Stephanie Lorenzo is the founder and former CEO of PROJECT FUTURES, a charity that raises funds to combat human trafficking, slavery and exploitation by working with partners in Australia and abroad to support, educate and empower. She recently stepped down as CEO, and penned a very personal account of the difficulty laced with her decision, which was published in the Collective Hub.
With a Bachelor of International Communication from Macquarie University held in hand, Stephanie Lorenzo didn’t begin her career planning to start a charity. It was a chance encounter with a book about sex trafficking when she was 22, and a life-changing trip to Cambodia that left her asking, 'how could this be real?'. In June 2009, Stephanie unlocked her purpose, creating a movement to help facilitate an end to human trafficking and exploitation. That movement was PROJECT FUTURES.
Stephanie’s ‘purpose equals action’ leadership approach has enabled her to mobilise young professionals to engage in creative, innovative and sustainable fundraising initiatives. The PROJECT FUTURES community is now raising $1 million a year for anti-trafficking projects in the Asia Pacific region.
Stephanie’s core message is about harnessing the ‘power of purpose’ in our lives. Once you discover your ‘why’, you are empowered to take action and manifest your gift to the world.
In 2016, Stephanie was a finalist in the Qantas and Women's Weekly 'Women of the Future Award', in 2014 named one of the Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence, in 2013 was nominated as Australian of the Year. Most recently, Stephanie has joined the Emerging Leaders Advisory Board for the Institute of Managers and Leaders (IML).