17 Mar Episode 49 Making Social Impact Through Your Business
And that was the start of her journey in the impact business and led her to start Gen Z. She decided to put a team of Australian entrepreneurs and design a curriculum called Dare to Dream and run this workshop to teach entrepreneurial skills to the kids in Cambodia. Her plan worked out, and the results were terrific. In a grand finale event, the kids launched their business with a small budget. For the first time, Liz felt she was aligned to her real purpose and passion.
And so, she decided to launch a social enterprise where she turned a program into a program that she run for schools in Australia. The money that the schools pay was used to fund her work in Cambodia. Every time they run the workshop in Cambodia, they will award an overall winner who’ll win $1,000 to start their business.
“And the best thing about it is that they do it all by themselves. We give them the skills that a business can be built from. A lot of times, we overcomplicate it. And we think it needs to be a lot more difficult than it is.”
The League of Extraordinary Women
The League of Extraordinary Women is another passion project of Liz that came out accidentally. One time, she went to a conference and met three women. They realized that they need to run an event where all-female founders can meet and get together. The initial meeting was held in a local bar attended by 12 women, and it has grown ever since. The community now involves 180,000 of genuine, caring and supportive women. They run a conference called Women in the World happening in different places and several times in a year.
In life, there as quite as many challenges as there is in business. For Liz, she finds difficult balancing her roles as a mother and her busy schedule with her business projects. She gives herself time by doing simple things like walking, reading or even having coffee.
What’s Next for Liz?
Liz wears different hats which makes her schedule very busy. But still, she remains dedicated to her purpose on impact business. She’s going to create Impact Next Generation and they will be launching a documentary aiming at students, parents, and teachers on how to navigate life after school this 2019.
Find the links for the Sunrise charity that we talked about and Links to Liz Volpe socials
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