“The most inspiring and adaptive group were always children and young people” 

“I was a crazy kid with a lemonade stand at the end of the driveway, and I was a ridiculous optimist full of hope”

“Everyone wants to do things that add value to the world and to people’s lives”



Mike and Jan discuss her love of entrepreneurship, working with young people and how she combined these passions to develop a dream career supporting young entrepreneurs.

Jan also talks about the people who inspired and mentored her on her career and throughout her life, and the potential that young people have to solve some societal problems through social entrepreneurship.





Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world.

She is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia's youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.  

Jan was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000 and is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014).

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