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Leadership for Social Impact is an active learning workshop designed for organisations that wish to assist their employees contribute in a positive way to social issues. The workshop provides knowledge and insights for professionals who are interested in engaging in a leadership capacity in for-purpose organisations which resonate, either on a board or in a skilled volunteering/mentoring role. Additionally, participants are provided with examples of intreprenuership and encouraged to investigate what they can do from within their existing companies to address and have impact in solving social issues, which enables both the individual and the business to add value in a meaningful way.

The workshop will provide participants with information, inspiration and tools to extend leadership effectiveness in the for-purpose context.

This workshop includes personal reflection and a panel of sector experts, including non-executive directors and board advisers, sharing diverse and powerful stories and insights from their experiences as leaders/board directors.

These workshops provide participants with:

  • a solid understanding of the for-purpose sector exploring key trends, opportunities and challenges
  • an understanding of the different ways in which they can contribute their skills
  • tools to help individuals interrogate and clarify their own personal purpose
  • due diligence checklists, connections and support (where desired) to be able to implement their personal strategies
  • Access to People for Purpose’s networking events, including  the Australian Institute of Company Directors ‘Boards Seeking Directors’ event
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Case Study: Telstra

Telstra is Australia’s largest telecommunications and media company and they believe the more connected people are, the more opportunities they have. They are committed to sustainability and to community engagement, with a focus on employee involvement with the community. One of Telstra’s contributions to the for-purpose sector is to support leaders looking to participate through their leadership program.

Telstra General Manager – Talent Development and Performance, Paul Stratford, was looking to provide his executive team with the opportunity to participate in an interactive program designed to increase executive leadership capability and support personal and professional growth and success.

People for Purpose supported Telstra by running a Leadership for Social Impact workshop for executives. Attendees were high-impact, high-potential executives who have a desire to utilise their expertise or influence for positive social change. We equip them with the knowledge and insights required to add value to social purpose organisations, and recommend opportunities to pursue meaningful engagement with for-purpose boards.

People for Purpose opened my eyes to the reality of the for-purpose sector. They provided deep insights into the challenges and opportunities in this market segment. Their framework really helped me focus my attention and provide clarity around what I am most passionate about and then through industry contacts, helped me navigate this complex ecosystem.

Reid Johnson, Director of CSU Enterprise (Telstra Participant)

Past presenters


Michael Traill

Previously co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment and founding CEO of Social Ventures Australia. Current Chair of Goodstart Childcare Ltd, Chair of the Opera Australia Capital Fund, Assetic Pty Ltd, and a Director of M H Carnegie & Co.


Gabrielle Trainor

Current Chair of Barnardos and Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive, Director of the GWS Giants, Director of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Non executive Director of One Path General Insurance, Non executive Director of the Clarius Group, Director of Infrastructure Australia, Director of the Cape York Partnership, Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Western Sydney. Previously Member of the Sydney Planning Committee and Member of the Advisory Board of Leighton Contractors.


Celia Hodson

Currently Board member of Social Investing Scotland and convenor of The Asda and SIS Academy. Previously CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (Australia), founding CEO of the Eastern Enterprise Hub and Deputy CEO of Social Enterprise UK.


Jane Hunt

Currently CEO of Adopt Change. Member of board of directors for Urban Communities Ltd and Yarra Housing. Previously , CEO of Fitted for Work and Strategy and Operations Manager (Victoria) at Mission Australia.


Richard Spencer

Currently Director of Social Ventures Australia, Women’s Community Shelters and Coordinare Ltd. Previously CEO of The Benevolent Society, CEO of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, President and CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs, Executive Director for UNICEF Australia, corporate lawyer for Clayton Utz, senior manager with Rio Tinto.

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