Justine Curtis is on top of the world


Justine Curtis tells Liz Henderson about the path that led to her becoming founder and CEO of Inspired Adventures and shares the developments she has seen in the charity challenge space in 10 years.

Justine Curtis

Caption: Justine Curtis reaching the Tiger’s Nest Temple in Bhutan, around 3,000 metres above sea level.

A chance meeting with a Tibetan monk provided the epiphany that took Justine Curtis from teaching English and volunteering in India to establishing Inspired Adventures. Not only has the charity challenge agency now helped hundreds of charities raise over $16.5 million in its 10 years: in 2014 Curtis’s dedication earned her a Telstra Business Women’s Award for Business Owner NSW.

Curtis was in India in 2001 on a year’s break from her corporate career when she found soul-food in a book about Palden Gyatso, who’d been jailed for 33 years by the Chinese for his commitment to the Dalai Lama. She was floored when her Tibetan guide told her he lived just…

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