Jessica May is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the innovative web based Enabled Employment, which is a labour hire company for people with a disability, Australian Defence Force veterans wounded by their service, senior and Indigenous Australians. Enabled Employment is unique in Australia and possibly the world with its approach of using flexible arrangements to enable highly capable people in these marginalised groups to find productive and well-paid employment.
Enabled Employment is a commercial private entity with an entirely new approach to eliminating barriers to employment. The company uses multiple innovative elements including the use of remote work, the employment agency business model and the latest cloud technology to make finding suitable work and suitable employees easy for both employers and employees.
Jessica’s CV is impressive, and includes the Prime Minister’s Award and the Innovation Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management, the Medicare Australia Achieving Excellence Award, and she was a recipient of the Robert Perry Memorial Scholarship at the Canberra Institute of Technology. She was also recognised by the Australia Day Council with an Achievement Medallion in 2007 during her tenure as a public servant, and achieved her Diploma of Software Development, Diploma of Project Management, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management.
She and the business were a finalist in the Canberra BusinessPoint Awards in 2014, won the ACT Australian Web Industry Award for Best Commercial Website, and the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award for Excellence in Innovation.
In 2015, Jess won the Optus’ Your Shark Tank competition, the StartupSmart Startup Hero Award, launched a mirror service for Australian Defence Force veterans, won the ACT iAward Startup category, became a finalist in the ACT Telstra Business Awards, won the ACT Telstra Business Women’s Award for Startups, and went on to win the National Telstra Business Women’s Award for Startups in 2015. Jessica received a National Disability Award from the Minister for Social Services in November 2015 for Excellence in Community Accessibility. The business also won the Australian Human Resources Institute’s Graeme Innes AM Award Disability Employment Award 2015 against Australia Post, the Commonwealth Bank and Crown Resorts.
In 2016, Jessica and Enabled Employment were finalists in both the Telstra Business Awards, and the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, won the Global Corporate Livewire Award for Small Business, and was recognised in New York at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business as the winner of three Gold Stevies and one Silver Stevie. Jessica was exceptionally proud to be named a finalist in the ACT Australian of the Year Awards 2017.