Compassion meets success

Compassion meets success

We recently brought together La Trobe graduate, Stephanie Woollard OAM, with her teacher in international development, Dr Maureen Long.

La Trobe graduate Stephanie Woollard OAM reunites with her teacher in international development, Dr Maureen Long.

Stephanie Woollard OAM is an inspiration to young women around the world. As the founder and CEO of international development organisation, Seven Women, she has helped to empower and employ more than 5,000 marginalised women in remote Nepal. In 2019, Stephanie received a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community.

“I’ve always had that desire to make a difference,” says Stephanie. “And international development was suggested to me by Maureen Long.”

Since 2007, Dr Long has been the senior lecturer and discipline course coordinator of La Trobe’s Social Work program. However, prior to that, she worked in the child and family practice sector as a qualified social worker and family therapist for more than 25 years.

With so much of her career spent helping vulnerable children and families, Dr Long has extra reason to be proud of Stephanie’s achievements. “[As] a young Australian woman who recognises the poverty in the developing world and want to do something – you provided the inspiration for people to think, ‘actually, you can’,” Dr Long tells her.

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