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Helping Women Get Work Ready-Donna De Zwart Fitted for Work

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  • Ludwina Dautovic, Founder and CEO of The Room Xchange, in conversation with Donna De Zwart, CEO Fitted for Work.

    About Fitted For Work

    Fitted for Work is an innovative organisation and the first of its kind in Australia. Their vision is economic independence and empowerment for women and their mission is to help women experiencing disadvantage get work, keep work and navigate their world of work. They do this by developing each woman’s confidence and self-esteem as well as her skills and knowledge to obtain work through a suite of tailored pre-and post-employment programs and services that are delivered nationally.

    They focus specifically on helping women gain employment because work provides financial security as well as a sense of social connectedness, dignity and pride. They believe that when a woman is fitted for work, she is fitted for life.

    Unfortunately, Covid-19, has now changed the nature of work. Listen to the CEO, Donna De Zwart talk about the vision of Fitted for Work and how they're navigating the current challenges throughout the isolation period. 

    In this episode we discuss:

    • The story of Fitted for Work
    • About Donna De Zwart
    • Helping women get back into the workforce 
    • Cherry Woman - Helping women over 50
    • The impact of Covid-19 on their organisation
    • Fundraising in this current climate
    • How you can help these women in need of accommodation

    About Donna De Zwart

    Based in Melbourne, Donna is a highly motivated leader with over twenty years’ experience in consulting and the education sector. Donna believes in a collaborative leadership approach, and encourages a sense of fun and creativity.

    Donna is the Chief Executive Officer of Fitted for Work, a not-for-profit dedicated to helping women experiencing disadvantage to regain their confidence and secure and maintain employment.

    Donna believes every woman has the right to economic security. She understands from a personal perspective how important it is not only for a woman to experience the dignity that work brings, but also how employment impacts family, the wider community and the growth of the Australian economy and society as a whole.

    Donna has held a range of executive roles in the commercial, VET and Higher Education sectors, which have centred around the development of innovative strategies that empower diverse groups.

    Donna’s previous positions have included General Manager with Vocation and BAWM, Associate Vice President with Diversity@Work, Department Head, National Learning and Development Manager and Senior Educator in Learning and Teaching.

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