Samantha is the Founder and Managing Director of the Acorn Network, and Board Member for NHMRC’s National Institute for Dementia Research. She is an international presenter on generational engagement, host of national events, and a strong supporter of mentoring as a capacity building tool. Aged Care workplaces are known for reverse ageism and low diversity across all functions including clinical care, executive leadership and the business of care. Through Acorn, Samantha helps create a supportive environment which helps young professionals step up and shine by supporting them to develop their professional networks and build the skills they need to become tomorrow’s industry leaders. Despite experiencing financial and personal challenges, and an industry that is reluctant to challenge the status quo, Samantha has continued with the vision of providing advocacy, leadership and mentoring opportunities for young people to consider and be supported in the Aged Care industry.
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