Welcome to Episode 16 of Good Will Hunters!
This week on the show I chat with Kaitlin Tait, the Director of YHER, a part of YGAP which focuses on supporting female entrepreneurs in the Pacific, Bangladesh and parts of Africa. Kaitlin and husband Aaron started Spark International back in 2008, after getting caught up in the violent election crisis that plagued Kenya that year (much like our guest from two episodes ago, Annabelle Chauncy!). Spark International grew into a highly impactful organisation, and merged with YGAP in 2015 – you may recall we had YGAP Co-Founder Elliot Costello on the show in Episode 6!
In this Episode, Kaitlin and I discuss why female entrepreneurs need specific, tailored support – generally, female entrepreneurs are less likely to attract the same amount of investment capital as their male counterparts, despite being MORE likely to demonstrate innovation… it’s a frustrating reality and one that Kaitlin and her team work tirelessly to change.
Kaitlin is considered to be of the most influential women in the development sector in Australia, and it’s clear why when you listen to this episode! I’ve noticed a trend – all of the outstanding female leaders we have on this show are humble, thoughtful and take a pause before answering questions, ensuring that their statements have the same truth and integrity that have defined their careers. It’s inspiring – and it makes me so grateful to get to bring this show to you every week.
Rachel and the GWH Team