Megan Gilmour

Social innovator, Co-Founder and CEO of Robots4Good, Missing School and Art of Agency

 “I love innovating because it upends the status quo with better ways. It fuses art and science. It’s equal turns creativity, experimenting, and building something tangible, bit-by-bit.”

– Megan Gilmour

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Full bio

Megan Gilmour is a social innovator who has worked on complex social and economic development operations across 24 countries. She’s a leader in governance and systems, research and advocacy for students with serious illness.

In 2015, Megan co-authored an Australian-first report on school connection for sick students, receiving a Prime Minister’s statement of support, and widespread media. She led action for a corresponding Australian government report, and designed the governance framework that shaped its findings. In 2017, Megan created the Australian-first national telepresence robot initiative to get sick kids back to school.

She’s a Churchill Fellow, a media spokesperson and TEDx Speaker, and was a finalist for the ACT Australian of the Year award in 2018. In 2019 she won ACT Telstra Business Women’s Award in social enterprise, made the Australian Financial Review list of 100 Women of Influence, and won CBW Award for Innovation.

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What about your career has been non-traditional?

“I haven’t followed a linear pathway in my career. I have moved with where ‘I am moved to be’ at any given time. My most non-traditional career move was out of my control—becoming a carer to my critically-ill son across two-years. It trained me for everything I am doing now, and what has become my most passionate (and successful) work.”

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