Ruby Hamad is an author and academic currently completing a PhD in media studies at the University of New South Wales, where she is analysing media coverage of Western women who joined the Islamic State. WHITE TEARS/BROWN SCARS, her best-selling debut book traces the role that white womanhood and feminism have played in the development of Western power structures. Published in North America, Europe, and South Africa, as well as Australia, her book has become a global flashpoint for discussions of race and gender.
Prior to her academic career, Ruby spent five years as a columnist for Fairfax Media's flagship feminist portal Daily Life. Her columns, analysis, literary reviews and essays have also featured in Australian publications The Saturday Paper, Meanjin, Crikey and Eureka St, and internationally in The Guardian, Prospect Magazine, The New York Times, and Gen Medium. She has been invited to deliver speeches and workshops on feminism and race locally and internationally, including at the Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts, the Bill Gates Foundation, and the Victorian Women's Trust in Melbourne.
Ruby will also be joining a panel discussion at the conference after her keynote address.
Julia has worked alongside hundreds of social changemakers across Australia and around the world, she was the inaugural CEO of Australian Women Donors Network, ran a consultancy, and has a master’s in social Impact from Swinburne University. She is a director of Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE), and a Coach/Mentor with the Women's Business School.
Julia is a skilled and passionate writer, speaker, MC and facilitator. When she is not helping others achieve their social mission, she shares her life with a fellow social justice warrior and their son.
Rhiannon started a spinal injury rehabilitation charity and recovery centre called The Next Step, became the Napoleon Makeup Academy’s first ever quadriplegic graduate, launched her own freelance makeup business, grown an impressive blog and social media following and forged a career as a motivational speaker and became the first female on wheels to dominate the catwalk at the 2019, Melbourne Fashion Week.
Channelling her vivacious energy and passion for living life on her own terms, Rhiannon has become a highly sought-after speaker, sharing her story at schools, corporate events, small businesses and workshops. Rhiannon authentically speaks about the journey that has not just led her from grief to goddess, but to where she is today. A total girl boss and a practising Life Coach, Rhiannon openly speaks about how she overcame her own heartbreak and mental health related issues due to her public marriage breakdown, while delivering her take on the power of positivity, goal setting and most importantly how to make sure those goals are achieved and your cup is always full!
Learning to speak again post-stroke, and realising the importance of sharing her story to help others, were the catalysts for Emma taking on speaking professionally. Today, and thousands of presentations later, Emma as an Inspirational Speaker has incredibly broad client group: from healthcare (associations, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities); businesses & corporate events; community organisations; through to educational facilities. She has also just published her first book entitled Reinventing Emma.
Emma is passionate about enhancing person-centred service delivery and resilience in the lives of all she works with and promises to leave her audiences inspired to bounce back and step up. Emma Gee’s signature phrase is “that it’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s how you choose to deal with it!” will see her audiences moving past life’s hurdles to what’s possible.
Martin is a skilled and highly regarded presenter who has spoken at conferences across Australia and in sixteen countries, as well as written over 200 articles, research papers, blog posts and book chapters on the subjects of leadership, change in organisations, community engagement and volunteering.
He believes that people are the key to an organisation's success and he is passionate about ensuring that staff (both paid and unpaid) have mutually beneficial relationships and contribute to making lasting positive change. In his spare time, Martin also volunteers to support cancer research, MS and homelessness and poverty alleviation in Australia, Scotland, Thailand and Uganda.
They consistently are seeking new opportunities to co-design a future where diverse lived experiences are valued and respected. They were recently awarded the 2021 Mental Health Advocate of the Year, 2021 Youth of the Year, and the 2020 Young Non-Binary Person of the Year.
Emily will be presenting a workshop on 'Social Technology: The Future of Volunteering' at the 2022 State Conference.
Tamsin has governance experience on Boards, with BP and as a lawyer/advocate combined with my Communications and CSR background deliver in a powerful skill mix to improve purpose driven performance. Her natural advocacy approach supports facilitating change including sitting on the Autism Inquiry Group with DHHS.
Tamsin’s coaching experience with Aspergers is assisting directly to give support through the challenges our community experience. Lived experience is key to delivering effective support for Aspergers neurodiversity.
Viv is a social worker by trade and a strong advocate for the recognition of integrated volunteer and paid workforces in the delivery of services to the community. Viv has always managed integrated workforces whether in Barnardos Australia in family support services or Playgroup Victoria with 3500 community playgroups or in early HIV/AIDS health promotion engaging the LGBTQIA+, substance using and sex working communities in service delivery in regional NSW.
Viv is also a passionate believer in place based strategies to address social and community issues and opportunities. Viv has a professional background in practice and executive management across the early years, child and family and primary health and is a marriage celebrant, family historian and a new loud and proud grandma.
Bronwen currently heads the National Growth Areas Alliance, representing 21 Councils in the fast-growing outer suburbs across Australia, where 5 million people live. She coordinates a national research program and advocates for improved policies on infrastructure, population distribution and urban planning. She has worked in corporate volunteering and participated in a range of volunteering activities in both metropolitan and regional settings.
Bronwen has postgraduate qualifications in Public Relations and corporate governance and is a graduate of the Leadership Ballarat and Western Region program. She has over a decades’ experience as a Non-Executive Director including with GWMWater, Wimmera Development Association, Volunteering Western Victoria (now Centre for Participation) and Regional Development Australia - Grampians.
Prior to Good2Give, he was a Social Impact Specialist at RACV managing community partnerships, local donations programs and corporate volunteering as well as leading Social Impact reporting and analysis. He is also a member of the reigning Great Debate winning team.
Dayle started her volunteering journey as a child, as a ‘helper’ at the Riding for the Disabled in New Zealand. She’s volunteered in various areas since, including food relief, coaching hockey, horse riding and cricket, managing NFP organisations social media pages, op shop volunteer, sitting on many committees, animal welfare and as a community radio announcer.
A firm believer in giving back to the community, Dayle would love to see volunteering made compulsory within the business sector.
Thu-Trang began her career as a commercial and information technology lawyer in Sydney. She has been able to combine her social justice values and strategic leadership work over the past two decades across Australia and overseas, in organisations such as Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers, Vodafone, Equitas, Oxfam, University of Melbourne, and the Victorian Government. She also founded a social enterprise in Vietnam.
Thu-Trang is a life-long learner and is at the latter stage of her doctorate examining wise practice in public administration, what it looks like and its enablers and barriers, including a novel look at wise leadership in public management.
Lisa is committed to contemporary practice, and working closely with government, organisations and volunteers in Tasmania to celebrate and promote the economic, cultural and social benefits of volunteering to all Tasmanians.
Prior to her role at VT, Lisa was strategic partnerships manager at the Tasmanian Council of Social Service and has worked in the community sector for 9 years. Her career prior to this was in research management at the University of Tasmania.
Two children later, several community-based positions coordinating volunteers and a big shift from Brisbane to Melbourne found Gillian moving from the disability area to the health sector.
Gillian now has worked for over 20 years as the Manager of Volunteers with Alfred Health, managing over 400 volunteers and in a variety of settings within The Alfred and Caulfield Hospital, as well as advising research staff on volunteering issues.
Tracey will be presenting a workshop on 'Flipping the Narrative to Remove Barriers to Volunteering' at the 2022 State Conference.
Tara will be presenting a workshop on 'Disability and Inclusion: Success with 6 Key Factors' at the 2022 State Conference.
Sam overseas the engagement and participation of young people across the varied work of YACVic, the peak body for young people and those that work with young people in Victoria. He supports the youth sector through delivering training on youth participation and the Code of Ethical Practice. Sam also coordinates the Youth Participation Practice Network (YPPN) a community of practice for workers across Victoria supporting young people in youth participation, engagement and empowerment roles.
Sam will be presenting a workshop on 'Supporting Youth Engagement and Youth Leadership' at the 2022 State Conference.