Meet Camilla Schippa - Social Enterprise Leader

Dayna Mignone
April 30, 2021
Hi there! So what's your name?

Camilla Schippa

What do you do?

I am privileged to lead The Social Outfit team, a social enterprise training and employing refugee women

Tell us your story

I did not let anyone scare me off. I was told many times that I could not do something, that it would be impossible to achieve other things, that I should not even try as it would be a waste of time. I grew up in a small town in the middle of Italy and by the time I was in my mid-twenties I had already lived and worked in Kenya and in Norway. I went on to work in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General by the time I was 27. I refuse to be told there are limits to what one can do, and I do not believe change is scary, I embrace it. I want to continue to be free to make changes in my life. I believe I have something to learn from anyone I meet along my path as long as I keep my ears and heart open to listen. I am currently focused on making refugee women in Sydney feel welcomed and empowered and I learn from them every day. My ambition is to grow The Social Outfit so we can train and employ more women each year, and also so we can become an example of what is possible, to be replicated in other countries.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger self?

Everyone suffers from the impostor syndrome, learn to live with it, and don't pay it any attention.

What does "living freely" mean to you?

Being able to make the choices without fear.

Where can we follow your work and support you?

@thesocialoutfit @camischippa