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How to create long-term strategic social change is the focus of the panel discussion at the Arts Centre on Friday 22nd October featuring five local heroes and international philanthropic expert Tracy Gary.

“The Changemaker Within!” is a one-off Melbourne only event moderated by philanthropic executive of Portland House, Genevieve Timmons and features an impressive panel line-up:

Tracy Gary, Philanthropic Advisor & Donor Activist from Inspired Legacies, USA;

Carol Schwartz AM, Deputy Chair of the Australian Women Donors Network & Director of Trawalla Foundation;

Jan Owen AM, New CEO of Foundation for Young Australians & Founder of CREATE Foundation;

Denis Moriarty, founder and group Managing Director of Our Community;

Michelle Commandeur, Head of Community Relations ANZ;

Simon Herd, Vice-President of the Myer Foundation.

The combined expertise of the six panellists lends for an exceptionally thorough and informed discussion on how everyone has the capacity to be a changemaker by giving of not only resource but also time and abilities.

International guest Tracy Gary’s personal breadth of experience in this space is unrivalled, having worked with over 7,000 wealth holders and 3,000 non-profits and co-founded 18 non-profits over the past 30 years.

Key topics of conversation will include:

Given now is the time for women to lead, what is really working?

How can women step up to full potential for the benefit of all?

How will trends in women’s philanthropy change our world?

What is breaking down in our culture and what is breaking through?

How women are engaging their families and the next generation?

Why social change philanthropy us crucial now and what new initiatives are on the cards?

Organised by the Australian Women Donors Network the community conversations event was created as a vehicle for inspiring and educating a new wave of potential philanthropists on the possibilities of social change, particularly in the area of women’s philanthropy.

“We’re delighted to have such a brilliant panel of local community leaders involved in this unique Melbourne event,” says Julia Keady, CEO, Australian Women Donors Network.

“They are all passionate, knowledgeable and engaged participants in the transformation of our societies.

“From private donors, corporate women to non-profit leaders of all ages – male and female - we wanted to showcase stories of ‘changemakers’ and inspire others of what’s possible in orchestrating social change,” says Keady.

The event is being held at the Melbourne Arts Centre, tickets are just $39.50+GST and available from: www.womendonors.org.au