In this episode, I speak with Lorraine Ngwenya, a remarkable young woman under the age of 30 who’s a professional speaker and social entrepreneur.
Lorraine shares her story about the impact that struggling to find a job when she graduated from University had on her confidence and self-esteem.
She discovered she wasn’t alone in this challenge and could draw on her networks established through volunteering to find paid work.
Just before her 24th birthday, she was elected as a youth director on the Seventh Day Adventist Church Conference, responsible for the governance of several schools, aged care facilities and church services.
We speak about what it’s like for her to be the youngest board member around the board table and how other young people can successfully develop and contribute to good governance.
We also explore how, through her entrepreneurial pursuits, Lorraine provides a fresh approach to the challenging problem of growing youth unemployment and how young people can prepare themselves better for work opportunities.
Listen To The Podcast
Listen to the podcast as Jodie speaks with Lorraine about her journey.
Highlights From The Episode
- Putting my hand up has created new opportunities [05:00]
- When I did my Masters I realised that I needed to get out and create networks in community [14:00]
- In all honesty, my first board director role was difficult in the beginning [18.35]
- What’s made me feel valued in my role as a director is when people take time to listen to what I am saying [21.19]
As a young director, I feel valued when people take the time to listen to what I'm saying #InsightfulDirector https://ctt.ec/55be0+
Resources Mentioned In This Episode
- Lorraine's website
- Lorraine's entrepreneurial venture: "Useful Link"
- The Job Ready Workshop Series
- Centre for Multicultural Youth
- Seventh Day Adventist Church Victoria Conference
- Scanlon Foundation
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