Theresa has worked in the community sector as a Community Development Manager and Service Development Manager for over 25 years in both local government and not for profit organisations. Theresa is the founder of Play it On a social enterprise that provides funding to assist children’s sporting club fees that are financially challenged, through the collection and sale of new and used sporting equipment. She is also a founding member and Treasurer of the South Australian Social Enterprise Council.
Monique is the Account Director for Blend Creative, an Australian Disability Enterprise. Blend Creative is a social enterprise with a unique business model that provides real work opportunities in a Graphic Design studio for people with disability. From 2014 to 2017, Monique was involved with the Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities, holding the position of President from 2015 to 2017. She had a role within the Political Strategy Working Group, and as the peak voice for Catholic school parents represented the Federation on Working Groups with the DECD.
'Community is incredibly important to me as I believe that from connection stems opportunity and great things become possible'
Eloise Hall is the Managing Director and co-founder of TABOO Period Products, a social enterprise selling high-quality pads and tampons in Australia, with all profits dedicated to eradicating period poverty. Eloise has two bachelor's degrees in Business and International Relations and is passionate about making structural changes to bridge the inequality in our communities. Alongside her role as treasurer and board member with SASEC, she is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Adelaide Economic Development Agency.
Eloise has been recognised as the youngest of InDaily’s 40 Under 40 recipients in 2020, a recipient of the Advertisers, Woman of the Year Rising Star award in 2021, and a 2019 Women in Innovation Finalist. Most recently, Eloise was announced as EY's Entrepreneur of the year in the Impact Entrepreneur category for 2023.
Lara Damiani is a passionate, purpose driven, Adelaide-based producer and director. The founder of Think Films - South Australia’s first purpose driven production company and social enterprise - based at Adelaide Studios at Glenside.
Lara is passionate about ways of connecting with audiences and impacting social change by making compelling purpose and character driven stories for traditional screen platforms as well as immersive and multimedia platforms. Lara has worked as a documentary filmmaker around Australia and the Asia Pacific for government agencies, NGOs including the World Bank, United Nations Development Program, Relief International and Sight for All, working around the world in remote communities in places including Tibet, Vietnam, Bangladesh, the Pacific Islands and more. She has successfully delivered a range of community-based film projects ranging in size and budget at both state and national levels.
Possible Diessa is the Managing Director at Possible Consulting and workplace diversity and inclusion advocate / trainer. Possible has over 7 years of experience in employment industry including working as an organisational CaLD Consultant and Employment Specialist. As a migrant, Possible faced many challenges upon arrival to South Australia including navigating the job market with minimal English and no Australian experience. Possible is passionate about supporting individuals from multicultural communities find their way through the challenging employment market and working with various organisations to create workplace cultures where people of all nationalities and identities thrive.
Arianna Petra Watson
Arianna is the co-founder of Think Enough and has a background in not-for-profit and community development, over small/local NGOs as well as larger international organisations, across Zambia, Uganda, Italy, and Australia. Arianna has gained a strong understanding of social enterprise models and the sector as a whole, through having visited and engaged with over 200 Australian social enterprises. Whilst in Victoria, Arianna was engaged by a SENVIC Local Lead to facilitate the development of a regional social enterprise network in the Hume region and has partnered, worked and volunteered for a range of diverse social enterprises.
A key trait that has followed Arianna throughout her work has been a passion and skill for fostering collaboration.
Matthew's work, volunteering and social enterprise activity is built around strong values, advocacy and action. With his pioneering ethical consultancy, Ecocreative, Matthew has focused on ‘engagement for changemakers’ for more than 20 years. He is also co-founder of Double Denim, a social enterprise focused on women’s homelessness, and a founding trustee (and acting Dean) of the microphilanthropy powerhouse, the Awesome Foundation. He is also a board member with social enterprise, A Sign of Respect, and engagement and community director for Newday Leadership which is focused on ‘inspired leadership for the greater good’.