SUNSHINE Coast building industry identity Sam Sheppard has joined Maggie Beer, kikki.K founder Kristina Karlsson, Grandiflora founder Saskia Havekes and fashion designer Liz Davenport as a 2014 inductee into the Australian Businesswomen's Network Hall of Fame.
There were 17 women inducted this year.
Ms Sheppard used one word when asked to explain how she ended up on the Network's radar.
"Twitter," she said.
"I have almost 55,000 followers and I've been on Twitter for three years. I pick up between 80 and 100 followers a day. I post upbeat motivational tweets.
"I don't market myself, just Twitter; it's something I've enjoyed doing because I haven't been well."
The Buildmore Group founder was diagnosed with lupus three years ago and, by her own admission, fell off the radar in terms of business on the Coast.
"It turned my entire life completely upside down and Twitter has been a saviour for me, absolutely," she said.
"It feels fabulous to be in the hall of fame with all those other women.
"I feel a bit intimidated... it's not like I'm turning over $160 million a year like some others, but it's more about the fact that I've done something that's a bit trailblazing and that I'm an ambassador for women who work in non-traditional roles."
Key milestones in her working life include founding The Buildmore Group in 2002, spearheading an all-female construction initiative called "Women Into Building" in 2009 and earning a medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to women, the building and construction industry and the community in 2012.
Women Into Building generated an online education hub called Industry Women Central, set to launch officially this week.
"We want to attract and engage with women and help them to be more visible as well as offer professional development, and notify them about the benefits of awards programs.
"We've got interest from a range of high-profile stakeholders to get it off the ground, the next step will be structure and outreach.
"I'd love to see more Women Into Building houses around the country.
"I'd also love to see the government put funding towards it. It shouldn't need to be industry or privately funded, but the government don't seem to have much interest in women's portfolios."
Ms Sheppard paid a heartfelt tribute to Jeanette Singline who had taken over much of the business and IWC duties while she battled health issues.
Sam Sheppard's strategies for success, as told to the Australian Businesswomen's Network:
Be prepared to be vocal: sometimes it's the only way to be heard.
Network, network, network: I can't stress the importance of developing and fostering your 'circle of influence' enough.
Be authentic: it is just as, if not more, important to build 'Brand You' as it is to build your corporate brand. Think of your brand as your reputation and be mindful of how you represent yourself.
Everyone deserves to be heard and it pays to listen.
Strive to challenge yourself and those around you to strive for personal and professional greatness.
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