Gee McDermott

Community Manager, B Lab Australia and New Zealand2016 Melbourne Fellowship

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Learn the ability to harness the power of humanity to collectively create change.

What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL?

Learn the ability to harness the power of humanity to collectively create change.

Why are you passionate about sustainability?

Corporates are the largest piece to our economic puzzle. What I’m most passionate about is influencing the capital, people and power to create systematic change so businesses embrace people, planet and profit.

How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?

CSL gave me the opportunity to meet and connect with people who are the change we wish to see in the world. It was a privilege to share the CSL journey with 20 extraordinary human beings and learn about creating a sustainable future from 20 unique perspectives. The fellowship gave me the confidence and support to embrace my passion and carve out my purpose in the world. The fellowship takes you on a journey of self discovery, teaches you the power of harnessing people doing good and the role of leaders in our community. As I reflect on the journey with CSL, I step out into the world with a clearer picture on how I can empower others and continue to create the change we wish to see in the world.

Why is sustainability leadership important?

In a time where leadership is poor, decisions are made to drive profit and environmental and social crisis across the globe - the time is now for leaders (like CSL Alumni) to step up, drive change and use our hearts when making decisions.

What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?

The fellowship gave me direction, ability to identify issues and how to influence others to create change. The biggest learning for me was that fundamentally we have a huge systemic issue - so I've decided to dust off my law degree, to practice business law and continue to influence businesses to embrace people and planet. My love for people and stories will always have a huge part in my sustainability journey. Combining these two loves into one will see the launch of my very own podcast called B Humans - sharing the every day stories of the humans behind B Corporations.

What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?

A big hug wrapped up in support, knowledge and goodness of people.

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