Cindy Reese Mitchell

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Cindy is the Founding Chief Executive Officer of the Mill House Ventures, the Canberra region’s first dedicated social enterprise business development consultancy. Cindy has worked as a venture capital investment manager and in senior management roles at large corporate organisations in Australia and the United States. She has also worked as a Policy Advisor and Senior Analyst in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Assistant Director in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

An experienced facilitator, trainer, and networker, Cindy excels in connecting people and ideas to solve complex problems. In her current role, she is responsible for the development of a social enterprise support program for new social enterprises and aspiring social entrepreneurs in Canberra and the surrounding region.

Cindy was the Founder and CEO of No Sweat Fashions, a not for profit social enterprise designed to create training, employment and work experience opportunities for migrant and refugees settling in Canberra. She is a passionate advocate for civil society and the social enterprise and social impact investment movements globally. For this work, she was recognised as the 2020 ACT Woman of the Year.

When Cindy is not crusading on behalf of social enterprise and teaching for-purpose professionals the ‘dark arts’ of capitalism, she is probably writing. She has authored two novels in the Southern Gothic genre and an obscure paper on Skeletochronology in Australian Tiger Snakes. She has received first-class honours for her thesis: #BlackMoneyMatters: Conceptualising African-American Entrepreneurship as Resistance to Racial Hegemony in America. She is also currently working on her PhD in the relationship between leadership and Indigenous female entrepreneurship.

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