Conference Program

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Author and satirist Dr Anita HeissDr Anita Heiss

Dr Heiss will speak in a plenary session on Day 1 about Arts, Leadership & Human Rights.

Dr Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature. She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. Anita is an Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and an Ambassador of Worowa Aboriginal College. She is an Adjunct Professor with Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS and currently divides her time between writing, public speaking, MCing, managing the Epic Good Foundation and being a ‘creative disruptor’. Anita was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards. She currently lives in Brisbane.

TBoydCaine portrait cropped.jpgDr Tessa Boyd-Caine, Fulbright Professional Scholar in Nonprofit Leadership and CEO,
National Centre for Health Justice Partnerships

Dr Boyd-Caine will provide the plenary address on Day 2 on the topic, Lead or be left Behind: Sustaining trust and confidence in Australia’s charities.

New ways of gathering and using data have significant implications for charities and nonprofits, from telling us more about what charities do and why it matters, through to disrupting our activities and the ways we work. Charities that ignore the role they play in the collection and use of information are particularly vulnerable to such disruption. But as a sector, we have a choice here. We can prepare for this disruptive capability, engaging directly with our leadership role in building knowledge through the information we collect and contribute to. Or we can ignore the role data plays in our work, locking ourselves out of the processes that will reshape working for social purpose and improving social outcomes. Presenting findings from the inaugural Fulbright scholarship in nonprofit leadership, Tessa will look at the changing drivers of transparency and accountability; the role of public trust and confidence in the work of
community organisations; and how we as a sector can lead the important processes that
maintain and strengthen our value, our contribution and our social impact.

Prof Bob Pease

The always thought-provoking Bob Pease will provide a Plenary address on Day 1 (23 November).

Bob is Professor of Social Work at the University of Tasmania. He has been involved in profeminist politics with men for many years, was a founding member of Men Against Sexual Assault in Melbourne and continues to be involved in community education and campaigns against men’s violence against women.

He has published extensively on masculinity politics and critical social work practice, including four books as single author and twelve books as co-editor, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. His most recent books are: The Politics of Recognition and Social Justice: Transforming Subjectivities and New Forms of Resistance (co-editor, Routledge 2014), Doing Critical Social Work (co-editor, Allen and Unwin, 2016) and Men, Masculinities and Disaster (co-editor, Routledge 2016).

Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks

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