Say hello to Liz Volpe, the Founder behind Ambisie
Tell us about Ambisie and why you started it?
Well, Project Gen Z is an enterprise I formed in 2015. It happened because of a trip I took to Cambodia and was in orphanage talking to girl about her crazy story of being trafficked. After I left, I never felt right and I always wanted to get back there. I sat with it for a few years, I went through a stage of 'well, what can I do?'. But I had a lightbulb moment. I knew how to run a business so I decided to put this to use through dare to dream workshops. I gathered entrepreneurs to come together to pass on entrepreneurial life skills to see if it has any impact. We have measured the impact and it is truly amazing.
Ambisie. The idea for this came from Project Gen Z. Right now we run workshops across Australia. But the problem with Project Gen Z is it is really hard to scale. Any time we put an inspirational speaker in front of students there is a measured impact. But I knew to have a worldwide impact, it would involve technology (and I hate it!). So Ambisie is a platform that will list inspirational, talented and skilled speakers from all around world. It asks them to give 1 hour of their time and and go into schools to share their story. Ambisie is the first platform that gives schools accessibility to incredible people no matter where they are.
Tell us about YOU, what do you like doing when you unplug from work?
I'm a mum of two (2, 5). Lots of family time at home and outside and in the park. And I do latin dancing for exercise.
Is there anything exciting you are working on over the next 2-3 weeks or any big wins that you would like us to highlight?
The big thing for us right now is our documentary, "Generation inspired". It features lots of amazing people that talk about how they felt finishing school, fears they had, and how they tapped into passion to find their purpose. We've got some really amazing people, Nathan Chan (Foundr Magazine), Kayla Itsines (Sweat With Kayla) and many more. It launches to 9,000 schools in February.
What do you find beneficial when it comes to working from a co-working space such as One Roof?
I love it. It feels like the best of both worlds. You can get into your own zone and work but also have breaks and be surrounded by supportive and incredibe people that push you to be a better version of yourself. Plus I work in a space with kids where we talk about the future of work. The next generation wants flexibility- and coworking is the answer to that.
How can people get involved with Ambisie?
Anyone can click onto http://ambisie.com/ and sign up to give 1 hour of your year. Each time someone gives 1 hour we track the impact so they can see the impact they're making on the world.
What have you found most rewarding about starting Ambisie?
Watching young people transform by something as simple as sharing a story.
And finally, what is your biggest tip for someone starting a business?
Action! My motto is daring to dream. Dream, and then just take the first step.
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