With a background in fine arts, Laura has spent the most part of the last decade as the owner/operator of galleries Signed and Numbered and Enough Space in Prahran. Her time as a business owner and board member of the Chapel Street Traders Association led Laura to see the value in educating and supporting young adults in the areas of entrepreneurship, business, and money management. This led to her working at the Victoria University Academy for Social Change and Leadership as an academic advisor. Laura’s relationship with the IWCE started while she worked alongside them at Victoria University to develop the initial practical financial literacy program idea. Laura has now joined the IWCF to help get Money Mentors off the ground and into local schools and community organisations.
Upon completing a Bachelor of Business Banking and Bachelor of Computing degree at Monash University, Angela spent over 15 years in the financial services industry. Throughout her career as a financial services professional liaising with large corporates, businesses, and retail clients, Angela recognised a significant gap in consumer knowledge regarding how to manage their finances. After having 3 kids of her own (her eldest in secondary school) and taking on various volunteer roles at their kindergarten, schools, and sporting clubs, Angela was inspired to move into the education sector to use her skills and knowledge to reduce this gap. Currently completing a Masters’s Degree in Teaching (Secondary) at Victoria University, Angela has joined forces with IWCF to develop the Money Mentors program. This program has been carefully constructed to provide our teenagers with key life skills to assist them to successfully understand and navigate their finances. Angela is delighted to facilitate the Money Mentors program which she strongly believes will affect a positive financial trajectory for our future adults.
About IWCF, our parent organisation
The Inner West Community Foundation is a not-for-profit, community association. The key purpose of the Foundation is to develop and support programs, projects, and social enterprises to help connect, support and sustain the communities of Melbourne’s Inner West. This will be delivered by the identification and development of new programs and projects, plus the support of existing community programs and projects. Community support can be provided in the form of financial grants, resources, or connecting local community organisations with like-minded businesses.