Exceptional Magazine : 2013 Exceptional Magazine
The judges said ... Ronni is a very smart entrepreneur who has shown tremendous tenacity, energy and focus. She has been able to garner a wide support base for OzHarvest, both within the food industry and beyond. One of the key challenges for this type of organisation lies in moving beyond the power of the charismatic leader to create a sustainable model, and Ronni has addressed that by building up a great team of people who are now the driving force of the business. This award is made possible by our Principal sponsor, Commonwealth Bank. Grahame Petersen, Group Executive, Business and Private Banking, Commonwealth Bank, presented Ronni with her award. Being part of the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards allows the Commonwealth Bank to work with some of Australia’s most dynamic businesses. Entrepreneurs are a fundamental part of our economy, particularly in driving innovation and progress. Among the many inspiring business leaders in Australia’s entrepreneur community, social entrepreneurs stand out. They are not only contributing to our economic progress and culture of innovation, but are doing so in a way that changes their community for the better. This year’s Social entrepreneur winner, Ronni Kahn, is no exception. As the founding director of OzHarvest, Ronni created a food rescue charity that has delivered over 12 million meals to those in need. She sets an example for other aspiring social entrepreneurs not only through OzHarvest’s success and her commitment to Australians in need, but also the efficient business model that she created with the community, social investors and food suppliers in mind. Ronni was inspired to start OzHarvest after her experience in the hospitality industry led her to question what retailers, restaurants and other food outlets did with their excess food. She identified an opportunity to make a positive impact on society by taking this excess food and delivering it to people in need. This inspirational idea combined with her goal to make a difference through a not- for-profit business makes Ronni a truly visionary leader in Australian entrepreneurship. Congratulations Ronni and thank you for your contributions to social entrepreneurship. Grahame Petersen Group Executive, Business and Private Banking, Commonwealth Bank Viewpoint Socially minded Principal sponsor Commonwealth Bank and want to be affiliated with the OzHarvest brand in establishing similar organisations. The organisation is introducing nutritious cooking programs and Nourish Cafés, which will give 24 “unemployable” young people annually a chance to get hospitality certification and experience.
2012 Exceptional Magazine
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