Tania de Jong AM is a leading Australian soprano and social entrepreneur. She founded Creativity Australia and Creative Universe to inspire people to find their voice and to improve wellbeing, engagement and innovation in organisations and communities. She has a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of Victorian College of the Arts. Her numerous awards include Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year as Founder of The Song Room.
She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008 and named Brainlink Woman of Achievement in 2009. Tania consults to multinational organizations on creative leadership and innovation, works with a range of migrants and disadvantaged communities to build social capital through the acclaimed “With One Voice” choir social inclusion programs and performs nationally and internationally with her group Pot-Pourri and event production company Music Theatre Australia. She presents keynote speeches in Australia and internationally for a diverse range of conferences and events. She is Founder and Executive Producer of Creative Innovation 2010 and 2011 and 2012.
Here is our interview with Tania:
Place of birth: Arnhem, Netherlands
Current place of residence: Melbourne
Connections to Australia: immediate family lives here
Connections to The Netherlands: cousins are there and other relatives
What is your level of fluency in English/NL? English fluent, understand some Dutch
Family background: came to Australia at one year old
What are your feelings about Australia? Great country with lots of opportunity and talent…need to be more courageous innovators and celebrate high achievers
What are your feelings about The Netherlands? Great country, friendly people, great innovators
Do you visit The Netherlands regularly? Only very occasionally
How do you communicate with family in the other country? email How regularly? Couple times a year
Do you celebrate Dutch/Australian holidays/traditions if you are living in the alternate country? No