Through her role as founder and CEO of Raise Foundation, Vicki is committed to impacting adolescent wellbeing in Australia. With a wide range of education, skills and experience working with young people and leading an organisation for social purpose, Vicki has grown Raise from scratch to a large registered charity with a team of 52 staff, and a portfolio of 68 mentoring programs supporting thousands of young Australians across NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
After working in corporate HR for 10 years, Vicki started a family with her husband, Leon, and they now have three teenage children. Vicki has spent the last 12 years counselling, mentoring and developing a wide variety of programs for young people, including as a Part Time Teacher through NSI TAFE Outreach. She has conducted mentor training programs for corporate partners including Macquarie, MYOB, Atlassian, NAB, Pandora, ARU, Goodman and Fossil.
Founding and managing Raise is part of Vicki’s lifelong ambition to make a significant contribution to the wellbeing of youth, and she works hard to ensure the mentoring programs delivered by Raise positively inspire thousands of mentees (and mentors) in Australia.
In her talk Vicki will let us know that our young people are not OK, and that we need to shift, individually and as a society, to fix this. It really does take a village to raise a child and just having one trusted confidant can make all the difference. Good mentoring is a gift we all have the power to give. It is a gift that can change a life.