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Welcome to the online version of Exceptional Extras, where every quarter we highlight a new selection of articles from our award winning Exceptional magazine.

Whether it’s due to a past failure, a new opportunity or simply a desire to try something different, it’s a rare entrepreneur who hasn’t been through some sort of transformation.

Andra Rush reinvented herself when she left her job as a nurse and starting a trucking company with three vehicles, a credit card and a loan from her parents. But perhaps her most important reinvention is the one she’s trying to undertake for the city of Detroit. She’s creating jobs, transforming lives and improving communities – and it’s earned her the recognition of the White House.

We hear from Ivan Epstein, CEO of Sage in Africa, Australia, the Middle East and Asia, who has been through it all - from start-up to going public, delisting and a buyout. Despite this permanent state of transformation his entrepreneurial spirit has always shone through.

We also take a closer look at what inspires entrepreneur, business leader and philanthropist Muna Easa Al Gurg. Away from her role within the family business, Al Gurg is a leading light in Dubai’s non-profit sector; mentoring, inspiring and empowering the next generation of Emirati entrepreneurs.

Alongside these inspiring stories you’ll also find features on:

  • The transformation of rapid growth markets and how to adapt your business to succeed
  • Chris Nassetta, CEO of Hilton Worldwide, on how millennials are changing the hospitality industry
  • Why Shopify’s CEO Tobias Lütke is taking this energetic ecommerce company into the world of bricks and mortar
  • How the importance of the investor relations function for publically traded companies has skyrocketed