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Jessica May – Chief Executive Officer, Enabled Employment

Why is innovation important to you?
Innovation has the power to change the way we do everything, including employing people, which helps achieve social change. It’s particularly important in providing access to people, not just to information, but to jobs and opportunity to people who ordinarily would be unable to access the financial inclusion that working ensures.

What drives you to make a difference?
My own experience as a person with a disability looking for work drives my determination to innovate in the way we include those who cannot access traditional work opportunities, and being raised by a determined mother drives my determination! I have like-minded people with me at Enabled Employment, we drive each other.

Do you have any advice for getting more women into the innovation ecosystem?
Don’t be afraid to get into what seems to be a male-dominated field. The more women we involve, the more we innovate. Be determined, be bloody-minded if you have to. Believe in your idea, and don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done. It can, and it can be done by women!