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Zoe Black

Class Year: 2016

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: QLD

Position: Founder - Happy Paws Happy Hearts, Business Partnerships manager - RSPCA

Focus Area

Positive social change

Zoe Black

Class Year: 2016

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: QLD

Position: Founder - Happy Paws Happy Hearts, Business Partnerships manager - RSPCA

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

I started my career working on multi-billion dollar projects in the commercial sector before redirecting my energy to community organisations. I previously played a pivotal role in introducing life-changing telecommunication services for deaf and hard of hearing Australians. Today, I use my diverse experience in strategic planning, operations management and community engagement to oversee Happy Paws Happy Hearts and business partnerships for RSPCA Queensland. When I started Happy Paws Happy Hearts, I started witnessing two issues in need of a creative solution. Issue 1 - Hearts in Need: There are growing numbers of people disconnecting from society. For many, social interactions can become few and far between and getting out of a home, facility or hostel can be daunting. It is also difficult to find meaningful social experiences which restore self-confidence. Issue 2 - Paws in Need: There is increased demand on animal welfare shelters. The RSPCA need regular volunteers, particularly during work-hours. The more animal handling time rescue animals receive the better their behaviour and adoption prospects. Happy Paws Happy Hearts alleviates both issues by connecting the two groups together! 

Skills & Expertise

  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Strategic planning
  • Communications
  • Effective program management
  • Negotiations with corporate, government and community partners

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