Join our exciting line up of speakers as they deliver the latest research, ideas and opportunities around creating a sustainable and innovative workforce. 

Keynote speaker and MC: James O’Loghlin

James O’Loghlin is an ABC television and radio presenter, author, MC, comedian, former lawyer and corporate speaker. From 2004 to 2011 James hosted over 300 episodes of ‘The New Inventors’ on ABC-TV and it was this role that fuelled his deep interest in innovation. He now speaks to, and works with, organisations to help them to become more innovative in the way that they do business. James is the author of 9 books, including four novels for children and a business book, ‘Innovation is a State of Mind’. 

In his keynote address, James will explore the future of workforce innovation and reveal practical strategies you can use every day to tap into thinking creatively, and create a culture that encourages innovation.





Speakers in alphabetical order

Naraja (Raj) Clay

Raj Clay identifies as a Kalkadoon (Mt Isa) and Bwgcolman (Palm Islander) woman who has been working in the Community Services Industry since she was 17 specialising in youth mental health. Since moving back to Brisbane in 2017, she was appointed to the Premier's Anti-cyberbullying Taskforce and the Queensland Mental Health Commission AOD Advisory Council. Raj is the Youth Facilitator at the CREATE Foundation, the national consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience. She is passionate about improving the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. 



Rachael Donovan

Rachael Donovan is the Queensland State Coordinator at the CREATE Foundation. Her background is in international community development and environmental management and she has worked in the public and not-for-profit sector in Australia, in Arnhem Land with Aboriginal youth and rural India for the past two decades. Rachael has a lived care experience and began her career as a CREATE Young Consultant. Since then she has worked to ensure that children and young people's voices are heard and used to inform government policy and practice to improve the child protection system. She has developed programs in collaboration with community in areas of health, sustainability, education and economic development.  



Robyn Kaczmarek

Robyn Kaczmarek is the founder and managing director of The Co-operative Life, Australia’s first worker-owned cooperative in social care services. After seeing first-hand the impact of low wages, poor working conditions, isolation and poor training on staff morale and the quality and continuity of care provided to older people and people with disability, Robyn searched for a solution. The Co-operative Life is a financially sustainable, employee-owned co-operative which opened its doors in 2013 to provide support services to adults of all ages.  





Carol Vale

Carol Vale grew up on an Aboriginal Mission in Armidale, NSW, where she lived with her extended family and continues to have strong cultural ties to her community and traditional lands of the Dunghutti, Gumbaingirr and Aniawan people. She has worked in senior roles in Commonwealth and State Government in Aboriginal affairs, education, housing and child protection. This experience is supported by formal qualifications in business administration, public sector management and leadership. 

Since resigning from Government in 2013, Carol co-founded Murawin Pty Ltd and is the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant. Murawin is a successful consultancy Indigenous business. Murawin diversified their focus in 2016 to establish Game Enough? bringing to the market Australian game-meat and native plant flavoured products. Carol recently established The Morning Sky Project, a Social Change Project with a key focus on economic empowerment and providing entrepreneurial opportunities for Indigenous young people and women.

Jan Ungerer

Jan Ungerer has a rich background in process design, facilitation, education and not-for-profit leadership. She is immersed in values-based work and capacity building across cultures. Jan is Director and Facilitator for Insightful Communications, supporting individuals, teams and organisations to design and deliver professional learning programs that build, agitate, and transform systems, compelling audiences to think bigger and do better, in their lives and the lives of others.





Dr Ramon Wenzel

Dr Ramon Wenzel is the Director of Learning for Purpose, Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia. He is the Chief Investigator of the Australian Not-for-profit Workforce Study, and Director of the Learning for Purpose initiative that connects the science on work, organisations and people with advanced data analytics to help build the capacity of the Australian not-for-profit sector. Designed as a systems-change approach, his research helps not-for-profit leaders, funders, and policy makers understand managerial and organisational levers including how to best allocate time and funding for strategic workforce initiatives. Ramon has a vision for a thriving not-for-profit sector that attracts, develops, retains and motivates the best talent to change the world for the better.