About Dannielle Miller,
CEO, Enlighten Education

B Ed, Grad Cert (Mgmt), Cert IV (Assessment and Workplace Training)

Dannielle Miller, a thought leader and expert in girls' self-esteem and body image, started out her career as a teacher and then quickly became a major innovator in education and student welfare. She was responsible for the curriculum, staffing and quality of learning of the English faculty of a dual-campus high school. As Students at Risk Coordinator for high schools in Western Sydney, she advised the Federal Government on funding for support programs for students at risk of dropping out.

The immensely successful Lighthouse Project was Dannielle's brainchild. It pairs at-risk students with workplace mentors, helping them develop employment skills and discover the real-world relevance of what they learn at school. Another of her innovations was the development of an accredited Higher School Certificate (HSC) course in service learning. The curriculum nurtures students' entrepreneurial skills while involving them in meaningful community volunteer work.

In 2003, concerned about the struggles she saw countless high school girls go through with body image and self-esteem, Dannielle co-founded Enlighten Education. Guided by her vision as CEO, the company has become Australia's leading provider of in-school workshops for teen girls on body image, self-esteem and empowerment. Enlighten works with more than 20,000 girls each year across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

In 2014 Dannielle launched a new initiative aimed at empowering young men. Disengagement from school, the pressure to look buffed, feeling like they cannot express the full rage of emotions, fall outs with their mates, limiting gender stereotypes…all are issues plaguing our boys. Meanwhile we also need to do the urgent work that is required to educate them in order to help eliminate violence against women. "Goodfellas" is a considered, positive and pro-active approach and is being delivered by highly experienced, qualified male presenters with proven track records of working face-to-face with boys and men.

Dannielle has been awarded the title NSW /ACT Small Business Champion Entrepreneur, received an Australian Leadership Award and was nominated twice for an Australian of the Year Award. The media has named her one of Australia’s emerging leaders (The Australian), one of Sydney’s most influential people (The Sydney Morning Herald) and one of the most inspiring women over 40 (Prevention), and in 2014 she was a finalist for InStyle’s Women of Style Awards.

With Dannielle as CEO, Enlighten Education has been named the Australian Small Business Champion for Children's Services and was a finalist for an Australian Human Rights Commission Business Award.

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In 2009, Dannielle released her book The Butterfly Effect, which offers a positive new approach to raising teen girls. After receiving many requests from parents and educators for a version especially for teen readers, she went on to write The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo. Both books are published by Random House, and The Butterfly Effect has been translated and published in China. She is the co-author of Loveability, which provides teen girls with advice on how to have healthy relationships; it is published by HarperCollins. Her latest title is Gratitude – A positive new approach to raising thankful kids.

As a media contributor on parenting and women’s issues, Dannielle is regularly called upon as an expert commentator. She is an avid blogger and has written for The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age, The Daily Telegraph and sites such as Daily Life, The HooplaFeministing and and News Corp Australia's popular opinion site RendezView. She is featured in education journals, and she is a popular speaker at youth and education conferences and forums.

Dannielle choses to give back to the community and shares her expertise in her role as a Board Member (Education Initiatives and PR) for "The Sanctuary, The Hills Domestic Violence Service & Shelter." She is both an Ambassador for The Mirabel Foundation (a charity that supports children who have been removed from their homes due to illicit drug use), and also a Champion for Pregnant Pause (a non-profit initiative that aims to eliminate Foetal Alcohol Syndrome).

Contact Dannielle: danni@enlighteneducation.com

Danni and Kevin Rudd

Dannielle with Mr Kevin Rudd after receiving her Emerging Leader Award, Parliament House, June 2009.