Vanessa is the Founder and Joint Managing Director of Maximus International. Maximus is a leadership performance firm. They challenge organisations and the leaders within to reach their full potential, find purpose and achieve lasting impact. They shape leaders who create the future.
Tahnee is the Founder of Hand n Hand Peer Support. Hand n Hand is a registered charity that provides free, confidential peer support for health professionals in Australia and New Zealand. Tahnee also works as a psychiatry registrar at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Orygen and is the winner of the 2022 Queensland Australian of The Year Award.
This week’s episode is sponsored by Reflections Holiday Parks. They are not your average holiday park, but are in fact Australia’s first holiday park group to be certified as a social enterprise. Social Enterprise certification for Reflection’s recognises their unique role as a profit-for-purpose Land Manager, reinvesting all our profits into the 36 holiday parks and 43 community Crown reserves that we care for, for environmental and social benefit. Today you will hear from their inspiring leader, CEO, Nick Baker.
Kate is a Research Fellow at Deakin University’s Global Centre For Preventive Health and Nutrition, also known as GLOBE. GLOBE’s mission is innovative preventive health and nutrition research that empowers people and enables healthier environments. She is also Co-Founder and President at Health Food Systems Australia.
Tony is Family Violence Program Manager at TaskForce. TaskForce is a not for profit supporting Victorians in need, with a focus on drug and alcohol misuse, youth and family services, education and employment. Tony is also a highly experienced psychotherapist and behaviour change expert. His focus is on assisting people with changing their problematic behaviours and living more authentic and rewarding lives.
Michael is Director at Cirqle Group. Cirqle Group is a technology recruitment and professional services company that exists to shift our world closer to kindness, sustainability, awareness and action.
Alex is the Co-Founder and Creativity Evangelist at The Right Brain Workout. The Right Brain Workout works with companies, schools and people to help them harness their creativity and to help them improve the quality of their thinking and decision-making.
Roos (pronounced Rose) is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Psychologist at Orygen and The University of Melbourne. At Orygen she is a member of the Orygen Digital’s virtual reality research team, where she is running a fascinating research program aimed at helping young people improve their mental health.
This week I’m thrilled to bring you my conversation with Belinda Morrissey. Belinda is CEO of the English Family Foundation, Chair of Social Enterprise Australia and Chair of Action Aid Australia. The English Family Foundation supports transformational change in our world through the growth and development of social entrepreneurs and social businesses.
Eileen is Australia's first female professional E-Sports player. For those unfamiliar with E-Sports, it is video game competition watched by millions globally each year often at stadium filled events.
Mike is a former member of the global cult, Scientology, from when he joined at age five years old in the early 1960’s until his exit in 2007. Mike rose up the ranks in Scientology and was one of the highest ranking members of the organisation until his departure. He spent time working alongside current leader David Miscavige and former leader and founder of Scientology L Ron Hubbard. Since leaving Scientology, Mike has built himself a meaningful life in Florida as an author, media personality and Board Director at the Aftermath Foundation, where he helps others in need to find a way out of Scientology and to build new lives for themselves on the outside.
Eve is the Founder of Green Up Co and a friend of mine, who I was lucky to meet at The Commons in Cremorne. Eve is passionate about sustainability at home and at work and has turned her education, expertise and sharp mind to helping businesses go green, improving their sustainability, reducing their carbon footprint and to align their day to day activity with their ESG goals.
Stephanie is a Director and Dramaturge as well as a producer at the State Library of Victoria. Stephanie grew up in Beirut Lebanon, where she discovered a love of the creative arts and has spent many years developing her education, skills and experience as a Dramaturge, which I learned can comprise a range of things and in Stephanie’s case, writing, producing and often acting in amazing works studying the human condition.
Garry is the Head Curator at Fuck Up Nights. Fuck Up Nights have become a staple of the Melbourne startup scene and involve a storytelling-focused gathering acknowledging the mistakes, failures, and fuckup stories that impact our personal lives and professional careers, affecting us as the humans that we are. Garry is also Director of Engagement at Tractor Ventures. Tractor Ventures provides non-dilutive, strategic funding to unlock possibilities for founders, helping Australian and New Zealand technology companies scale with optionality.
Brigid is an author, a journalist and TV series producer whose latest book is "Reasons Not to Worry, How to be Stoic in chaotic times". Check out her book in our show notes and find it in all good bookstores. Also checkout Brigid's previous book Wellmania in our show notes and look out for it's upcoming release on Netflix at the end of March.
Melissa is the Managing Director and CEO of the Violet Initiative. Violet is a national not-for-profit organisation, providing information and support to help everyone in Australia navigate the last stages of life and the grief and loss that accompanies it.
This week I’m bringing you my conversation with Tom Dawkins. Tom is the Co-Founder of LendForGood. LendForGood is all about crowd lending for impact. In short, this means unleashing the passion and power of the crowd to provide the capital that impact enterprises need to grow.
Jemma is the Founder and Director of BioPsychAnalytics, an Australian based company that has developed scientifically validated methodologies to reduce stress, burnout, and improve behavioral outcomes in high-performing individuals and organisations.
Ashleigh is the Founder and CEO of Raise our voice Australia. Raise our voice Australia are a grassroots organisation dedicated to Amplifying diverse young female, trans and non-binary voices to actively lead conversations in politics, domestic and foreign policy.
Dr Louise Segan is a PhD candidate and cardiologist at Alfred Health and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. She is a passionate and effective advocate for gender equality in cardiology and medicine more broadly. She is also my wife of ten years the mother to my gorgeous son Marlo.
Sarah is the Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University. She is also Co-Leader of the People Programme and Transport & Mobilities Focus Area at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society. Sarah is a true emerging tech leader and polymath; as we discover during the podcast, she is also a documentary filmmaker.
This week I’m thrilled to welcome Sarah Davies AM to the podcast. Sarah last came on the podcast a few years ago when she was the CEO of Philanthropy Australia and she's now two years into her time as CEO of the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation and holds a number of board non executive director roles too at Social Ventures Australia, Teach for Australia and the National Museum of Australia.
Sarah has an amazing podcast called Let's Talk About Sects, where she spends time researching, engaging with former cult members and producing a incredibly high quality storytelling podcast about cults that has had a really positive impact. Now just having commenced season 5 of her podcast, she has just released her first book called Do As I Say.
Dr Megan Weier is a Senior Research Fellow and Acting Research and Evaluation Director at the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW. Megan is doing some fascinating research into measuring social progress across different local government areas in Australia and uncovering some incredible insights and learnings that have already influenced and will continue to influence social policy making here.
This week I’m thrilled to welcome Karen Mahlab to the podcast. Karen is the Founder and CEO of Pro Bono Australia. Since 2000, Pro Bono Australia has shared news, careers and resources to help purpose-driven people and organisations grow their impact. With over 1.5 million people using their site each year, there is no question that Pro Bono News is the number one news outlet for Australia’s social economy.
Andrew is the Creative Director of A1 Studio. A1 Studio is a Melbourne-based full service design studio specialising in brand identities, art direction and photography. They help brands launch, evolve, grow and stand out in an ever-changing landscape.
Kaitlin is the Co-Founder and Head of Learning at ygap. ygap is an international organisation that creates positive change by making entrepreneurship more inclusive.
Manny is the Director of Basketball at the Collingwood Basketball Association. Collingwood Basketball Association is a not-for-profit community based basketball club which offers young and older players in inner city Melbourne the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitions and programs.
Mike is Head of Strategic Partnerships and Communications at Infoxchange and also Chief Podcaster at Humans of Purpose. Infoxchange is a not-for-profit social enterprise that has been delivering technology for social justice for over 30 years.
Margo has been the CEO of Superfriend for over 12 years and is now acting as Chief Mental Health Advisor as she transitions to a new opportunity in the workplace mental health advisory space. Superfriend advocates for, equips and empowers profit-to-member superannuation funds and insurers to achieve mentally healthy workplaces for their staff and members.
Felicity and I became fast friends after crossing paths in the for purpose sector about 8 years ago. She is bright, bubbly, whip smart and a great exemplar of the modern consultant. So much so that I followed her to work in her team at Spark Strategy in my last job, where she was Co-Founder and CEO. She has since begun a new chapter as Co-Founder and Director of Ensemble Strategy.
Sarah is heavily involved in the world of philanthropy and is a marketing and communications professional by trade. She has just started a new role at General Sir John Monash Foundation and previously worked at Philanthropy Australia and is actively involved with Nexus Australia, Australia Youth Affairs Coalition and Kids in Philanthropy.
George is the Founder & CEO of Vow. Vow is a collective of innovators, engineers, scientists, artists and foodies working to improve the quality of life for people, animals and planetary health, by reinventing food from the ground up.
This week I’m thrilled to welcome The Honorable Philip Dalidakis to the podcast. Philip is the Managing Partner at Orizontas. Orizontas is a boutique corporate advisory consultancy that solves business challenges through strategic advice and deep expertise in political, market, reputational and climate risk.
Jo is the Founder and Director of Strategic Grants. Strategic Grants helps build non-profit’s capacity through their GEMS grants database, grant writing, grants training, grants workshops, program design and monitoring and evaluation frameworks and strategic planning for grants success. Checkout the free "Best Practice Tracker" via their website at and get in touch with the team if you have any questions or would like to know more.
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