5 things you’ll want to catch at the 2017 Not-For-Profit People Conference

On November 13-14, 500+ NFP leaders, managers and HR professionals from across Australia will be converging on Melbourne for the 2017 Not-For-Profit People Conference.

With 28 practical and inspiring sessions spread across two days, there’s something for everyone who’s passionate about attracting, managing, training or retaining the very best staff for the NFP sector.

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

1. Inspiring and award-winning keynote speakers

We search high and low for fantastic, inspiring keynote speakers who can also impart practical advice you can use.

And we’re delivering some exciting speakers this year with new ideas to help both you and your organisation to truly thrive.

First up, our international keynote speaker Captain Peter Hammarstedt. Peter is Captain of Sea Shepherd’s ship the M/Y Bob Barker, and he’s flying out from Sweden to present especially for us! He’ll be talking about how to lead passionate teams under pressure, something he knows a lot about, having captained the the Bob Barker in some of the most high-pressure campaigns to save whales ever. Peter is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Winsome Constance Kindness Gold Medal for Humanitarian Service.

Then there’s Nova Peris, OAM. After from winning Olympic gold, Nova went on to be a federal Senator – the first Indigenous female to enter the federal Senate. She’s now Principal Adviser at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and will be sharing some ket lessons on leadership from her stellar career.

Finally there’s Ashley Winnett, Executive Director People, Performance & Culture at GM Holden, fanalist in the AHRI David Ulrich HR Leader Award 2017 and Winner of the LinkedIn Conscious Business Leadership Award 2016 – “Management Maestro” category.

Having helped Holden’s 14,000 employees to through immense change these last few years, Ashley will be sharing some important lessons for organisations, large and small, on how to stay focused on what’s important, even amid huge uncertainty and while the world changes in front of our eyes.

2. Networking opportunities you won’t find anywhere else

Don’t miss this chance! 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.

Whether you’re working in HR, managing a team of staff or volunteers, or overseeing a whole organisation, you’re pretty much guaranteed to amazing colleagues you won’t meet anywhere else.

And because we know the massive value of meeting with peers – sometimes a 5 minute conversation on the sidelines can me even more valuable than even the best speaker – we’ve specifically designed the conference to maximise your chance to meet and connect with your colleagues through both casual and facilitated networking opportunities.

This year for the first time we’ve also organised an official conference dinner so you can continue your conversations over three delicious courses. Book your spot with just a click when you register for the conference.

3. Twenty four parallel sessions

Those are just three of 24 incredible parallel sessions at this year’s conference, featuring top experts from within the NFP sector, business and academia.

Some other sessions you don’t want to miss include:

  • “Insights from the largest ever research study on – and for – NFP leaders, staff and volunteers” with Assistant Professor Ramon Wenzel;
  • How to create inclusive and healthy organisations” with Kristine Olaris and Victor Sojo; and
  • “Developing a successful employer brand: how Churches of Christ in Queensland did it, and the valuable lessons they learned” with Lorrae Carr

Plus 18 more unmissable sessions – though you might need to bring your whole team if you want to catch all of them!

4. Incredible exhibitors

From employee engagement consulting to recruitment to cloud technology for leadership, we’ve brought together some of the best suppliers to Australia’s NFP sector to exhibit their solutions for your organisation.

They’re ready to wow you with the latest technology and expert services to help your organisation attract, train and retain the best staff and volunteers.

So don’t miss out of a free consultation with over 30 companies who are excited to help solve your organisations challenges!

5. Free drinks and canapes anyone?

The first evening of the conference is the moment to kick your shoes off and let your hair down 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.


The 2017 Not-For-Profit People Conference will take place on 13-14 November at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. There’s still time to book your place – click here for details.

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