Michele Adair, CEO of the Housing Trust and Chair of the Community Housing Industry Association, won the 2021 Outstanding Business Leader of the Year at the Illawarra Business Awards, for her work in social and afforable housing.
In a memorable and powerful acceptance speech on the night of the awards, Michele spoke about her vision of decent home being a human right for everyone - a home that is "safe, home and affordable".
It is a personal story that she shares to highlight the plight of thousands of Australians who go homeless or stay in violent and abusive relationships because they have nowhere to go.
Read her inspirational story HERE or listen to Michele talking to Claire Braund on WOB's Making it Real podcast.
In another notable achievement, one of Australia’s most influential people in innovation, Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO, delivered the 2021 Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society, marking the 30th Anniversary of the world-renowned Cooperative Research Centres Program.
Katherine drew upon her stellar career in innovation to look forward to what it would take to transform Australia’s economy into one of the most innovative in the world.
Listen to Katherine's address here: