Corporate Breakfast Event at the 2017 State Conference



Corporate Breakfast: Topic: Strategic Collaboration in the ‘Purpose Economy’

Volunteering Victoria is running a breakfast network event for practitioners and those interested in Corporate Volunteering.


Locanda Restaurant
Rydges Melbourne
186 Exhibition St, Melbourne

Time & Date

7.30am to 9.00am
Friday 23 June, 2017

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The ‘purpose economy’ concept has been evolving the way we think about ‘giving’ and cross-sector collaboration. In this Event, we explore perspectives on how corporates and volunteer involving organisations are preparing for this new economic era. What types of employee volunteering are most appropriate for the future? What environmental tends require us to change? Are volunteer expectations changing? How do employee volunteers want to collaborate in their communities and workplaces? What’s the evidence base for this new future?

This breakfast network event will be held in conjunction with the Volunteering Victoria 2017 State Conference.


Omar de Silva, Co-Founder and CEO The Plato project

Omar de Silva has a proven record of accomplishment in venture development and investment through a variety of sectors, including education, property and professional services.

Most recently, Omar’s focus has been on education and the entrepreneurial eco-system of Australia. In 2014/15 Omar developed and launched Australia’s first and only bachelor degrees in Applied Entrepreneurship and Applied Social Entrepreneurship with an education startup Ducere.

In February 2016, Omar co-founded The Plato Project – a new business school driven to foster entrepreneurship and business leadership that unlocks both commercial and social value.

Omar continues to work with the board of The Snowdome Foundation (a preeminent blood cancer charity), is on the senior committee of his childhood cricket club and a founding member of its future-focused panel, and serves as an advisor to burgeoning startup organisations and entrepreneurs.

Dr. Kaushik Sridhar, Corporate Citizenship Manager for KPMG Australia

Dr. Kaushik Sridhar is the Corporate Citizenship Manager for KPMG Australia, Board Member at Bioregional Australia, and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and RMIT.

He has spent the last ten years working across various industries in business development, environmental management, sustainability research, sustainability reporting, sustainability assurance and sustainability advisory roles.

At KPMG, he drives a number of key environmental and social partnerships and initiatives nationally whilst maintaining a continued focus on the broader Corporate Citizenship response. Prior to joining KPMG, Kaushik has worked at EY, Net Balance, Macquarie University and Unisys Australia where he managed projects in areas including sustainability assurance, sustainability strategy and reporting, data management, sustainability research and stakeholder engagement.

Kaushik is a PhD and MBA graduate from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He has published over 30 academic and professional papers on sustainability and presented at international management conferences in Auckland, Bangkok and Paris.

Mandy Burns, Director- Stakeholder Development, Be Collective

Mandy is a Social Enterprise and B Corp Executive at Be Collective where she engages businesses and communities to encourage a social revolution in which every person, business and group contributes to the social fabric as a part of their DNA.  Her extensive experience includes as a NFP Executive who drove successful corporate investment, NFP collaboration, and outcomes for disadvantaged youth.  With a background in psychology and counselling, Mandy’s core strengths are her leadership abilities and skills in strategy, philanthropy and social innovation.  She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Cranlana Colloquium Programme, and has a Bachelor of Psychology.

Emily Cormack, Special Projects Manager, United Way Australia

Emily Cormack leads United Way Australia’s special initiatives to overcome complex social disadvantage, with a focus on innovation and the incubation of new approaches. Emily has 15 years’ experience in both the Australian community sector and international development, mobilising community networks for a common purpose and helping governments and NGOs to tackle complex issues. In 2009 Emily was awarded the Volunteer Manager of Excellence award (Australasian Association for Managers of Volunteers) for her work managing Youth Off The Streets’ Corporate and Community Engagement program.   Emily has a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) and a Masters of Arts in Development Studies.

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