Jan is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia’s youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors. The CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab, Jan’s lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world.
Jan’s enlightening, challenging and entertaining presentations are pragmatic as opposed to idealistic, with the aim of transforming the way society talks about and engages with young people – from treating them as a problem to be solved to recognising that young people are contributing to and driving social change.
With an entrepreneurial streak that sparked early on, Jan Owen credits a teacher with great timing who backed and invested in her. Today, Jan Owen leads FYA with the aim to drive national conversations about the future of work, the importance of innovation and why we need to back young Australians.