February Member Spotlight – Donna Edwards

Donna Edwards

Member Since: 2014

Day Job: Senior Manager, Amazon Web Services

Tell us a bit about yourself

I grew up in a low socioeconomic environment, spent my life up until 21 in a cult and was a victim of domestic abuse for 3 years. This experience gave me determination to achieve a life of freedom for myself and a passion to help empower other women. I was forced to leave school at 15 entering the workforce and then as an adult went to university at 31 and did a double Masters (MBA and MHRM) while working full time.

I have spent 20 years in the tech industry and absolutely love it! I get to learn and be challenged daily whilst constantly pushing to create inclusive environments and improve gender diversity. Part of my current role is to co-run an AWS Cloud training program that has had over 100,000 women globally join over the last 12 months which is super exciting.

Why 100 Women?

I loved the idea that as an everyday person this provided me an opportunity to give back and make a difference to women at a global scale. I also love the community of people all trying to make this world a better place it is full of inspiring members!!

Is there a grant recipient that really resonates with you?

There have been so many amazing grant recipients over the years but close to home for me would be Zonta House Refuge Association. The work they do to not only provide a safe place for women but also to help build their confidence and improve their future is incredible. I would love to volunteer with them in the future.

What does it mean to you to be a philanthropist?

It means a huge amount to be able to contribute to organisations that are dedicated to making the world a better place and improving women’s quality of life.

I’m so grateful that the 100 Women initiative exists to showcase some of these amazing groups and provides this opportunity for us to get involved and personally contribute!

Tell us about a women that has inspired you and why?

There are hundreds of women that have inspired me that I have been lucky enough to work with or volunteer with. Women who lead with kindness, empathy and are not afraid to call out behaviour that does not align with values. Jacinda Ardern is a high profile example of a woman like this and someone I have huge respect for.

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