After 12 years working in the Adelaide events industry, Sarah Gun decided there must be a better way to do business. In 2012, Gun’s event management business GOGO Events transitioned to a social enterprise model, and has since then created life changing employment for 85 individuals on their journey out of homelessness.
Gun saw the growing need to support people that are extremely marginalised, and has witnessed first hand the positive impact of meaningful paid employment. It provides hope, builds confidence, creates dignity and helps people discover or recall their strengths and capabilities. In this time Gun has become a serial social entrepreneur having also founded The GOGO Foundation, Social Change Headquarters and co-founding Collab4Good. And knowing what’s possible she is also a passionate advocate for the power of business to drive social change, asking us to imagine, “What world could we create if every business measured their success against the Sustainable Development Goals?”
On the ground in South Australia, Gun plays an active role in developing the impact sector. She is on the working group developing the SA Social Enterprise Council, is an active player in the B Corp community and is regularly called on to speak about developing the social economy, inclusion and diversity and rethinking the future of social procurement. For Gun, being selected as an inaugural SheEO venture was divine timing. A community of talented, empowered women working on the world’s to-do list feels like a home for her. SheEO has provided her with profound partnerships, unending encouragement and a fearless posture to continue uncovering new frontiers in driving social change. Gun imagines a future where all people can make their own economic choices, and participate in the economy to create the lives they truly want to live. Alongside the SheEO community, she’s already well on her way.
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