WOMAN OF THE WEEK: JANE HUNT
The Australian woman helping the disadvantaged get back into the workforce is to be honoured on the world stage at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in January.
Jane Hunt, CEO of the not-for-profit organization Fitted for Work, is one of 20 international winners – and the only Australian – selected by The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in the Global Social Entrepreneur of the Year competition.
Fitted For Work was launched in 2005 with the aim of helping women gain and maintain work by dressing them in second hand clothing for job interviews.
Since then it has helped over 10,000 women, not only by providing secondhand, interview-appropriate clothing and shoes, but also by offering mentoring and transition-to-work programs.
Ms Hunt said she was looking forward to sharing Fitted for Work’s achievements with “highly esteemed world leaders” at the WEF, saying it was a milestone for her organization.
“This award is testament to our innovative approach and its relevance on a global scale,” she said.
Jane Hunt’s social change work has been previously recognized, as both the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the southern region of Australia, and the Telstra Business Women’s Awards-Nokia Business Innovation Award for Victoria.