Vanessa is nearing the completion of her undergraduate degree at the University of Adelaide, in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is a co founder of Play Forward, an organisation that is using sports as a vehicle to build confidence and self esteem amongst disengaged Australian kids, including Indigenous children. In addition, she is organising the next national conference for AIESEC; the world’s largest student driven organisation and playing State Level Cricket for South Australia. Vanessa recently represented Australia at the Hesselbein Global Leadership Academy in Pittsburgh, where she was selected as 1 of only 50 young leaders to participate in the intensive leadership summit. Most recently, she was selected to represent Play Forward in the 2012 Young Social Pioneers program, run by the Foundation for Young Australians.