Monday June 6 – 11am-2pm
Netwealth: 8/52 Collins St Melbourne 3000 VIC

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  • Philanthropic decision makers in Trusts and Foundations including executives, grant-makers, advisors, or individual donors.


  • Insight into unconscious bias and its impact on decision making process
  • A clear business case for funding through a gender lens for inclusion
  • Practical tools and resources to support best practice philanthropy


A Gender-wise approach to grant making recognises that policies, programs and projects often affect men and women differently.  

The Gender-wise Philanthropy Workshop provides participants with an understanding of gender and its importance in the design and delivery of social programs and projects.

You will gain an understanding of the role of unconscious bias can play in our decision making and how small but powerful changes in policies and practice can improve the effectiveness of grant-making.

Good research, data and strong knowledge are fundamental to this approach. Incorporating gender awareness into your grant making helps target recipients more effectively. By doing this, you can focus on specific interventions that address needs, thereby making philanthropy more purposeful and effective.

Whatever your funding strategy, this session can help you develop a gender-wise approach in your grant making. If gender is not considered when designing a project or program, it may be less effective, and may even lead to or perpetuate gender inequality.


 Professor Robert Wood – Director, Centre For Ethical Leadership 

Robert Wood is the Professor of Management at the Melbourne Business School, Director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership and Honorary Professor at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health.
His prior appointments include Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Western Australia and visiting Professor at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University. Robert completed his PhD in organisational psychology at the University of Washington (Seattle) and undertook post-doctoral studies at Stanford University Psychology Department under one of the most famous architects of social cognitive theory, Al Bandura. 
Robert has designed, developed and delivered programs for senior managers and provided advice in many Australian and overseas corporations, including for the Australian Defence Forces, Westpac Institutional Bank, Santos, PwC, Westfield, Newmont Mining, Saudi Aramco, Dow Chemical, Telstra, P&O Ports, and to the Hong Kong Government during the transition back to Chinese rule.
Robert is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences - Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management; the American Psychological Association (Division 14) and the International Association of Applied Psychologists. He currently sits on the Executive Boards of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and the International Association of Applied Psychology.

Robert conducts research into problem solving and learning, unconscious bias, cognitive functions, leadership and diversity. He is interested in human brain plasticity and the malleable features of personality and intelligence, the highs and lows of ethical decision making in very senior leaders and creating and delivering programs in organisations that enhance cultural and gender diversity.           

Julie Reilly is the CEO of the Australian Women Donors Network

She has a diverse background in government, media and the social sector, has project managed international OECD conferences for both State and Federal Governments, produced a
weekly television segment celebrating unsung community heroes, and won an Excellence Award for her work with the National Centre for Gender and Cultural Diversity at Swinburne University of Technology. 

Julie has also worked in media and music production including as co-producer of the annual Myer Spirit of Christmas CD, which has to date raised over $8.5m for charity.  She has studied Philanthropy and Social Investment at Swinburne University of Technology and was for eight years a Director of the Board of the Australian Childhood Foundation.

Julie is proud to have been included in Pro Bono’s list of the Not For Profit sector’s most influential people of 2014 in the inaugural IMPACT 25 and to see Women Donors recognised as a Finalist in the recent HESTA Community Sector - Social Impact Awards. She has recently been appointed to the Perpetual Foundation’s Committee of Management and is on the Global Advisory for G(irls)20.

Michael Barr – Chairman Barr Family Foundation

Most of Michael’s career has been spent in schools, including holding senior leadership positions in administration and curriculum development. His educational philosophy included providing students opportunities away from the classroom, as this was where the true learning occurred. For the last five years, Michael has been working with organisations throughout Victoria, including NFPs, local and state government and businesses of all sizes, in the field of equal opportunity, human rights, discrimination, workplace behaviour, advocacy and diversity.  Recently leaving full time work, Michael now plans on taking a more active role in the wider philanthropic sector. His interests include travel, golf, skiing, scuba diving and riding his Vespa.

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