Clarity. Direction. Impact.

An insightful and interactive lunchtime 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’

For those looking for a 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 will also hear insights collected over the past decade by experienced guest speakers and the People for Purpose team on the challenges and opportunities that face the sector.

Team meeting in office

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

Sydney: Wednesday, 10 April (12.00 midday to 2.00 pm)
Guest speaker: Shamal Dass 

This month, we are delighted to welcome Shamal Dass, Head of Philanthropic Services at JBWere, as our guest speaker. He 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.

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Past Workshops

Sydney: Thursday, 21 February (12.00 midday to 2.00 pm)
Guest speaker: 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 are delighted to welcome David as our guest speaker this month.


Sydney: Thursday, 22 November (12.00 midday to 2.00 pm)
Guest speaker: 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.

We are delighted to welcome Shirley as our guest speaker this month.


Sydney: Thursday, 27 September

Guest speaker 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 are delighted to welcome Clive as our Guest Presenter to this month’s Head and Heart Workshop.

Clive Ringler