Speakers

Keynote speakers

  • Photo of keynote speaker Mark McCrindle

    Mark McCrindle
    Principal, McCrindle Research

    Mark is a social researcher with an international following. He is recognised as a leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. He is a best-selling author, an influential thought leader, TEDx speaker and Principal of McCrindle Research.  His advisory, communications and research company, McCrindle, count among its clients more than 100 of Australia’s largest companies and leading international brands.

  • Photo of keynote speaker Juliette Wright

    Juliette Wright
    CEO, GIVIT and Australia's Local Hero 2015

    An inspired and passionate social justice campaigner, Juliette Wright is on a mission to help alleviate the effects of poverty nation-wide. Founding an online platform in 2009 to connect those who have with those who need and championing it to become one of Australia’s leading not-for-profits, Juliette is changing the face of how society helps its most vulnerable and marginalised people.

  • Tina Gulino
    NDIS participant

    Tina Gulino is proud to say she is ageing disgracefully, but also with certainty and dignity thanks to the NDIS.  She is one of eight children and a first-generation Italian-Australian.  She has lived in what locals call G-town all her life where there's just one AFL football team, the Geelong Cats, that she follows with all her heart and soul.

  • Photo of keynote speaker Juliette Wright

    Rachael Emerson
    NDIS participant

    Rachael Emerson is first and foremost a wife and busy mum to seven awesome kids via birth, adoption and foster care.  Her transracial family comprises of visible and invisible special needs.  Rachael is Vice President of International Adoptive Families of Queensland (IAFQ).  In her previous life she was an experienced social worker and tutor at James Cook University School of Medicine.  Her favourite topics of discussion include vulnerable children, disability, adoption, foster care and racism.  She is a strong advocate for recognising the rights and importance of all children, espcially those with complex special needs.

  • Paul Calcott
    Program Manager, Murri Disability Advisory Network (DAN)

    Paul Constabel Calcott is an Australian Aboriginal Artist who as an infant he contracted polio leaving him with a lifelong degenerative disability, which led to his passion for helping other Aboriginal people living with disability. He has been working within the disability sector for thirty years, the last 10 years specifically with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living with disability. Paul is a Wiradjuri man from he’s fathers side.

  • Paul Breen
    Director, Productivity Bootcamp in Construction

    Paul has been in the construction industry for over 20 years and after selling his company in 2013, Paul decided to pursue his vision of building a training company that taps into the younger generation. He did just this in February 2015, with the launch of Productivity Bootcamp. The style of training mixes hands-on, practical training delivered outdoors, with psychology techniques and strategies to change and shape the way young people view work. It not only meets the learning needs of young people, but is directly linked to the needs of industry. In May 2015, he launched its sister company, Productivity Force.

  • Belinda Drew
    CEO, Community Services Industry Alliance

    Belinda has over 20 years’ experience in the community services industry having worked across the fields of disability, homelessness, child protection and housing. During the most recent decade of her career, Belinda was focused on building the Social Investment Market in Australia in her role as the CEO of Foresters Community Finance.  In this role Belinda developed skills and knowledge across a range of areas including social enterprise and social entrepreneurship, microfinance, community finance and social investment.  Belinda has also developed a strong skill set in organisational management and strategic leadership.

    Most recently Belinda joined the Community Services Industry Alliance as inaugural CEO of a company focused on representing the value of the community services industry to government and the business sectors. This role involves focusing on issues of organisational sustainability, government contracting, outcomes measurement, productivity and much more. In summary, Belinda has a passion for the community services industry and contributing to the task of building a strong, sustainable and contemporary sector across Australia.

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