LEADERSHIP – As some of the youngest leaders and change makers in Australia, Daniel and Justine share what has been crucial to leading a team and business. They explain the keys and tools that they have used to develop themselves as leaders and unpack some of the challenges that leaders face, especially in a world that is surrounded by social media. What they share is insightful!
Daniel and Justine Flynn – Co-Founders of Thankyou
Thankyou. - Co-Founders
Co-founder Daniel Flynn pulled together a group of friends in Melbourne and together turned an idea to launch a line of bottled water that would fund water projects overseas into a reality. In July 2013 they rebranded as Thankyou, complete with two new ranges: food and body care and today, Thankyou has over 50 products available in 5500 outlets in Australia (including 7 Eleven, Coles and Woolworths). The idea was to take a more holistic approach to combating poverty, with 100% of the profits funding safe water, food and hygiene and sanitation services around the world. In 2016 they launched Thankyou baby, a range of nappies and baby care funding child and maternal health programs around the globe to empower families in need.
Daniel established Thankyou alongside a group of co-founders at the ripe old age of 19 and every day he continues to drive Thankyou’s vision to see global poverty eradicated with the goal to help millions of people in need. An ‘ideas man’ through and through, Daniel is a big advocate for living out your dreams. You’ll often hear him say, “Impossibility is only someone’s opinion, not a fact” and if you ask him how the organisation is going, you probably won’t get much more out of him than “it’s just the beginning”. Some of his epic achievements include writing a bestselling book called Chapter One, and winning awards like 2014 Victorian Young Australian of the Year.
Justine is passionate about a lot of things, but in particular she has a passion for people and business. With incredible ideas, never-ending creativity and the ability to empower others to reach their full potential, Justine is pretty much always on the go and her motivation for excellence is an inspiration to the team. With a Bachelor of Business Management (majoring in HR and Marketing), Justine’s got incredible theoretical and practical knowledge of business, branding, marketing and HR that keeps driving Thankyou forward.