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Business Forum 2017: Prosperous Businesses, Prosperous Economies

June 5, 2017 Conferences No Comments Email Email

Leaders from across Australia, and the world, are preparing to share their expert insights on how a social purpose leads to business success, and a prosperous economy.

A highlight will be a discussion led by David Cooke, Konica Minolta Australia’s first non-Japanese Managing Director.

Cooke is a leader in corporate culture and put his 2008 Doctorate on ‘Building Social Capital Through Corporate Social Investment’ into practice at Konica Minolta.

Cooke will detail how you can be a good corporate citizen while also creating shareholder value and ensuring you have a profitable business.

Business Forum 2017 is a discussion being run by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), looking at the case for Purpose Beyond Profit.

For more information on how to join the conversation visit:

CA ANZ’s Head of Education Jeana Abbott said, “businesses need to look at the bigger picture, and understand why purpose is important.”

 “Business Forum 2017 is about learning how to seize the opportunities presented by purpose, which our speakers will show, helps your business, your community and the economy.”

“This forum is the place to discuss and debate the big issues and big questions impacting the nation.”

“What is the right balance between profit and contribution to a prosperous nation? How do you balance business priorities, while creating a connection with your community, and being a good corporate citizen?”

“It’s all about education and design. We are talking about the benefits of purpose, how to instill it within your organisation, and how to maintain when the conditions become difficult.”

Other speakers at Business Forum 2017 include,

  • Ricardo Semler – President, Semco.
  • Walter Robb – Former Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market
  • Rob Caslick – Co-Founder, TwoGood
  • Daniel Flynn – Co-Founder, Thankyou Water
  • Dr Jason Fox – Motivation Strategy and Design Expert
  • Abigail Forsyth – Founder, KeepCup
  • Dr Rolf Gomes – Founder, Heart of Australia.
  • Simon Griffiths – Founder, Who Gives a Crap
  • Zach Mercurio – Organisational Development Consultant, Author & Lecturer
  • Logan Merrick – Co-Founder and Director, Buzinga
  • Gus Balbontin – Former Chief Technology Officer, Lonely Planet
  • Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett –Co-founders, Orange Sky Laundry
  • Darshika Jones – Group Finance Director, Intrepid Group.
  • Peter Nash – National Chairman, KPMG Australia
  • Phill Nosworth – Founder, Switch Inc
  • Lauren Shuttleworth – Founder and Director, Words With Heart

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