Short Talk Presenters 

Four inspiring people will present Short talks on Thursday 21 February with two at 11.50am and another two at 2.15pm. Delegates will hear from:

Dr Kerrie Shiell
As a clinical neuropsychologist, Kerrie works with patients, carers and professionals to provide education and support for people with cognitive impairment.  In an environment with often limited resources, increasingly complex patient presentations, and significant carer burden, innovation can often seem impossible.  
Over the last decade Kerrie has inspired individuals and organisation to pool their often scant resources to improve the quality of life of older people in our community.  Through initiatives such as ‘small acts of kindness’, ‘the GEM project’, and the ‘coalition of the willing’, Kerrie has organised schools, musicians, artists, libraries and universities to perform, paint, and volunteer to support patients on the GEM ward.  

These programs have provided opportunities, not only for patients, but also for individuals in the wider communities to improve their skills and knowledge of working with older people and provide additional supports for the very stretched health care system.

Nick Pearce
Nick is one third of the founding team behind HoMie, a Melbourne-based retail business that uses the profit it generates from selling a range of contemporary streetwear to help people experiencing homelessness.

The concept evolved from an anti-child-trafficking fundraising bike ride Nick took from Vietnam to Cambodia in 2013, where he met fellow Aussie Marcus Crook. After returning to Melbourne, the two were inspired to make a difference in their local community by helping homeless people.

Nick’s friend Rob Gillies joined their efforts, and together the three launched Australia’s first pop-up ‘Street Store’ in Federation Square in Melbourne. Supporters donated brand new or good quality clothing, and local homelessness services were invited to bring their clients to the store where they could shop for free, visit a barber and enjoy food and drink.

Since then, the trio has turned the fledgling concept into a permanent bricks-and-mortar store. They continue to invite people living rough to shop for free, and they offer a retail training program aimed at helping young people gain work experience.

Alon Cassuto
Deeply fascinated by what makes humans tick, Alon Cassuto is a leadership and behaviour change advisor to many of Australia’s best known businesses. 

Sought after for his fresh perspectives, creative approach and deep expertise in human behaviour, Alon works with leaders to transform their ways of working and deliver breakthroughs and results. He spent his childhood in Jerusalem in Israel which gave him an appreciation and fascination with the power of culture.  He moved to Melbourne as a teenager and developed a skill for making small talk about footy and the weather despite caring about neither. 

Alon graduated from Melbourne University Law School and spent three years practising in leading commercial firms. During his time as a lawyer he discovered a passion for building teams and businesses which led him to found the award winning not-for-profit, Young Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce in 2010, as well as his own start-up, Easy Law in 2012. 

Jessica Moody and Ilana Charnelle Gelbart
Jessica and Ilana are the founders of Deafferent Theatre, an innovative and forward thinking bilingual theatre company that offers clear pathways and networks to help deaf and hard of hearing people to participate in theatre.

Since its inaugural production in 2016, Deafferent Theatre has staged sell out and award winning productions, created new works, and presented workshops. Most recently, the team completed a residency at Malthouse Theatre.

Jessica is a director and producer who has worked with organisations including the University of Melbourne, St. Martins Youth Theatre, Arts Access Victoria, Opera Australia and Frankston Arts Centre. Her previous two directing credits both achieved sell out seasons and received Melbourne Fringe Festival awards (Best Emerging Producer, 2016; Access and Inclusion Award, 2017). 

Ilana is a stage and screen actress and Certified Provisional Auslan interpreter. Her 2012 Honours thesis researched the use of Auslan in heightened moments of the human experience to create integrated bilingual theatre. Ilana has appeared in shows including Blood Wedding, Loveplay and The 39 Steps, as well as the Anywhere Theatre Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, and Melbourne Cabaret Fringe

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