Jess Colgan

Director Y-Impact

Jess is director and a social impact consultant at Y Impact. Jess started her career as a trusted advisor & Chartered Accountant within corporate and private business, particularly specialising in the hospitality industry. Working across finance, human resources, strategic planning, property & venue development projects, her ability to build solid relationships and strengthen culture have been the foundations for her success. Jess initially planned to begin a hospitality social enterprise, however upon seeing the wonderful work already existing in Melbourne, she researched the market to identify the best ways her skills could add the most value to those already operating. Y Impact was born from this passion.

Y Impact
Y Impact is a social enterprise helping social entrepreneurs to strengthen their business model and achieve financial sustainability. They also partner with family business owners to make authentic social impact a part of their business’ core value and therefore a part of doing everyday business.
Y Impact has just launched a mentoring program at Perpetual & Fordham to provide opportunities for Advisors to connect to purpose and strengthen the breadth and agility of their advice delivery, through working directly with social entrepreneurs.


EEC 2019 PANEL:
Food, Fashion, Future

Food, Fashion, Future – How collaboration within the Food & Fashion industries have created prosperous social enterprises, that tackle social & environmental challenges head-on. But how will we expand across industries and sectors for a prosperous future?

Session Outcomes:
Learn specific examples of how experienced social entrepreneurs have used the power of partnerships and collaborations to build their brands and create real social & environmental change, and how cross-sector collaboration and social impact planning can bring unlikely partners together