Leadership Series

How does empathic, values-led leadership influence the development of good business? And what kind of leadership was required to shepherd us through the unprecedented COVID crisis and towards a new-normal?

Business and political leaders from across North America, Australia & New Zealand shared their advice and insights at The Good Business Festival.

Jump to 44:21 for the Australia and New Zealand panel or watch from the start to hear from North America leaders curated by Impakt.



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We’ve spoken with inspirational thought leaders and are delighted to share some of their built-up wisdom and savvy practical guidance. Preview a selection of videos from our guest contributors below and sign up to get more recordings and unseen footage from these candid interviews. 


Sir Stephen Tindall, GNZM

Founder, The Warehouse Group & The Tindall Foundation (NZ)

Stephen founded The Warehouse with a single store in 1982. He floated the business in 1994. That year, with his wife Margeret, they established The Tindall Foundation to help New Zealanders realise their full potential for the benefit of their country.

Sally Quinn

Founder & CEO, Green Collect (Aus)

Green Collect is an award-winning social enterprise focused on reusing and upcycling to create long-term, stable work opportunities for people who have previously experienced barriers to employment.

Adam Bandt, MP

Leader, Australian Greens (Aus)

Adam is the Greens spokesperson for the Climate Emergency and Energy, Employment & Industrial Relations, Public Sector and Foreign Affairs.

Rod Little

Director, Burbangana Group (Aus)

Rod’s leadership extends from 2008 as an elected member of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and Chairperson since 2011. With a successful track record of working hard for and with his people, Rod continues to advocate for indigenous people.

Karleen Plunkett

Disability Advocate (Aus)

Karleen is an advisor and disability advocate and is a member of the Public Transport Access Committee advising the state government and also a member of Women with Disabilities Victoria.

Gayle Hardie

Co-founder, Global Leadership Foundation (Aus)

Gayle is internationally recognised for her capability, enthusiasm and experience in the world of leadership and organisation transformation. Gayle is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow and former board member of Leadership Victoria and is a recipient of the Business and Professional Women’s Community Leadership Award.

Joel Hanna

Co-founder, Big Little Brush (Aus)

Before breaking down, the average toothbrush will last for 600 years. A Big Little bamboo toothbrush decomposes in a year while 100% of Big Little Brush’s profits will fund primary health programs in Indigenous Australian communities.

Libby Hakaraia

Managing Director, Māoriland Charitable Trust (NZ)

Libby is an international producer and director of factual documentary series and entertainment for television, including two award winning short films. She is the festival director of the annual International Indigenous Film Festival.

Berry Liberman

Co-founder, Small Giants (Aus)

Passionate and purpose-driven, Berry leads people and companies to be great, instead of ‘big’ and measures success by the impact we have.

Cinnamon Evans

CEO, CERES Environment Park (Aus)

Cinnamon has over 30-years’ experience and leadership expertise in the not-for-profit and social enterprise sectors.

Arabella Douglas

Principal Strategist, Currie Country (Aus)

Building on 3500 generations of knowledge and cultural tradition, Arabella is a business strategist advising on greater social impact and cohesion for markets.  As a lawyer, an economics scholar Arabella applies this principle of ‘conscious business’ to her First Nations cousin consortium.


Jonathan Sagar

Principal, Voice (NZ)

Jonno is one of the design industry’s leading creative and strategic thinkers He is the founding partner of Voice Brand Agency, a multidisciplinary strategic design, branding and customer experience practice.

Rachel Taulelei, MNZM

CEO, Kono NZ (NZ)

Rachel has a strong commitment to creating values-based business models focused on the sustainability of New Zealand’s resources. Kono NZ presents an opportunity to live kaitiakitanga, to maintain that balance between culture and commerce.

Ingrid Burkett

Professor & Co-director, Yunus Centre, Griffith University (Aus)

Ingrid has contributed to the design of policy and processes in community development, economic development, disability, procurement and social investment. Her research has provided much groundwork for Australia’s entry into social and impact investment.

Malcolm Lazenby

Co-founder, Global Leadership Foundation (Aus)

Malcolm is internationally recognised for his success in creating innovative approaches to engaging individuals, organisations and communities in transformational change.

Shae Wissell

CEO and Founder, Dear Dyslexic Foundation (Aus)

Shae is a qualified Speech Pathologist with a master’s degree in Public Health and Health Administration. She was awarded People’s Choice Award for Leadership, the Women’s Business School Accelerate Award and the Making a Difference Award (Non-Profit).

Rebecca (Bec) Spink

Principal, Spensley Street Primary School (Aus)

Bec stepped into her new role as Principal only months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and has drawn on her leadership experience to lead the school through this time.

Michael Halligan

Founder, Scratch Pet Food (Aus)

A strategic thinker with creative passion, Mike helps to grow build brands, digital products & eCommerce channels with a unique blend of technology, storytelling, design and data experience.

Tyarna Larkin

Principal Mentoring, Currie Country (Aus)

Tyarna is a qualified social worker and leds the Currie Country Mentoring branch. She is passionate about young people and building, confidence, awareness and connection to self and to country.

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