Meet Julia Suh of Paper Plain!
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am an architect turned social entrepreneur. My experience living in 5 countries and 7 cities has led me to a career building social cohesion in existing and new neighbourhoods. I love everything at the intersection of property, community development, social impact and tech.
Please tell us a little about Paper Plain.
I started my own business 5 years ago, which has evolved into Paper Plain, founded early last year. As a consultant, I saw how community development resources from property developers and government bodies were not being used effectively because of the lack of coordination, real-time data and measurement. I founded Paper Plain so that they can optimise investment and cultivate community leadership.
What drew you to the Fishburners Fempowered program?
Gender has a large role in my work – architecture and property sectors are male dominated (women drop off gradually) as are tech and business sectors. The kinds of leadership/work styles I have seen therefore influenced me, even if they are not aligned with my own. I think this group of women in business could create a space where we can reimagine and celebrate new ways of working.
What about the next 6 months excites you, what are you looking forward to?
The pandemic has had a big impact on our business, which is built on face-to-face activities, but it also has given me the time and courage to really push the thinking behind how technology can advance humanity. I am looking forward to the support from Eric and Addy so that I can create a new kind of framework for tech products that help humans connect in a meaningful, healthy way. A sense of belonging is important to me, and it feels amazing to be with a group so driven by purpose – I look forward to collaborations and cross-pollination.
What message would you like to send to the aspiring Women founders of Australia?
I really identify with the saying ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ — seek out those women who are out there doing it with a clear ask and don’t forget to pull up others.