Creating tangible change through a community of influencers

Creating tangible change through a community of influencers

Our new initiative, the Women of Influence Alumni Projects, has been five years in the making. Since 2012, each year we’ve been shining a spotlight on 100 influential Australian women for their amazing contribution to the community and business sectors. While we’ve focused on celebrating these incredible change agents through the 100 Women of Influence Awards, it’s now time to galvanise this community of influencers to make an even greater impact.

To set the scene, at the end of last year, we reached out to our Women of Influence alumni to invite them to share their brilliant ideas for change within the community, or business their passion projects that they may need a bit of help getting off the ground.

We were overwhelmed by the number of submissions we received, all at various stages of development, from the nub of a great idea, to pilot stage.

It made us think that there was a great opportunity to harness the specialist experience and expertise of our alumni members by using them as a resource bank to help develop some of these projects.

We also thought that it would be a good opportunity to showcase these worthy projects through our own communication channels, events and networks – so expect to read more about what our alumni have been up to in the near future. As far as we’re concerned, the more people who are aware of these influencer projects, the stronger the potential for growth and increased support which ultimately results in societal change.

So this year, we’d like to introduce the very first project we’ll be backing the “Catch-Up” project which will aim to strengthen the quality of life and financial security for older women.

This new program is the brainchild of our 2014 Women of Influence winner of the Social Enterprise/Not-For-Profit award category, Jo Cavanagh. She’s the CEO of community service organisation, Family Life, and in 2013 was awarded an Order of Australia for her outstanding achievement and service.

You can find out more about the “Catch-Up Project” in a piece written by Jo. Click here.

This is the first project in what we hope will be the first of many as we work together to a brave and bold future of inclusiveness, diversity and equality.

by Women of Influence program team

 

“Always remember that progress does not come in one giant leap but rather in many small intentional steps.”
– Elizabeth Broderick, 2014 overall winner

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