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 addition, she regularly writes a column for Inside Small Business, speaks on ABC Regional Radio, the Money to Love program for Macquarie Radio, and shares positive stories about rural Australia through her blog and social media. Her book, Entrepreneurship: It's everybody's business, was published in 2016.
In recognition of her extensive networks, knowledge, and passion for rural communities, Kerry was appointed to the Regional Development Australia Loddon Mallee Committee from 2012 to 2015. In 2016 she was invited to become an ambassador for Inspiring Rare Birds encouraging female entrepreneurs and was appointed as an expert adviser to the National Farm Cooperatives Pilot Project.