Lisa Mac is Program Lead of our newly launched Future Focus program which aids the transition to secondary school for Years 7 and 8 students and encourages them to think positively about their future. Lisa is a sports fiend, bundle of energy and has a great enthusiasm for life.
What’s your favourite thing to do at the weekend?
Spend Saturday mornings having brunch, with lots of coffee. I love to get away to my parents farm to escape the busy city life, but then again, it is always busy there with 3 horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 20 chickens to look after. I love relaxing at home as well as catching up with friends and family, going on day trips, exploring new areas and did I mention I love doing my nails!?
How did you get to where you are today in your career?
Sport has always been a passion of mine, particularly working, playing and volunteering in basketball, so I completed a Bachelor of Business (Sport and Leisure Management) in 2006. I worked in the sports industry, then went back to study and completed a Graduate Diploma in Sports Law in 2013. I also volunteered and worked for the YMCA Victoria Youth Services at the same time as my entire sports management career and fell in love with both industries; I took every opportunity given to me, including developing local personal development and an international Sport Development & Management programs for high school students, and wanted to give back to the community in various leadership programs which has taken me to a full time career working with young people.
Future Focus supports year 7 and 8 students to develop essential personal and life skills that foster their interest in education
Can you tell us about your role at Doxa?
I am the Program Lead of Future Focus, which supports year 7 and 8 students to develop essential personal and life skills that foster their interest in education, as well as providing a tool kit of resources through their community and near-age role models. I liaise with students, families, schools, external organisations, professional facilitators and our University Pathways/Discovery Program students and Cadets who give back to Doxa as Role Models and Team Leaders who provide inspiration and guidance to our young people.
What’s your favourite thing about the Future Focus program?
The light bulb moments; when students discover outcomes for themselves and you can see the pride on their faces when they realise what they’ve achieved. To see friendships build and attitudes start negative and turn positive. To be part of the personal and professional development of Team Leaders who put into practice the things they have learnt through UPP and/or the Cadetship program which gives them the opportunity to give back to Doxa.
One of my favourite things about Future Focus are the light bulb moments; when students discover outcomes for themselves and you can see the pride on their faces when they realise what they’ve achieved.
Tell us a surprising fact about yourself?
I love my two fur babies, Max and Chloe who are both cats, although Max acts more like a dog chasing things and following me everywhere. I absolutely love snowboarding and my ultimate goal is to heli-board in Alaska. I also LOVE dressing up… I used to MC Karaoke Nights…
If you could broadcast a message to the world, what would you say?
That it’s OK to step outside your comfort zone, be scared, take risks and accept the challenging opportunities given to you, as you never know what may come of it.