Yfoundations - Investing in Youth Employment

Yfoundations is delighted to be hosting a myriad of industry influencers and decision makers at this years Investing in Youth Conference. The conference program has been designed in such a way that all delegates will have the opportunity to pose questions and interact with presenters via facilitators and through case study and workshop sessions.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rob Anderson, Head of Unit - Living Conditions and Quality of Life  Eurofound

Rob Anderson is Head of Unit, Living Conditions and Quality of Life at Eurofound, a European Union Agency. He worked previously at the World Health Organisation European Office, and at research institutes in the UK and Germany. His research has been concerned with changing workforce demographics and access to the labour market for vulnerable groups.

He is currently involved in the European Quality of Life Survey, as well as in European projects on the impact of demographic change on work-life policies, the creation of employment in the care sector and social/employment inclusion of young people.

Eurofound has led the European research on the characteristics of young people ‘not in employment, education and training’ and Rob was coordinator of the study examining the implementation of active inclusion policies for young people with disabilities or health problems. Work is underway analysing the social situation of young people in Europe and a 10-country study is being launched to look at measures for social inclusion of young people at higher risk of marginalisation.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive
Business Council of Australia
The Business Council of Australia (BCA) is an association of the chief executive officers of 100 of Australia’s top companies. It was established in 1983 to provide a forum for Australia’s business leadership to contribute directly to public policy debates. The BCA’s vision is to advance and support policies that will help make Australia the best place in the world in which to live, learn, work and do business. Jennifer Westacott took up the role of Chief Executive at the BCA in April 2011. Previously, she was a Director and National Lead Partner at KPMG, heading up the firm’s Sustainability, Climate Change and Water practice and its NSW State Government practice. Jennifer has extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors. For over 20 years Jennifer occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian Governments. She was the Director of Housing and the Secretary of Education in Victoria, and most recently was the Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources. At KPMG Jennifer provided advice and assistance to some of Australia’s major corporations on climate change and sustainability matters, and provided advice to governments around Australia on major reform priorities. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales where she is an Adjunct Professor at the City Research Futures Centre. She was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics. In October 2012 Jennifer was appointed as a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Shannon Carruth, Manager-Community Impact

Shannon Carruth has worked in various roles in community, government and corporate sectors over the last sixteen years. Working in organisations such as the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, NSW Community Relations Commission, Starlight Children’s Foundation, MBF and the ING Foundation, Shannon’s experience brings a unique perspective to collaborative partnerships.

Shannon currently manages ING DIRECT’s Community Impact program that invests in innovative programs that help realise the potential of young people. This strategy sees not only financial investment in these programs, but also a genuine commitment to work together with community partners to make a difference in the lives of young people. With a view to create shared value from these partnerships, Shannon established the STEP volunteering program that sees ING DIRECT employees use their Skills, Talent, Experience and Passion to inspire and support young people on a path to employment.

She believes that not only do organisations have a responsibility to ‘give back’ to the communities in which they operate, but that they also have a lot to gain.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mr David Gonski AC, Chancellor
University of New South Wales

David Gonski is Chairman of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited (the Australian subsidiary of Investec Bank PLC), the Guardians of the Future Fund, Coca-Cola Amatil Limited and Ingeus Ltd. 

David is also Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, Chairman of the National EHealth Transition Authority Ltd, the UNSW Foundation Ltd, Swiss Re Life & Health Australia Ltd and the Sydney Theatre Company.

He is also a Director of Singapore Telecommunications Limited and Infrastructure NSW, a member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel and the board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and is a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. 

He was previously a member of the Takeovers Panel, President of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Director of ANZ Banking Group Ltd, Singapore Airlines Limited and the Westfield Group, Chairman of the Australian Securities Exchange Ltd, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Board of Trustees of Sydney Grammar School.

National Employment Services Association
Sally Sinclair is the CEO of the National Employment Services Association, the peak body for the Australian employment and related services industry.  Sally has been instrumental in informing key stakeholders on addressing Australia’s employment and inclusion challenges including strengthening the integration of employment, education and training, and increasing employment of disadvantaged jobseekers including Indigenous jobseekers, people with disabilities, long term unemployed, youth and mature aged. Sally has extensive expertise in the design, development and delivery of employment and related services and her experience spans the not for profit and for profit sectors as well as numerous government appointments.
Sally is currently a representative on the Prime Minister’s Civil Society 20 (C20) Steering Group, the Treasurer’s Consultative Forum on Mature Age Participation, the Minister’s Remote Participation and Employment Services Engagement Panel, the Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment’s Workforce Development Supply and Demand Principal Committee, the Partners in Recovery Expert Working Group, and the Minister’s Disability Employment Reference Group and Disability Workforce National Consultative Forum. 
Sally is a Board member of the OECD LEED Programme’s Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance.
Sally holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, majoring in neuropsychology.
PRESENTER: Janis Bailey, Associate Professor
Griffith University
Janis Bailey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources, Griffith University, Gold Coast. Her research interests include union strategy; industrial relations change; employment relations in the retail, hospitality, community and university sectors; and teaching and learning in industrial relations. Her recent publications include articles and a co-edited book on school-aged workers. In 2007 she co-authored commissioned reports on the effects of Australia's WorkChoices legislation on low-paid women workers. She has previously worked as a union industrial officer for several unions, and for the WA Industrial Commission. She teaches postgraduate and third year undergraduate students
Australian Federation of Employers and Industries
For over 20 years Garry Brack has been one of the leading advocates for employers on industrial relations, workplace policy and employment law in Australia.
He is the Chief Executive of Australian Federation of Employers and Industries, one of the nation’s largest multi-industry employer organisations, which specialises in representing and advising employers on every facet of employment law, practice and industrial relations.
Garry has also represented Australian employers at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva and the OECD in Paris.
PRESENTER: Lauren Cassar, National Community Development Manager

Lauren Cassar brings 16 years of property experience to her role in managing Community Development Partnerships and programs for Stockland. Lauren has established key partnerships with Beacon Foundation and Smith Family Partnership Brokers to embed relationship building with schools into everyday practice for Stockland’s asset teams. Students in both disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged situations have the opportunity to engage with Stockland staff within Stockland assets, to learn and build confidence in their knowledge about everyday working life in the asset based roles and the interesting and varied career paths taken to get there.

PRESENTER: Chris Christoforou, Social Enterprise Program Manager
Mission Australia
Chris commenced as social Enterprise Program Manager at Mission Australia in November 2012. A high school teacher by profession, Chris has worked with Aboriginal and other at-risk learners for more than a decade. This has included teaching in remote communities in Central Australia and the West Kimberley, as well as managing an alternative education service in inner Melbourne.

Before coming to Charcoal Lane, Chris was employed by the Western Bulldogs as General Manager, Education & Community Engagement, overseeing the delivery of capacity-building programs and services to diverse groups from the West of Melbourne.

A Charcoal Lane, Chris has been a part of a team that has re-fashioned the training and employment program to be cognizant of the sites' cultural significance to Aboriginal Victorians, adding cultural relevance to teh experience of trainees within the social enterprise program through collaboration with the Aboriginal community service sector.

There are currently 10 Koorie young people doing a certificate III traineeship at Charcoal Lane.
PRESENTER: Mark Daniels, Manager Policy and Development
Social Traders
Mark Daniels was appointed Social Traders Manager Policy and Development in 2008. He has wide ranging experience in service delivery, advocacy and policy development.
Prior to Social Traders, Mark worked with the Brotherhood of St Laurence managing a number of social enterprises aimed at assisting people into mainstream employment as well as providing expertise to other agencies looking to establish social enterprise.
Mark has extensive experience developing policy and community development activities for public housing estates in inner city Melbourne. Mark is a Director on the Board of Yarra Community Housing.
PRESENTER: Patricia Frost, CEO
Inner West Skills Centre Inc

Patricia Frost has been CEO of Inner West Skills Centre Inc (IWSC) for more than twenty years. Over this time, she has seen Employment Services go from committed community leaders providing ad hoc assistance to young people under the CYSS Scheme through the wonderful SkillShare years to the very structured and highly governed Job Services Australia program. IWSC provides services including JSA, Disability Employment Services, Indigenous Mentor Program and Links to Learning. We are also a Registered Training Organisation. We have an office in Darlinghurst where we provide JSA and DES specialist services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our training services run from our Burwood offices and at Auburn we provide a specialist JSA service to youth at risk. Auburn is second on the SEIFA index of disadvantaged. It is one of the most multicultural areas in Sydney and has high levels of youth unemployment. Over 25% of our JSA clients are refugees and people on humanitarian visas. We have recently successfully implemented the BTN project for young people who are disengaged from school and the labour market. This stands for Better Than Nothing. Literally – this describes the service. It is the only option left for these highly disadvantaged young people. After 8 months delivering this program, we are achieving employment and education outcomes of over 50% - this is a great result. The leader of our Youth Services team at Auburn, Ash Castro, can really be proud of the way he is changing lives.

PRESENTER: Sally Anne Gaunt
Chameleon Training

Sally Anne Gaunt started her career in London with the Financial Times (FT) Magazines Group, where she ran one of their major sales departments. In 1995 Sally Anne joined Dow Jones publishing in Singapore as Regional Business Manager for the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER),  a monthly magazine on economic, political and business issues in Asia Pacific. In 2002 Sally Anne worked in Fiji for the marine conservation NGO Coral Cay. Since moving to Australia Sally Anne has specialised in helping Australian companies communicate with stakeholders from the Asia Pacific region. Sally Anne started her own training consultancy in
2009 and Chameleon Training has established a track record of success with a number of different organizations in helping their staff achieve more effective multi-cultural communication. Her clients have included: Marsh, Charles Sturt University, and Geoscience. Sally Anne holds a Masters in Asian Studies from the University of New South Wales, covering Australian/ Asia relations, China & Asia-Pacific Security, International Aid and Australian and Indonesian foreign policy. Sally Anne is now UNSW’s Lecturer in Charge of the ‘Cross Cultural Management’ program and has recently co-published a case-study in PACIBER (Pacific Asian Consortium for International Business Education & Research) International Business Casebook Contributions.

PRESENTER: Scott Harris, Chief Executive Officer
Beacon Foundation
Scott Harris is employed full time as the Beacon Foundation Chief Executive; he has been in this role since joining Beacon in 1999. He is also a director of the organisation.
In his role at Beacon, Scott has been instrumental in taking Beacon from a Tasmanian only organisation to a strong national presence, with Beacon presently in more than 130 communities across Australia. Now in its 25th year, Beacon continues to produce results for young people, communities and businesses with its innovative suite of programs. Scott believes in a fair go for all Australian young people, and holds the vision that every young person should be given the opportunity to progress onto a positive pathway to a real job, that in turn builds dignity and self respect. In July 2007, Scott was awarded a scholarship for excellence in social venture, leadership and management to attend Harvard Business School. Scott came to Beacon from a successful career in various fields in sales and management in Tasmania and Victoria. Scott has also been a director of a local business in Tasmania focusing on event management, and along with his wife, Jo, Scott also runs an agency based business with numerous Tasmanian companies. Outside of work, Scott has spent twenty years playing Australian Rules where he is club games record holder, former coach and President.
PRESENTER: Kanina Mackay, Partnership Development Manager
Sydney Business Education Partnerships Inc

Kanina Mackay as worked in the education sector for more than a decade and has a wealth of experience in equity and diversity policy, career and transition support, school and community engagement strategies and community-based capacity building.

Kanina re-established the University of Newcastle’s UniLink schools outreach program in 2007 and was pivotal in the development of the University of Sydney’s Compass: Find Your Way to University school community program from 2009-2011.

Currently Partnership Development Manager with Sydney Business Education Partnerships Kanina has successfully brokered a number of partnerships to improve the outcomes of at risk youth and facilitates the Alternative Education Alliance (AEA) Sydney a network of more than a dozen not-for-profit organisations supporting at-risk youth

PRESENTER: Josh Peak, Chair ACTU Youth Commitee
Australian Council of Trade Unions

Josh Peak was elected to the ACTU Executive in 2009 at the age of 23. Now in his second term on the Executive he chairs the ACTU Youth Committee.

Josh works for Australia’s largest Union- the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) in South Australia. Working as the Branch Union Rep Coordinator. The SDA has over 200,000 members working mainly in retail and fast food- a majority of whom are young workers.

Prior to his work at the SDA, Josh was Operations Manager at semi-large retail brand in Adelaide.

Sony Foundation
Sony Foundation Australia is the charitable arm of the Sony Group of Companies and plays a unique role in the Australian charity space. Sony Foundation CEO Sophie Ryan will discuss the Foundation's successful model of care, the crucial relationship between business and philanthropy and how charities are working together to achieve a better future for young Australians
PRESENTER: Mia Strasek-Barker
CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program 

Mia is a proud Gamilaraay woman from Lightning Ridge in northwest NSW. She joined CareerTrackers in 2012 once graduating from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Public Health- double majoring in health promotion and nutrition. Mia hopes to be actively involved in increasing the awareness and acceptance of the CareerTrackers Program. She will be involved with the Queensland operations to expand community engagement, focusing on student support services and employment opportunities within the private sector for Indigenous university students.

PRESENTER: Emma Tompkinson
Social Impact Analyst

Emma Tomkinson has just returned from a year in the UK where she talked to everyone she possibly could and worked on social finance and investment projects the rest of the time. She most recently had the pleasure of working with Social Finance Ltd., the nonprofit that developed the first Social Impact Bond. Prior to that she created the Social Impact Bond Knowledge Box for the Centre for Social Impact Bonds at the UK Cabinet Office. In NSW Emma worked with the Centre for Social Impact and the NSW Government on Social Impact Bonds and open data projects.

twitter: @emma_tomkinson
blog: emmatomkinson.com

PRESENTER: Dr Lucas Walsh, Associate Dean
Foundation for Young Australians

Associate Professor Lucas Walsh is Associate Dean (Berwick) in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Lucas has worked in corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. He has held three academic research fellowships and managed the International Baccalaureate’s Online Curriculum Centre in the UK. Prior to his current position he was Director of Research and Evaluation at The Foundation for Young Australians, where he was responsible for commissioning the annual report "How Young Young People Are Faring". He has been invited to advise local, state and federal governments, including the National Curriculum Board (now ACARA) and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, presented nationally and internationally, and published one co-edited book and two co-authored books on education and young people. His research has covered a diverse range of areas related to young people, including:
• Youth transitions, wellbeing and economic, political, social and cultural participation
• Creating effective school-community partnerships
• Creating cultures of diversity in schools
• Information and communication technology and young people
He is currently also Senior Research Fellow at the Foundation for Young Australians.

Nova Employment
Martin Wren has been the Chief Executive Officerfor NOVA Employment for more than 20 years. During this time he has overseenthe successful transition of thousands of young adults from the role of studentto that of taxpayer. Martin’s beliefs include an absolute conviction inthe right of each person to work, an appreciation of the value of everyperson’s contribution and, perhaps above all other things, a conviction that aduty exists to empower every person in our society to achieve their fullpotential. In that effort Martin sees participation in the workforce as bothvital and life defining. As an innovator in ‘spreading the word’ about the ability and potential thatexists amongst people with disability Martin has been a pioneer in the use ofweb based information, social media and mass media platforms to showcase talentand open up employment opportunities for people with disability. Having travelled extensively overseas to study best practice Martin has alsobeen responsible for bringing world renowned experts to Australia to sharetheir insights and provide training and technical assistance to Australiandisability employment programs.
PRESENTER: Toni Wren, Employment and Social Policy Consultant
Toni Wren is an independent consultant with expertise in research, policy development and advocacy, as well as non-profit management and strategic thinking. Toni has advised the Federal Government, Business Council of Australia, ACTU and leading non-profit organisations across a range of issues, including demand-led approaches to employment. She is the author of More Forces at Work, how 10 non-profits tackled unemployment and more in their communities, published by Jobs Australia in 2010. Toni worked in the UK, USA and Japan for more than a decade from 1995, including as including as Research Director for the UK’s National Employment Panel. During her earlier career in Australia, she advised Social Security Minister Peter Baldwin, ACOSS and the NSW Welfare Rights Centre. Toni has a Masters in Non-profit Management from the New School for Social Research in New York, undergraduate degrees in economics and business communication from Australian universities and is currently a member of the National Facilitating Group for Anti-Poverty Week.