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Australian Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year Dr Renae Jones

Business Liaison Association

Wendy Finegan 01 June, 2022 Visiting Experts Program

Australian Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year Dr Renae Jones

Australian Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year

Dr Renae Jones



Three days, 550km and 7.5 hours of driving, 7 custom workshops, 6 schools, one massive adventure!

People and students often question, why did I leave the lucrative career of business consulting? The fact is, I love working with Teenagers, I love the way they think, I love their ‘recklessness’, their ability to take risks, dream big and be creative. I always find them respectful of my experience, my teachings, approach and stories. I am so happy to say that the Tablelands teenagers ticked off all these qualities and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them and the staff.

Kind Regards





Recently students and teachers from Herberton State School P-10 Secondary Campus completed the Youth Entrepreneurship Program.  This hands-on program was facilitated by the 2021 Australian Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year, Dr Renae Jones.  This very worthwhile program looked at opportunity seeking, demystifying entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship in action.  Students and staff thoroughly enjoyed working with Dr Jones.  Many thanks to Mrs Angela Toppin and the Business Liaison Association for providing Herberton students with this wonderful opportunity.

Gerald Raciti

Head of Department - Curriculum

Herberton State School P-10



The students had a wonderful experience with Dr Jones who tailored her workshops to suit the current course of study. There were a total of 40 students (Year 7 and Year 10) who participated. 

The Year 10 students spent time discovering the world of entrepreneurship and the ways to be innovative by reviewing successful business products on the market. Whereas the Year 7s spent time developing an investors pitch for a vegan pizza; they were very enthusiastic. The feedback from the teachers involved was also highly positive, with both stating how Dr Jones without necessarily realising it, reinforced classroom learnings but also provided them with professional development -they had a learning experience at the same time. 

It was a valuable experience for the students in FNQ to have this opportunity.  The students on the way out were happy.

St Stephen's would like to thank Dr Renae Jones for her visit which would not have been possible without the support of the Business Liaison Association who tirelessly provide opportunity for students in the Cairns and Tablelands regions to experience entrepreneurship in the making.  



Humanities and Business


St Stephen’s Catholic College


Tablelands Entrepreneurial Tour March 2022.pdf

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