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WHY MENTORING is OUR PASSION

- by Acorn Network Founder, Samantha Bowen -

I have been incredibly lucky to have multiple mentors and supporters over the years. Individuals who are amazing industry leaders who gave their time, expertise, and support to help me realise that I can make a difference in this world.

They have given me space to explore my passions, they have listened to my fears, they have shared my success and (most importantly) they have shared their experiences and advice.

As I have talked with emerging industry leaders across Australia, I came to realise that this level of support is not easily accessible to our emerging aged care professionals. My experience of mentoring could be an anomaly.

Our emerging leaders can lack confidence, or have a limited understanding of how to form beneficial mentoring relationships, which can leave them feeling like they don’t belong - or that mentoring is only for the lucky few.

With your help, we can change this. Now is the time to showcase the importance of mentoring. The Acorn Mentoring Program is highlighting the potential of our leaders. Joining professionals who are ready to be involved in the discussions of our industry, and to help shape its future.

Our mission is to support our emerging leaders to shout their talents from the roof tops, and helping them to be involved in the decision making processes that surround their careers and that of our consumers.

Join the Acorn Network and work with us to achieve the future we all strive for. One of connection, support, and inspiration. Join us and count the leaders today.

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About acorn Network

Acorn Network is a start up organisation dedicated to supporting our young professionals and emerging leaders in the aged and community care industry. Our emerging leaders are seeking opportunities for leadership and career growth, and we provide opportunities for just that.

Supporting each other as we create positive change in this workplaces is vital to the future of our jobs, workplaces, and industry. Our networking events, mentoring programs, and other initiatives create environments that connect, support and inspire us all to be the leaders of the future. 

With a mission to support our emerging leaders, we want to shout your achievements and successes from the roof tops and help you to be involved in the decision making processes that surround your career and our industry’s future.

Are you ready to step up? Are willing to invest in yourself? Do you believe in supporting and inspiring our next generation of leaders? Join the Acorn Network and work with us to achieve the future we all strive for. One of connection, support, and inspiration. Join us and count the leaders today.

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About Our Founder

When starting her journey as a young leader in the ageing and caring industry, Samantha saw limited young employees in the workforce and heard excuses, such as young people don’t want to work in here or it’s too 'unsexy' ... 

Through the Acorn Network, Samantha has worked to establish partnerships and advocate for youth in this industry. Her personal experience as a carer for her mother (read more here) has embedded a firm passion to ensure we build a better future for us all. Samantha is researching, presenting at national and international aged care conferences, and has been featured in industry publications to raise the understanding that youth must be involved in our care conversations if we are to have a workforce of passionate leaders caring for our Parents and Grandparents now and into the future.

We can’t leave young people out of this equation with the excuses that ageing and caring industry is unsexy or uninteresting. Now is the time to create our future champions. 

Samantha has been awarded the influential Layne Beachley 2016 Aim For the Stars scholarship for business and leadership, is a non-executive board member for Women Health and Wellbeing Services, co-founded Women in Social Enterprise, and has been involved with a variety of health and aged care committees across Australia.


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