Lauren Shuttleworth is a social entrepreneur, gender equality activist and a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum. She is passionate about women’s and girls education, gender equality and the economic power of women and social enterprise.
In late 2014 Lauren founded Words With Heart, an eco print and stationery company that funds women’s and girls’ education projects. She received a scholarship with the School of School Entrepreneurs, going on to be selected to the inaugural accelerator program at the Impact Academy. The social enterprise has been awarded grants from ING Direct and Macquarie Group, and counts some of Australia’s most reputable corporates as clients. Words With Heart has also funded more than 70,000 education days for women and girls in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Cambodia and Nepal in partnership with leading NGOs.
Lauren’s work for gender equality has been featured in publications such as Upworthy, Junkee, Mamamia, Collective Magazine and Cosmopolitian Magazine and she has spoken at conferences and events including TEDxQUT, Women of the World (WOW) Festival, UN Youth National Conference, and the IMPACT Social Enterprise conference. She was named a finalist in the inaugural Social Entrepreneur category at the 2015 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards and 2017 Australian winner of Chivas Venture – a global competition for the brightest social enterprises. She is also a finalist in the 2017 Women’s Weekly and Qantas ‘Women of the Future Awards’.