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Enlighten's Founders

Dannielle Miller, OAM. CEO, Enlighten Education

Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice), Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training

“When working with teenagers, it is important to engage them emotionally; if you can capture their hearts, their minds will follow. I am incredibly proud of the work we do and passionate about acting as a catalyst for change.”

Dannielle Miller began her career as a high school teacher, then took on a role as a senior educator to develop an innovative program for students at risk of dropping out of school, The Lighthouse Project.

Dannielle is now the co-founder and CEO of Enlighten Education, Australia’s leading provider of in-school workshops for teens since 2003. Enlighten conducts workshops with more than 25,000 young people each year in Australia, New Zealand, and south-east Asia.

Danni has been the parenting expert for channel 9’s breakfast programs, she is the author of five books including the best-selling The Butterfly Effect: A Positive New Approach to Raising Happy, Confident Teen Girls (Random House), a weekend newspaper columnist for the Daily Telegraph, and is a regular feature writer for Body + Soul magazine.

Dannielle is also the Director of Education and Special Projects at Women’s Community Shelters and initiated and created both their Walk The Talk schools program, and their new corporate domestic and family violence literacy program which centres survivor’s voices and has a clear call to action.

Other presenting highlights include delivering keynotes on women’s leadership for Mercer nationally and in Singapore, and presenting at the All About Women festival at the Sydney Opera House twice – once on the main stage alongside Germain Greer, Eva Cox and Tara Moss.

In 2021 Dannielle was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to education, to woman, and youth. In 2018 she was one of four Finalists for the NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year, and the winner of the Suicide Prevention Australia Life Award for excellence in media reporting. She has been named the NSW/ACT Small Business Champion Entrepreneur (2007) and received an Australian Leadership Award by the Davos Foundation (2012).

Giving back to community is important to Dannielle. She has been an Ambassador for various charities, a pro bono board member for a women’s refuge, and also launched a social change initiative, The School Toilet Project which has gone global (this aims at encouraging schools to let students reimagine these often bleak spaces).

Francesca Kaoutal

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

“My greatest achievements include having a wonderful family and a satisfying career. My aim has always been to inspire in young people a belief in their own potential and a belief that learning can be fun and relevant to their world.”

In Francesca’s teaching career before co-founding Enlighten Education, she combined creativity with technologies expertise. She worked as a Learning Technologies Coordinator and has led curriculum development within various high schools, devised new curriculum for the Higher School Certificate Technology courses in New South Wales, devised a cross-curricular teaching program to integrate social justice into the classroom, and led students to enhance their business IT skills by developing and creating IT-based products and services for the school and business communities.

Francesca has also brought her creativity and her desire to empower students to her role as a costume designer for the annual Rock Eisteddfod. Francesca particularly enjoys sharing her passion and flair for creating and designing in the “Style File” component of our programs. In our “Get It Together” workshops, she specialises in helping young women learn to prioritise, become organised and maximise their potential.


Nikki Davis – Senior Presenter

Bachelor of Arts (Communications)

“I get the most amazing reaction from people when I tell them about Enlighten and what we do. I believe that many people – both genders, all ages and walks of life – are becoming more and more aware of the need for the work Enlighten does with today’s girls. I have never been more proud to talk about my work and the fact that I get to remind all these gorgeous girls just how special they are.”

A trained dancer and former dance teacher, Nikki spent a number of years performing as a dancer and modelling professionally after completing her Communications degree. Her passion for writing led to a position as the editor of a magazine for young dancers, and a scriptwriting role with a production company followed. Then she moved into a producer role, working on the creation of videos and special events, and often appearing on camera as host.

Training to be a volunteer telephone counsellor with Lifeline gave Nikki the opportunity to explore her interest in counselling and psychotherapy, which she continues to study. It quickly became clear to Nikki during her time at Lifeline that she was particularly interested in social issues related to girls and women.

A former high school student of Enlighten’s CEO, Dannielle Miller, Nikki wanted to be involved the moment she saw the work Enlighten was doing in the community. Experienced in front of a crowd, with lots of stories to tell and a special interest in young women, Nikki has a proven rapport with school-aged girls and offers a unique insight into the worlds of fashion, entertainment and the arts.

Joy Adan

Bachelor of Media and Communications, Master of Publishing

“I enjoy challenging conventions and amplifying voices that are misunderstood or misrepresented.”

Joy is a Filipino-born presenter who grew up in Western Sydney. Her love for creativity and storytelling led her to study media production at Macquarie University, followed by a Master of Publishing at the University of Sydney. Her career in communications and marketing spans work in the higher education, tech, community, and not-for-profit sectors.

As a writer, calligrapher and graphic facilitator, Joy is very attuned to the power of words. She uses her art to normalise conversations about culture, faith, gender norms and mental health. Joy has appeared on ABC’s podcast This Working Life, SBS Radio, SBS Insight, FBI Radio, 2SER and the online television series Real Women. She is a contributing author to Sweatshop Women Volume 1, the first Australian anthology written, edited and produced entirely by women from First Nations, migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Joy is also a podcast host, Raise Foundation mentor, Mental Health First Aider, Gidget Foundation Ambassador and the founder of ‘Finding Joy’, where she provides hand-made gifts and resources to encourage others to cultivate their own creativity and make time to find, express and celebrate the simple joys in life.

Testimonials from local schools

I would have to agree that the day was a huge success thanks to you wonderful presenter, Nikki Davis. She was amazing and I mean absolutely amazing, she was able to relate extremely well to our girls (who can be very tough sometimes to break through to). I would recommend your program to any school that would like to run girl programs like we have tried to run each year. Again, it was an amazing day and I think our young ladies will take a lot out of yesterday and store it away to use whenever the need arises. I am so glad I found you, the universe sent me a wonderful gift.

Fiona Stahlhut / Special Education Teacher and Girls Adviser, Moree Secondary College, Moree

An effective day that was run with great positivity and a wealth of experience. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it was a great way to commence their high school transition.

Emma Poole / Year 7 Coordinator, Wenona School

Thank you, once again, for providing such an empowering and relevant workshop for the girls. The way in which you engage with the students is amazing. They can see your genuine concern and respond positively to your enthusiasm. The feedback from the students is, as always, extremely positive. The lessons they have taken away from this workshop are long lasting and the students make regular reference to certain elements/phrases in the following days and weeks. I almost wish they could be receiving these messages daily in all areas of their life. Unfortunately, these messages are not always relayed at home or in the playground. Thank you for educating the girls of tomorrow and teaching them to ‘love the skin they’re in’.

Nicky Johnson / Year 6 Teacher, Kambala

Absolutely fabulous day! Our girls had an absolute ball and are still buzzing about it two weeks later! We can’t wait to have Enlighten Education back out to Molong Central School.

Jane Quigley / Wellbeing Officer, Molong Central School

Enlighten’s program is so relevant and fresh. The girls are engaged as soon as they walk in the room. Nikki was brilliant and I have taken on board some of her presentation techniques. One of my staff members was only timetabled to supervise for one period but found it so interesting she stayed for another period which was actually her free period.

Robert Gough / Year 9 Coordinator, Bethany College, Hurstville

I have had so many positive comments from the girls – as soon as I mention the presentation they all light up and tell me how much they want you back, some have told me that it was the best thing they have EVER done at school. Again thank you so much for your sessions Danni, they have been life changing for our girls.

David Pitfield / St Pius X High School, Adamstown

As a parent and Year Advisor of the participants in this program I would like to congratulate the team from Enlighten Education. Everyone found the day a valuable and worthwhile experience. The sessions gave the girls skills to better cope in situations they may find stressful. Their confidence and self-esteem was increased dramatically. The day was very positive and will go a long way to helping girls feel “gorgeous” in their own skins, despite the media telling them differently. Thank you.
Kerry Dedman, Year Advisor, Nambucca Heads High School

It was obvious being in the room that the girls loved it. Their evaluations of the day were extremely positive. Nikki is an excellent presenter in every aspect. I would like every girl in the school to complete the program.
Denise Charlier, Careers Adviser, Nepean CAPA High School

I was expecting positive feedback from the girls but it was overwhelmingly positive which is great.
Tina Di Sano, Acting Head of Year 9, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney

Wow, what an awesome day! I knew it was going to be good but I didn’t think it was going to be this good. Chloe was a really relatable person that the girls all felt comfortable with straight away. The content of the workshops were relevant and interesting. After reading the feedback from the girls I was so glad that we had decided to go ahead with the program. Thank you Enlighten Education.
Narelle Piffero, Head Teacher Welfare, Girls, Yanco Agricultural High School

I was extremely happy with the workshop. Nikki was engaging and instantly connected with the girls through her story. In reading the girls feedback they really valued her openness as well as the opportunity to spend time with each other.
Laura Rizzo, Middle School Coordinator, Bethany College, Hurstville

Fran was excellent – she built positive rapport with the girls, making them feel comfortable and creating a fun and engaging atmosphere. I was particularly impressed with the ‘personal safety’ sessions (simple, useful, memorable, relevant), There were ample opportunities for the girls to encourage and affirm their friends (which is wonderful, and something they really enjoyed) Overall, the sessions were informative and engaging, Fran was an excellent story-teller and personable presenter and Enlighten Education have proven professional and well-equipped to start conversations on key issues faced in adolescence. Thank you Fran!
Lia Sharma, Yr 9 Coordinator, St Luke’s Grammar School, Dee Why

The girls enjoyed the program that was a major component of our annual Year 8 PDHPE Day. Chloe was professional and developed positive rapport with students quickly, no easy task! The workshops were informative, relevant and engaging. Christine was amazing to deal with; organised, efficient and understanding of our needs as a school. We look forward to seeing Enlighten Education at Tara again next year!
Kate Miller, PDHPE Teacher, Tara Anglican School for Girls

The feedback from the students was overwhelmingly positive and this is a testament to the success of the day and what they got out of it. The content was very relevant to them and focused on key issues. Thank you.
Noosha Jalili, Year 9 Coordinator, Wenona School

The girls responded extremely positively to both Nikki and the information that she presented them with. They are still talking about it and it has helped them to reassess some of the important issues regarding being happy, healthy young women. Thank you.
Laura Blanchard, Kambala

Parents have phoned the school in praise of the Pastoral Day where Francesca from Enlighten Education spoke to the Year 10 girls about staying positive, being confident in themselves and how to look after themselves when faced with a difficult situation. All girls found the day fun, informative and enjoyable. Francesca was very motivating and encouraging. Thank you
Gemma McDermott, Pastoral Care Co-ordinator, Loreto Normanhurst

The day was responded to well by the students involved. The presenter oozed positivity and this was reflected in the girls’ involvement in the activities.
Michelle Cate, Mitchell High School

Thank you very much for providing such an inspirational day for our girls. The girls are still talking about the day and are very motivated to continue a ‘sisterhood’ group in the school. The girls have had positive comments and some have demonstrated changes in their own thinking. You were well informed and had the girls engaged from the start. Again thank you and we look forward to seeing you next year!!
Jemma Saville, Rouse Hill High School

It was great timing as the girls put what they learnt into practice the very next day when they went to camp. In many cases the things they struggled with at camp involved communication issues and how to deal with conflict. I often just held up my wrist band and said something along the lines of “what is the best way to deal with this situation?” Thank you for helping our Year 9 girls to develop vital skills for not just for their school lives, but also far beyond that.
Jasmine Wallis, Year 9 Year Advisor, St George Christian School

I feel empowered, knowledgable, informed, motivated and inspired by the Butterfly Effect program… Well done Danni- you are the most engaging and eloquent speaker I have had the pleasure to experience! My little sister was in your workshop day 2 and she felt exactly the same way about it! Go the amazon Princess- you’re just gorgeous!
Jody Sullivan, Barham High School

The workshops are a highlight for our girls. It is amazing to observe them being the best they can be when they are engaged with the workshops. Thank You! Nikki is a real pro!
Kim Slender, Emanuel School

This is the second year that we have run the Enlighten event. We had no hesitation in re-booking this year because the response of our students last year was so positive and long lasting. In particular, we found that the students were much more tolerant of each other. However, the feedback from the girls was the real selling point. They were overwhelmingly supportive of the program, were able to demonstrate that some really life-changing learning had taken place and completely enjoyed the experience. And who wouldn’t be moved by Danni’s story, her courage and her amazing outlook
on life? Of course, they all love her!
Carolyn Lee, Head of Senior School, St George Christian School

This is the second year that we have run the Enlighten event. We had no hesitation in re-booking this year because the response of our students last year was so positive and long lasting. In particular, we found that the students were much more tolerant of each other. However, the feedback from the girls was the real selling point. They were overwhelmingly supportive of the program, were able to demonstrate that some really life-changing learning had taken place and completely enjoyed the experience. And who wouldn’t be moved by Danni’s story, her courage and her amazing outlook on life? Of course, they all love her!
Carolyn Lee, Head of Senior School, St George Christian School

The program was informative and the activities were appropriate and enjoyable for the students. The life experiences shared with the girls e.g. body image, were relevant to teenagers and the emotions/feelings and outcomes were expressed positively. It was fantastic that Danni was able to include our assistant year advisor (male staff member) in a positive and fun way….Overall, a great day and the girls had an enjoyable time. Thank you.
Clancy Childs, Year 8 Advisor, Kellyville High School

Once again a fantastic day! Thank you so much for being committed to the cause of helping young girls find their true beauty and navigate their way through girl world. The program was engaging, fun and informative. Looking forward to working with you again next year!
Sophie Renton, Youth Pastor, Oxford Falls Grammar School

Was a fabulous day, the girls learnt so much throughout the day, were engaged at all times, responded beautifully to the discussion and activities and they felt empowered and happy after the day. Definitely worthwhile and the topics covered were spot on for our girls, Fran, you were inspiring and motivating for the girls and a wonderful role model, which showed you can be a business woman and a mother as well as be feminine and be confident in who you are.
Was wonderful to see the girls get so much out of your stories and how to respond to certain situations. It was just what the girls needed.
Jen May, St Luke’s Grammar School, Dee Why

I found the speaker very engaging with the girls. The issues addressed were very relevant to the age of girls and I think they took some valuable information and strategies to help them through the next few years of their teenage life.
Luella Cox, Hills Grammar School

Hi GORGEOUS Danni Tuesday was an absolutely amazing day for the girls (and their teachers). Thank you so very much for taking us joyfully and energetically through some ‘enlightening’ activities. We have done lots of de-briefing with the girls and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive, as I’m sure it will state on your feedback forms. When asked what they most enjoyed or what they learned from the day, I was most pleased that a range of responses were given. Not only did the girls respond to you extremely positively, they felt the the pace of the day was perfect, that the music added much joy and that the activities were fun and important. I had to resolve a friendship issue with two girls today and we were all using the steps in the ‘Respect Rules’ to help us to sort through the issue – THANK YOU! We now have a shared language and set of standards that we can work through in future friendship issues. There are other ways in which we are continuing the work of ‘The Butterfly Effect’. We are wearing our wrist bands, many girls have downloaded the app, we have been writing in our journals and we have been discussing the content raised on Tuesday. I have heard girls saying, “Stop! I don’t like it!” and although they were playing, the phrase and stance have been embedded. Finally, I would like to say how much I have enjoyed reading through your blog. I have watched several Kerri-Anne clips and read through several postings. You raise a lot of interesting points. As a girl and a teacher of girls, I am very interested to hear what you have to say. I have also encouraged some parents to have a read. Thank you for being an ambassador for girls. I very much hope that I get the opportunity to work with you again in the future as I found you very inspiring!
Sacha McCarthy, Kambala

Dear Fran
I thought your sessions inspired our students to think positively about life, their relationships and their own bodies. The girls enjoyed taking the time to write positive things about each other and each of them got a little boost which made them happier about themselves. It’s great that they can walk away from the day with a journal they can look at, to remind themselves about the positive things about them, a journal that they can also keep as a positive reminder of their happy schooling years.
Lauren Miller, Meriden

Thank you so much to Nikki for a truly meaningful and engaging presentation. She brought a whole new level of connectedness to the year 11 group. For the girls to have the opportunity to think about themselves as individuals and as part of a group of young women and the power they have to work together rather than in competition with one another was thought-provoking and hopefully action-inspiring. Thank you again for the important messages you brought to the senior girls of St Catherine’s.
Nicky Schey, Year 11 Mentor, St Catherine’s School, Waverley

Thank you for providing students with an engaging day that instils self-worth, confidence and reinforces vocational pathways over the day. Great work Ladies!!
Mark Johnson, Careers Advisor, Blacktown Girls High School

The girls enjoyed a fantastic day with Fran and have been truly enlightened by the experience. The information provided and the activities chosen were appropriate for the students and also most engaging. An excellent day with a positive outcome for all. Thank you so much.
Michelle Cate, Mitchell High School

Kellyville High School is thrilled with the impact this program has had on our Year 9 and 10 girls. Thanks.
Caroline Wilson, Careers Adviser, Kellyville High School

Thank you for providing our Year Nine girls with such a wonderful experience! They came away from their time spent with Nikki, with such confidence, self-awareness and a genuine improved understanding and appreciation of themselves and what it means to feel ‘beautiful’. Nikki was a true inspiration to many of them and has definitely left a lasting impression. They are still talking about certain activities and discussions they had! Thank you again, and we look forward to working with you again in the future.
Sara Rojas, Careers Adviser, Cambridge Park High School

As a parent of a daughter who has experienced Enlighten’s program twice, I was already convinced before you came to our school, but as a Year Advisor who participated this year, I can now see why it works so well. Again Nikki was an amazing presenter and she had my year group totally engrossed in every word she said. The girls came away so much closer as a year group and also within their smaller friendship groups. They were empowered to be safe, physically and emotionally and reassessed how they saw themselves. They spent the next week telling all the next year group down that they just ‘have to do it next year’. I think this speaks volumes for the value the girls placed on the day and the parents who contacted me afterwards said they really valued the conversations it opened up at home. Thank you once again for bringing this to our girls.
Samantha Morley, Year 9 Advisor, New England Girls’ School

Excellent program. The feedback from the girls was remarkable. They were quite emotional and definitely left feeling empowered.
Cassandra O’Sullivan, Head Teacher of Wellbeing and Learning, Asquith Girls High School

A very big thank you to the Enlighten team, especially Christine and Nikki. Christine it was fantastic to work with you in organising this event. You were always friendly, prompt in all your replies and available to answer any of my questions. Nikki it was a pleasure to have you at our College. The girls absolutely loved you and were engaged for every minute of every session. All activities were done well and connected with each girl. Each activity allowed them to feel safe, comfortable and excited to participate. It was a pleasure.
Stefania Taddio, Year 10 Coordinator, Domremy College

Fran was a delight and all girls responded favourably to her. She adapted and modified the course to suit our girls which showed true professionalism. Our students were engaged throughout the session and feedback has been very positive. I myself learned quite a few things about the students which was a bonus too. Thanks heaps.
Mark Cuttler, Year 10 Coordinator, Mercy Catholic College

Thanks Enlighten Education team for another fantastic seminar day!!! The girls loved it, and I know they left seeing themselves differently and empowered to make informed decisions about safety, friendship, and beauty. Can’t wait until next year!
Sophie Renton, Youth Pastor, Oxford Falls Grammar School

Fran and Nikki were truly engaging presenters and workshop leaders. The girls immediately felt like they were in a safe and supportive environment, due to the stories Fran told them about herself as a opener. They then were engaged and open to questions, challenges and prompts that Fran asked them. Upon splitting into groups, they were able to work successfully through The Travel Diary and meditation. Lots of girls commented on their emotional and mental state after the meditation, proving that this was an invaluable part of the day. Once back for Girl World, Fran made sure she addressed issues regarding friendship which we had asked for. This was done in a thoughtful and considerate manner, not making the girls think that we had asked to have it highlighted. Thank you again Enlighten, the girls and school community really appreciate your work.
Claire Harrison, Assistant Head of Year 8, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

Many thanks to Fran and Christine for being so organised and able to adapt with the changes that a school throws in during a normal day! We really appreciated all the hard work and effort that was put into the presentations and the way in which Fran spoke to the girls on their level about issues that truly concern them throughout their development. Thanks again, see you next year!
Kate Miller, PDHPE Teacher, Tara Anglican School for Girls

Once again, an excellent day! The Yr 9 students know very little about the program when they enter the room at the beginning of the day and it’s great to watch their response as the day progresses. Nikki develops a strong rapport with the students very quickly and they are always disappointed when it’s finished.
Denise Charlier, Careers Adviser, Nepean High School

As usual the day was excellent the girls were fully engaged & really enjoyed all sessions. Thanks again for a wonderful day.
Kelly Carrick, Head of Pennant House, Hills Grammar School

Nikki was amazing! It was beneficial for the girls to have someone detached from their situation coming to reassure them that everyone experiences friendship issues and that it is wrong to compare yourself to others. I think it was useful having a presenter that was young so that the girls could relate to her. She was extremely friendly and approachable and made the girls feel very special and valued. I have used her RESPECT rules and her pledge and have turned them into wall posters for our girls to refer to if another issue crops up. Our friendship problems have rapidly decreased since this workshop. THANK YOU!
Ellie McAdams, Year 6 Teacher, Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Menai

When I asked the year 7 group the following week to give me feedback about the Butterfly Effect program I had such an overwhelming positive response. Body image is a big issue for adolescent girls and the program really helped the students to feel happy about themselves. Other students expressed that they now felt much more confident in knowing how to handle a situation where they felt they were being bullied. The program really related to the issues young girls have in high school. Dannielle was an engaging presenter and the students were able to really connect with her stories. Thank you for such an inspiring day.
Lauren Miller, Meriden

Great to have another really well received seminar for our year 11 girls. The feedback from them speaks volumes. They were super engaged and felt reassured by the relevant messages presented by Nikki. Many thanks.
Rebecca Herbert, Year 11 Mentor, St Catherine’s School, Waverley

We were very impressed with the way Fran engaged with the girls, they were really inspired by the day and from the comments we have received the day exceeded their expectations. I think the staff also got a lot out of the day. The topics all seemed to be very relevant for the age and experiences of the girls. I think the school is certainly keen to have Enlighten come back!
Laura Baird, Early Intervention Practitioner, Samaritans Reconnect, Whitebridge High School

The girls seemed to respond very positively to the workshops and it was refreshing seeing them work together and get to know each other a lot more than they did before the day. I think they took a lot from the day and hope that they will continue to implement the knowledge that they gained in their everyday life. Thank you for taking the time to come out and Enlighten the girls!
Betty Toitov, Year 7 Coordinator, Bethany College

I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about Dannielle’s experiences and related them so much to my own upbringing in my preteens and teenage years. Nothing has changed. But the message of choice was loud and clear. Girls at this age are grappling with their identity and acceptance within peers groups and also finding their place in the world.
The message was that you have the power, so use it in a positive way. Dannielle’s choice of language and syntax was familiar to the girls, they could relate. All thoroughly enjoyed the experience. For a whole day they heard about someone else’s plight in their younger, formative years. Dannielle was like a heroine for some of the girls. In class on occasion I still hear comments related to the day.
Julie Heidler, Kambala

The event was very valuable and the students as well as myself LOVED every bit of it!!!
Roz Potter, Year 8 Advisor, Illawarra Sports High School

Excellent day, kids were totally engaged. The material was thought provoking but also very humorous. Danielle Miller has an important message for teens, but it is her humour that wins them over and helps them to explore those serious issues and still allows them to have a good laugh. Well Done!
Elaine Chamberlain, School Counsellor, Woonona High School

The importance of delivering this content to our students at this age is invaluable. The comments and responses from our students highlight the need for this even more. It’s wonderful to see an organisation delivering such an important message in such a positive and effective way.
Christine Anderson, Director of Mission, Mater Dei Catholic College, Wagga Wagga

Excellent workshop, engaging and real.
Joel Foster, Teacher/Year Adviser, Corrimal High School

Parents phoned in to say what an incredible day their daughter had experienced. Girls were effervescent in their comments about the day. Staff are delighted and all say “you must book that for next year as well”.
Leader of Learning Year 9, St Joseph’s Catholic College, East Gosford

The girls were all a buzz after the presentation. They had a great connection with Fran, they enjoyed her stories and that really came through in their feedback. I really like the way the information is delivered on their level, they could relate and interact with the information. I think the most worthwhile activity of the day is when the girls are asked to write nice things about one another and then share. Some girls were very emotional and others heard positive things for the first time. Such an amazing experience. Other key elements that resonated with the girls were the catch phrases that give the girls new language to use on the issues of body image.
Laura Rizzo, Year 9 Coordinator, Bethany College

Fran’s stories to the girls illustrated that she understood the issues affecting teenage girls these days. Students related and responded well to Fran as she was very down to earth and recognised each girl as an individual. It was a very positive and uplifting afternoon!
Janine Stillen, Assistant Head of Senior School, William Clarke College, Kellyville

Danni has tremendous enthusiasm and ability to connect quickly with students. The night parent talk was our most successful ever! Thanks Danni!
Adam Lawson, PDHPE Teacher, Holy Spirit College Wollongong

Thank you, once again, for providing such an empowering and relevant workshop for the girls. The way in which you engage with the students is amazing. They can see your genuine concern and respond positively to your enthusiasm. The feedback from the students is, as always, extremely positive. The lessons they have taken away from this workshop are long lasting and the students make regular reference to certain elements/phrases in the following days and weeks. I almost wish they could be receiving these messages daily in all areas of their life. Unfortunately, these messages are not always relayed at home or in the playground. Thank you for educating the girls of tomorrow and teaching them to ‘love the skin they’re in’.
Nicky Johnson, Year 6 Teacher, Kambala

The students really enjoyed the day, as always!
Carmelinda Codamo, Year 9 Guidance Coordinator, Domremy College

I just wanted to leave a small note in regards to your Career Gal Workshop. Fran was very energetic and engaging, she very quickly changed the preconceived notions of the girls, who were ‘not in the mood for a boring careers talk’. This allowed for an environment of effective participation, sharing and honesty. Whilst the discussion did not branch into a breakdown of career options, I felt that dealing with the area of ‘careers’ through topics on self-esteem, positive affirmation, discovering if you are a right brain, left brain thinker or somewhere in the middle was a very effective and relatable approach. Focusing on identifying key skills that need to be developed over the next couple of years so that they can interview well for jobs and expand their employment opportunities was also very useful. Fran covered a range of areas that are a concern for young girls, such as body image and drew relevant connections to the workforce, which was both enlightening and empowering. The message that you are not limited in your options for a career was loud and clear and laid the foundation for the girls to think very carefully about the variety of career options they have. It also helped to nip in the bud a defeatist attitude prevalent in young girls who believe they are not capable of doing certain jobs. On behalf of Year 10 Mercy I would like to pass on my thanks and gratitude to Fran for an insightful, relatable and engaging workshop.
Jessica McKay, Year 10 Coordinator, Mercy Catholic College

Overall the session was fantastic. The students were engaged and took a lot away from it. I especially liked the way in which the girls felt empowered as young women at the conclusion.
Natasha Maoudis, Year 10 Guidance Coordinator, Domremy College

Wow! I really don’t know where to start with telling you how wonderful today was. Becca was fabulous, inspirational, funny and had an incredible impact on every one of our girls. The workshops are so well designed. I loved watching the girls laugh, cry, hug, bond and walk out at the end of the day feeling truly special and empowered. Thank you!
Anna Caldwell, Director of Pastoral Care, Presbyterian Ladies College, Armidale

This program provided a great opportunity for the girls at our school to take time out from the normal schedule of school life and focus on things that are really practical for them in the here and now. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and students who would not normally involve themselves in pastoral/welfare activities were engaged for the duration of the day.
Una Hughes, Year 8 Coordinator, Gilroy Catholic College

The Butterfly Effect program that our girls experienced today has an enormous emotional impact on our girls who at the end of the day felt empowered, inspired and enriched by the experience. Becca Johnston is an outstanding presenter who presented with humour, drama and empathy – our girls responded with great enthusiasm and were thoroughly engaged in all activities throughout the day. Becca certainly made an impression on our girls who bonded immediately with her easy going manner and her enthusiasm for girl power. As a parent I can tell you my daughter left the school today feeling fantastic and inspired in the knowledge that yes she can do just about anything. There has been insightful discussion at our dinner table as I am sure has happened in many households in Nambucca tonight. Thankyou to Enlighten Education for making a difference for our girls today.
Angela Bagordo, Head Teacher CAPA/Welfare, Nambucca Heads High School

Enlighten’s program is so relevant and fresh. The girls are engaged as soon as they walk in the room. Nikki was brilliant and I have taken on board some of her presentation techniques. One of my staff members was only timetabled to supervise for one period but found it so interesting she stayed for another period which was actually her free period.
Robert Gough, Year 9 Coordinator, Bethany College, Hurstville

In the girls’ session, Danni captivated the girls by her manner. But continued to hold their attention because she is so aware of their issues, how they talk, what’s relevant. She gave strategies in some instances that are concrete and that can be practised and worked on. In the parents’ session, both speakers provided parents with information they need to know, strategies and highlighted how important it is to be aware of the issues, to speak to one another, etc. I think that this partnership between Enlighten and Moriah is one that we need to grow. It’s a very important relationship and partnership.
Nicky Segerman, Hebrew Teacher, Moriah College, Bondi Junction

Brilliant session – the girls wanted more time!
Jenny Cook, Year 8 Coordinator, Moriah College, Bondi Junction

Fran was great with the girls – they seemed to find her easy to relate to and get along with. A positive experience for all involved.
Nigel Wickham, Dean of Students, St Luke’s Grammar School, Dee Why

The topics were relevant, current and well presented with strong links to the PDHPE curriculum. Nikki was great! The girls loved her stories, humour and the way she worked with them on their level. She presented herself professionally at all times and was very flexible with the altered timing. Christine is a delight to work with, she is always organised, quick to respond and assists as needed in all areas. A great day and we look forward to organising again for PDHPE Day next year!
Kate Miller, Senior School – Teacher PDHPE, Tara Anglican School for Girls

I have had so many positive comments from the girls – as soon as I mention the presentation they all light up and tell me how much they want you back, some have told me that it was the best thing they have EVER done at school. Again thank you so much for your sessions Danni, they have been life changing for our girls.
David Pitfield, St Pius X High School, Adamstown

I really enjoyed the content of the presentation as well as the approach taken by the presenter. The girls were really engaged and learnt a lot.
Sarah Hatch, Year 9 Mentor, St Catherine’s School, Waverley

We are proud to work with these schools

Airds High School
All Saints Catholic Girls College, Liverpool
All Saints Grammar
Arden Anglican School
Arthur Phillip High School
Ascham School
Asquith Girls High School
Auburn Girls High School
Balgowlah Heights Public School
Balranald Central School
Bankstown Senior College
Barellan Central School
Barrenjoey High School
Barham High School
Barnier Public School, Quakers Hill
Bede Polding College, Windsor
Bethany College, Hurstville
Blacktown Girls High School
Bombala High School
Bowral High School
Brigidine College, St Ives
Cambridge Park High School
Caroline Chisholm School, Chisholm ACT
Cheltenham Girls High
Chifley College – Dunheved
Chifley College – Shalvey
Colo High School
Concord High School
Condell Park High School
Coreen School
Cranebrook High School
Crestwood High School
Cronulla High School
Cumberland High School
Danebank Anglican School for Girls, Hurstville
Domremy College, Five Dock
Doonside Technology High School
Dorrigo High School
Eden Marine High School
Elizabeth Macarthur High School
Emanuel School, Randwick
Evans High School
Fairfield High School
Freeman Catholic College, Bonnyrigg Heights
Galston High School
Georges River College – Penshurst Girls Campus
Gilroy Catholic College, Castle Hill
Girraween High School
Glenmore Park High School
Glenwood High School
Gosford High School
Hamazkaine A & S Galstaun College
Hawkesbury High School
Heathcote High School
Hills Grammar School, Dural
Hills Sports High School
Holsworthy High School
Holy Spirit College, Bellambi
Hunter Valley Grammar School
Inaburra School
Jindabyne Central School
JJ Cahill Memorial High School
John Therry Catholic High School
Katoomba High School
Kellyville High School
Killarney Heights High School
Kincoppal – Rose Bay
Kincumber High School
Kingswood High School
Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange
Lithgow High School
Liverpool Girls High School
Loreto Normanhurst
Lumen Christi Catholic College, Pambula Beach
Marian Catholic College, Griffith
Marian Catholic College, Kenthurst
Marist Sisters’ College, Woolwich
Mater Dei Catholic College, Wagga Wagga
Matraville Sports High
Menai High School
Mercy Catholic College, Chatswood
Meriden, Strathfield
Miller Technology High School
Mitchell High School
MLC School
Model Farms High School
Molong Central School
Monaro High School
Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College
Moriah College
Mount Annan High School
Mount Austin High School
Mount St Benedict College
Mount St Joseph Milperra
Nambucca Heads High School
Nepean High School
New England Girls School, Armidale
Northmead High School
Oakhill College
Oberon High School
Our Lady of Mercy College Burraneer
Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta
Oxford Falls Grammar School
Pacific Palms Public School
Peak Hill Central School
Pendle Hill High School
PLC Sydney, Croydon
Prairiewood High School
Presbyterian Ladies’ College Armidale
Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney
Pymble Ladies College
Quakers Hill High School
Ravenswood School for Girls
Reddam House
Regina Coeli School, Beverly Hills
Richmond High School
Riverstone High School
Rooty Hill High School
Roseville College
Rouse Hill High School
Rutherford Technology High School
St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney
St Andrew’s College, Marayong
St Angela’s Primary School, Castle Hill
St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton
St Catherine’s School, Waverley
St Charbel’s College, Punchbowl
St Christopher’s Primary School, Panania
St Clair High School
St Clare’s College, Waverley
St Francis De Sales Regional College, Leeton
St George Christian School
St George Girls High
St James Primary School, Kotara South
St John Vianney’s Catholic Primary School
St John Bosco College
St Joseph’s Catholic College, East Gosford
St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Albion Park
St Luke’s Grammar School, Dee Why
St Mark’s Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens
St Mary’s High School, Gateshead
St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong
St Patrick’s College, Campbelltown
St Patrick’s Parish School, Cooma
St Paul’s College, Kempsey
St Paul’s Grammar School
St Piux X High School, Adamstown
St Thomas’ School, Willoughby
St Vincent’s College, Potts Point
San Clemente High School, Mayfield
Santa Sabina College, Strathfield
SCEGGS Darlinghurst
Seven Hills High School
Springwood High School
Stella Maris, Manly
Tara Anglican School for Girls
Terra Sancta College
The Jannali High School
Vincentia High School
Wade High School, Griffith
Wagga Wagga High School
Wenona School
West Wyalong High School
Whitebridge High School
William Clarke College
Willoughby Girls High School
Windsor High School
Winmalee High School
Woonona High School
Xavier Catholic College, Skennars Head
Yanco Agricultural High School
Yenda Public School