with bestselling author Tim Ferriss.

So I created a plan, involving a You Tube clip.

I sent it out on Twitter and a re-tweeting frenzy ensued. Soon we were trending (one of the top messages being sent around) throughout Australia and offers of help started hitting my inbox.

Thanks to the amazing support I received, among other offers, I was donated a Platinum pass and some general admission tickets to the event.

Not only did that give me the opportunity to sit four rows from the front (aisle, just slightly to right of stage), it enabled me to hear some great speakers such as Jeff and Kane, Jamie McIntyre and Eric Bailey.

It was also my golden ticket to attend a VIP cocktail party with Sir Richard. I emerged from drinks with the first step in my mission completed. Photo with Sir Richard: Tick! Conversation: Limited to a ‘Hi, nice to meet you’.

I raced off to hear Eddie McGuire interview Sir Richard on the main stage. Then Eddie got off the stage and invited questions for Sir Richard.

As people rushed to the microphone, Eddie was standing right next to me. Supported by a rush of adrenaline, I got to my feet and plucked up the courage to whisper in Eddie’s ear, requesting to ask a question about social responsibility.

He immediately said yes and handed me the microphone. While my visions of how this could ever play out hadn’t included an audience of about 5000 people, I am thrilled to report…

Conversation between me and Sir Richard Branson: Tick!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this journey, from near and far and showed that focus, energy, some supportive folk and a little luck can make a dream of this m.a.d.woman come true!

Next mission: to arrange a private follow up chat with Sir Richard about a special social justice project… Anyone able to help…?


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  • Fiona

    What an amazing story! Just shows what you can do when you put your mind to something. By the way, what question did you ask him and how did he respond?

    • Melina Schamroth

      Thanks Fiona! I asked him about ways Australian businesses could be more socially responsible. The rest of the conversation is an adrenaline-fuelled blur! :)

  • Paul Hassing

    Yee har! Go YOU! Talk about dream into action, Melina! I tips me ‘at ter yer! :)

    • Melina Schamroth

      Thanks Paul! I think the thing I learned was to dream big dreams! They take the same amount of effort as small ones! :)

  • Julian Smith

    Wonderful story Melina! I’m all inspired to dream bigger!


    • Melina Schamroth

      Thanks Julian – I’ve decided it takes about the same amount of effort :) I’m setting even bigger goals now!