Melissa has more than 20 years' experience designing and implementing leading edge digital and technology solutions and strategies across a wide range of clients and sectors.
She has worked as a global product manager for Australian and international companies, managing clients on the Forbes 100 list.
Her expertise in digital, knowledge, information and data systems means she can create innovative outcomes founded on proven technology and platforms.
She has published papers on the application of digital technologies on the customer experience and the impact of digital on the future of information management.
@ Hancock Creative
Alecia Hancock is a businesswoman and entrepreneur, with a passion for helping cause-based organisation tell their story.Alecia’s vision is to further worthy causes around the world by providing accessible education about storytelling in a digital world. She has worked with brands like Bankwest Foundation, Australian Red Cross, Starlight Children’s Foundation and has clients all around Australia.Alecia’s business Hancock Creative, was awarded Telstra Micro Business of the Year WA in 2017 and was voted one of the 100 Coolest Companies in Australia. Her training program for causes, Gain & Retain was also listed by Anthill as one of the 50 Smartest Products in Australia.She worked as journalist and magazine editor for more than 15 years, with most of her time spent at the helm of local and national magazines. Her work has appeared in The West Australian, marie claire, Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph. Alecia is also currently a lecturer at Notre Dame University, teaching Interactive Media.
@ Orange Sky
In October 2014, Nicholas Marchesi cofounded Orange Sky alongside his best mate Lucas Patchett. Together, they built the first van. Nic led the initial van build and supported the early service rollouts.
Nic continues to have oversight of the Vehicle Team and the Orange Sky Fleet. He has been integral to the design and construction of the vehicles and the associated research and development. Nic has ensured the success of each vehicle model at Orange Sky.
Nic is an avid problem solver and drives continuous improvement across all areas of Orange Sky, adopting the mentality that everything has the capacity to be improved. Nic pioneered the integration of technology into Orange Sky’s operations and helped lead the development of the Orange Sky Portal and App - pieces of technology built in-house.
Nic previously worked as a camera operator and editor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and for the Seven Network. In these roles, he developed a passion for sharing people’s stories as a way of getting people to better relate to and connect with one another. As a result of Nic’s influence, storytelling is central to Orange Sky’s culture and is the cornerstone of the organisation’s brand and creative content.
Nic has been a Board Member since the organisation was founded and has played a critical role in the strategic direction of Orange Sky. He fosters a culture of affirmation and hard work. The framework underpinning the internal culture at Orange Sky mirrors many of the attributes and characteristics he lives by.
Chief Marketing Officer
Jodie is a leading data-driven marketing specialist and qualified lawyer (specialising in privacy and data protection) and her extensive experience spans over 20 years, including roles in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Jodie was appointed to her current role in April 2019 and prior to that was the Chief Customer Officer for IBM Watson in Australia.
Before joining IBM, Jodie served seven years as CEO of the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA). She has also held roles as SVP Global Development for the Direct Marketing Association (USA) and Chief Privacy Officer for Acxiom (Asia Pacific).
She is currently a non-Executive Director on the Board of Amaysim, Australia’s fourth largest telco and sits on the Board of Governors for the ECHO Awards in New York.
@ Tech Impact
Patrick is the executive director for Tech Impact, the United States-based not-for-profit organisation with a mission to empower communities and not-for-profits profits to use technology to better serve our world.
Patrick leads the development of Tech Impact programs including technology education, services and support designed specifically for not-for-profit organisations. He also leads several workforce development programs, including ITWorks, CXWorks and Punchcode.
ITWorks supports youth and veterans (18-26-year-olds without a university degree) with training and credentials to begin a career in information technology, while CXWorks trains in customer service skills for careers in the contact center industry.
Tech Impact is headquartered in Philadelphia and maintains satellite offices across the U.S.
@ Strategic Grants
Jo Garner has worked with not-for-profits since 1994 and established Strategic Grants in 2009.
Jo and her team work with peak bodies, funders and charities across Australia and New Zealand to help not-for-profits increase their capacity to win grants and deliver vital community projects, while also encouraging effective philanthropic support.
Strategic Grants assists hundreds of organisations through training, education, advisory services, critiquing, application writing and board and strategic planning for an effective grants program.
The team has worked on successful philanthropic and government grants and tenders ranging from $5,000 to $50 million. Strategic Grants is now also assisting a growing number of funders with defining their grant application guidelines and application processes.
Jo holds the international accreditation CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) and a degree in Commerce with majors in Marketing and IT and was made a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) in 2015. In 2017 she was awarded the 2017 Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year.
She is a regular conference presenter on best-practice processes at conferences and facilitates regular workshops for individual charities as well as the sector at large.
@ Pro Bono News
Wendy Williams is the editor of Pro Bono News, Australia’s largest news service for the social sector.
She has a decade of experience working as a journalist in Australia, the UK and Spain.
She writes about the not-for-profit sector and broader social economy.