Leanne Butterworth

Founder, Empathy First


Leanne Butterworth, Empathy Educator, TEDx Speaker and Social Entrepreneur, is dedicated to creating happier, healthier businesses and communities through memorable, accessible Empathy Training.

As the founder of certified social enterprise Empathy First and social enterprise lecturer at QUT, Leanne actively contributes to the start-up, mental health, and social enterprise communities. With a background in Sports Science and Psychology and a postgrad Certificate in Non-profit, Philanthropy and Social Enterprise, Leanne is a Social Impact Fellow, a George Alexander Foundation Scholar and won the 2023 Women Changing the World Social Enterprise People’s Choice Award.

Her expertise lies in healthy empathy, social enterprise, theory of change and human centred design. Leanne believes that empathetic leadership is not a luxury but a business imperative. Her unwavering dynamism and dedication fuel her mission to foster compassionate business environments where healthy empathy thrives.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Social Enterprise
  • Healthy Empathy in Business
  • Theory of Change
  • Human Centred Design


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