Clarity. Direction. Impact.

An insightful and thought-provoking workshop designed for individuals wanting to take the first step to learn more about the for-purpose arena and carve out a unique path to working ‘on purpose’. Especially relevant in today’s world where many people are looking to support a charity (or two) through volunteering.

For those looking for a way to contribute to Australian charities, career pivot or seeking further engagement from their work, this workshop is designed to help participants work through a Personal Impact Framework providing an actionable pathway to engage in and contribute to the for-purpose economy.

In this workshop you may also hear insights collected over the past decade by experienced guest speakers, who often attend the face to face events, and the People for Purpose team on the challenges and opportunities that face the sector. 

We recently published an article on how ‘corporate refugees’ can offer their time and talent to contribute to find their own purpose – read here.

These workshops provide participants with:

  • an understanding of the Australian for-purpose arena
  • guidance to explore personal purpose
  • resources to initiate steps to engagement
  • connectivity to others on a similar journey
  • access to the People for Purpose network

Upcoming Workshops

Due to COVID-19 restrictions our next Head & Heart workshop on Thursday, 16 July 2020, will be hosted by our CEO, Rachael McLennan, as an online workshop.

We are currently offering a special 50%COVID discount using code: PFP50 

This month’s guest speaker is John Bush.

John is an Associate in the Programs team at the Paul Ramsay Foundation, where he manages a set of grants and impact investments and leads strategy development related to the Learning Lives portfolio.

Previously, John was Associate Director, Education at Social Ventures Australia. John was Director of Learning and Development at High Resolves. He began his career as a high school English teacher and school leader in Tennessee and Sydney.

John is on the Advisory Board of the Gonski Institute for Education at UNSW, the Education Advisory Board for Maths Pathway, and is the Co-Chair of the Philanthropy Australia Education Funders’ Network. He holds a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Science (Highest Honors) from Vanderbilt University.

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Previous Guest Speakers

Kylea Tink

Our guest speaker for June’s Head & Heart Workshop was Kylea Tink.

A passionate believer that profit, purpose, and positive social outcomes must co-exist for any business to thrive, Kylea Tink is an experienced and inspiring leader who has built and run successful businesses both as a CEO and a Board Director.

For the past 30 years, Kylea has worked across, and within, the Government, Commercial and Not-for-Profit sectors, to drive sustainable, positive change for communities around the world. Her capacity to quickly come to grips with business and stakeholder challenges has seen her not only champion the development of several iconic community campaigns but has ultimately resulted in the achievement of a number of sustainable positive social changes. With a proven track record for building and inspiring high performing teams, Kylea’s ultimate motivation is simple: “To leave the world a better place than I found it!”

Melissa King

Our guest speaker for May was Melissa King.  Melissa was the first female Chief Executive of one of Australia’s most iconic and beloved organisations, Surf Life Saving Australia. She was instrumental in navigating the organisation through a time of change and growth.

Prior to her role with Surf Life Saving Australia Melissa worked across corporate, government and not for profit sectors in marketing, communications, sponsorship, business development and fundraising with organisations including Sydney Opera House, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet – APEC Australia 2007 Taskforce and the Governance Institute.

Melissa’s interest in the Sustainable Development Goals and purpose driven approach led her to the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) where she is a Non-Executive Director and is focused on providing support to increase the profile, awareness and positioning of UNAA and in turn the work of the United Nations. Currently Melissa works with not for profits and governments providing advice, and mentors emerging leaders here and overseas.

Resilience, curiosity, humour, and a glass half full approach have held her in good stead as she has navigated the challenges and opportunities of her career to date, even more so as we as humans and communities manage the current environment.

Belinda Morrissey

The guest speaker for February’s Head & Heart was Belinda Morrissey. Belinda is the CEO of the English Family Foundation, a private foundation whose vision is to support transformational change in our world through the growth and development of social entrepreneurs and social businesses. Belinda works closely with social enterprises to develop and support their sustainable business models for delivering social outcomes, and she has a particular focus on progressing the role of philanthropy in developing the sector towards obtaining the “right capital at the right time.

She has spent the past decade in the philanthropic and for purpose sectors including roles within Australia Philanthropic Services and leading Sydney Community Foundation. Prior to this Belinda had an extensive career in investment management, she holds a BA in economics along with post graduates in philanthropy, applied investment and in financial accounting.  Belinda holds several not for profit board positions – she is on the Board of ActionAid Australia and on the Advisory Boards of the Social Impact Hub and White Box Enterprises Ltd.

Geoff Stalley

The guest speaker for September’s Head & Heart was Geoff Stalley. Geoff’s expertise spans 25 years of corporate innovation and growth, business strategy and execution, merger integration and major transformational change. Geoff is also the Chair of Uplifting Australia, an organisation committed to strengthening the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children and families.

We enjoyed Geoff’s insights on why he contributes to the for purpose sector and his experiences in balancing this contribution with his corporate commitments.

Megan Flynn

We were excited to welcome Megan Flynn to Head and Heart in June.  Megan is a corporate strategy and development executive, experienced with the management of business risks and stakeholder relations with respect to environmental markets and policy. Megan was most recently Group Manager, Environment & Carbon Strategy for Qantas Group, responsible for the development of long term environmental and sustainability leadership at Qantas. She is currently Interim Chair with the Carbon Market Institute, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Earthwatch Institute, and a member of the Sustainability Victoria Board, and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Advisory Board.

David Thomas

David Thomas’ career began at KPMG and then Deloitte, where he spent over ten years before moving into the advertising and media sector, then retail banking as a CFO and CEO. Along the way, David added to his skillset and qualifications by attaining an Executive Master of Business Administration with a marketing specialty. He has also been actively involved with Lifeline Northern Beaches, firstly as a Board member and now as CEO.

Through his diverse and extensive experience, David has gained a unique perspective on finance – in particular, how it compounds overall business performance. He firmly believes that all professional people can benefit from understanding the fundamentals of finance, even (or especially) if they aren’t in a finance role. With this in mind, David established Figure Eight Finance, a niche accounting practice, as a platform from which to deliver strategic solutions, including short courses, coaching and CFO-on-call services.

With his passion for communication, education, motivation and mentoring, David takes a very personal approach to his work with both Lifeline and Figure Eight. For him, it’s all about helping business people become more capable and confident in their abilities – and in turn, achieving better outcomes in business and life.


Shamal Dass 

In May we welcomed Shamal Dass, Head of Philanthropic Services at JBWere, as our guest speaker. Shamal provides specialist strategic advice to both for-purpose organisations and private clients in areas such as structuring, governance, capacity building, sustainability and organisational strategy.

Prior to joining JBWere, Shamal worked within the financial services and trustee industries gaining significant experience in advising high net worth individuals on their philanthropic structures, managing trusts and foundations (including PAFs), and constructing charitable foundation investment portfolios. Shamal serves on a volunteer basis as:

  • a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Earthwatch Australia and Two Good Foundation;
  • Chair of the Governance Group of The Constellation Project (a cross-sector collaboration aimed at eradicating homelessness);
  • A member of many committees including the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Social Impact and Investment Committee of the JBWere Charitable Endowment Fund.

Shamal’s research and writing focuses on the development of frameworks that enable all participants in the social outcomes ecosystem (for-purpose organisations, philanthropists and corporates) to deliver greater impact.


David Ritter 

David Ritter is the CEO at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, campaigning for a green and peaceful future for all.

He returned to Australia to take up the role as CEO in 2012 after five years working in a senior campaigns position with Greenpeace in London where he worked on the global issues of destructive fishing, deforestation and climate change.

Prior to joining Greenpeace, he worked as an academic and a lawyer in both commercial and native title practices.

He is a published commentator on politics, law, history and current affairs and an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia, a research affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute and an Adjunct Professor in the Sydney Democracy Network, both at Sydney University.

We were delighted to welcome David as our guest speaker in February 2019.


Shirley Chowdhary 

Shirley is the CEO of the GO Foundation and the Deputy Chair of YMCA NSW.

An experienced CEO and Non-Executive Director with experience in banking, finance, asset management and NFP sectors, Shirley has proven expertise in managing complex situations, aligning interests of multiple stakeholder groups and delivering sustainable solutions. She has shown a commitment throughout her career to designing and delivering places and services that enable people and communities to thrive and prosper.

Shirley believes fiercely in the power of diversity and inclusion and is an advocate for increasing diversity amongst corporate and not-for-profit boards, and senior management. She is also a strong advocate for a Reconciliation and the strength that all Australians can all draw from Indigenous Australia and its heritage and culture, the oldest living culture in the world.


Clive Ringler 

Clive Ringler is the Deputy Chairman of Children’s Ground and a Board Member of First Australians Capital. Having grown up in the Kimberley region of WA he has a keen focus on youth and Indigenous issues. To this extent he has representation on a school bursary committee and is involved in indigenous affairs as a youth mentor. He is also active in Youth Off the Streets, with their “Walk the Streets” Program and the Food Van.

Clive is also a Portfolio Manager and Financial Adviser with Morgan Stanley. He has over 25 years experience in the financial markets and covers both global and Australian investments across all asset classes including fixed interest and currencies. Clive started his finance career with the CBA in Corporate Finance before moving onto the National Bank where he worked in both Corporate Lending and Debt Capital Markets.

Clive holds a degree in Economics from the University of New England, Armidale and a Masters of Commerce from the University of NSW. He is also an ASX Accredited Derivatives Adviser.

We were delighted to welcome Clive as our Guest Presenter at the Head and Heart Workshop.