- Between 1989 and 2005, Matt worked with 'at risk' young people and their families conducting a range of outdoor wilderness experiences focussed on life skills and personal growth.
After working for a number of national and state-wide youth organisations, at age 24, Matt founded the Typo Station youth project in 1993 (now named Evolve) where he was CEO for eleven years.
Matt has received a number of awards including:
Sir Weary Dunlop 'Young Australian of the Year' Extraordinary Achievement Award, 1996.
Rotary International - Paul Harris Fellow, 2003.
Leadership Victoria – (Fellows) Community Leader of the Year, 2004.
With post graduate qualifications in Family and Systems Therapy, Matt has operated his own business as a Therapist for a number of years, specialising in work with highly challenging and vulnerable families and workplace environments.
Since 2002, Matt has been a board member of the Telstra Foundation a national philanthropic organisation supporting children and young people.
Matt has also worked for the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development in a role that brokered partnerships between state government and local communities.
From 2008, Matt has worked as a business consultant for Mach 2 Consulting, mainly on projects that combine economic and community benefits. This work involves working with the business, government and community sectors on strategic planning, feasibility studies, organisational development, facilitation work and leadership programs.
In early 2012, Matt established a consulting business named Social Enterprises Unlimited. This business focuses on the role of social enterprises and entrepreneurship in helping not-for-profit organisations build the capacity of their social programs whilst supporting the corporate sector to develop culturally driven projects that demonstrate Corporate Social Responsibility.
Matt and his wife Gina live in Beechworth (N.E Victoria) with their young children and are owner/operators of ‘1860 Luxury Accommodation’. In 2008, ‘1860’ was voted by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the top 50 places to stay worldwide.
Author: Matt Pfahlert.
It continues to be a great honour and responsibility to serve on the Foundation board and to work through a process of where to invest the Foundation’s resources in the best people and projects to deliver the greatest social impact.