InspiredBUY is a social innovation organisation that drives positive change in our community by giving young people opportunities to shine!
Our mission is to impact the lives of 1000+ young people as we tackle the complex social problem of youth unemployment. We will do this by providing entrepreneurship training to young people, creatively co-designing social enterprises together that are investable and provide job creation. This approach has seen us provide creative entrepreneurship programs to 35 young people since 2016, co-design a coffee brand (KIK Coffee) and provide employment opportunities through job creation to 29 young people.
Our strategy in 2017 is to expand our entrepreneurship training within an academy-style program, and up-scale the KIK COFFEE brand to 5 stores by 2018. The KIK Academy will offer internship programs to eligible young people who will then have access to employment pathways within the KIK Coffee brand, which aims to create jobs for up to 70 young people by the end of 2018.
The KIK Academy will focus on creativity, engagement and connection while offering practical hands-on work experience within cafe and retail environments. Entrepreneurial learning and co-design opportunities are at the heart of what we do! The academy model will deliver formal and in-formal BRAND awareness messages that are about valuing young people, their contribution and how our brand identity is developed through the young people we engage.
We aim to inspire young minds and hearts as we work towards building our future workforce. With 5 KIK Coffee stores running successfully, we can be financially self-sustainable, able to change the lives of more young people without dependence on government grants.
Team Members and Board
(Founder) and CEO – Board Director
Louise holds a Bachelor of Social Work and is undertaking a Master’s in Business Administration. Louise has spent the last 15 years working across the NFP and Government sector in operational leadership, project management and social work, specialising in the development and implementation of programs across a broad range of sectors. Louise is known for her enthusiastic ‘can do’ attitude and is passionate about striving for social change, which has been recognised amongst her peers, seeing her receive a nomination for the 2016 AASW Social Worker (Change Agent) of the Year Awards.
Darrin holds a First Class Honours degree in Psychology from the University of South Australia. Darrin has more than 12 years’ experience in the Human Services field, specialising in Youth Homelessness, Mental Health and Immigration. During this time Darrin has worked as a senior manager, liaising with a broad range of professionals across Australia. Darrin is extremely passionate about supporting disadvantaged youth to achieve whatever they desire and understands the importance of partnerships, collaboration, participation and the improvement of system integration, best practice and positive outcomes.
Darrin believes in ‘thinking outside the square’ to explore innovative solutions to youth unemployment and business development, using innovative programs to positively impact the well-being of young people.
Board Director – Chair
Cindy is a senior national manager with a passion for transformational change management including the development and implementation of workforce reform in the health, mental health, welfare and immigration sectors, with a focus on delivering quality services using a systems approach to achieve highly efficient and effective service delivery. Cindy has a real interest in goal setting and meeting outcomes at both a strategic organisational level and with individuals.
Cindy has significant experience in the development and design of community based programs and change management; with a particular interest in client outcomes and using client data to improve service delivery quality and a strong focus on system development and service structure design.
Board Director and Treasurer
Sarah is a Qualified CPA and Senior Finance Executive with a career spanning 20+ years in Finance & Management roles. Her experience has been gained in senior roles across the Professional Services, Not for Profit, Recruitment and Retail industries. She has a passion for working hands on within a business to deliver and improve financial reporting capabilities, manage large projects and lead teams to add value and improve systems and controls across financial and operational divisions.
Bringing this experience and passion together, Sarah established SG Balanced Solutions with a focus on small and medium sized organisations. Sarah works with business to address all their reporting requirements, including BAS/IAS, financial analysis needs, cash flow projections and other financial support functions.
Board Director and Secretary
With brand and agency experience both in Australia and the UK, Alicia has developed and implemented marketing strategies for small businesses, NFPs and global brands. Alicia has worked with brands such as Cisco, Rockwell Automation, Credit Union SA, Ironfish, Phil Hoffmann Travel, Thomas Foods International, Cancer Council SA and Aboriginal Health Council to enhance their online and offline marketing strategies.
Alicia now heads up the digital marketing team at Adelaide-based agency, Hybrid Marketing, collaborating with the digital and account management teams to develop customer centric omnichannel strategies for clients that deliver ROI. In the NFP space, Alicia was previously the Chapter President of Cambodian-based charity, Empowering Communities and is excited to bring her extensive marketing experience to the Inspired Buy board.
George Zenon is an award winning Business Strategist, Entrepreneur, Presenter and Author.
Over the last fifteen years, he has directly helped more than 300 businesses in 34 industries improve all areas of performance and presented to thousands more. He has owned multiple businesses of his own as well as built and led one of the highest performing teams in the business coaching industry worldwide.
With a passion for learning, education and all things business, a staple of George’s success has been a focus on strong leadership as well as the utilisation of proven frameworks that are simple to understand and easy to implement.
Remonda has qualifications in Business and HR management and is currently Personal Assistant to the CEO of Academy Services. Remonda has extensive knowledge and experience in documentation preparation at an executive level including the preparation of Board Meeting Documentation and data analysis.