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On December 1st join us for the NPA Signature Event of 2022 – A Showcase of Purpose!

Six extraordinary individuals – using 6 powerful images, and in just 6 short minutes, will share the defining moments that led them to find their life purpose.

Now in its third inspiring year, this is a unique event not to be missed.

“It’s so rare to have an opportunity like this to share with colleagues those significant life experiences that have shaped our purpose. It’s inspiring to learn from each other and take heart from what we have in common.” Doug Taylor | CEO The Smith Family

Following the showcase of inspirational stories; and a ‘fireside’ chat between the speakers and audience; join us for drinks and delicious canapes to mingle with Sydney’s social sector leaders at Fishburners, conveniently located on Wynyard Station, Sydney.

For those who can’t make it to Sydney, this year we are allocating free virtual attendance, so you can join in the celebration – as our thank you to all the inspiring leaders who continue to give so much to our communities.

What a way to see out the year that was 2022!


A glimpse of our inspiring guests and their stories… 

We can’t wait to introduce you to this year’s guest speakers, each one of them a true champion in their own right. Here’s a snapshot of our inspiring guests and some of the moments they will share with you:

Gill Hicks

“Just because I can’t feel the ground, doesn’t mean its not there, what’s important is to Believe and Trust yourself”.

More about Gill below.




Jay Allen OAM

“After surviving cancer twice, I’m on a mission to find a cure.”

More about Jay below.




Megan Donnell

“My purpose found me and once I saw it I couldn’t look away. My purpose is to improve the lives of children living with dementia and their families, today and for generations to come.”

More about Megan below.




Yaser Naseri

“I have turned a difficult and challenging journey to a survival story which shaped my purpose today and it is to support refugees to achieve their dreams.”

More about Yaser below.




Lyn White AM

“Having witnessed a great deal of human-inflicted suffering across my career, my passion and purpose is to inspire belief that another, kinder world is possible, and to reconnect people with the wisdom and compassion in their hearts.”

More about Lyn below.



John Robertson

“Helping people be heard by power and live with dignity has been a constant in most of my working life.”

More about John below.




Luli Adeyemo

“My purpose is to make Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and No.1 Business Priority. I am dedicated to shifting the technology landscape, ensuring a more diverse and inclusive space for all.”

More about Luli below.



Event details:

Date: Thursday 1st December 2022

Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (speakers showcase plus catered networking event)

Venue: Fishburners at Wynyard. Level 2/11 York Street Sydney.

BookingsHumanitix and Zoom

Our Speakers:

Gill Hicks – ​London Bombing Survivor | Peace Advocate | Author | Artist

A published author, musician, award winning artist and performer, Gill’s appreciation and gratitude for life is present throughout all her creative works. Gill challenges us to think deeply about the relationship we have with the world around us, with each other and importantly hold with ourselves. Her vital work, particularly in countering violent extremism, became her focus after she was left severely injured from the actions of a suicide bomber in the terrorist attack on London’s transport network in July, 2005.

For Gill’s full Speaker Bio please click here

Jay Allen OAM – The Melanoma Man | Campaigner – to ban solariums in Australia & the UK | Founder & CEO Australian Skin Cancer Foundation

Jay is responsible for the campaign to ban solariums in Australia and currently campaigning in the UK; He has walked across Australia raising millions of dollars for the advancements in skin cancer research and awareness. He is the founder & CEO of the Australian Skin Cancer Foundation.

Megan Donnell – CEO & Founder of Childhood Dementia Initiative | Mum to Isla & Jude

Meg is driving global research and action on childhood dementia, after her two children were diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome. These children stop recognising the parents who love them; they forget how to walk and talk; and sadly die before reaching adulthood.

For Meg’s full Speaker Bio please click here

Yaser Naseri – Former Refugee| Survivor| Advocate for Greater Inclusion

After fleeing Iran following the Green Revolution, Yaser was on board a boat between Indonesia and Australia when it sank, with 250 refugees on board. He was one of only 47 survivors. Today he advocates for better inclusion for refugees in Australia.

For Yaser’s full Speaker Bio please click here

Lyn White AM – Animal Advocate | Director Strategy – Animals Australia

Lyn’s career as a policewoman served her well when she turned her attention to animal cruelty issues. Her investigations have led to multiple national media exposés that have driven societal awareness of our responsibility towards animals; resulting in significant regulatory reform, from factory farming to live export.

For Lyn’s full Speaker Bio please click here

John (Robbo) Robertson – Ex-Leader of the NSW Labor Party | Chair icare NSW | CEO Foodbank NSW/ACT

John claims to be the only person to have worked on the actual construction of the extension to the NSW Parliament.. and to have been voted into office to serve there! From Secretary of Unions NSW; to Leader of the NSW Labor Party; and now a for purpose sector CEO; President of NCOSS; and Chair of iCare.

For John’s full Speaker Bio please click here

Luli Adeyemo – World Champion BMX rider | Now Champion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Technology

Luli’s love of a challenge saw her reach British national and world champion status as a BMX rider in the late 1980-90’s.  She is now CEO of the Tech Diversity Awards and advocate for diversity, equity and Inclusion in technology. Luli’s life journey has been quite the ride!

For Luli’s full Speaker Bio please click here

This event is proudly Sponsored by:

Beaumont People – Placing people first




Digital Armour Corporation – We care that businesses make good IT choices


We look forward to you being inspired and to celebrating purpose – the heart beat of our people and communities.


Jane Ferrier

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