Renata Cooper – Founder Forming Circles

Renata Cooper is a visionary entrepreneur who seizes the moment and is pioneering financial change through social and ethical investment. In 2011, Renata founded Forming Circles aiming to change the way we do business through the power of giving.

Forming Circles is forging change in Australia through community engagement; education, mentorship and grants for small business; and as an advocate of education and literacy through Written Portraits an annual creative writing competition for teenagers.

Committed to empowering people and ideas, through Forming Circles Renata improves the community locally and globally. Renata has invested in over 100 local and national businesses, individuals and organisations since its inception. Collectively the Forming Circles network reaches millions of people, Australia-wide on a daily basis.

A woman of inspiration, Renata is an active philanthropist contributing to a number of projects including: Livvi’s Place Ryde – an all abilities playground in Ryde, Chalk Urban Art Festival, the 2013 Sydney Writers Festival and the anti- bullying short film ‘A Cautionary Tail’. She is also an accomplished artist, living in Sydney with her husband and two children.


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