Introducing our new Coaches for the Spring Program

We are excited to announce two coaches, Brooke O’Donnell and Grace Mugabe, who will be joining us for the ELGP Spring program for young women who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.  They will play an important support role during the program for participants. 

Find out more about our new coaches below: 

Brooke O’Donnell

Brooke O’Donnell is a proud Palyku woman who lives in Perth, Wadjuk, Noongar land. Brooke is a qualified Master of Social Work Graduate and is currently completing her Masters of Business Administration and Social Impact.

As an Aboriginal Principal Project Officer working for the Department of Communities supporting the Target 120 program she supports young people and families in actively building positive change to their lives. Brooke is also a Councillor for the City of Kalamunda since 2015, where she ensures good governance of the City, including risk management, financial and auditing requirements.

Engaging with community is Brooke’s favourite part about her role as involvement with community is the greatest strength of ideas that she uses to influence others and build the long-term strategic plan for the future priorities of the City. In her down-time Brooke is a wedding celebrant, has two children and is dedicated to ensuring the next generation are well supported in leadership and effective role modelling.


Grace Mugabe

Grace Mugabe CPA, GAICD is an award-winning money management expert and speaker who specializes in narrowing the financial wealth and information divide that acutely impacts women and minorities. 

In the years following the 2008 financial crisis, Grace walked away from a lucrative financial role in the mining sector to reroute her skills around financial literacy, management and business development to help improve the earning potential and financial infrastructure of businesses and communities led by underrepresented women and minorities. 

Moreover, she has sat on a number of boards some include the philanthropic fund, 100 Women, Business Station, and Ishar Multicultural Women’s Centre, where she also chaired the Audit & Finance committee. She is an Auspire Inspiring Australian Ambassador and the ambassador for Behind the Brands, a community for female entrepreneurs in Australia. In these roles, Grace seeks to not only speaks up for those who are often forgotten but to also be an example of what is possible regardless of what ‘other’ category you may fall into.  

Stay tuned

Next week we announce the participants of the upcoming Emerging Leaders in Governance Program.  In the meantime, register to join us for the breakfast launch on the 11 August here. 

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