About Dannielle Miller,
CEO, Enlighten Education
B Ed, Grad Cert (Mgmt), Cert IV (Assessment and Workplace Training)
Dannielle Miller, a thought leader and expert in girls’ self-esteem and body image, started out her career as a teacher and then quickly became a major innovator in education and student welfare. She was responsible for the curriculum, staffing and quality of learning of the English faculty of a dual-campus high school. As Students at Risk Coordinator for high schools in Western Sydney, she advised the Federal Government on funding for support programs for students at risk of dropping out.
The immensely successful Lighthouse Project was Dannielle’s brainchild. It pairs at-risk students with workplace mentors, helping them develop employment skills and discover the real-world relevance of what they learn at school. Another of her innovations was the development of an accredited Higher School Certificate (HSC) course in service learning. The curriculum nurtures students’ entrepreneurial skills while involving them in meaningful community volunteer work.
In 2003, concerned about the struggles she saw countless high school girls go through with body image and self-esteem, Dannielle co-founded Enlighten Education. Guided by her vision as CEO, the company has become Australia’s leading provider of in-school workshops for teen girls on body image, self-esteem and empowerment. Enlighten works with more than 20,000 girls each year across Australia and New Zealand, and it has expanded into the United States and Singapore.
In 2007, Dannielle was named NSW Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2009, she was deemed the country’s number one Emerging Leader in Learning by The Australian newspaper and was listed as one of Sydney’s Top 100 Influential People by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Sydney Magazine. She was nominated for a Pride of Australia Medal, in the Inspiration category, in 2011 and was honoured with an Australian Leadership Award in 2012.
With Dannielle as CEO, Enlighten Education was named the Australian Small Business Champion for Children’s Services in 2007 and was a finalist for an Australian Small Business Champion Award in Educational Services in 2010. Enlighten Education was a finalist for the 2011 Australian Human Rights Commission Business Award.
Dannielle is the weekly Channel 9 Mornings contributor on parenting and women’s issues and is regularly called upon by the media as an expert commentator. In 2009, she released her book The Butterfly Effect, which offers a positive new approach to raising teen girls. After receiving many requests from parents and educators for a version especially for teen readers, she went on to write The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo. Both books are published by Random House, and The Butterfly Effect has been translated and published in China. Her next book for teen girls provides advice on how to have healthy relationships and will be published by HarperCollins in 2014. Dannielle is an avid blogger and has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and sites such as Mamamia, The Hoopla and Feministing. She is featured in education journals, and she is a popular speaker at youth and education conferences and forums.
Contact Dannielle: [email protected]