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Ronni Kahn AO - How anyone can drive change by choosing to challenge

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Are you willing to step up and #ChooseToChallenge?

The world's most regarded entrepreneurs and business owners saw a problem around them and wanted to fix it. What's stopping you? This year, for International Women's Day, the theme is #ChooseToChallenge - because we all have the power to take a stand, to challenge the status quo because from our challenge, comes change.
But you might be asking, how do I even get started? There's no one better to share how you can choose to challenge than Ronni Kahn AO. Ronni is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and was named Australian Local Hero of the Year in 2010. She is best known for founding OzHarvest, Australia's leading food rescue organisation and we have brought her in to share her story in this episode of The Make It Happen Show. Since its inception, OzHarvest has been working in Australia to halve food wastage by 2030, and through Ronni's vision and leadership in just the past year alone, they've diverted 9 million kilograms of surplus food to those in need.
Ronni has come far, from her journey growing up and experiencing apartheid in South Africa, to running an event management business earning sometimes $50,000 in a weekend, to now being one of Australia's leading social entrepreneurs. She is changing the face of food behaviour and habits in Australia, and across the globe. And in this episode, she talks all about her experiences, lessons, and advice to help you drive social and global change for the better, just as she did. Whether you're an entrepreneur looking to solve a problem through business, or someone who just wants to make their community a better place, this episode is for all of us who are ready to choose to challenge. #IWD2021
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"In our everyday lives, we can make a difference. Help somebody in their work, help somebody on a bus. Be kind, be gentle, and the ripple effect will be enormous."

— Ronni Kahn

In this episode, you will learn:

  • 2:07 - What sparked Ronni Kahn To Put Up OzHarvest
  • 5:44 - Why Ronni decided to pursue a social issue despite its difficulties
  • 7:40 - Ronni dives into OzHarvest's biggest struggles today
  • 9:13 - The one trip that scaled OzHarvest to what it is today
  • 12:54 - The major role developed nations play on food wastage
  • 14:25 - The logistical dilemma on food wastage and allocation in Australia
  • 15:39 - How Ronni convinced regulators to take part in OzHarvest's pursuit
  • 17:21 - How OzHarvest impacted laws on food wastage
  • 21:18 - The one thing Ronni believes every entrepreneur should know
  • 23:33 - Why the journey of sustainability is ever-changing
  • 26:49 - OzHarvest's next big steps and ventures
  • 30:32 - The top 3 skills Ronni believes every entrepreneur should possess




Great insight for business owners and super practical takeaways!

Bruce Casanovic

Amazing guests, great insights into their journey and what has helped make their businesses successful. Great to hear how some of the guests have navigated challenge as well. Loads of good practice takeaways.

Perfect for the Monday commute


Great to listen to on the commute to work on Monday mornings. Great content, well delivered and plenty of insights from industry leaders in a variety of fields. Good to see the entourage getting out there with a podcast series

Top-shelf guests. Top-shelf conversations.


This is so awesome, so helpful, and so fresh. Right from the get-go, the team at The Entourage have brought out the big names in the Aussie entrepreneur and business space to have conversations that every business owner should listen to. I can't wait to see who they bring on next.

Amazing guests


Loved the episode with Tim Fung, Airtasker CEO! You guys are getting some awesome guests in! Thank you!

Entourage on point again!

Adz Rodger

Great content again from The Entourage! Particularly like the 1st episode and the points Tim Fung made about making sure you make time to map out the future and don't get stuck on day to day 'work', as well as the observation that you really need to be strategic about your people management and not just try to save money. Two awesome take homes I have already taken action on!

For entrepreneurs and non-trepeneurs alike


Well this was one of the best things I’ve heard in a while. I’m by no means the target demographic, having zero business or entrepreneurial experience at all. Luckily the advice given for business growth and success is remarkably applicable to personal growth and success. Loved the conversational style, by the end of the podcast I felt like I knew both Tims personally, which is a great mark of engagement. And I loved hearing about the humble beginnings of Airtasker from the founder himself. Give this a listen if you’re craving a bit of personal or professional inspiration.


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