• Connect with the For-Purpose Sector in a Leadership Role

    This workshop is aimed at professionals looking to use their skills to drive improved social and environmental outcomes and contribute to for-purpose organisations. It provides participants with the information, inspiration and connections to get started on their journey.

    This workshop can be delivered in either a five week module series (12 -2pm) or one full day session.



    Leadership for Social Impact is an active learning workshop for professionals who are interested in engaging in a leadership capacity in for-purpose organisations on either a board or in a skilled volunteering/mentoring capacity. It equips participants with the knowledge and insights required to connect to, and add value to mission-driven non-profit organisations, and to secure a role that has individual resonance.


    The workshop will provide participants with information, inspiration and tools to extend leadership effectiveness in the for-purpose context.


    This workshop includes personal reflection and a panel of sector experts including non-executive directors and board advisers, sharing diverse and powerful stories and insights from their experiences as leaders/board directors.




    • A solid understanding of the for-purpose sector exploring themes such as fundraising, social enterprise models and impact measurement,


    • An understanding of the different ways in which they can contribute, from skilled volunteering to non-executive directorship positions,

    • Tools to help individuals interrogate and clarify their own personal purpose,
    • Information, due diligence checklists, connections and support (where desired) to be able to implement their personal strategies
    • Access to People for Purpose’s networking events, including  the Australian Institute of Directors ‘Boards seeking Directors’ event.




    of purpose and passion


    with experts and opportunities


    to communicate once informed and supported


    to direct energy, capability and engagement


    to an organisation doing something you believe in


    Telstra are committed to sustainability and to community engagement, with a focus on employee involvement with the community. One of Telstra's contributions to for-purpose organisations is to support leaders looking to participate through their leadership program.


    Telstra General Manager - Talent Development and Performance, Paul Stratford, was looking to provide his executive team with the opportunity to participate in an interactive program to increase executive leadership capability and support personal and professional growth and success.


    People for Purpose ran a Leadership for Social Impact workshop. Participants left with the knowledge and insights required to add value to social purpose organisations, and clarity regarding opportunities to pursue meaningful engagement with for-purpose organisations.

    A Telstra Participant's Experience

    'People for Purpose opened my eyes to the reality of the for-purpose sector. They provided deep insights into the challenges and opportunities in this market segment. Their framework really helped me focus my attention and provide clarity around what I am most passionate about and then through industry contacts, helped me navigate this complex ecosystem'.


    Reid Johnson, Director of CSU Enterprise


  • Michael Traill - Sector Expert

    Previously co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment and founding CEO of Social Ventures Australia. Current Chair of Goodstart Childcare Ltd, Chair of the Opera Australia Capital Fund, Assetic Pty Ltd, and a Director of M H Carnegie & Co.

    Phil Butler - Governance Expert

    Phil Butler is the Not For Profit Sector Leader for the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Phil leads the Not for Profit Project for AICD designed to support organisations in the NFP sector to achieve their respective missions through ongoing improvements in governance and to build greater awareness of the contribution of NFP directors and support their ongoing professional development. He has been on a range of boards of NFP and Government organisations and currently is a Director of Alzheimer’s Australia ACT.

    Adam Check - Fundraising Expert

    Adam has delivered more than $250M of fundraising growth across numerous organisations over the past 20 years, and always at the coal-face. Throughout his career, he has worn many hats: CEO, Executive Director, NED, Adviser, Consultant, Program Head, (Good Guy), spanning organisations such as St Vincent’s Hospital, Westmead Millennium Foundation and the State Library of NSW Foundation.

    Richard Spencer - Leadership Expert

    Currently Director of Social Ventures Australia, Women's Community Shelters and Coordinare Ltd. Previously CEO of The Benevolent Society, CEO of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, President and CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs, Executive Director for UNICEF Australia, corporate lawyer for Clayton Utz, senior manager with Rio Tinto.

    Jane Hunt - Social Enterprise Expert

    Currently CEO of Ready Nation and previously CEO of Adopt Change and Fitted for Work, both successful social enterprises. Member of board of directors for Urban Communities Ltd and Yarra Housing. Previously Strategy and Operations Manager (Victoria) at Mission Australia.

    Gabrielle Trainor - Governance Expert

    Gabrielle Trainor is a non-executive director and advisor whose experience covers over twenty years on boards in the public and private sectors. Gabrielle is Chair of Barnardos Australia, as well as a member of the board of Infrastructure Australia, OnePath Life Insurance and OnePath General Insurance (ANZ Group subsidiary boards), Clarius Group and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Wattle Hill RHC Fund1, an Australia to China PE fund.


    If you would like to chat further about how this workshop might benefit your employees, please contact Melissa Macpherson on

    +61 468 625 252 or melissa@peopleforpurpose.com.au