Abigail Erickson

Class of 1986

A Not-for-Profit's Best Friend

Abigail Erickson was a prefect at Mount Lawley SHS in 1986. Abigail loved her time at Mount Lawley Senior High School – especially when studying Home Economics, Dance and English Literature which was her favourite subject.

The hottest movie of that time, 'Working Girl' inspired her to "get her own office", and become a career woman. She dreamt of traveling the world and being a major influence on young girls, working on strategies to make a better place for women in business, and women who were at-risk (deep poverty), or in need.

Abigail received her B.A. in Communication and Media Studies for the University of Western Australia and an advanced degree in Hotel Management from Bentley College of TAFE.

She did travel the world, working in Ayers Rock, London, Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States honing her service and people skills in the hotel industry (Sheraton), money market/finance (UBS), Games & Entertainment (Nintendo/System 3) and Wireless Technology Industries.

In 2000, Abigail was inspired to work in the non-profit arena as a fundraiser in the United States. Over the last 16 years Abigail has raised over $80 million for charities in the United States for agencies whose mission was the environment, early childhood education, abused children, addicted women and those with vision loss. In 2016 she took on her first role as CEO of a large non-profit called 'Bryan's House' in Dallas, Texas where she has lived since 2005.

Abigail works with infants and children with HIV/Aids, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism and those at risk after being abused, abandoned and sex trafficked. She is also the CEO for the 'Bryan's House Foundation' where she oversees the agencies assets and investments.

Abigail is a humanitarian and a proud mother of two girls.

Abigail was inducted as a Lawley Legend on Friday 5 May 2017.