Lauren Gillis

4 Aug

Founder, Relate


“Lauren Gillis is the founder of Relate, a Cape Town based "profit for purpose" social enterprise built upon a uniquely sustainable model for upliftment. Through the sale of locally beaded bracelets, the Relate model generates job creation, and skills and enterprise development through an open philanthropic drive to help other charities. With over 30 years' experience in social work and business management, it is Lauren’s ability to connect with people of all backgrounds which drives Relate's philosophy that we are all connected, and that each of us therefore has the opportunity, responsibility, and privilege to be agents of social change.”


Why do you want to be part of UCT Upstarts?
“I believe that each and every one of us are agents of social change. Upstarts is phenomenal because everything starts with a thought or an idea. This is an opportunity to encourage young people to believe in their thoughts and dreams, to take action and to find creative and sustainable solutions to positively impact this world.”

How would you ‘Re-educate Education’?
“I believe too much focus is placed on retentive memory. I. would like to see an education system that nurtures and focuses on creativity, and enabling children to reach their potential.”