Speakers & Topics



moira deslandes

Moira has worked from the kitchen table as a direct service social worker through to the cabinet table as a Chief of Staff to a Minister. She has extensive strategic and operational experience in the not-for-profit sector and in government at state, regional, national & international levels. 

Moira has served and led in governance on statutory and regulatory bodies (including Medical Board of SA and the South Australian Emergency Services Commission), not for profit boards (including Social Impact Investment Network of SA, Southern Domestic Violence Service, Issues Deliberation Australia/America) as well as providing executive and strategic leadership roles including as CEO of Volunteering SA & NT Inc and Global Executive Director of International Association of Public Participation (IAP2). 

She is a Director of Scope Global, an Australian specialist international project management company with people as the focus of its program delivery. Moira is a member of the core team for Collaboration for Impact, Australia’s premier company doing systems change at scale.

Dissatisfied with the lack of gender equity in investment and contribution women led start ups, entrepreneurs and social enterprises get from the market, she founded Chooks SA, in 2017,  a movement to foster gender equity for women innovators and entrepreneurs. With over 2000 members she is now developing a new incubator model for women excluded from the economy.

Moira received an Australian honour in 2019 (AM) for significant service to the community of South Australia. She lives in beautiful Willunga, South Australia on Kaurna country and gratefully acknowledges their spiritual and ongoing relationship to the land. You can read her weekly reflections on her blog Letters to

Twitter: @moiraDes  
Facebook: @chooks_SA


John Glynn-Morris

John is a Whitehorse, Yukon-based public engagement specialist with a background in park planning, recreation, and community development.  John has planned and implemented engagement strategies for all levels of Yukon governments.  John brings a natural curiosity in learning about people's experiences and finding ways to connect the dots towards solutions.  John also strives to create productive and enjoyable spaces for people to share and learn because John believes that how people experience public engagement matters just as much as what is produced.  John believes what people experience is what most influences the long-term relationship, and trust, between decision-makers and citizens.  John also provides strategic planning and facilitation services for not-for profit organizations.  John was the founding President and an ongoing member of YuKonstruct, the Yukon's hub for makers, entrepreneurs, innovators and visionaries. 

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lisa helps

Mayor Helps believes that it is her job as Mayor of Victoria to employ business sensibilities and community values to lead an organization that serves all of its citizens.  With a transparent and common sense approach to decision-making, Mayor Helps has championed both citizen-led and local-business-led initiatives in a variety of areas. She's leading a transformation at City Hall in order to foster a more innovative, proactive and responsive culture to meet and exceed the needs of residents and the business community.