GS 217, Student Lounge, Level 2 George Swinburne Building, Hawthorn Campus
Theme: Entrepreneurship around Social Change
The Leadership & Volunteering team would like to share ideas with Swinburne students through a series of leadership talks in which guest speakers will take them through their personal journeys. Speakers will share how they embrace challenges, overcome obstacles and sometimes fight against society stereotypes. Our guest speakers will be Swinburne students, alumni, and staff, as well as high-profile personalities and members of the community.
Gerard Holland After over a decade in the corporate world including Pitcher Partners and Royal Bank of Scotland, Gerard left the comfort of a full-time job as a chartered accountant in 2015 to pursue his own business ventures. Outcome. Life was born out of a passion to empower international students to make better education decisions. A couple of years on, the business has pivoted to its current form of solving the problem of international graduate employability. Simultaneously, Gerard has also co-founded Pleased.Property and GADA Technology.
Matthew Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of Vollie, a platform that connects skilled Australians with non-profit organisations to unlock skills-based remote volunteering. Matt has close to a decade of experience working with non-profits, having helped to raise more than $1 million in funding and volunteer value across children’s charities, mental health NFPs, animal welfare groups, environmental charities and more. He has experience in ad agencies, past start-ups (not his own) and across a number of corporate gigs.
Swachchanda Awasare is currently working as a Lead Business Analyst at NBN Co. In this role, her main focus is to define high-level business requirements and end-to-end business solution architecture (IT, Engineering, Operations, and Construction). Swachchanda also educates cross-functional stakeholders in Agile processes leading them to make empowered decisions. Swachchanda is also an Empowerment Coach at Athena Institute of Healing Arts specializing in the area of self-awareness, self-development, and relationships. She has a knack for explaining spiritual concepts in a simple manner backed by scientific facts. She provides practical tools for people to use in daily life and help them to make empowered decisions.