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The Social Traders Conference 2019 is a unique opportunity to meet with, reconnect and learn from the largest gathering of social enterprise practitioners in Australia.  This event is open to all social enterprises and interested parties.

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State of Social Enterprise in Australia

20th August 2019

08:00 - 19:00

Abbotsford Convent,
1 St Helier Street,
Abbotsford Victoria 3067

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International Keynote

David LePage focuses on contributing to creating a social value market place, where trading generates community capital rather than merely economic capital. His work involves the developing and advocacy for social enterprise and social procurement.  He is co-founder, Director and Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada. Buy Social Canada facilitates social purchasing relationships and offers a certification program for social enterprise suppliers and purchasers.

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Tom Allen

Founder, Impact Boom

With two Australian Good Design Awards under his belt for innovative program design in social enterprise and human centred design, Tom Allen is founder of Impact Boom, a leading social enterprise accelerator, global social impact media agency and trusted intermediary. As a social enterprise, Impact Boom helps entrepreneurs and innovators unleash their greatest potential to create a better world, providing its global community from 189 countries with insights, inspiration and resources. Impact Boom’s core focus is on developing the social enterprise ecosystem, providing capacity-building, growing awareness (over 250 social enterprise leaders are featured on the blog & podcast), and taking a whole of system approach to sector development. Tom is leading the Australian bid for the Social Enterprise World Forum and sits on a number of boards, including the Queensland Social Enterprise Council. He is a Fellow at the Yunus Centre (Griffith University) and has worked closely with tertiary institutions and both Local and State Governments to develop the social enterprise ecosystem in Australia.

Amy Orange

Founder – Harvest Fair | Principal Consultant – Fourth Sector Solutions

Amy is a multi award-winning social entrepreneur, thought leader and Master Problem Solver with a passion for applying commercial practices and new models to solve complex social problems. Amy is the Founder of Harvest Fair, a food-based profit-for-purpose social enterprise which created flexible employment opportunities for disadvantaged women in Adelaide; Co-Founder of Collab4Good, a social enterprise which encourages collaboration to scale for-purpose and female-led initiatives; and Principal of Fourth Sector Solutions, a consulting service which co-designs enterprising solutions across all sectors to align people, planet and
profit for a better world. A proud millennial, Amy’s mix of MBA qualifications, design thinking skills and grass roots action in often unconventional spaces sets a new standard for purpose-driven business in the emerging fourth sector to drive a healthy, inclusive community and a vibrant thriving economy.

Katie Wyatt

Co-Director – Wake by Reach

Katie has more than 17 years of organisation development and people experience working inside and consulting to some of Australia’s largest organisations including PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Accenture and Australia Post. She has held strategic and senior leadership roles in the areas of people and culture, organisation development and design, change and employee experience.
Currently Katie leads the social enterprise unit at The Reach Foundation providing transformative leadership and learning experiences to Australia’s best businesses. Wake by Reach drives business growth through nurturing powerful relationships within teams. Their workshops, retreats, keynotes and train-the-people-leader offerings are delivered by highly trained young facilitators who have developed their accredited skills through the Reach Foundation’s renowned work with the hardest to reach young people in our community.

Luke Terry

CEO & Co-founder – White Box Enterprises

Luke Terry is known as one of Australia’s most awarded ‘serial social entrepreneurs’. Over the last 15 years, he has founded several large-scale employment-focused social enterprise projects that create meaningful work pathways for individuals who would otherwise be excluded from the labour market. In 2017, Luke created Vanguard Laundry Services, an AU$8 million commercial laundry with an in-built mental health career and training centre employing more than 140 people since commencement.
Luke has been recognised as a Westpac Social Change Fellow, the 2015 recipient of the SVA David Clarke Scholarship, a Queensland Citizen of the Year finalist, and winner of the 2015 & 2016 Australian Social Enterprise Awards.

Sabrina Chakori

Founder – Brisbane Tool Library

After a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Environmental Economics, Sabrina started a PhD, researching zero-packaging food systems. In 2017, Sabrina founded the Brisbane Tool Library, a social enterprise that based on economic degrowth works towards reducing household consumption. This “library of things” is based at the State Library of Queensland.
Sabrina worked for a more sustainable society in different countries, such as in Kenya, Mexico, Ecuador, Australia and around Europe. Her experience includes working in international arenas, such as for United Nations, as well as with indigenous communities in remote regions. In Queensland, she collaborated with the Environment Minister Dr Steven Mile to introduce the law to ban single-use plastic bags.
TEDx speaker, author, researcher and activist, Sabrina keeps being invested in creating systemic change that would build a more social just and ecological sustainable economy.

Libby Ward-Christie

Principle Industry Fellow, Social Impact – Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne

Libby is Principal Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne, where she teaches social entrepreneurship as part of the Masters of Social Impact programme. She undertakes applied research in the areas of social enterprise and social finance, informed by her deep experience working with social enterprises to startup and grow. Libby is also the Director of the new Swinburne Social Startup Studio, which supports early-stage social enterprises and has an ‘open knowledge’ commitment to strengthening the social enterprise ecosystem.

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