Founder & CEO, Seven Women
Stephanie Woollard is an award winning Australian social entrepreneur known for founding enterprises with social impact, such as aid organisation Seven Women, her tour company, Hands on Development and the Kathmandu Cooking School. Stephanie inspires people to adopt responsible business practices as the demand for ethical production booms in conjunction with the proven positive impact of social enterprise. In 2016, Steph was awarded the “Rotary International Responsible Business” Award at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for her work. Steph began Seven Women at 22 after visiting Nepal and meeting seven disabled women making soaps and candles in a tiny tin shed. Being disabled, the women were ostracised by their community and lived in dire poverty. Steph, driven by the injustice of what she had experienced, paid $200 for trainers to up-skill these women empowering them to sell products abroad. 10 years later, her organisation; Seven Women, has trained and employed over 5,000 disadvantaged women in remote Nepal. Her tour company; Hands On Development, has taken hundreds of people from around the world to Nepal, and now aboriginal Australian communities, where people have the opportunity to learn, connect and contribute to; creating real and lasting change. Steph’s vision underpinning all her work, is to create a more tolerant and compassionate world knowing that this is possible in our lifetime if everyone uses their ability to make a difference within their capacity.