Story of social entrepreneurship takes out prestigious $30,000 Ashurst Business Literature Prize

Friday 1 June 2018

Michael Traill’s fascinating memoir about ‘jumping ship’ from the high-flying world of banking to the not-for-profit sector has won the 2017 Ashurst Business Literature Prize, Australia’s most
significant award for business writing.

In his debut book Jumping Ship: From the World of Corporate Australia to the Heart of Social Investment (Hardie Grant), Michael Traill tells a candid story about how he transferred the business acumen of banking to the philanthropy and social ventures sectors, with impressive results.

According to Richard Fisher AM, chair of the judging panel: “In an age when companies are thinking more about their corporate social responsibility and what it might involve, Michael Traill’s insightful book provides some great pointers on working successfully across all sectors.”

The independent judging panel, comprising of Richard Fisher AM, Narelle Hooper and Margie Seale, selected Traill’s book as the winner from a shortlist of three. The other shortlisted works are:

  • Losing Streak: How Tasmania was Gamed by the Gambling Industry by James Boyce (Black Inc.)
  • Stop Fixing Women: Why Building Fairer Workplaces is Everybody's Business by Catherine Fox (NewSouth Publishing)


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