ELISE STEPHENSONsocial entrepreneur and researcher.
Communities need leaders as diverse as they are
Elise is a creator, characterised by her love of hands-on projects and atypical projects. She has a passion for empowering women and driving change through social enterprise and has been at the forefront of many ‘first of their kind’ initiatives across Australia – from gender-based violence prevention work, to social enterprise and youth collaborations.
Working from the heart of the Western Desert in the Northern Territory, to the Sydney foreshore and all across the Asia Pacific, she continues to bring her strength in communication, leadership, practical foresight, and the ability to be empathetic and connect with others to help wildly varying projects that are making the most social impact across Australia and Asia.
BAsIntSt (Asian Studies),
BComn (Intercultural Communication), BGovIntRelHons(I)
Researching women’s leadership in Australian international-facing agencies.
Based at Griffith University, Australia, this research is focused on women’s pathways to and experiences of leadership within the context of international deployment and representation across foreign affairs, defence, immigration and policing.
Project Duration: 2017 -2020
More on this research and research profile can be found here.
Co-Founder & Director of Social Impact
Using her experience in the community sector, Elise brings social impact to design.
The Social Good Outpost is a national graphic and web design agency which creates good designs for good causes. Using a feminist approach to design, the Social Good Outpost works with non-profits, social enterprises and change-makers across Australia. For every 10 hours of full-cost design services provided, the Social Good Outpost supports 1 hour of pro bono and low cost design for women’s-led and community organisations.
– Websites and digital experiences
– Graphic design: branding, promotional materials, business cards
– Service and communication design
More on this work and design profile can be found here.
Capturing her research and practical experience across community, business and government in Australia and the Asia Pacific.
Elise is a recognised as an emerging voice on women’s leadership, gender equality, intersectionality and inclusion, and social enterprise. Elise has worked across Australia, from the heart of the Western Desert in the Northern Territory to the Sydney foreshore and into the Indo-Pacific: Japan; China; Hong Kong; Taiwan; Cambodia; Laos; Vietnam and Malaysia.
Her expertise is sought for:
Bringing a young | women’s | LGBTIQ | disability perspective to consultative projects.
Her experience across women’s leadership, gender equality, domestic violence prevention, social enterprise, and minority community inclusion.
Awards & Recognition
Elevate+ Social Entrepreneur 2018
Community Award 2016
University Medal 2016
Young Achiever of the Year Finalist 2015
Australian Representative 2018
Politics, Asian Studies & International Relations Medal 2014
Shanghai Regional Finalist 2015
New Colombo Plan Scholar 2014
Associate Fellow 2015
Role Model of the Year Finalist 2015
Publications & Appearances
Written by Elise
Lowy Interpreter: A Slap in the Face for Diverse Diplomacy, 2018
BroadAgenda: Breaking the Barriers: Women in Diplomatic Leadership, 2018
BroadAgenda: Women of the World: The Power of Stories, 2018
Machinery of Government Blog: Foreign Policy in an Uncertain World, 2018
Machinery of Government Blog: What’s Missing From Australia’s Foreign Policy? 2018
Griffith Journal of Law and Human Dignity: Climbing the ‘Staircase’: Do EEO Policies Contribute to Women Achieving Senior Leadership Positions in Universities in Australia and Hong Kong? Elise Stephenson, Kaye Broadbent, Glenda Strachan, 2017
National Council of Women of QLD: Young Women’s Thoughts on Gender Equality and Increasing Participation Rates, 2015
Griffith News: Women’s Leadership in Universities in the Australia and Hong Kong, SAR, 2015
Written about Elise
Impact Boom: Brisbane’s Top Emerging Social Entrepreneurs Join Impact Boom’s Elevate+ Program to Grow & Scale Impact, 2018
The Legal Forecast: Interview with Elise Stephenson (Social Good Outpost), 2017
Australian Ally Conference: LGBTIQ Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Prevention and Education (Presenter), 2016
Griffith News: Griffith team into $1m Hult Prize regional final, 2015
Griffith News: Students striving for socially inclusive change in the Asia-Pacific, 2015
The Pie News: International internships: how is this sector evolving?, 2014
The Australian: New Colombo Scholars Favour Hong Kong for Study and Internship, 2014
Griffith News: A Course of Action to Prevent Violence, 2013