Speakers Profile - Dannielle Miller

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Dannielle Miller is a major innovator and expert in the field of education and student welfare. She was responsible for the curriculum, staffing and quality of learning of the English faculty of a dual campus high school. As Students at Risk Coordinator for high schools in Western Sydney, she advised the Federal Government on funding for support programs for students at risk of dropping out.

The immensely successful Lighthouse Project was Dannielle's brainchild. It pairs at-risk students with workplace mentors, helping them develop employment skills and discover the real-world relevance of what they learn at school. Another of her innovations was an accredited Higher School Certificate (HSC) course in service learning that she developed. The curriculum nurtures students' entrepreneurial skills while involving them in meaningful community volunteer work.

In 2003, concerned about the struggles she saw countless high school girls go through with body image and self-esteem, Dannielle co-founded Enlighten Education which provides girls with training and support to stand up to limiting media and social messages. In 2007 Enlighten was named Small Business Champion for its work with children and Dannielle was named as NSW Entrepreneur of the Year for her role as co-founder and CEO of Enlighten.

In 2009, The Australian newspaper named Dannielle Australia?s number one Emerging Leader in Learning whilst (the) Sydney Magazine (Sydney Morning Herald) also named her as one of Sydney's Top 100 Influential People. In 2011, Enlighten was a Finalist for the Australian Human Rights Award, in the Business Category, for its work with young women.

She works with tens of thousands of girls across Australia and New Zealand each year and makes regular media appearances to advise on teen issues; her media commitments include her role as the parenting expert for the "Mornings" television program. Author of teen parenting book The Butterfly Effect (Random House Australia, September 2009), and The Girl With The Butterfly Tattoo, A Girl's Guide To Claiming Her Power (Random House Australia, March, 2012), she is also an avid blogger. Dannielle is featured in education journals, has written articles which have appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a popular speaker at youth and education conferences and forums.