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Your Impact Guides
Young people (new adults?) have unprecedented power to shape the future, right now. But sometimes, it's easier to see how in retrospect. So please meet your Launchpad Impact Guides - the crew that have started our where you did (if by starting out you got paid below minimum wage by your Mum to fold washing) and have gone on to innovate in their own unique ways.
Assistant Secretary General // United Nations
From advising the Dallas Police Department on the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to her appointment as Assistant Secretary General to the United Nations, and Assistant High Commissioner to the UNHCR, Gillian Triggs has followed her passion for human rights to build an impact driven career spanning continents and decades.
In Australia, Ms. Triggs led the Australian Human Rights Commission without fear or favour, navigating some of the nation's most tumultuous issues
Senate Candidate // Independent
David migrated from Zimbabwe as a teenager, going on to captain the Wallabies as part of a stellar rugby union career.
Off the field, David has a track record as a powerful advocate on issues ranging from climate action to marriage equality. He holds a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, led the Cool Down campaign of elite Australian athletes at COP26, and runs a regenerative agriculture project in rural Zimbabwe. He is an independent candidate for Senate in the ACT.
Chair of the Board
Robyn grew up in South Western Sydney, the middle child of immigrants. As a teenager, she worked in her Dad's petrol station.
Now, Robyn is Chair of the world's most innovative, and valuable, car company, Tesla.
Having held senior roles at Telstra, where she was Chief Operating Officer, and Toyota, and now leading some of VC firm Blackbird's most innovative projects, Robyn is passionate about ethical, tech-enabled business at global scale.
Chief Impact Officer
Pete Yao started at Thankyou as a volunteer and went on to become one of the social enterprise's first full-time employees back in 2012.
He's now the Chief Impact Officer, responsible for the millions disbursed by Thankyou to impact partners around the world.
Pete's passionate about sustainable and effective holistic impact - he's studied development, social work and commerce to give him the foundation to lead the charge, reshaping the global giving landscape.
Skye is the co-founder of Ripple, a Snow Foundation Fellow, and was the founder of Y Vote, the leading youth voter movement in Australia. She was the Social Impact Experience Market Manager (ANZ/APAC) for Airbnb. Skye has represented Australia as a delegate to the World Forum for Democracy, G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance and EU-Australia Leadership Forum. In 2019 she was named one of the inaugural Obama Foundation Leaders for the Asia Pacific.
Tim is the co-founder of Ripple, and was a founding director of social impact creative studio Agency.
Tim was Chief of Staff to former World Vision CEO, Tim Costello. He now leads engagement for emerging markets impact investor, LeapFrog. Tim was made an inaugural Obama Foundation Leader for APAC and named by President Obama as one of 60 Leaders for the Next Generation.
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We're bringing you a big shot of:
Behind the scenes stories from global leaders and innovators about how they carved their own path
Practical, actionable tips that you can use to apply in your own career, community and civic journey
Hear about how to secure opportunities with our partner orgs - everything from international programs to fellowships, internships and jobs
Meet Ripplers right around the country and join forces to take action in the lead up to the federal election
Wednesday 27th April
5:30 - 7:30pm AEST
Democracy isn't a spectator sport so let's play ball.
Learn how to shape the future from people who already have.
Part 1 - The Impact of Your Vote 🗳 with David Pocock
Part 2 - Your Pledge to Vote 💥
🌅 SESSION 2:
Saturday 30th April
9:30am - 12:30pm AEST
We all want to be a force for good, but where do you start?
Join the best in the business, from home-grown heroes to global leaders
to unpack future-focussed careers, community building and your global influence.
Part 1 - Impact in Your Career 💼 with Robyn Denholm (Tesla)
Part 2 - Impact in Your Community 🤝 with Peter Yao (Thankyou)
Part 3 - Impact in Your World 🌏 with Gillian Triggs (UN)
Part 4 - Action Stations 🚀 with awesome Ripple partners
Your Impact Reps
Sure, being the Captain of a national sporting team or leading global responses to safeguard human rights might be a few years off for the rest of us - that's why in every session we're partnering our impact guides with legendary impact reps from the Ripple community. This crew have their sleeves rolled up, and are building lives of impact right now.
Multicultural Youth Advocate
Angelica is a MYAN NSW Youth Advocate, young carer, Vegemite Merch Enthusiast and has recently been announced as the 2022 Australian Youth Ambassador to the United Nations. She first joined Ripple in late 2019 and since then, has consulted for two of Australia’s largest philanthropic orgs with us! Aside from being selected as a Judith Neilson Community Voices Fellow last year, she also makes waves as a tertiary educator, mental health researcher and brings a wealth of community legend experience to every Board she sits on (there’s a bunch!).
Election Watch Intern
Maryam joined Ripple as an Emerging Civic Leader last year and has never looked back. From then to now – she’s interned at Justice Action working on prison reform and was Editor at UN Youth’s Global Advocate magazine. She’s also consulted for the Sydney Policy Lab’s COVID research initiative.
Thanks to a newfound curiosity for all things civics and combatting disinformation at the source, she’s now a 2022 Election Watch intern at First Draft!
Super Community Volunteer
Rahim is Ripple’s resident Super Volunteer. During his time as an international student, he’s clocked up an average of 10 hours a week through the SES, Cricket Australia, St John Ambulance, Surf Life Saving NSW, City of Sydney, Vivid Sydney, NSW Police Force, OzHarvest Market, Sydney Airport, Football NSW and more.
Rahim was awarded with Bushfire Citation by the NSW Premier for his invaluable work during 2019-20 black bushfires in New South Wales
Tech for Social Good
Abby is one of the co-founders of Tech for Social Good, Australia's first youth-led responsible tech organisation. She’s currently interning at healthtech startup Eucalyptus on their Operations Strategy.
Motivated by the power of human-centred tech, she’s co-authored a report for the Paul Ramsay Foundation on utilising AI to lift educational outcomes in schools, and is also working on a start up idea designed to reform the traditional secondary schooling as a part of Blackbird’s Wild Futures comp. To top it all off – she’s an academic tutor for fundamental engineering courses that were pivotal to the start of her own love for engineering and STEM.
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