Ashleigh Small Book as a speaker/entertainer for your next event
Key Points for Ashleigh Small
- Ashleigh Small founded her not-for-profit organisation at 23-years old and is currently the CEO. The not-for-profit organisation strives to improve the social and judicial outcomes for young people involved in the criminal justice system.
- She has been recognised locally and nationally for her work with her not-for-profit, and Ashleigh was a finalist in the 2021 Young Australian of the Year WA Awards. She has also been nominated or a finalist in varying awards including Women in Tech WA, Teach Learn Grow, Australian Scholarships Foundation Not-for-profit Leadership Award, Westfield Local Heroes, and 7NEWS Young Achievers.
- She is an experience speaker who is comfortable delivering keynote presentations at conferences, industry events or panel speaking opportunities. Ashleigh can deliver a bespoke speaking engagement tailored to the key themes and messages of your event.
- Ashleigh is skilled in the facilitation of Human Centred Design approaches and can deliver a collaborative workshop or lecture event, and can deliver an event with both audience learnings and tangible outcomes related to the client’s sector-specific challenges.
- She has featured on television, live and pre-recorded radio and podcasts including on Channel 7 and the ABC, and has also worked with small or student-led media production companies.
Topics for Ashleigh Small
- Youth entrepreneurship
Ashleigh founded Hello Initiative at 23 years old and is passionate about the power of young people to make change in the community Ashleigh can speak to experience of the challenges and advantages of being a young person striving to find their way in the world as well as drive significant social change, and about how to translate the feeling of wanting to ‘do good’ into tangible career pathways.
- Social innovation and human design
Ashleigh is experienced in the application of Human-Centred Design Thinking (HCDT) and other innovation methodologies to define social problems, build impact prototypes, and deliver pilot programs in the community for change. Ashleigh is passionate about the application of commercial innovation models to support problem solving in the community, volunteering, or public sectors for social impact.
- Female leadership
Ashleigh can speak to her experience as a female founder and as a woman in business, including the challenges related to being taken seriously (particularly in the entrepreneurship and start-up landscapes) and being mistaken for her male colleagues. Ashleigh can speak to the different ways women can add value in business, particularly in leadership. Ashleigh can speak to making space for woman (especially young women) in leadership roles.
- Building a business from the ground up / founding / not-for-profit establishment
Ashleigh can speak to the challenges and opportunities that come with establishing your own organisation, and the learning journey of building a business from establishing a brand to measuring impact, and all of the practical components in between (AKA – what even is an ABN?). Ashleigh can speak to the resilience required to continue on in establishing a business / project in the face of criticism or scepticism. Ashleigh can speak to resisting the urge to quit when your business is in the early stages, and you are only accountable to yourself.
- Lessons learned from Government and start-ups
In addition to her role at Hello Initiative, Ashleigh has always held roles in public sector major projects, from innovation program development to significant reform programs and election commitments. Ashleigh can speak to the lessons learned from across the very different landscapes of government programs and start-ups through her own foundation. Ashleigh can speak to what government and start-ups can learn from each other.
- Self-care and burnout
Ashleigh can speak to professional burnout, and the need to build strategies for self-care in order to ensure your changemaking activity can be sustainable.
- Technology for good
Ashleigh can speak to how technology can be utilised to deliver social impact, and uses her flagship program Mobile Support to show how access to technology can change the lives of vulnerable people.