Collective Impact proudly presents a line up of international and Australian leaders in the Collective Impact space!
At Collective Impact you will be immersed in the expertise and knowledge of our experts.
Organise plenary sessions, take the opportunity to setup a one-on-one time with an international speaker and participate in the topic specific workshops hosted by one of these international experts.
For more than a decade, Patricia Bowie has been working with US based organizations, community-based initiatives, and community groups to develop new ways to improve their work while sustaining their viability and commitment to their missions.
While one of her long-term endeavors has been the Counselling Community Initiative, Most recently, Ms. Bowie, in partnership with UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, coordinates a national cross site learning community supported by The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Patricia holds a Masters in Public Health from UCLA, which included a Graduate Fellowship in UCLA’s Interdisciplinary Training on Child Abuse and Neglect.
For more than a decade, Lila Guirguis has had extensive professional experience working with Los Angeles based organizations, community-based initiatives, and community groups. Lila helps organizations develop cross-sector relationships to effectively and efficiently work with each other to achieve common goals.
As the Director of Magnolia Community Counselling Initiative (MCI) she supports the mobilization of community organizations and residents to take effective actions that improve health and developmental outcomes, using network theory and change management strategies designed to transform working relationships, care pathways and population outcomes. In the capacity as Director she serves as the lead individual and point person for the Magnolia Community Initiative and Network Partners. Lila lead’s the process necessary to communicate the philosophy and achieve the agreed upon goals of the Initiative, overseeing the coordination and implementation of the Magnolia Community Initiative and the Network Partners to meet its mission, vision, philosophy, strategies and goals. Magnolia Community Initiative is recognized as a promising Collective Impact strategy.
Emily Tow Jackson has been involved in philanthropy since joining the board of trustees of her family foundation, The Tow Foundation, in 1988. She has been the Foundation’s executive director since 1994. Emily served on the board of directors of the Philanthropy New York from 1997-2004, and was chair from 2002-2004. She is the recipient of the Filer Award for creative leadership in philanthropy from the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, where she currently serves on the board of directors and chairs the program committee.
The Tow Foundation is committed to supporting programs and services designed to improve outcomes for vulnerable families and children and advancing juvenile justice public policy reform. Motivated by the philosophy that no child is beyond help, the work of The Tow Foundation has focused on direct service and system reform efforts that provide vulnerable youth and families with an opportunity to succeed and become productive members of their communities.
Emily regularly speaks about the Foundation’s work, its commitment to advocacy as a key to achieving social change, the value and practice of catalytic philanthropy, and collective impact.
Andrew has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Social Impact since early 2012. He is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of social impact across the social purpose, government and corporate sectors in Australia. He brings a systems approach and believes that the keys to improving social impact include an outcomes focus, evidence & measurement, collaboration and leadership development.
After completing a PhD in engineering at the University of Adelaide in 1995, Andrew worked as a strategy consultant with Andersen Consulting, afterwards taking up a role as head of marketing and fundraising for The Smith Family.
Andrew was appointed Chief Executive Officer of youth cancer charity CanTeen in 2004. During his time at CanTeen, Andrew developed and delivered a 5-year strategic plan that greatly enhanced CanTeen’s recognition and influence.
Geoff Aigner, author, educator, consultant and Director of Social Leadership Australia at The Benevolent Society, has a rare combination of hands-on experience in senior leadership roles and a deep understanding of change and leadership theory and practice.
Geoff’s first book, Counselling Beyond Good Intentions: What It Takes to Really Make a Difference was published by Allen & Unwin in 2011. His second book The Australian Leadership Paradox: What It Takes To Lead In The Lucky Country, co-authored with Liz Skelton, was also published by Allen & Unwin in 2013.
As Director of Social Leadership Australia, Geoff is responsible for providing strategic direction for the centre in its mission to create better leadership for a better Australia.
Kerry has worked in social change for over 20 years. She has held executive roles within national nonprofit organisations (Inspire Foundation CEO; Good Beginnings Australia, COO); and advised governments on social policy (Australian Social Inclusion Board, NSW Treasurer’s Advisory Body).
She holds qualifications in public policy, law, social work and community management. Kerry currently consults to corporations, governments and nonprofits on collaboration and innovation in social change. Her purpose is to evolve the way social change happens in Australia.
Liz Skelton is a highly experienced leadership development practitioner, thought leader, consultant and teacher of leadership and adaptive change. She has 18 years experience leading ‘social purpose’ organisations in Australia and the UK and has led adaptive change initiatives in the business, government and not-for-profit sectors on a range of complex issues including homelessness, drug reform, Indigenous leadership and business/community engagement.
Prior to joining Social Leadership Australia, in 2006, Liz spent five years as General Manager of Streetwize Communications, where she led collaborative projects with young people, Indigenous communities and other marginalised groups to raise awareness of social, legal and health issues in Australia.
Liz is co-author, with Geoff Aigner, of a new book about Australian leadership culture, The Australian Leadership Paradox—What It Takes To Lead In The Lucky Country (Allen & Unwin, 2013)
Dawn has been leading effective change in the social and mental health sector for over 20 years. Previously the CEO of beyondblue and Lifeline, Dawn has been a member of numerous national federal government advisory committees and other boards and in 2009 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the community and to Mental Health.
Dawn currently provides business coaching to social sector leadership in collaborative and participatory change. She is also the Chair of STREAT, an innovative homelessness social enterprise and a Director of Ten20 a newly formed venture philanthropy organisation supporting community based, collective impact initiatives. Her purpose is to increase the impact and effectiveness of the social sector.
Doug Taylor's interest, passion and advocacy for creating positive and lasting change in local communities started many years ago as a teenager volunteering with various not for profits in his local community.
Doug joined United Way Sydney in 2007 and in his role as CEO he is focused on developing the Community Impact strategy that addresses the education, income and health needs of local communities and instigated the Common Cause Strategy in Sydney. This work has culminated in a number of Collective Impact strategies and ReadLearnSucceed. He has played a leadership role in nationalising United Way’s work which resulted in him becoming United Way Australia’s inaugural CEO and Executive Director.
He is frequently engaged to advise United Way members internationally, has helped developed the organisation’s Asia Pacific Corporate strategy and is a Member of the United Way Worldwide Membership Accountability Committee. He has also chaired the United Way Worldwide Professional Council, has sat on the Commonwealth's Volunteer Policy Advisory Groups, the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Board and is a Board Member of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
JT Boyd joined Social Solutions in December 2011 as the Director of Strategic Alliances.
JT and his team work to identify, build and manage partner relationships with organizations that help to expand the Social Solutions’ value proposition. These partnerships assist our customers by providing additional tools and resources which assist them on the ongoing journey in becoming and maintain being high performing organizations.
Prior to joining Social Solutions, JT spent 16+ years working in various leadership, project management, and consultative roles in the healthcare and technology arenas in the Southeastern United States. JT’s experience includes positions with IBM Internet Security Systems, Premier Inc., and MEDSEEK.
Caroline has over twenty years’ experience providing strategic focus and management support to corporates, government and non profit organisations. Following ten years with Accenture’s Strategy Group across Australia, Asia and the US, Caroline has directed her passion and skills toward generating social change for our most vulnerable children and young people.
She has served as Director of Strategic Planning for the US non profit New Sector Alliance and as Strategy and Performance Manager for Social Ventures Australia. She holds a BA (Hons) from The University of Melbourne, an MBA from the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland and a diploma in Managing Non Profit Organizations from Harvard University, Boston, USA. She serves on the Board of Play For Life and the Australian Friends of Asha Slums and is an Ambassador for the Melbourne Human Rights Film Festival.
Liz is a Board Director of Tomorrow:Today Foundation, a community foundation in the district of Benalla in north-east Victoria. She provides pro-bono services as Convenor of the Foundation’s Education Benalla Program – a whole-of-community (schools-families-community) 10 year intervention to improve children’s educational outcomes in this highly socially disadvantaged district.
In her paid work, Liz is Deputy CEO with UnitingCare in north east Victoria and the border area of NSW. Prior to that, she was a Director of a rural development consulting firm for 25 years, working with governments, industry groups and the community sector Australia-wide. She hung up her wings in 2010 due to family caring duties.
Regina has worked as a consultant for over 15 years, having been employed with global consulting firm, AT Kearney, for four years before setting up her own consulting practice in 2004. Regina works exclusively in the not for profit and government sectors. She specialises in providing support at a board and executive management level in relation to organisational strategy, operational and financial planning and sustainability, organisational structure, process (re)design, capability development and program design, implementation and evaluation.
Regina has worked with a range of organisations across the Aboriginal, Education, Employment, Social Services, Health, Disability and Arts sectors. She has also worked with government at a State and Federal level on strategic policy development, program design and evaluation.
In addition to her consulting practice Regina is also a co-Director of Effective Philanthropy, an organisation conducting social research to inform philanthropic giving, program and policy design.
Tanya James works at the cutting edge of social and organisational change, specialising in strategy, collaboration, leadership and innovation. She has pioneered the use of appreciative inquiry and other innovative programs that build capability in the human services and environmental sectors.
Tanya is the driving force behind the Stronger Families Alliance, an influential network that strengthens the resilience of Blue Mountains children using scientific evidence, positive organisational development and collective impact.
Tanya is also the founder and principal consultant at Positive Change and Development, which helps organisations adopt a new spirit where communities, government, business and the environment thrive and prosper. In 2008, Tanya won a Global Leadership Scholarship to study Positive Organisational Development at Weatherhead School of Management, USA. She holds a Masters in Communication, is completing a degree in Business Leadership and is an accredited facilitator, mediator and teacher.
Robyn Keast is Professor in Sothern Cross Business School and Chair of the Collaborative Research Network: Policy and Planning for Regional Sustainability. She is internationally recognised for her research on networked arrangements and collaborative practice. Her research draws extensively on social network analysis approaches and tools to map, measure and analyse organisational connections and their collective impacts. Overtime she has established considerable expertise in the design, implementation and interpretation of SNA research approaches and uses this capability to assist organisations and sectors to diagnose their network structures, patterns of exchange and performance to produce better outcomes, both individually and collectively.
Robyn has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and research reports on networks and collaboration and is co-author of three books, including Network Theories for Public Management (with Mandell and McGuire, ), Negotiation in the Business environment (Waterhouse and Brown, 2011) and Social Procurement (Barraket and Furneaux, ) and is the author of 15 Fact Sheets on Collaborative Practice for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Young People. Prior to her academic career Robyn had over 30 years’ experience in the Queensland government and not-for-profit sectors as well as internationally.
Kate has worked in the fields of evaluation, evaluation capacity building, research, policy and public sector management since the late 1980s. She has specialist skills in developmental evaluation, strategy, policy, and programme evaluation, evaluation capacity building, research, training and facilitation. She has over 20 years experience applying these skills in government, non-government, philanthropic and community contexts, including many indigenous settings.
She is currently the President of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA). In 2013, she was awarded the Australasian Evaluation Society’s Best Evaluation Policy and Systems award for a developmental evaluation of an indigenous sport and recreation programme.
Kate supports leaders and practitioners in communities, organisations, and government to think critically, from an evaluative perspective, about the quality and value of what they do; and to then develop their capacity and capabilities to demonstrate this value in useful and meaningful ways.
Justin Miklas is the Director of Business Development for the Results Leadership Group (RLG), an organization made up of consultants, educators, coaches, and facilitators that help non-profit and government organizations around the world develop their capacity to produce collective, measurable impact for communities, families, children, youth and adults.
Before joining the Results Leadership Group, Mr. Miklas worked primarily in the architectural design industry with a focus on sustainable commercial development. Mr. Miklas brought his creative talents to RLG in 2008 to help bring the company’s training and consulting services to life in the form of the Results Scorecard software - a data and collaboration tool designed specifically for the non-profit and public sectors to track and demonstrate their progress towards achieving community results. Mr. Miklas has extensive experience in training community leaders to be creative in their efforts to achieve positive results in their communities.
Seri is the CEO of ten20 Foundation and has over twenty years’ experience spanning the corporate, non-profit, philanthropic and government sectors, providing strategic direction and support as well as leading cross sector partnerships to improve outcomes for the most disadvantaged in Australia.
Over 2010 to 2012 Seri was hired as a Senior Project Advisor to the Social Innovation Unit in the Australian Government Department Education, Employment and Work Place Relations (DEEWR) to support a trial collective impact initiative, Children’s Ground, focused on shifting outcomes for Indigenous children living in West Arnhem Land, NT. Prior to that, for nine years Seri undertook a range of roles at Social Ventures Australia (SVA), including Executive Director of their Melbourne office. She worked for 8 years for Andersen Consulting (Accenture) in Australia and New Zealand and for 3 years at Hay Management Consultants in London and Australia.
Seri holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and serves on the boards of the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) and the IWDA Trust.
Jenny Riley became the National Community Impact Manager for United Way Australia in early 2013 and is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation and reporting of the Community Impact strategy across Australia. With over 18 years of experience in local, national and international social development Jenny has worked for government, local community organisations and global not for profits including Oxfam Australia and Plan International. In 2003 Jenny was an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development in Sri Lanka, following this she spent 7 years working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Jenny is an experienced strategic planner, a Certified Project Manager (Prince2) and has experience in Collective Impact, Theories of Change, Impact Mapping and Logical Framework models. Jenny is passionate about the role of the measurement and reporting of social impact as a key way for individuals, organisations and communities to collectively learn and improve social outcomes.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Geography) and a Masters of Development Studies from the University of Melbourne.
Vivien believes that, as the population grows and world resources are depleted, people will need to work together to thrive. The ability to address “wicked” problems that have no simple solutions and require a new approach to problem solving will be a necessary skill.
Vivien supports politicians, boards and executives in changing their approach from “the experts know best – we’ll give you the best technical answer” to one where cooperation and collaboration between a range of stakeholders creates wisdom and enduring solutions.
A former CEO of a Queensland charity who has worked in policy in Queensland Health and in the pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years, Melissa brings a multi-sector background with diverse expertise to Social Leadership Australia in her current role as Senior Consultant.
Melissa is committed to developing the leadership capacity of others to positively impact their organisations and society as a whole – creating better leaders for a better Australia. Identifying and working on adaptive challenges has become her focus. Melissa combines her passion for transforming leadership practice and creating purposeful change with a practical approach supporting others to take action which authentically serves the purpose of the whole ‘system’.
Melissa is a graduate of Social Leadership Australia’s Queensland Leadership program (2010-11), holds an MBA (2001), a Post-graduate Diploma in Management (2000) and is currently undertaking an international Masters in Organisational Analysis and Systemic Leadership. In her various executive roles, Melissa has gained a breadth of technical expertise spanning sales, marketing, operations management, financial management, service delivery and business development.
Terri’s expertise lies in working with individuals, organisations and communities to build the capacity required to meet their purpose and strategic intent.
She designs and facilitates systemic interventions, and focuses on the practical implementation of newly learned skills. Terri has diverse experience gained over 20 years , in the corporate, NFP and government sectors in Australia and internationally. Her background includes consulting with Deloittes, Practice management and consulting with SLA, holding OD and leadership positions within organisations and teaching at universities around strategy and change. Terri is a graduate of APL at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Ingrid is passionate about public service and believes strongly in the power of humanity to confront its problems and make progress. She has been a serving member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) since 1995, and has a strong background in leadership practice and education. She was promoted to Superintendent in 2003 and has worked in a variety of operational and policy focused management and leadership roles in the AFP. She was the Deputy Director, Executive Programs at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) from September 2007 until 2011 and now has carriage of the Leadership and Corporate Development Faculty at the AFP College. Ingrid is also the Presenter Curator for TEDxCanberra. Ingrid has several tertiary qualifications including a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Management.