Jodie Stanley - Round 1, 2018 Champion

Paving new ways in public communication through online leadership

As one of the co-founders of Startup Mackay, Jodie Stanley is dedicated to supporting and growing innovation and business growth in her hometown. She enthusiastically seeks out new opportunities, speakers, entrepreneurs and educators to visit the region to inspire and foster great ideas. Since 2000 she has volunteered her time to assist organisations such as Split Spaces and Mackay IT Network (MITN). Jodie was the lead organiser of the first Startup Weekend in Mackay, and has contributed to Startup Weekend Youth and Mentor Blaze, an event that matches emerging business founders with experienced mentors.

With a desire to empower people to become more effective communicators and leaders, Jodie teaches about the use of online tools and media. She believes people often have great ideas but lack the ability to share these with others. As executive of three Toastmasters clubs across the region, Jodie is addressing the cultural shift away from traditional public speaking leadership models with the introduction of a ‘basecamp’ digital competencies pathway. The online learning platform aims to develop members’ digital skills in blogging, podcast creation and Facebook promotions to enhance public engagement.

Jodie’s enthusiasm and commitment to growing innovation in the Mackay Whitsunday region was recognised at the 2016 Central Queensland University Opal Awards where she was presented with the Engaged Service Learning (Student) Award for her work with Startup Weekend, Mentor Blaze and her Get Your Health in Check interactive workshop.

As a Community Digital Champion, Jodie will be assisting the community with building their digital skills by:

  • developing a Toastmasters Pathways program to teach members how to use the ‘basecamp’ online learning platform and guide members in developing their digital skills
  • participating in, and promoting the benefits of, monthly meet ups that encourage others to explore new skills, ways of communicating and sharing their story
  • supporting not-for-profit organisations by investing her time, energy and knowledge in mentoring and growing their activities.


Jodie is nominated by: Split Spaces

Paving new ways in public communication through online leadership

As one of the co-founders of Startup Mackay, Jodie Stanley is dedicated to supporting and growing innovation and business growth in her hometown. She enthusiastically seeks out new opportunities, speakers, entrepreneurs and educators to visit the region to inspire and foster great ideas. Since 2000 she has volunteered her time to assist organisations such as Split Spaces and Mackay IT Network (MITN). Jodie was the lead organiser of the first Startup Weekend in Mackay, and has contributed to Startup Weekend Youth and Mentor Blaze, an event that matches emerging business founders with experienced mentors.

With a desire to empower people to become more effective communicators and leaders, Jodie teaches about the use of online tools and media. She believes people often have great ideas but lack the ability to share these with others. As executive of three Toastmasters clubs across the region, Jodie is addressing the cultural shift away from traditional public speaking leadership models with the introduction of a ‘basecamp’ digital competencies pathway. The online learning platform aims to develop members’ digital skills in blogging, podcast creation and Facebook promotions to enhance public engagement.

Jodie’s enthusiasm and commitment to growing innovation in the Mackay Whitsunday region was recognised at the 2016 Central Queensland University Opal Awards where she was presented with the Engaged Service Learning (Student) Award for her work with Startup Weekend, Mentor Blaze and her Get Your Health in Check interactive workshop.

As a Community Digital Champion, Jodie will be assisting the community with building their digital skills by:

  • developing a Toastmasters Pathways program to teach members how to use the ‘basecamp’ online learning platform and guide members in developing their digital skills
  • participating in, and promoting the benefits of, monthly meet ups that encourage others to explore new skills, ways of communicating and sharing their story
  • supporting not-for-profit organisations by investing her time, energy and knowledge in mentoring and growing their activities.


Jodie is nominated by: Split Spaces