Program for 2019 National Conference

NatCon Saturday 23 November

Venue: Kinfolk Cafe

*The program is subject to change.

Paperless Registration | 9am

Watch out for the digital welcome pack in your email account as we are looking after our environment with our paperless registration.

Your Journey This Weekend | 9:15am-10:00am

2019 JCI Australia National President Sam Gibb & 2019 JCI Melbourne President Anton Goodman

Welcome to National Conference 2019! During this welcome session, we will explore how we could use social enterprise as a lense to connect, inspire and produce tangible impact.

The session will also highlight the link between JCI as an organisation that links all three sectors of society and the concept of social enterprise. Participants will truly understand why JCI members are uniquely placed to excel in this area. 

Social Enterprise 101 | 10:00am-10:45am

Presenter: Kate Saporta, Manager, Swinburne Social Startup Studio

Kate is a highly analytical thinker who has spent her career working with and within organisations to help solve their most critical strategic and operational problems.

Kate has experience in accounting, operational management, business consulting, and social impact investing that spans commercial, government, not for profit and social businesses. As Manager of the Swinburne Social Startup Studio, Kate is the main point of support for our Studio Enterprises.

Drawing on her deep experience of working with social enterprise, Kate guides enterprises through the Studio’s four stages of development and supports them to acquire the elements needed to develop impactful and sustainable ventures.

Participants will gain from this session:

  • A better understanding of the Social Enterprise Fundamentals
  • Develop a sense of the macros view of social enterprises across Victoria/Australia
  • Have a general understanding of the kinds of supports or resources available to help get started.

Morning Tea | 10:45am-11:00am

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Inclusive Leadership | 11:00am-12:30am

Presenter: 2018 JCI New Zealand National President Nurain Janah

As JCI members we look to work with different sectors of society and increase our impact in an increasingly connected and diverse world. How can we ensure that we are maximising the opportunity that diversity brings? In this skill development session, you will learn to identify and manage your unconscious bias and learn to be more actively inclusive in your everyday interactions.

Participants will gain from this session:

  • Awareness about unconscious bias and active steps for managing it
  • Better understanding on how unconscious bias may hold us back from achieving greater impact
  • Inclusive strategies for individuals as leaders

About the speaker:

JCI New Zealand IPNP Nurain currently works as a business advisory accountant. She is dedicated to creating a more equitable world as a speaker, director and social entrepreneur.

Nurain combines her leadership experience with accounting in her role as director and trustee for several non-profit organisations. She is also a social entrepreneur, having founded “She4She”, a mentoring network for women from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Nurain represented New Zealand at the 2017 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and is a regular speaker and advocate for diversity and inclusion.

Lunch | 12:30pm-1:30pm

Eye-catching JCI shirts will be on sale during lunchtime and one of the kind artwork for silent art auction will be available for viewing.

Ten Outstanding Young People Panel | 1:30pm-2:45pm

Facilitator: 2019 National Director Emory White

The Top Outstanding Young People of the World or TOYP Program has been a cornerstone program for JCI for many years. Competition is fierce and the calibre of National Honorees and International Honorees is outstanding. In this session, participants will get up close and in-depth with our very own 2019 National Honorees Harvee Pene and Mitch Horrocks who have made significant contributions to global communities through their social entrepreneurship.

Participants will gain from this session:

  • What the TOYP program is
  • How our very own JCI members are doing social enterprise/programs
  • The REAL journey of our very own National TOYP Honourees
  • Have questions answered by Harvee and Mitch and get a perspective on the social enterprise journey.

Coffee & Tea Break | 2:45pm-3:00pm

Communicating for Impact and Influence | 3:00pm-4:00pm

Presenter: 2019 JCI Illawarra Treasurer Shiva Gopalan

Being able to communicate with impact is one of the most important skills personally and professionally and at JCI we spend a lot of time communicating and connecting with all sectors of society. 

How can you effectively communicate your message to gain influence, lead a team or inspire people to follow you?

In this skill development session, utilising the Dale Carnegie framework honed over 100 years in professional development, participants will get an introduction to key practical steps towards communicating with impact and influence.

Participants will gain from this session:

  • The basic concepts of message and audience
  • The basic tactics that empower them to communicate confidently
  • Being able to confidently and effectively introduce themselves and an idea using the framework and tools provided.

Gala Dinner | 6pm-Late

Join us at this year’s Gala Dinner and celebrate our collective effort in making a difference and install the 2020 National Board.

Gala Dinner Proceeding:

6pm – 6:30pm | Arrival and welcome drink

6:30pm – 9:30pm | Dinner and formal proceedings

11:00pm | Conclusion of Gala Dinner

11:00pm – late | Afterparty


This evening’s keynote speaker is 2019 Global TOYP Honouree OAM Stephanie Woollard from Seven Women.

Be inspired by Stephanie who started her social impact work at age 22 after meeting seven disabled women working in a tin shed in Kathmandu. These seven women were struggling to make a living in the face of harsh discrimination. With her last $200, Steph paid for trainers to teach the women how to produce products for sale locally and abroad – and Seven Women was born.

Over the past 12 years, Stephanie and her team at Seven Women have educated and empowered over 5000 women in Nepal.

Silent Auction

We are excited to offer a fun Silent Auction at this year’s Gala Dinner to raise money for a grassroots community arts program, Art2Heart.

What is Art2Heart?

Art2Heart is a community arts program designed and delivered by our members at JCI Eastern in Victoria.

Art2Heart provides a safe learning environment for primary-aged children from disadvantaged backgrounds and empowers them to expand their ability through art.

What is on auction?

2019 JCI Eastern President Jessie Bleakley is a talented artist. She has donated a hand-made vessel as shown in the images below for auction at Gala Dinner on 23 November.

About the Vessel

– Made of wool using a wet-felting technique
– Inspired by nature and adorned with 8 flowers
– Measured approximately 18cm (width) by 16cm (length) excluding the beautiful flowers
– Hand-made with love and care
– Lightweight and collapsible, perfect as a meaningful gift for Christmas
– Vibrant and one of a kind, perfect as a beautiful home/office functional art or decor.

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