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Speakers

Influential
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up-and-coming
leaders



Speakers have been selected based on their expertise, know-how, leadership and unique view on a particular topic. You won’t just be hearing from other NFP executives, this is about challenging your perspective and creating a different approach to day-to-day challenges we all face.

Jennifer Doubell
Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation
Executive Director
Jennifer Doubell
Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation
Executive Director
Jennifer Doubell has worked in the not for profit sector for more than 30 years, initially as a social worker and criminologist, and for the past 25 years, in development and fundraising. She is a specialist in fundraising and philanthropy, and not for profit management.
Jennifer serves on the Board of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and the Board of the Fundraising Institute of Australia. Previous roles include National Fundraising Director at the Heart Foundation, Director of Development and External Affairs at the University of Sydney and at the Australian Graduate School of Management, and Group Manager, at The Wesley Mission, Sydney, and NFP board and mentoring roles across a wide range of organisations. In total across her various senior management positions in a number of organisations she and her teams have raised in excess of $0.5bn. She is the recipient of many industry awards for her work.
Jennifer holds the internationally recognised Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation. In addition to qualifications in social work and criminology, Jennifer holds a BA, Master of Science (Economics), and Master of Arts degrees. In March 2016, Jennifer was awarded Australia’s highest fundraising honour, the Fundraising Institute of Australia‘s ‘2016 Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year Award’. This annual award recognises fundraisers who have made an outstanding contribution to fundraising in Australia and who have shown consistent excellence and best practice through their actions, leadership and intellect.
Janine Mahoney
IPP Consulting
Director Risk to Resilience
Janine Mahoney
IPP Consulting
Director Risk to Resilience
Janine Mahoney was the co-founder, and until recently, the CEO of the Safe Futures Foundation. After more than three decades of leadership roles within government and the community sector, including six years as the board chair of Domestic Violence Victoria, Janine has recently taken on the role of National Risk to Resilience Director at IPP Consulting.
Safe Futures commenced in 2012 as a small family violence response that through a series of mergers grew rapidly to become one of the largest services in Victoria. It now delivers a broad range of innovative, connected and integrated responses, and over 130,000 nights of crisis accommodation per year. Safe Futures has been awarded a number of national and state awards for innovation and quality for its services including the Personal Safety Initiative, the Safe Children Bright Futures satellite school, and the state-wide disability response. The organisations achievements were recognised when they were announced as finalists in the 2016 Telstra Business Awards.
Janine is a regular keynote speaker on inclusion and family safety, speaking at events including the International Justice Conference in Timor Leste and the 2015 International Shelter Conference in The Hague. She has consulted to the United Nations individually and as a member of a government delegation, and was an expert witness at the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. In 2015 Janine was announced as a finalist in the Telstra Businesswoman Awards.
Omer Soker
The Future of Associations
CEO
Omer Soker
The Future of Associations
CEO
Omer Soker is a keynote speaker and organisational turnaround executive with a track record of delivering transformational success for associations and corporates. Omer advises association boards and CEOs with strategies for sustainable growth, runs staff engagement workshops and inspires conference audiences with thought provoking insights.
He is the author of The Future of Associations, Australia’s only book on association leadership. In the book, which includes a Foreword from the Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE), Omer explores a 6-Step Roadmap to progress, change and influence that forward-thinking associations are now embracing.
  1. Disruption – Associations must evolve if they are to survive and thrive into the future
  2. Mission – Create and communicate absolute clarity of purpose to engage members
  3. Governance – You cannot be a modern association without a contemporary board
  4. External Strategy – A businesslike approach is required to succeed commercially
  5. Internal Alignment – Look inward for solutions to your greatest challenges
  6. Future Focus – The future is dependent on the decisions you make today
ORGANISATIONAL TRUST & ETHICS
Omer is also the author of The Trust Future, a book on business ethics designed to change the culture of business to embrace values, transparency, accountability, sustainability, stakeholder engagement and societal impact as an integral part of the pursuit of profits and wealth creation. Omer consults on organisational trust, business ethics and integrity in customer engagement.
Lisa Cotton
The Funding Network
CEO and Co-Founder
Lisa Cotton
The Funding Network
CEO and Co-Founder
Lisa co-founded TFN in 2013, which has supported 150 grassroots non-profit organisations by hosting live-crowdfunding events around Australia, then enabling people to get deeply involved in community volunteering and mentoring.
Prior to TFN, she was Director Social Investment for SVA. Lisa is a Board member of Kilfinan Australia, and sits on the Leadership Councils of Documentary Australia Foundation and Kokoda Track Foundation.
She was included in Pro-Bono Australia’s 2017 Impact 25 list. The same year, TFN won Philanthropy Australia’s Small Grant Award and Anthill Smart 100 Innovation Award.
Brad Joffe
OurCrowd
Associate
Brad Joffe
OurCrowd
Associate
Brad is an Associate at OurCrowd with deep experience across the legal, banking and finance sectors. Before joining OurCrowd, Brad spent 4 years specialising in Corporate Law (Mergers & Acquisitions) with Addisons Lawyers and prior to that, with Arnold Bloch Leibler. During his time in private practice, Brad advised on a number of high-profile transactions including share sales, IPOs, reverse take-overs, business sales, capital raisings, and restructures.
Brad previously worked with Investec Bank plc in London’s square mile and is also a founding member of ‘The Wolfy Foundation’, a not-for-profit organisation which has raised significant funds and awareness to help combat brain cancer in young adults. Brad holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Technology Sydney.
TOPIC: Democratising Impact Investing & Lessons from the Start-up Nation
Sally Hill
Wildwon
Managing Director
Sally Hill
Wildwon
Managing Director
A long-time sustainability advocate, Sally has a vast knowledge of sustainable and responsible business and digital communications. After working as a campaigner on environmental and social justice, Sally, along with Yvonne Lee, decided to start their own B Corp certified company: the meaningful experience agency, Wildwon. Sally regularly speaks about sustainability, entrepreneurship, community-building and experience as a catalyst for social change.
A natural super-connector, she curates the program for Wildwon’s Purpose event (the place for purpose-driven business), is always connecting ideas and people, making introductions and up for a big conversation about a new idea. Amongst all of this, Sally likes to go on long hikes exploring nature and letting her mind unwind and wander. She’s passionate about ‘rewilding’ and protecting nature as she believes that we are all at our happiest and most inspired when we’re in the natural world.
Ross Judd
Team Focus International P/L
Director
Ross Judd
Team Focus International P/L
Director
Ross has been working in the areas of Culture and Leadership Development for over 20 years. During that time he has developed powerful insights and observations of both human and organisational behaviour. He has developed a unique approach that blends sound theory with practical application.
Ross has 5 years experience in Retail Management, he is a Lecturer and Tutor for the University of Technology, Sydney. Furthermore, he is Training and Development Manager for a large Call Centre in North Sydney and lastly a successful Consultant and Coach running his own business since 1997.
Marcus Harvey
infoxchange
Consulting & IT Services Manager
Marcus Harvey
infoxchange
Consulting & IT Services Manager
Marcus leads Infoxchange’s consulting and IT services teams in Australia and New Zealand.  He and his team are passionate about helping organisations use technology effectively to work smarter rather than harder and achieve measurable outcomes with their clients and communities.
Recently Marcus has helped hundreds of non-profits move to the cloud, reduce IT costs and improve staff mobility as well as worked with a group of non-profit technology leaders from 14 countries across Asia and Oceania – guiding them to use technology and transform their organisation and services.
Marcus advised scores of non-profit executives on how to use technology more effectively and helped organisations improve their data and information systems, enabling them to better understand their services and articulate their impact effectively.
Tim Norton
Save the Children Australia
Head of Campaigns
Tim Norton
Save the Children Australia
Head of Campaigns
Tim Norton is the Head of Campaigns for Save the Children Australia, and Chair of Digital Rights Watch. He manages public mobilisation campaigns on topics such as people seeking asylum, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander affairs, child protection and human rights.
Tim has worked as a graphic designer, media officer, campaign strategist and public engagement specialist within the social and environmental justice sectors for organisations such as Oxfam Australia, Australian Services Union, Environment Victoria, WWF, and The Australian Greens.
Anne Gawen
Connecting Up
CEO
Anne Gawen
Connecting Up
CEO
Anne Gawen is Chief Executive Officer at Connecting Up where she provides leadership and management towards building the capacity of the not-for- profit sector, including promoting the development of information and technology networks nationally and internationally.
Anne is a leader in the charitable sector with 20 plus years’ of experience at senior management and Executive Director level in Community Service areas including Children Services, Service Provision focusing on Disability Services and in the area of Education and Training for the not-for- profit sector.
Anne also worked as a senior management consultant providing services to the sector on best practice in the areas of: Industrial Relations, Human Resources Management, Governance, Risk Management and Strategic Planning.
Anne's vision is to lead Connecting Up to continue to deliver relevant products and services that meet the needs of the charitable sector and communities.
Rosie Stilin
The Benevolent Society
Executive Director, People Learning & Culture
Rosie Stilin
The Benevolent Society
Executive Director, People Learning & Culture
Rosie is a results-driven HR Business Leader with experience across industries and organisations facing rapid change and significant growth requiring cultural redesign and integration. Her work has focused on strengthening purpose, leadership, management, talent density, engagement, performance and capability.
Peretz Schapiro
Charidy
Managing Director
Peretz Schapiro
Charidy
Managing Director
Peretz Schapiro launched Charidy in Australia in May 2016 and now acts as it Managing Director. Aside from possessing a natural entrepreneurial flair, Peretz is passionate about philanthropy and endeavours to make people feel good about giving to the causes and organisations they care about.
The nonprofit sector has always played a significant part of Peretz’ life, growing up with parents as directors and managers of a not for profit on Sydney’s North Shore. From a young age Peretz has actively been engaged with fundraising for not for profits across a range of industries.
Dr Graeme White
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
Past CEO
Dr Graeme White
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
Past CEO
Graeme White was CEO of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT from October 2009 to August 2017. Preceding that, he was CEO of Guide Dogs Victoria for more than five years. Prior to his retirement last month, he was a Director and the Treasurer of the Board of the International Guide Dog Federation, a Director of the Centre for Eye Health; a Director of the Australian Blindness Foundation and a Director and Treasurer of Assistance Dogs International, Australasia.
Before joining Guide Dogs and the not-for- profit sector, Graeme spent 30 years in the Australian Pharmaceutical, Healthcare and Optical Industries in Marketing, General Management and Chief Executive roles. He worked at the multinational companies Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Baxter Healthcare, Smith and Nephew, Sigma Pharmaceutical Wholesale and Ocular Sciences and managed businesses ranging from $5 million to $1.2 billion in size.
Graeme has led restructures, mergers and organisational transformations and the subsequent upheaval in culture and morale that accompanies extensive change.
Natalie Kyriacou
My Green World
Founder & CEO
Natalie Kyriacou
My Green World
Founder & CEO
Since 2010, Natalie Kyriacou has been a major driving force within Australia’s social sector; creating pioneering youth programs that aim to increase engagement in wildlife and environmental conservation efforts.
Natalie is the Founder and CEO of My Green World; a wildlife and environmental organisation developing youth-focussed solutions to global ecology crises, and the Creator of the award-winning, charity-backed mobile game app, World of the Wild; the first mobile game app which allows young people to participate in virtual wildlife conservation scenarios. In 2015, she became the CEO of Dogstar Foundation, an education and aid organisation based in Sri Lanka which has vaccinated, and sterilised over 20,000 street animals in Sri Lanka.
Natalie holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from Griffith University and a Master of International Relations degree from the University of Melbourne, as well as a scholarship degree in Gender and Security from the University of Delhi, India. In 2015, she was recognised as the Griffith University Finalist for the Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award, the Foundation for Young Australian’s 2015 ‘Social Pioneer’ and a Finalist for the Victorian Young Achiever Award.
In 2016, Natalie was the 2016 winner of Pro Bono Australia’s Impact25 Award, alongside Tim Costello and Penny Wong. She has been recognised as one of the leading conservationists in the world in Lori Robinson’s Amazon bestseller, Saving Wild, and her organisation, My Green World, was named as one of the Top 6 Environmental Startups by StartUp Smart.
Natalie is a sitting member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and was previously a member of the University of Melbourne’s Animal Ethics Committee for the Department of Veterinary Sciences. In 2015, Natalie was responsible for the global ban on elephant rides by Australia’s largest travel wholesaler, Tempo Holidays and her organisation, My Green World, played an instrumental role in Ellen Degeneres’ pledge to protect the Great Barrier Reef following the release of Finding Dory.
Tim Middlemiss
Agency
Communications Director
Tim Middlemiss
Agency
Communications Director
Tim Middlemiss is the Communications Director at Agency, a creative studio that works solely for social good. He is a member of the company’s senior leadership team and has been the co-lead of their Sydney office since 2016. Before joining Agency, Tim worked in youth engagement at two of Australia’s largest not-for-profit organisations, World Vision Australia and Taronga Conservation Society.
Tim has a background in education and communication, having completed tertiary degrees in both; but has a passion for where these two areas combine. To that end, he has developed strategy, communications foundations and content for leading organisations in aid and development, health, human rights, and the environment, as well as political campaigns across state and federal issues and global campaigns for the United Nations.
He is the co-founder of the social justice conference, Expanse and for the last 5 years has been the global presenter and content director for World Vision’s youth leadership conferences.
Jo Barraket
Swinburne University of Technology
Professor and Director
Jo Barraket
Swinburne University of Technology
Professor and Director
Professor Jo Barraket is Director of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne and National Research Director of the CSI Network. She has 20 years’ experience conducting engaged research with third sector organisations and governments to advance policy and organisational change. Jo is Australia’s leading researcher of social enterprise. She is author of more than 60 publications, including the books, Social Procurement and New Public Governance and Strategic Issues for the Not for Profit Sector.
Ash Rosshandler
GoodCompany
Founder and CEO
Ash Rosshandler
GoodCompany
Founder and CEO
Ash Rosshandler is the Founder and CEO of GoodCompany - Australia's first Unified Workplace Giving, Volunteering and Fundraising Rewards platform. GoodCompany helps progressive organisations like Optus, IAG, Flight Centre, ANZ, CSL, Origin Energy, Westpac and NetWealth - empower their staff to donate their Time (general volunteering), Talent (skilled volunteering), Treasure (donations) to help support over 1500 charities.
Winner of the Westpac Top 20 Businesses of Tomorrow Award and the Australasian Fundraiser of the Year, Goodcompany and its partners have distributed over $9 million in donations and 180,000 hours of volunteering and is doubling its impact year on year.
We’re on a mission to connect those that can give with those in need to bring out the best in everyone. We hope you can join us!
Jan Owen
Foundation for Young Australians
CEO
Jan Owen
Foundation for Young Australians
CEO
Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world. She is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia's youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.
In 2012 she was named Australia's inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence; in 2014 she received the Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney; and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014).
TOPIC: Regeneration: Beyond the for-purpose sector's existential crisis of money, love and power
George Liacos
Spark Strategy
Managing Director
George Liacos
Spark Strategy
Managing Director
George Liacos is the MD of social business advisory firm, Spark Strategy. George brings a wealth of expertise in supporting organisations to be more sustainable and impactful through innovative and collaborative business models. Spark has been advising organisations for over 20 years and does so from a very practical, action-oriented perspective.
George is a serial entrepreneur with experience also leading $100M + entities overseas and in Australia. A champion of the B Corp movement, George works across the Not for Profit and private sectors, and with Government and philanthropy to create profit for purpose business models to solve social problems.
TOPIC: Purpose and Profit. Sustainable business models un-plugged
    • Innovation
    • Private Partnerships
    • Scale and
    • Flying Pigs…
Tania de Jong AM
Creative Universe and Creativity Australia
Founder
Tania de Jong AM
Creative Universe and Creativity Australia
Founder
Tania de Jong AM is an acclaimed Australian soprano, award-winning social entrepreneur, creative innovation catalyst, global speaker and spiritual journeywoman. She founded Creative Universe, Creativity Australia, Sing for Good, Creative Innovation Global, Dimension5, MTA Entertainment & Events, Pot-Pourri and The Song Room and works with diverse communities through Creativity Australia’s With One Voice choir social inclusion programs and the global community wellbeing video challenge Sing for Good. She works across the public, private, creative and community sectors.
Tania speaks and sings around the world as a soloist and with her group Pot-Pourri releasing 7 CDs. She is Founder and Executive Producer of award-winning future-shaping events series, Creative Innovation Global. Tania’s TED Talk How Singing Together Changes The Brain has sparked international interest. Tania released a solo CD Heaven on Earth and is releasing her new album Flying Free in 2017.
Tania’s mission is to change the world, one voice at a time!
Holly Ransom
Emergent
CEO
Holly Ransom
Emergent
CEO
Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a company specialising in the development of high performing intergenerational workforces, leadership and social outcomes. Holly is renowned for generating innovative solutions to complex multi-stakeholder problems for corporations, governments and nonprofit organisations, and for coaching and professionally mentoring leaders of all generations around the world.
Her corporate career has involved working as Chief of Staff to NAB Wealth Chief Executive Andrew Hagger and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh, leading key organisational strategy and business improvement initiatives and integrated corporate affairs projects. Holly’s company, Emergent, has worked with the likes of INPEX, CBH, Conoco Phillips, KPMG, as well as local, state and federal government departments around the world.
TOPIC: Strong sense of direction, loose hold of the reins: A new leadership model'
  • Evolving membership (and volunteer) value propositions for the "new" member
  • Innovating our method of delivery to respond to changing needs and a new community and business landscape
  • Diversifying the people we involved in our decision-making
Dr Kathleen Chell
Queensland University of Technology
Social Researcher
Dr Kathleen Chell
Queensland University of Technology
Social Researcher
Kathleen’s research examines the use of online platforms to communicate, engage and recognise donors. Kathleen has worked within the non-profit and social change sector for over five years, employed as a sessional academic and social marketing researcher at QUT, and research assistant at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. She also serves on the Management Committee for the Australian Association of Social Marketing, and has published research in national and international conferences and journals. Ultimately, Kathleen would like to see selflessness elevated above ‘selfies’ in the social sphere and contribute to increasing Australia’s donor force for the future.
Caterina Giorgi
For Purpose
Founder
Caterina Giorgi
For Purpose
Founder
Caterina Giorgi is the Founder and Managing Director of For Purpose, a social business working with for purpose professionals to develop their skills, share ideas and work collaboratively to create innovative solutions to complex problems.
Caterina has worked in the for purpose sector in a range of policy, advocacy and sector development roles. Caterina has presented at national and international conferences on public health policy research, advocacy, government relations and public policy. She also delivers policy, advocacy, social change and government relations training across Australia.
Caterina was a finalist of the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year Awards, is a fellow of the Centre for Australian Progress and a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School program Leadership, Organising and Change.
TOPIC: We are the movement - Tangible steps for change
    • As not-for-profit professionals, we don’t often refer to ourselves, collectively as a social movement.
    • The 1 million people employed in the not-for-profit sector work every day to create change in the lives of individuals and across communities.
    • What we have is a movement of advocates with the greatest knowledge and experience to create a safer, healthier, sustainable and connected community.
    • Imagine the system change that we could create if we saw ourselves as collective agents for change.
    • What are the tangible steps that we can all take to actively adopt the role of advocates for change?
Doug Taylor
Uniting
Director
Doug Taylor
Uniting
Director
Doug Taylor is a Director at Uniting where he is responsible for Disability, Early Learning and Home Care services. He has built a 20-year professional career domestically and internationally in the social sector out of his passion for social change, as well as an active life in volunteering. These interests are manifest in his membership of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Board and as a proud Trustee of the Steve Lawrence Social Innovation Fund. He is also a Community Fellow at Western Sydney University and graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors. He also writes a blog on matters relating to these interests.
TOPIC: Cutting through the rhetoric about not for profit innovation
    • Insights into what’s driving leading not for profits to invest in innovation
    • A plan for how to ensure your innovation doesn’t destroy your core business
    • Tips that will give your innovation a greater chance of surviving
    • Case studies that outline the different types of innovation necessary for a not for profit to thrive
Dan Pallotta (U.S.)
Appearing via LIVE video link
Advertising for Humanity, Chief Humanity Officer
Dan Pallotta (U.S.)
Appearing via LIVE video link
Advertising for Humanity, Chief Humanity Officer
Dan Pallotta is a builder of movements. He invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the Breast Cancer 3-Day walks and the multi-day AIDS Rides, which raised in excess of half a billion dollars in nine years and were the subject of one of the first Harvard Business School case studies on social enterprise. The model and methods he created are employed by dozens of charities and have raised over $1.5 billion more for important causes.
Dan is the author of "Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential," the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press, and "Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World". His 2013 TED Talk has been seen more than 4 million times and is one of the 100 most-viewed talks of all time.
Dan is the founder and President of the Charity Defense Council, a national leadership movement dedicated to transforming the way the donating public thinks about charity and change. He is also the Chief Humanity officer for Advertising for Humanity, a bold agency of ideas committed to strengthening the fundraising power of some of America's most innovative humanitarian organisations.
TOPIC: Uncharitable - The way we think about charity undermines the causes we love.
  • We let Apple and Coca-Cola inundate us with advertising, but don’t want important causes “wasting” donations on paid advertising.
  • We let for-profit companies invest in the long-term, but want our charitable donations spent immediately in this fiscal year to help the needy.
  • We aren’t upset when Paramount makes a $200 million movie that fails, but if a charity experiments with a bold new fundraising event that disappoints we want heads to roll.
  • We let for-profit companies raise massive capital in the stock market by offering investment returns, but we forbid the payment of a financial return in charity.
John Peacock
Associations Forum
General Manager
John Peacock
Associations Forum
General Manager
John Peacock, General Manager of Associations Forum Pty Ltd, is one of Australia’s most experienced advisors to associations and charities and is a thought leader for the not-for-profit sector. John, with a BCom (University of NSW), has senior management and Directorship experience in a variety of not-for-profit organisations.
John Peacock strongly believes that the freedom to associate is a core foundation of democracy. Strong and well-governed associations and charities support their members or their cause, are independent of government and bureaucracy, plus generate jobs for employees and income for suppliers. John welcomes the opportunity to discuss how associations & charities are improving the world – and how to run your organisation to meet its potential.
Dr Wendy Scaife
Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies - QUT
Director
Dr Wendy Scaife
Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies - QUT
Director
Wendy leads an experienced team that delivers research, teaching and sector impacts, ranging from cutting red tape to opening up topics like evaluation and accountability in grantmaking. She is National Project Director of Giving Australia - the nation’s largest ever research into giving and volunteering in partnership with CSI Swinburne and the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs. Wendy facilitates Philanthropy Australia’s Queensland’s Funder’s Network; serves on government bodies, philanthropic grants committees and international research boards; chairs a community organisation and was previously CEO of a health nonprofit. Last year her work was recognised with a QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award.
Mike Davis
Purposeful
Founding Director
Mike Davis
Purposeful
Founding Director
Mike is the Founding Director of Purposeful, an ethical consultancy helping organisations to enhance their social impact. Purposeful is a B Corp company, providing strategic advice, capacity building, social impact measurement and sustainability reporting. Mike is also the creator and host of the Humans of Purpose podcast, where he holds fortnightly conversations with some of Australia’s most inspiring purpose-driven leaders. He is a Director of SIMNA, Australia’s peak social impact measurement network.
TOPIC: Millennials - Creating intentional lives of meaning and purpose'
    • The nature of work has changed and why we work is more important than ever
    • Millennials and our youth have been poorly mischaracterised in the media
    • They are leading diverse lives, that involve a balance between work, volunteering and wellbeing-centred activity
    • In order to attract and retain millennials in our workplaces we need to understand how they live and why they choose to live the way they do
    • A better understanding of millennials will lead to flourishing workplaces and better outcomes for all stakeholders
Kate Fuelling
Kate Fuelling Consulting
Founder & Director
Kate Fuelling
Kate Fuelling Consulting
Founder & Director
Kate Fuelling is an information management specialist, author and optimist. Her purpose in life is to lead with courage, fun and respect.
After many years in the information management industry, Kate founded her consultancy in response to the frustration she felt when constrained within organisational ‘that’s how we do things around here’ approach. Instead of accepting the status quo, she chose to build a business out of questioning it.
Kate Fuelling Consulting is now a consultancy in the Not-For-Profit sector, working towards a world where information, technology and processes integrate seamlessly to create extraordinary knowledge for the benefit of humankind.
TOPIC: Digital workforce
    • Exploring the hidden costs of poor and paper-based information management
    • What remarkable looks like
    • Why leadership is so important when improving how you work with information
    • 7 ways to be a better information management leader and contribute to your information culture.
Jo Scard
Fifty Acres
Managing Director
Jo Scard
Fifty Acres
Managing Director
With over 20 years' experience in communications, political advisory roles and journalism, Jo Scard is one of Australia's foremost strategic advisers of corporates, government and Not-For-Profits. Jo is a respected former journalist in the UK and Australia working with ITV, Associated Press, Seven Network, SBS, ABC and Farifax.
She has spent over a decade advising corporates and Not-For-Profits at CEO and board level across strategic communications, government relations and public relations and co-authored the best-selling book 'The Working Mother's Survival.'
Steven Burrell
Governance Institute of Australia
CEO
Steven Burrell
Governance Institute of Australia
CEO
Steven Burrell was appointed as the Chief Executive of Governance Institute of Australia in September 2015. Steven was formerly the General Manager of Communications and Public Affairs at the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
He was previously a leading journalist, columnist and editor at the Australian Financial Review, where he was Economics Editor and Deputy Editor, and the Sydney Morning Herald, where he was Deputy Editor, National Affairs Editor and Business Editor. Over a 25-year journalism career he won both a Walkley Award and the Pan Asian Journalist of the Year Award. Earlier in his career he was a policy adviser at the Federal Treasury and Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Steven holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney and is a graduate of the General Management Program at the Melbourne Business School Mt Eliza.
David Locke
ACNC
Assistant Commissioner, Charity Services
David Locke
ACNC
Assistant Commissioner, Charity Services
David Locke is the Assistant Commissioner, Charity Services, at the ACNC. In this role David is responsible for the provision and overall management of the ACNC's one-to-one services to charities, the ACNC’s portal and communications.
David previously held senior roles at the Charity Commission of England and Wales.  David has served as a board member and volunteer on a number of not-for-profit organisations.
Annabelle Chauncy OAM
School for Life Foundation
CEO & Founding Director
Annabelle Chauncy OAM
School for Life Foundation
CEO & Founding Director
Annabelle Chauncy OAM is the Founding Director of School For Life Foundation (SFL). SFL is a grassroots organisation that has built and runs 2 schools in rural Uganda (with a third school in development).
Annabelle was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in January 2015. She has raised over $4 million in five years and her role includes management in Australia and Uganda of strategy, governance, human resources, fundraising and sponsorship, marketing, media and events.
In 2012, Annabelle was named in Australian Financial Review & Westpac's Top 100 Women of Influence 2012 and voted Cosmopolitan Magazine's 2012 Role Model of the Year. She was a finalist in 2 categories of the NSW Telstra Businesswomen's Awards 2013 for Business Innovation and Young Businesswoman. Annabelle was the winner of the Australian Women's Weekly and Qantas' Woman of the Future award in 2014.
TOPIC: Learning curve: Lessons that defined a leader
    • Building a business from scratch in a developing country.
    • Be fearless in pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
    • Crawl before you walk and walk before you run.
    • Build a tribe - if you lead with purpose, you'll attract purpose driven people.
    • Be authentic. Know your weaknesses. Don't pretend to be somebody you're not.
    • Manage yourself.
Dr Jenny Brockis
Brain Fitness Doctor
Dr Jenny Brockis
Brain Fitness Doctor
Dr. Jenny Brockis specialises in the science of high-performance thinking.
As a medical practitioner with a strong background in health and human behaviour Dr. Jenny has continued her own brain's education with a Grad Cert in the Neuroscience of Leadership and training in mindfulness meditation.
She works with individuals and organisations to boost mental performance through increased productivity, collaboration and effective leadership. Her approach to overcoming some of the many challenges facing the modern workplace is based on practical neuroscience; to understand why we think or behave the way we do, and to implement behavioural changes that work. Dr. Jenny understands that while intentions may be good, changing behaviours is not always easy!
She is an international and TedX speaker, the author of three books including the best seller Future Brain, and a sought after media commentator for local and national TV and radio, and well as a regular contributor to a number of online and printed media including CEO, Huffington Post and GLOSS.
TOPIC: Getting buy-in from a change-fatigued workplace
  • Asking what people really want: the freedom to focus on what matters
  • Meaningful work that is engaging and motivating
  • Raving advocates who share the vision
  • Embracing failure by keeping everyone safe
  • Looking for those small wins to keep the momentum and continuum of change evolving
Lucas Ryan
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Senior Policy Adviser
Lucas Ryan
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Senior Policy Adviser
Lucas leads the AICD’s policy work on not-for-profit governance and is the secretary of the NFP Chairs’ Forum. Lucas’ current areas of focus are in strategic challenges for not-for-profits, regulatory reform, and public accountability and integrity frameworks.
Previously, Lucas was a foundation staff member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission with responsibility for governance policy and education, and stakeholder engagement. He is a Graduate of the AICD and has held director roles on NFP and government boards.
TOPIC: Fundraising and Reputational risk
    • The changing nature of fundraising
    • What we can learn from the UK experience
    • The myth of ‘administration ratios’
    • Reputational risk in fundraising
    • How boards can respond to community expectations
Steve Maraboli (U.S.)
Recipient of the UN Award for Philanthropy
Steve Maraboli (U.S.)
Recipient of the UN Award for Philanthropy
Steve Maraboli is a life-changing Speaker, bestselling Author, and Behavioral Scientist who has electrified and inspired a wide range of audiences in over 30 countries with his unique style of bridging cutting edge Behavioral Science, proven Business methodologies, and insightful Social Philosophies.
Lending his popular voice to various topics, Steve has been dubbed by Inc. Magazine as, “The Most Quoted Man Alive”. His empowering words, business methodologies, strategic insights, and social philosophies have been shared and published throughout the world in more than 25 languages.
TOPIC 7/9: POP leadership - Understanding the Science of Influence
  • Three Human Behavior Hacks
  • The Importance of Mindset
  • Goal Mapping for Success
  • The Vital Role of Teamwork
  • Cultivating an Environment of Achievement
TOPIC 8/9: Culture of Volunteering - Creating a Community of Impact
  • The Proven Model of Leadership
  • The Dynamics of Effective Teamwork
  • Shaping a Vision for Success
  • Strategies for Overcoming Obstacles
  • Cultivating and Building a Volunteer Community
Sam Webb
LIVIN
Co-founder
Sam Webb
LIVIN
Co-founder
Sam Webb is a local Sydney man, passionate about mental health, wellness and suicide prevention, and up-and-coming actor, appearing most recently in the Australian Survivor reality show. Sam has spent time living in the USA where he worked in Private Client Advisory after graduating from a bachelor’s degree in Commerce in 2012.
After his return to Australia in 2013, Sam co- founded the charity organisation, LIVIN (www.livin.org.au), after the death of his good friend to suicide.
TOPIC: Smiling Depression
    • Having an open mind in the workplace
    • Know the warning signs
    • Learning to listen non-judgmentally
    • Offering support
Simon McKeon AO
Monash
Chancellor
Simon McKeon AO
Monash
Chancellor
Simon McKeon is the Chancellor of Monash University and was also the 2011 Australian of the Year. He has been with the Macquarie Group in a variety of senior roles for more than 30 years, including as Executive Chairman (Melbourne office).
Ronni Kahn
OzHarvest
Founder & CEO
Ronni Kahn
OzHarvest
Founder & CEO
Ronni Kahn is the founder and CEO of national charity OzHarvest, a recognised leader in the fields of entrepreneurship, social impact and innovation and has been the recipient of various awards including: Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year; Australia’s Local Hero, Australia of the Year Awards; And is a United Nations Environment Programme Ambassador and Speaker.
TOPIC: Inspired Innovation
    • Fired up for action
    • Thinking differently about ordinary things
    • Focusing on the why
    • Connected to purpose
    • Realising that anything is possible
Daniel Flynn
Thankyou
Managing Director and Co-founder
Daniel Flynn
Thankyou
Managing Director and Co-founder
At 19 years old Daniel co-founded Thankyou with a couple of friends. What began as an idea to tap into the millions and billions of dollars that consumers spend on bottled water to help tackle the World Water Crisis, has grown into 38 products that are stocked in over 4000 outlets, including all major supermarkets, with 100% of the profit going to Impact.
TOPIC: Disruptive marketing
  • How to high five the status quo in the face with a chair
  • How to mobilise a movement
  • Creating cut through in a crowded market
  • The power of momentum
Jeremy Meltzer
i=Change
Founder
Jeremy Meltzer
i=Change
Founder
i=Change is Australia's fastest-growing social enterprise tech start-up. A unique cause-marketing platform for e-commerce, now in partnership with iconic brands, is positively impacting the lives of over 90,000 people in 14 countries.
As Founder, Jeremy shares an inspiring journey that illuminates why business - to remain relevant, competitive and unlock surprising levels of profitability - must now have a purpose beyond profit, and how the NFP community can benefit from this trend.
As a social entrepreneur and passionate advocate for the empowerment of women and girls, Jeremy’s been featured in the New York Times and The Collective. He was recently on the front cover of NAB’s Business View magazine, has given a TED Talk and contributed to the Sydney Morning Herald.
TOPIC: Marketing to millennials & the business of giving back
    • How i=Change became Australia’s fastest-growing social enterprise tech platform
    • Crossing the aisle. Engaging business. Lessons from the trenches.
    • Social enterprise. A silver fundraising bullet or a promise yet to deliver?
    • Building a for-profit model. A new skill set or a completely new focus?
    • Impact vs Return. Translating the key drivers of two very different industries