Michael's purpose is to help those around him at work and at home.
Name: Dimity Mannering
Your role: Consultant, Corporate Communications
Region: Docklands, Victoria
What’s your story?
I grew up in Canberra and studied and worked abroad in law and communications before returning to Australia and joining NAB’s Corporate Communications team in 2016. While working overseas I saw the impact inequality, exploitation and unemployment had on people, and I knew I would use my life to help address these issues.
How have you made a difference?
For five years I’ve volunteered with two employment not-for-profits, Interns Australia and Wear for Success.
At Interns Australia we have raised awareness of unpaid internships, developed the world’s first internship accreditation scheme, undertaken research, had laws changed, and helped employers develop fair, quality internships.
At Wear for Success I’m a board member and a “Saturday Dresser”, which means I find interview outfits for vulnerable people who don’t have anything to wear – everything from underwear to suits and coats. The goal is to help them go to interviews looking and feeling their best.
60% of people who come to us find a job in a few months, and I’ll never forget seeing a long-term unemployed client I dressed wearing his work lanyard, laughing with a colleague on a Melbourne tram. I knew that just that one job had changed his life.
What are you passionate about?
Ha – too much! I’m passionate about road trips, cake, podcasts and sustainable fashion. Fundamentally though, what I care about is making Australia better and fairer. That means creating an environment where everyone can fulfil their potential, no matter their background or the circumstances into which they are born or in which they live