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Media Release

7 March 2019


Happy International Women’s Day from the impacting women of the

Impact Academy. #BalanceforBetter

These are our impacting women. They are mums, some grand mums, they are sisters, they are daughters, they are leaders, they are wives, they are partners, they’re all Australian, all Impact Academy Alumni and they are change makers enterprising solutions to some of our greatest social challenges.


As at today, 53.7% of our Impact Academy alumni are women or women co-founders which has grown significantly since the company started in 2014.  It’s not an alarming stat, nor should it be but it’s a nice moment to reflect and acknowledge the women of Impact Academy providing an equal contribution to solving social problems as their gender counterparts. Today we celebrate them all but would like to shine a light on four women specifically providing education, empowerment, and support for equality for women.  They are driving forces behind #Balance for Better.


Mammojo Co-founder, Melita Shirley

Melita is a busy mum of three active boys.  She and her co founding husband Jonny created Mammojo Lactivewear – a range of maternity and nursing activewear created to remove barriers and empower mothers with the design and supply of high quality, stylish, maternity and breastfeeding friendly activewear.  For every order placed, Mammojo provide a birth kit to the world’s most vulnerable women so they might also have a clean and safe birth through a partnership with Birthing Kit Foundation.


Words with Heart Founder, Lauren Shuttleworth

Lauren is a social entrepreneur, gender activist and a global shaper with the world economic forum and in 2014 she founded Words with Heart – beautiful stationery products that are kind to the environment, and every purchase funds education days and programs for women and girls in the developing world.  Her goal is to fund 1 million days of education by the end of 2020.

“Educated girls and empowered women improve the lives of their families, their communities and their countries.”

Youtube -My Greater Outcome Lauren Shuttleworth


Wellthy Co-founder Lea Schodel.

Lea is a money coach, yoga teacher and award-winning financial professional and her company Wellthy empowers women towards financial well-being. Combining online and face to face learning methods, this holistic program is designed to support women to create positive behaviour changes and make healthy financial choices.

Youtube -My Greater Outcome Lea Schodel


Ecopads Founder, Freeda Thong

Ecopads Australia is a social enterprise founded by Freeda in 2016 to provide cloth pads for women in need and stand for women’s health, choice and pride. The cloth pads are made with love and hold true to the company’s core values; to protect the environment, provide education on menstruation, challenge the cultural stigmas and empower women on a global scale.

It is in the pressing issue of period shaming, which culturally and contextually shames women for being on their menstrual cycles, that we feel a strong passion for making a change…and Freeda is.


Impact Academy:


Our flagship project is the Impact Accelerator, a 20-week program focused on entrepreneurial learning and enterprise development. This program has been designed and continuously improved since 2014 to help social enterprises achieve sustainable and scalable impact.


Applications for the next accelerator program are now open and the program will commence in August 2019.  Go to www. to find out more.




For interviews or further information:


Kylie Ballinger | Marketing Manager | Impact Academy and Greater Outcomes |

M: 0434 184 479  | E:

Peter Ball | Founder and Managing Director |Impact Academy and Greater Outcomes|

M: 0421 612 915 |E:


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