Carmen Garcia

Renowned for her passion, innovation and hard-line results driven ethos, Carmen is an award winning change agent and nationally lauded expert in the areas of settlement, youth, not for profit, productive diversity, governance, social enterprise, community development, migration and corporate engagement.

From Filipino heritage and strong community ties and social commitment, Carmen has built a career on creating a social impact in everything she does. From volunteering to teach English to primary school kids or driving the elderly women to do weekly shopping trip as a young volunteer at the age of 16 – it was clear Carmen’s story was one that would transform the world.

From running TAFE SA Policy Unit to the CEO of of refugee youth Organisation, Carmen a mother of 2 has now set up her own company, Community Corporate, a consultancy business that helps organisations challenge conventional thinking in order to achieve exceptional outcomes with long lasting impact through strategic planning, partnerships and program design, business and sustainability planning, frameworks and evaluation models, and organisational positioning and PR. She is known to many as a CEO’s secret weapon and a problem fighter! She connects people, ideas and opportunities and integrates social benefit into the world of business.

As a well-respected social entrepreneur, Carmen has raised millions of dollars for organisations, charities and appeals through fundraising, tender writing, donations, sponsorship, social ventures and more.

She is a member of the Settlement Services Advisory Council of Australia, and the Friendly Nations Initiative Executive Committee. Recently appointed the inaugural chair of the Social Enterprise Alliance of SA and serves as a Director on the Australian Sponsorship 4 African Kids an AusAid recognised charity.

Her work has been recognised as a finalist for the South Australian Telstra Women’s Business Awards for community and government and SA Young Business Woman of the Year in 2013. 2014 South Australian Filipino Achiever of the Year, 2004 South Australian Young Achiever Award for Community Service and Governor’s Multicultural Award SA and numerous others.

Top 5 characteristics of people who work in your field

  • Determined and driven (this is not a job that you want if you want to do the same thing every day – the beauty of my job is every day present s a new challenge!
  • Passionate
  • Creative and critical thinker
  • love of people and the world of opportunity
  • Risk taker – you can play it safe if you are trying to innovate!

Top 5 skills relevant to working in your industry

  • Problem solving
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ability to multi-task and manage time

What education/experience is necessary for your role?

There is no set qualification it’s a balance of life experience and an ability to think, create and generate innovation and ideas. My qualifications including Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Studies, Post Graduate Cert in Management (Public Sector) Over 10 year’s experience in senior management roles across government, not for profit and private sectors.