Woman in Innovation: Dr Sarah Pearson
"Innovation is about driving economic and social impact for Australia and beyond."

Each Wednesday we interview women in our community about innovation and what drives them to make a difference in their industries everyday!

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently helping the Hunter Valley build their innovation ecosystem – all the pieces are here, with a great university committed to regional development, startups and support growing rapidly, and loads of world class creatives engaged in innovation – exciting to be helping them on their journey.

Why is innovation important to you?
I love driving change for impact, be that economic, social, political environmental etc. That’s what innovation is. It can take you places no-one else has been, gives you freedom to experiment, is universal and inclusive, & connects you with amazing people.

What drives you to make a difference?
It’s in my DNA – there is so much need for improvement, adaptation and transformation in almost everything we do that I can’t stand by and watch the status quo take root.

Do you have any advice for getting more women into the innovation ecosystem?
Show more women DOING innovation as well as telling their stories. We also need to develop a framework for impact – what happens to girls and women when and how relating to study and career choices – what’s working, what’s not and what’s missing.

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