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Award-winning youth advocate.

If you want to be a leader, you have to understand yourself.

Yasmin Poole is an award-winning speaker, writer and youth advocate. Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, Yasmin’s work focuses on why diversity is necessary to ignite social change.

Yasmin developed a strong sense of justice at a young age. After growing up in a low-income family in country Victoria, she was instilled with the desire to stand up for the disadvantaged and create a fairer Australia.

Current Work

She has since gone on to become a powerful representative for the youth voice. She is Plan International's National Ambassador and the Non-Executive Board Director of OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity.

Yasmin also frequently represents the views of young women in prominent media programs such as Q&A and The Drum.

Previous Experience

Youth Leadership: In 2018, Yasmin represented over a million young Australians as the first-ever Chair of the Victorian Government's Youth Congress. Since then, she has gone on to represent Australian youth at APEC and the G20.

Awards and Accolades: In 2019, Yasmin was the youngest member of the Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians and Top 25 Young Women to Watch in International Relations.

Talking Points

Why Young people are the Leaders of Today, not Tomorrow

If you're trying to predict the future, who better to turn to for counsel than Australia's young people?

Named ‘Generation Compassion’, the power of youth is clear: their unique open-mindedness and energy for change means that nothing is off the table in their pursuit of innovation.

Yet, this value is often ignored. Young people are left to shout from the sidelines, with social media and protests their only effective way of being heard. In the workplace, rigid hierarchies constrain young people from challenging the status quo.

Learn from Yasmin Poole, Gen Z and the youngest member of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence 2019, on how we can collectively bridge the generational divide.

Through this talk, Yasmin will explore why young people are necessary to future-proof the world, how to transition young people from apathy to agency and how institutions can meaningfully include youth in decision-making.

My ‘Lightning Bolt moment’: The day I became a Leader

Yasmin Poole is a young woman that isn’t afraid to make her voice heard. From being a National Ambassador of an international NGO, a Non-Executive Board Director of major charity and representing millions of young Australians, Yasmin proves that young women need a seat at the decision-making table.

But Yasmin’s journey has been far from linear. From growing up low income to witnessing ongoing racism against her family, Yasmin was faced with a choice: to say nothing or speak up.

She chose the second option.

Join Yasmin as she explores her unconventional path to leadership and why life’s toughest moments create our greatest opportunities. As a young woman of colour, Yasmin shares lessons on how we can find our voice in a world which favours the status quo. Through this candid talk, Yasmin demonstrates that powerful leadership requires simple ingredients - self-understanding, vulnerability and the realisation that your story matters.

Paving the path to a Gender Equal World

From politics to pandemics, gender equality advocate Yasmin Poole begins with the most basic question: “Where are the women?”

It often seems like women are invisible in policymaking. Women perform double the amount of time on household duties compared to men. Australia has only had one female Prime Minister in its entire history. There are more ASX 200 CEOs named Andrew than there are women. Australia has a very long way to go.

As a young woman of colour, Yasmin knows a thing or two about feeling underrepresented in higher leadership. Yet, she has channeled this frustration into hope - determined to pave a path for young women across the country. Yasmin is currently Plan International’s National Ambassador, with a focus on engaging young women in politics. From debating with politicians on Q&A to representing millions of young people as the Chair of the Victorian Government’s Youth Congress, Yasmin has established herself as a role model for young women across the country.

Through this talk, learn about Yasmin’s leadership journey navigating the world as a young female leader. She discusses how we can craft our own ‘gender lens’ when viewing society, exploring how gender inequality remains embedded in our institutions, norms and structures. Yasmin shares her stories and experiences to provide inspiration for how we can create gender equal world.


Yasmin is an accomplished moderator and has facilitated panels across the country. Through her warm and welcoming style, Yasmin draws upon the strength of each panelist to create an engaging, diverse and often personal discussion. Yasmin ensures to be well researched on the topic at hand and has a knack for distilling complex ideas into key audience takeaways.
The feedback from our First National members regarding your speech was absolutely incredible. The attention you commanded from everyone in the room, without even trying, was amazing - and if you were trying, you did it effortlessly. I have already heard talk of getting you back for other First National events and I couldn’t be more thrilled. First National Real Estate

Yasmin is engaging, genuine, and professional. She spoke at our Research Seminar on how we can mainstream intersectionality to improve outcomes for all. Yasmin’s talk was insightful, powerful, and very informative and we have had great feedback from attendees on this session. We really appreciated Yasmin sharing her important and candid perspective and experience as a young researcher and Asian Australian woman, and we would highly recommend her as a speaker!


I am writing to thank you once again on behalf of YWCA Canberra for facilitating an authentic, interesting, at times devastating but overall extremely important conversation. Your ability to create such a candid yet meaningful conversation is an absolute testament to your skills! I had a lot of attendees let me know this was their favourite In-Conversation event this year.

YWCA Canberra

Yasmin is a powerful and passionate speaker. She provided a youthful and genuine insight into her leadership journey as an aspiring young woman and woman of colour. Her message resonated with everyone in the audience, from her inspired peers to the staff and parliamentarians present.

Parliament Victoria

Thank you Yasmin for being such a powerful and passionate voice on our panel discussion, around how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on structural disadvantages and women’s vulnerability to gender-based violence. You brought profound and important perspectives to the conversation, particularly around intersectionality. We are so grateful for your invaluable contribution.

Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault
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