Lucy Thomas – Co-Founder, Co-CEO, PROJECT ROCKIT

Lucy Thomas

PROJECT ROCKIT was launched in 2006, by two sisters hungry for action on bullying. What started small has grown into something much bigger.

Growing up, Lucy Thomas always figured that “someone should really do something about bullying.” Then she realised: I am that someone. Now, more than a decade after launching PROJECT ROCKIT, Lucy has dedicated her whole life to the cause. As a keynote speaker and facilitator, Lucy has personally worked with hundreds of thousands of young people all over the world, from Wangaratta to Texas, Wollongong to Auckland, Atherton to Perth. Her work has been honoured by UNICEF, The University of Melbourne, The Foundation of Young Australians, the global Family Online Safety Institute and Lucy is recipient of an Order of Australia Medal for her service to youth and the issue of bullying.

But after building her career tackling bullying, Lucy’s life was fundamentally changed when she became the target of an extended pattern of bullying herself. Instead of hiding away, Lucy took this as an opportunity to connect with even young Aussies and launch herself into advocating for her LGBTIQA+ community. She made global headlines in 2016 when she stood up to a homophobic Uber driver and it went viral. Lucy has since wrapped these personal learnings into her widely received TEDx talk, Kindness: The ultimate rebellion against bullying.

With a blended academic background in Psychology and Creative Arts, Lucy is a mighty force of kindness, equipped with the precious ability to creatively engage young people to generate positive social change.

Awards and Honours:

  • Order of Australia Medal for service to youth and against bullying (2019)
  • ‘Driver of Change’, INStyle & Audi Women of Style Awards (2018)
  • Rising Star Alumni Award Winner, University of Melbourne (2016)
  • 100 Women of Influence recipient, Australian Financial Review and Westpac (2016)
  • Unleashed Trailblazer Award Winner, The Foundation for Young Australians (2015)
    FOSI Outstanding Achievement in Cyber Safety, Washington DC (2013)
  • 12 Global Champions for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age, UNICEF (2014)
  • 30 Under 30 Awards Winner, Anthill Magazine (2010)