Dannielle Miller | My mission...
As an educator, a businesswoman and a mother, it has long concerned me that while teenage girls are excelling as never before and may appear to be coping with the demands life throws at them, behind closed doors many are silently imploding. Pressure comes from many sources, especially the barrage of media, marketing and pop culture voices telling girls that their true worth is determined by how hot and how thin they are.
In 2003, I decided it was time to do something about it: I co-founded Enlighten Education, which is now Australia's leading provider of workshops for teen girls on body image, self-esteem and empowerment. Enlighten touches the lives of 20,000 girls every year across Australia and New Zealand, and we have launched our workshops in the United States and Singapore.
As the weekly Channel 9 Mornings contributor on parenting and women's issues, I offer up solutions to the challenges girls and their mothers are facing. I am also an avid blogger on these issues and regularly contribute opinion pieces to national newspapers and websites.
In 2012, I was honoured with an Australian Leadership Award and in 2011 was nominated for a Pride of Australia Medal. In 2009, The Australian newspaper named me the country's number one Emerging Leader in Learning, and I was listed among Sydney's Top 100 Influential People by The Sydney Morning Herald's Sydney Magazine. I was NSW Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007.
As CEO, it was a proud moment for me when Enlighten Education was a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission Business Award in 2011. Enlighten was nominated for the Australian Small Business Champion Award in Educational Services in 2010 and was named the Australian Small Business Champion for Children's Services in 2007.
My book The Butterfly Effect gives women a new perspective on raising happy, confident teenage girls. The companion book, The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo, which I wrote especially for teen readers, is a girl's guide to claiming her power. Both are published by Random House and may be purchased here. My next book for teen girls offers a positive and empowering perspective on relationships and will be published by HarperCollins in 2014.
My life's passion is to empower girls to grow into the bright, shiny adults they have the potential to be.
I was recently honoured to have been asked to join Germaine Greer, Eva Cox, and Tara Moss at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, 2012. By clicking on the image below, you will be able to watch the full one hour panel discussion: "All Women Hate Each Other."
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