Meet a member – Amanda Jupp

26 March 2020

Phi Phi Nguyen

Phi Phi is the Communications Officer at YWCA Canberra

This article is part of our member profile series. Our members tell us that one of the things they love about being part of our community is getting to know like-minded women. We will feature an interview with a member here on our blog so you can get to know each other a little better. Today, meet Amanda Jupp.A woman standing in front of a building

Describe yourself in 30 words or less.

Optimistic?  A problem solver ultimately.  Frequently traveling for work but also found on a beach somewhere with my husband and our two kids (aged four and two).

What is on your playlist?

I listen to a bit of everything but each year I do stream Obama’s latest playlists.  Then I add in music I have collected from my latest travels.

People would be surprised if they knew…

I was once an extra in a movie filmed in Liberia

What are you reading at the moment?

I read a lot. I just finished Stan Grant’s Talking To My Country and it was brilliant.  I am now reading The Yield by Tara June Winch and I am also looking forward to the next Nevermoor book.

Who is your feminist inspiration?

I am lucky to work alongside a number of inspirational women who are changing the way finance works for women.  This includes Joy Anderson who founded the field of gender lens investing, Virisila Buadromo and Michelle Reddy who are championing a Pacific Feminist Fund, and Durreen Shanaz– the first Bangladeshi woman on Wall Street who is started the first impact stock exchange.  My Mum is also an amazing inspiration – she is strong, independent and raised me and my sister to be that too.

What is an achievement you are proud of?

When I left university in 2000, I landed a good, comfortable job. I am proud of the moment I had the courage to take up a volunteer assignment overseas in Kenya which led to more work in Vanuatu, Malawi, Liberia, Samoa, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines…. Seeing myself and humanity in so many different perspectives has been humbling. 

Why did you join the Y?

We were working with gender organisations in the Pacific and came across the work the Y is doing. I heard a lot of praise and wanted to support so I signed up as a member.

What’s the change you want to see in the world?

I want to live to be 100 years old and see what that future looks like. I want to see more happiness and respect in our society; people of all genders and age given the same opportunities; see climate change addressed and start to reverse; money going to businesses that make this planet more beautiful; and an indigenous female PM in Australia.

Share with us the best piece of advice you’ve been given.

To ask lots of questions. People love to tell their story and you get so much from listening. It’s how we learn and connect with others.

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