Jan Owen AM

Jan is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, commentator and author who has spent the past 25 years growing the youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.

In 2012 she was named Australia’s inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence. Jan has been awarded honorary degrees (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney (DLitt) and Murdoch University, Western Australia (DUniv); and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014).

Jan is currently the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians; was previously Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia; and Founder and CEO of the CREATE Foundation.

Jan’s enlightening, challenging and entertaining presentations are pragmatic as opposed to idealistic, with the aim of transforming the way society talks about and engages with young people – from treating them as a problem to be solved, to recognising that young people are contributing to and driving social change. A personable, authentic and fun speaker, Jan is an experienced facilitator with a talent for bringing an audience together and keeping the routine parts of a conference interesting and engaging.

With over 25 years spent working with Australia’s youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors Jan offers unique insights and experience in working with young people, and practical ways to better engage young people in education, work and life.   


Information on Jan:

Available for: Master of Ceremony; Appearances; Keynotes; Panels, Guest Speakers and Workshops.

Categories: Biographical; Business & Entrepreneurs; Leadership & Development; Childcare, Education & Training; Corporate Inclusion & Diversity; Life & Motivational.

Travels from: Melbourne