Our program is designed to bring you ideas from the very edge and people who are the thinkers and doers leading the charge toward a purpose-driven world. They each bring a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of purpose-driven business.
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Phil Vernon has been at Australian Ethical Investment for the past 7 years, and the Managing Director since 2010. The company believes that clients should be able to enjoy financial security and solid investment performance whilst having a positive impact on the planet.He has over 30 years’ experience in financial services covering funds management, superannuation, corporate governance and industry regulation. Prio...
Sam Adams Nye
Head of Partnerships
Based in New York, Sam has spent the past 5 years in online media working in business development and strategy roles across Europe and America. He gets excited by the convergence of technology and mass-communication in order to mobilize social change at scale. In his last role at Coull, he was in charge of launching proprietary technology to combat the broken trust between users and brands. He now heads up partnershi...
Carlie has been working in the sustainable fashion space in a diverse range of roles for over seven years. Her passions lie in fashion that empowers and celebrates the maker, production that nurtures our planet and brings depth, value, transparency and character to the fashion we buy in the developed world. She is fascinated by the exploration of what fashion says about us and the periods in time it captures. She ha...
Well Made Clothes
Kelly is the co-founder of online platform Well Made Clothes, ALAS, an organic clothing label, and Clean Cut Fashion Association, a non-profit industry body advocating for positive impacts in the fashion industry. Kelly has been part of the sustainable fashion industry for over a decade, and she has a vast range of experience in everything from the fashion industry supply chain to marketing. Her work has been showcas...
Anna Lise De Lorenzo
Founder & CEO
Anna Lise launched the rebranded MakerSpace &company in October 2015, bringing to life a place that enables designers and the local community to make their ideas, learn skills and build businesses. Anna Lise founded the precursor, &company, in 2009 where she curated, produced and managed 10 exhibition projects, 3 pop-up shops, 9 product launches with graduate designers and 8 events for major cultural festiv...
Tom has an extensive work history and a strong track record of success in various roles and, prior to his career change, held positions as diverse as business development manager, project manager and operations manager. He has university qualifications in project management and a background in engineering. As one of the directors at Community Power Agency Co-operative, Tom has developed a strong knowledge of the diff...
The School of Life
Hannah Gee is the Business Director for The School of Life in Australia. The School of Life for Business is dedicated to working with businesses to create deep behaviour change promoting self understanding and building emotional intelligence with the help of culture. Hannah has a background in Learning Design partnering with ASX and NZX listed, public sector and not for profit organisations on designing customised le...
Danling Xiao aka Mundane Matters, creates emotional sculptures and sensory experiences using natural ingredients to nurture the mind and inspire sustainable creative living. Since 2015, her commitment to making one fruit and vegetable sculpture a day has been loved by many on Instagram and featured in more than 30 major publications and TV channels. She has also been bringing the joy of creativity to her local commun...
Sales and Marketing Manager
Nigel Conolly is the sales and marketing manager at Geoplex; a boutique geospatial IT consultancy. Geoplex use innovative geospatial IT to help the world become a better place. For example, Geoplex resells Planet imagery to Australia. Planet is a disruptive satellite imagery provider; whose goal is to capture the entire globe every day. This imagery revolutionises the way people assess our world across many industrie...
Group Account Director
Following a psychology degree with a decade in marketing, Susie joined Guardian Australia‘s content partnership team Guardian Labs in 2014, looking for greater meaning in her work. Susie is now dedicated to helping brands create genuine connections with the Guardian’s audience through partnerships – and is particularly passionate about work which creates a positive impact on readers. She creates con...
Program Director, Fix and Make
Andy Marks has a passion for supporting the environment whilst nurturing the human spirit. To achieve these ends, Andy’s work is wide and varied. As originator and Program Director of Fix and Make, an initiative jointly funded by Hotel Hotel, Molonglo Group and ACT Government, Andy has curated a program of over forty workshops, panel discussions and exhibitions challenging our relationship to objects. With an empha...
Tracy is a Director in the Strategy team at EY. With over 15 years in consulting and industry experience, Tracy is a leading practitioner in Purpose Led Transformation in Australia, one of the key offerings in the strategy practice. Tracy focuses on strategy, purpose definition and activation and creating new products, services and businesses with clients using highly interactive methods. She has deep functional expe...