Travels from: Queensland
CEO of Orange Sky Laundry
Categories: Business Coaching, CEO, Women in Business
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Jo Westh is the CEO of Orange Sky. She provides guidance to the Senior Leadership Team and in concert with the Board of Directors is responsible for establishing the strategic direction of the organisation.
Jo was a founding Board Member and was brought on as CEO in Orange Sky’s infancy to support the organisation’s growth and scalability.Under Jo’s leadership, Orange Sky has expanded from 5 vans to 26 and has grown from 4 employees to 30 with over 1,200 volunteers.
More recently, Jo has been spearheading the organisation’s expansion into New Zealand and the United States.
In her tenure, she has established the necessary strategy and business systems to support the organisation’s continued growth and sustainability, fostered a culture of safety and teamwork, led the introduction of strategic fundraising and has been integral to the organisation’s entry into remote indigenous communities.
Jo and the rest of the leadership team have built a team of volunteers and staff who are passionate and motivated to deliver Orange Sky’s mission. Jo’s leadership is her greatest contribution to Orange Sky. She is a consultative leader who recognises the strengths of each individual and understands how each member of the team can best contribute to the organisation’s objectives.
Prior to joining Orange Sky, Jo worked in management consulting, leading teams around the world in building sustainable businesses. Her work as a Senior Partner for an international consulting firm focused on mergers and acquisitions as well as change management and organisational improvement for start-ups and organisations experiencing large growth.
She worked extensively in Cambodia to support children experiencing poverty and disconnection from the community. Her passion to pursue for-purpose work grew through this experience and saw her devote her career from this point onwards to the third sector. Jo is compassionate, supportive, adaptable and meticulous.
Having grown her career in male dominated industries, she has always fought against inequity and mistreatment of minority groups. She challenges each team member to be the best version of themselves and to continually strive to improve. She has equipped the organisation with the necessary direction and support mechanisms to ensure Orange Sky’s sustainability and continued growth. Jo has boundless energy and passion for Orange Sky and models leadership and the characteristics of an Orange Sky Person every day.
Her speaking topics include:
- The Power of a Conversation
- Growth of a For-Purpose Organisation
- Fostering Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
- Using Technology to Drive Innovation and Efficiency