With loads of experience across a range of industries, our passion for changing the lives of youth seriously runs deep. Meet the fire peeps who make our social enterprise tick.
The legends that steer our movement in the right direction.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Gianna is the Co-Founder & CEO at Happow, a motivational speaker, educator and life coach in the youth space. She’s also a radio announcer on 89.9 TheLight – Positive Radio. ‘Passion’ is Gianna’s middle name and she’s on a mission to empower young people so they can overcome limiting beliefs.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO)
Marija is our Chief Ops Officer and outside of Happow she is a lawyer and life coach. Marija is passionate about empowering young people, just like you, and loves pushing herself at the gym, cooking delish meals and snuggling her cute pup Cardi.
The helping hands and paws that power our movement’s engine.
SCHOOL LIAISON COORDINATOR
Antonella is our School Liaison Coordinator at Happow. She is passionate about working with young people, supporting them to excel both professionally and personally, drawing from her experience as a youth leader for many years. She also has a diverse background in marketing and school administration.
Carissa is a Content Producer for Happow – a passionate storyteller and photographer who loves adventure, travel and exploring the atmosphere of local communities. She strives to empower young people to live their best life every day.
Patrick is the owner of Melbourne-based business Two Way Media & Film. With a passion for creating video with purpose, his work has taken him all across his home state of Victoria and through remote areas of the Australian outback.
CHIEF FLUFF OFFICER
Pippa is our Chief Fluff Officer at Happow. When she isn’t distracted playing fetch with young people, she does some of our barketing work by posing on our socials. Her favourite movie is Harry Paw-ter and the Philosopher’s Bone and her favourite band is The Beagles which she loves playing through the office sub-woof-ers.
PIPPA PIPER LUCAS
The influencers that spread word of our movement to the world.
Jules is the Founder of influencer marketing platform, TRIBE, which has offices around the world. He is a former Aussie TV and radio host and is passionate about young people as a former alumni of Melbourne youth foundation, Reach.
Marlee Silva is a 24-year-old Indigenous Gamilaroi/Dunghutti storyteller. She’s the Co-Founder of Tiddas 4 Tiddas, the host of Always Our Stories the podcast and author of ‘My Tidda, My Sister’.
Matt is the CEO of charity, Mindfull Australia. He is also a multi award-winning mental health advocate, storyteller and motivational speaker who regularly speaks around the world.
Jess Van Zeil is a fun-loving, eye-patch wearing, best-selling author and motivational speaker. After navigating stage 4 cancer in her early twenties, the art and science of building resilience and bouncing back became her #1 passion.
JESS VAN ZEIL
Erin Boutros lives to see world-changing ideas being brought to life. She is the Co-Founder of the Empty Esky campaign which encourages people to travel with purpose and support bushfire-affected towns.
Kura is the Founder and Director of The Cool Career – Australia’s premier provider of career networking events, information for Gen Z girls, and CAREERCON, a virtual careers expo and conference.
Responsible for future-proofing the lives of young people, one Life Lesson at a time.
Sharon has been immersed in education and media for over three decades. Outside of Happow, she is an author and presenter and one of Australia’s most well-known teen and parenting experts.
Maddy is an entrepreneur with a passion for supporting people often overlooked in the Australian community, in particular, young carers. Madeleine has been brought up as a young carer which sparked her to start social enterprise, Little Dreamers. In 2017, she was named a Queen’s Young Leader and in 2019 recognised in the 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review (AFR).
Erin is the eco-warrior behind The Rogue Ginger, one of Australia’s most popular zero-waste blogs. Erin has been writing about her plastic-free and zero waste journey since 2013. A sought-after speaker, Erin is also a Vic Market Sustainability Ambassador on a mission to engage with individuals, business and government to reduce our waste.
Sonja is a yoga and meditation expert with over seven years of experience. She is also the Founder of Honestly Yoga and has spent time living in meditation communities overseas and sat with spiritual leaders.