Five things you don’t want to miss at the Not-For-Profit People Conference

The Not-For-Profit People Conference gets bigger and better each year.

Back in 2013 there were just 170 attendees. Fast forward to 2016, and we’re expecting almost 600 people, including 38 speakers, 26 exhibitors and more than 500 NFP leaders, managers and HR professionals!

Over two action-packed days and 28 practical and inspiring sessions, there’s something for everyone at this year’s conference – whether you work for the largest national NFP or the smallest community organisation.

Here are 5 reasons you don’t want want to miss this year’s Not-For-Profit People Conference:

1. Four inspiring keynote speakers

This year’s program is packed with some of Australia’s top experts from across the NFP, public, private and academic sectors.

And we’re particularly excited to present our four keynotes who promise to both inspire and provoke new ideas for both you and your organisation to truly thrive.

Drawing on her impressive senior leadership experience in the NFP and public sectors, Oxfam Australia CEO Helen Szoke will be sharing her unique insights on leading teams through transformative change.

AIME founder and CEO Jack Manning Bancroft will share his personal journey to establish one of the country’s most successful NFPs – one of the only ones that’s consistently ranked among BRW’s Best Places to Work in Australia.

With a career spanning more than 30 years across organisations from BHP to Linfox, GE’s HR leader David Arkell will be revealing secrets from the private sector on how to recruit and develop the best people.

And finally, former Victoria Police chief commissioner Christine Nixon – the first woman to hold that position in any state – will draw on her highly decorated career to discuss how to create strong organisations and be a true leader.

2. Networking opportunities you won’t find anywhere else – really!

We have to say it: as Australia’s biggest event focused on how to attract, manage, train and retain the best people for the NFP sector, there’s literally nowhere else in the country where you can meet this many NFP “people specialists” in one place.

So whether you’re an HR manager, a program manager, a CEO, a board member, an L&D professional or something else, you’re pretty much guaranteed to meet more colleagues than you can poke a stick at.

And because we know that the opportunity to meet and network with your peers can be just as valuable as the insights gained from the speakers, we’ve specifically designed the conference to maximise your chance to meet and connect with your colleagues through both casual and facilitated networking opportunities.

3. Incredible exhibitors

No organisation is an island. Everyone needs to rely on great suppliers for a huge variety of services that you just don’t want to be trying to do all by yourself.

From recruitment technology to salary packaging, from candidate background checks to employee engagement consulting, we’e got some of the best suppliers in Australia, all in one place, ready to wow you with the latest technology and expert services to help your organisation attract, train and retain the best staff and volunteers.

4. Free drinks and canapes anyone?

The first evening of the conference is the moment to (metaphorically) kick your shoes off and “get your network on”, with the help of our free bar and the most delicious canapés you can imagine.

It’s the perfect opportunity to meet that person you’ve been trying to catch all day, make new connections, and share some of the joys and challenges of your role with colleagues from across the NFP sector.

5. Twenty four (count em!) parallel sessions – including specialists on workplace mental health

Creating a mentally healthly workplace is regularly identified as one of the biggest challenges facing managers in Australian NFPs large and small.

That’s why we’re presenting four great sessions on how to improve mental wellbeing for your staff, volunteers and in your organisation as a whole.


Plus 20 more unmissable sessions – though you might need to bring your whole team if you want to attend all of them!


The Not-For-Profit People Conference will take place on 21-22 November at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. There’s still time to book your place – click here for details.

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