Join us to celebrate the global World YWCA Day, announce our 2017 Great Ydeas Small Grants recipients and support the YWCA Clubhouse!

World YWCA Day is recognised every year across 120 countries. The Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast provides an opportunity for our members, supporters, partners and friends to celebrate the YWCA movement, award our 2017 grant recipients, and highlight women and innovation.

This year the Breakfast will raise funds for the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse, an innovative program providing Tuggeranong youth with the skills, experience and industry networks to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

The Clubhouse is entirely supported by community, corporate, philanthropic and government contributions, so every contribution is vital to the ongoing success of the program. We’ll hold a raffle at the event, with some excellent prizes to be won, which will be listed here soon!

The event will feature a keynote address from Kate Carnell, followed by a panel discussion with some of our talented past Great Ydeas recipients. YWCA Canberra’s President, Jude Burger will also announce the lucky recipients of our 2017 Great Ydeas Grants Program.

Keynote speaker:

Kate Carnell AO

Kate Carnell commenced her role as Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) in March 2016. Kate brings extensive experience and knowledge to the role of Ombudsman, having run her own small businesses for 15 years before becoming ACT Chief Minister in 1995 for a five year period.

Prior to her appointment as the inaugural ASBFEO, Kate held the position of CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which represents more than 300,000 businesses across Australia. She has also served two years as CEO of beyondblue, four years as CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, four years as CEO of the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN) and three years as CEO of the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI).

Kate is a pharmacist by profession and was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the first female to become the National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Kate was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to the community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology advances.


Caterina Giorgi

Caterina Giorgi is the Founder and Managing Director of For Purpose, a social business working with for purpose professionals to develop their skills, share ideas and work collaboratively to create innovative solutions to complex problems. Caterina has worked in the for purpose sector in a range of policy, advocacy and sector development roles, including as Director or Policy and Research at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education. Caterina has presented at national and international conferences on public health policy research, advocacy, government relations and public policy. She also delivers policy, advocacy, social change and government relations training across Australia. Caterina was a finalist of the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year Awards, is a fellow of the Centre for Australian Progress, a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School program Leadership, Organising and Change and an editor and author of the book ‘Stemming the tide of Alcohol: Liquor licensing and the public interest’.

Hannah Wandel

Hannah Wandel is a social entrepreneur, gender equality advocate, public speaker, and the founder and CEO of Country to Canberra: a national not-for-profit empowering young rural women to reach their leadership potential. Hannah is also a Board Director at YWCA Canberra, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a United Nations Youth and Gender Equality Taskforce member, and is the youngest-ever Board Director of the National Rural Women’s Coalition – Australia’s peak body for regional women. Hannah was named one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ by the Australian Financial Review/Westpac in 2015, won a 2015 Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Scholarship, was a 2015 Finalist in the ACT Young Woman of the Year Award and was a 2016 NSW/ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Finalist – the first-ever Canberran in the award’s 16-year history. She is passionate about youth, community and authenticity, and loves spending time with her friends and cheering for the Adelaide crows.

Hannah Massingham 

Hannah Massingham is a champion for gender equality and diversity of thought in organisations. Hannah is Co-Founder and Director of womenCANplay an NGO that aims to include, inspire and empower women through sport and activity. Hannah is currently expanding and driving womenCANplay to deliver important social change and opportunities for women and girls. She hopes this work will achieve its vision of breaking down barriers some women face to getting involved in sport and activity; encourage and inspire interest and engagement in sport and remove stereotypes associated with women and girls in sport. Hannah is winner of a Great Ydeas Grant thanks to YWCA Canberra as well as a recipient of an Edna Ryan Award for Sport.

Hannah currently works as a Management Consultant within Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting practice. Her work here assists organisations to leverage their people to achieve business outcomes. Prior to working at Deloitte, Hannah completed the Graduate Program with the Department of Defence. After the program, she worked in Defence’s dedicated cultural change directorate: the Centre of Diversity Expertise. In this role, she implemented targeted strategies aimed at improving and enhancing Defence’s workforce diversity, leadership and inclusion. Exposed to the effectiveness of true inclusion on an organisation and the importance of diversity of thought, she has been further inspired to work towards enacting social change, both in her work and personal life.

Heidi Zajac

Heidi Zajac is the Founder and Director of Cooking Circles, a not-for-profit program operating in Timor Leste and Canberra with women and girls that was started with a Great Ydeas grant in 2014. Heidi has extensive work experience in the ACT community sector including small, specialist organisations and medium sized generalist organisations, where she has worked in project design, program management, policy development, client information and support services, community development, and education and awareness. She served on the Board of YWCA Canberra for four years, and has been a member of the YWCA Australia Timor Leste Working Group. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in International and Community Development.



When: Thursday 27 April, 7:00am – 8:30am

Where: QT Canberra, London Circuit, Civic.

Cost: $65 members, $75 non-members, $700 corporate table of 10.

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