Founder of Mandarin Pathways
Katie is the founder of Mandarin Pathways, a social enterprise activated towards more sustainable living, focussing on supporting Chinese youth to reconnect with nature, mental health and encourage cultural awareness. Katie is most interested in the interplay between people, technology, the environment, and the shift occurring towards sustainable living lifestyle design.
For the past 20 years, Katie has been activating change from within the education system and learning as much as she can about its parameters, design and political agenda. Katie grew up in both regional Australia and countries such as Greece, Germany, France, USA, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore,Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, and China; and she didn’t go to school until year 6. Three university degrees later and fluent in Chinese, she is interested in demystifying the increasing fear paradigm surrounding education right now.
Her teaching experiences have been quite varied and have included: teaching English in China, storytelling in Kenya, as well as yoga and environmental education. In 2007 Katie designed Simba Kids, a parent and baby development program involving music, art, and body movement which was featured on Channel 10. In 2011 she wrote the entire education program from the Australian Marine Debris Initiative and delivered plastic-free life workshops to teachers and students across Australia and overseas. The education program was featured on an Australian television program called: Totally Wild. In 2014 Katie won the NSW Premier's teachers award and went to China to research and deliver different education programs involving sustainability, popular youth culture, and connection. In 2015 she also launched the Connect with China Collaborative which was a series of climate change dialogues live streamed between Chinese youth and young people from USA and Australia.
Currently, Katie is also working with Byron Bay Youth Services to develop a marketplace for Millenials to develop their entrepreneurship abilities. She passionate about supporting youth in regional Australia to think globally and develop social entrepreneurship mentality so they can create their own employment in their local communities.