100 Women of Influence 2016

img_0903Newsflash: I am truly thrilled to be able to announce that yesterday I was listed in the 2016 list of 100 Women of Influence in Australia, in the SOCIAL ENTERPRISE & NOT-FOR-PROFIT category. The category winners and overall winner will be announced during an event to be held in the Sydney Town Hall on 27 October 2016.

So many are deserving of being recognised for their work, and I am extremely proud to be a part of this remarkable group of Australian woman of influence. In saying that, the work of others is just as remarkable, and I am proud of all women and men, especially those who despite great personal adversity or serious health issues, continue to work to support others.

Pro Bono Australia featured a story about it yesterday, NFP Leaders Feature in 100 Women of Influence Awards; “A large number of Not for Profit and social enterprise leaders have been honoured in this year’s 100 Women of Influence awards including Dementia Alliance International co-founder and CEO Kate Swaffer and executive director of Good Pitch Australia Malinda Wink.” 100 Women of Influence 2016 announcement

For all the craziness that is their world on some days, it is obvious most people are making a difference, whether on a global or national stage, or in their own lives. One of my favourite poems says it all for me:

To Laugh Often And Much

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of the intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;

to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know that one life has breathed easier
because you lived here.
This is to have succeeded.

40 thoughts on “100 Women of Influence 2016

  1. Congratulations Kate – a wonderful testament to your energy, courage and love, plus hope for all those affected by a dementia diagnosis. Thank you so much for all you are doing.


  2. Morning Kate

    You influential person you. Congratulations galore. Hoping your staying safe and dry down in SA.

    Best wishes

    Eileen x❤️

    Sent from my iPhone



  3. Well done Kate you deserve it. Your influence in many lives is astounding and not just in Australia!…Just a little example. Last month I was asked to speak at our local Alzheimer’s new volunteer induction, on the benefit of having a volunteer visit regularly. I mentioned that my wife Barbara should come as its better talking with them and not just about them! It went really well except I broke down when talking about how alz has affected Barbara and myself. Its the second time I’ve done that when speaking to a group, and I’m very used to public speaking. By the way Barbara was great, in fact I think they were wondering which one had Alzheimers!…Keep up the great work Kate. You’ve been a tremendous influence and help to both myself and Barbara


  4. Congratulations Kate Swaffter on being recognised for your work advocating for people living with the disAbility of a dementia. Its great to be recognised for the difference you are making. Well done. Kate Lambert, CEO, Daughterly Care.


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