Taylor Dee Hawkins is Managing Director of Foundations for Tomorrow, a non-partisan NFP with the mission of future-proofing Australia’s interests and advancing the consideration of the interests of future generations in government and industry decision-making.
In 2021, Foundations for Tomorrow conducted Australia’s largest consultation run by and for youth, to identify the requirements to create a more just, equitable and sustainable future.
Identifying a gap in the healthcare of vulnerable people in New South Wales, Dr. Daniel Nour founded Street Side Medics in August 2020. It’s a not-for-profit, GP-led mobile medical service for people experiencing homelessness.
With 145 volunteers and four clinics across New South Wales, Street Side Medics have changed the lives of more than 300 patients. It has treated many communicable and non-communicable illnesses, dealt with neglected medical needs, and detected conditions that would otherwise have gone unnoticed.
With over two decades of experience in the wealth creation space, Vanessa Stoykov knows how important it is to have courageous conversations in order to achieve financial freedom.
From her 23-year history of owning a financial services education-focused media business, Evolution Media Group, Vanessa has a deep understanding of the finance world and has the unique ability to communicate this in a way that everyday people can understand.
Lucinda Hartley is an award-winning urban designer, a cofounder of world-leading social analytics company Neighbourlytics, and a globally recognised expert in smart cities and social change.
Named as one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, Lucinda is a technology leader who offers inspiration and practical advice on the future of living, the future of work, and how technology can be a force for good in turbulent times.
Mick Ryan is a highly skilled leader and strategist with more than three decades of experience working in senior roles in the Australian military and beyond.
Mick is most comfortable when leading or belonging to a diverse team of professionals, and he also has significant experience in developing and establishing new organisations. In particular, he enjoys nurturing the next generation of leaders - in any industry.
Dr Tahnee Bridson is best known for her work to reduce stigma, improve help-seeking and promote mental well-being as the founder of Hand-n-Hand Peer Support Inc.
Tahnee experienced shame and stigma firsthand when she was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa as a university student. She rose through adversity and defied the odds by graduating top of her class.
Her personal experiences were the inspiration behind Hand-n-Hand - so that no one would ever need to go through this alone again.
A true disruptor for purpose, Justine’s leadership as co-founder of Thankyou has seen a small start-up go against all odds to become one of Australia’s leading social enterprises, globally recognised for its creativity, innovation and impact.
As young as 12 years old, Justine Flynn was deeply impacted by the stories she had heard of millions of people overseas living in poverty and was inspired to take action and make an impact in whatever way she could.
She began holding bake sales and running clothing swaps to save enough money to pay her own way on trips to developing countries to understand the hardship these people experienced and to help those living in extreme poverty.
Sarah Di Lorenzo is a qualified Clinical Nutritionist who has dedicated her career to overhauling the health of Australians of all ages.
Growing up with a father who is a psychiatrist and a mother who is a nurse, caring for the health of others was always in Sarah’s DNA.
Sarah’s Greek heritage meant family meals were based on the Mediterranean diet and it’s those principles of healthy eating and fresh produce that guide Sarah’s holistic approach to health and wellness.
Cooper Chapman is inspiring people all around the world to improve their well-being by finding their purpose through connecting with their values.
Cooper is fueled by happiness and kindness. Traveling the world as a professional surfer for the last 10 years has offered him countless opportunities, including representing Australia on multiple occasions and being rated in the top 100 surfers on the globe for the last 7 years. Cooper is still currently competing and chasing his dreams of being a world champion surfer.
Sheila Vijeyarasa has the playbook on how to achieve your goals against the odds.
She achieved great success in the corporate world as a Commercial and Finance Director, a feat even more impressive when you consider that Less than 12% of Finance Board positions are held by women and even fewer are women of colour. She holds an MBA (with Distinction) from the University of New South Wales Business School.
In 2017, after nearly 10 years of working FIFO shutdowns and construction, having already experienced his partner’s suicidality due to working away, Lachie Samuel lost two colleagues to suicide and was later evacuated from site for mental health issues.
Since then Lachie has gone on to become one of the leaders in FIFO mental health, creating a top mental health podcast, the FIFO Mental Health Summit, and founding FIFO Happiness, The Association for Mental Health in Mining & The Red Earth Project.
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In 2015, Craig Hollywood pitched the idea of offering free haircuts to people experiencing homelessness at a barbershop in Perth.
Calling it Short Back & Sidewalks, it has since grown into a national for-impact organisation that’s gone from strength to strength.
Jahin Tanvir is an award-winning keynote and TEDx speaker, author, board director, and multicultural youth advocate.
At 21-years-old, Jahin is a Diversity and Inclusion leader having been involved in several youth-led and multicultural organisations to champion youth empowerment, healthcare, and education for all young people.