Jan Owen

Ambassador Melbourne

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Founder, CEO Foundation For Young Australians

"It’s an enormous privilege to be named a Rare Birds Ambassador. The next significant wave of entrepreneurs globally will be women with the education, drive and passion to shape the Innovation economy. Having watched the phenomenal rise and growth of Inspiring Rare Birds in 12 short months, it is clear this unstoppable movement is going to contribute to growing women entrepreneurs everywhere. Parity means no one is left behind but also equality of access to opportunity and pay. We are going to need a genuine diversity of talent and ideas to rethink and shape the future."

A pioneer of the youth sector in Australia, Jan has dedicated most of her working life to social change and encouraging young people to give back and invest their talents in their communities and things they are passionate about. Before joining FYA, Jan was Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia, which aims to increase the impact of the Australian social sector. Prior to this, Jan founded the CREATE Foundation, the national consumer body for children and young people in out of home care.

Jan has contributed to the establishment of many social change organisations in Australia and served on a wide range of Boards. She is currently Member, RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board; Chair, Melbourne Social Equity Institute (University of Melbourne) Advisory Board; Member, Malthouse Theatre Board; a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) and Patron of Vanish and Children’s Ground.