Passionate about rural and regional Australia
Author of Entrepreneurship: It's Everybody's Business, Kerry Anderson is a businesswoman and community advocate from Central Victoria. Passionate about rural and regional Australia she is committed to changing the conversation from job seeking to job creation.
In a rapidly changing world that she refers to as the 'Era of the Entrepreneur', Kerry works with industry groups and rural communities across Australia. Renowned for her innovative and practical approach she facilitates engaging, authentic and relevant conversations encouraging everyone to look at existing landscapes with fresh eyes to embrace change and create new opportunities.
Her journey commenced as a 2011 Victorian Rural Woman of the Year finalist when she launched an extensive research project that took her to the United States meeting with successful communities and educators.
Over a three year period Kerry led the highly innovative Operation Next Gen and Be Your Own Boss pilot projects working with three towns and secondary schools in rural Victoria to trial practical and effective ways of engaging with young people and encouraging entrepreneurs. These programs are now being offered Australia wide including in Collie, Western Australia.
As a thought leader Kerry frequently represents the region at national and international forums and is invited to present at conferences here and overseas. In 2017 she was one of two Australians invited by the Kauffman Foundation to Kansas City bringing practitioners worldwide together to share best practice in building collaborative entrepreneurship ecosystems.
Kerry regularly writes a column for Inside Small Business, speaks on ABC Regional Radio, and shares positive stories about rural Australia through her popular blog and social media. Her book, Entrepreneurship: It's everybody's business, was published in 2016. Another is on the way!
In recognition of her extensive networks, knowledge, and passion for rural communities, Kerry was appointed to the Regional Development Australia Loddon Mallee Committee between 2012 and 2015. From 2016 to 2018 she was an expert adviser to the National Farm Cooperatives Pilot Project. She is currently serving on the Boards of Castlemaine Health and Working Heritage, appointed by the Victorian State Government.
In August 2018 Kerry was honoured with the 8point8 Regional Innovation Ecosystem Leader award at a dinner in Wagga Wagga NSW.