Amanda Walker - Co-founder & Owner, Lord of the Fries (LOTF) & Weirdoughs
Amanda is co-founder/owner of Lord of the Fries, purveyors of Australia’s favourite fries with a side of vegan burgers, hot dogs and more. Hailing from Toronto, Canada (and moonlighting as ‘The Lord’ herself), Amanda’s journey to cofounding LOTF began when she met her future husband and co-founder Mark in Taiwan while teaching English. With a shared passion for their favourite food, fries and creating food made with love, not animals, in 2004 LOTF was born.
On a mission to create a fast food alternative that considered the health of the people, the planet and the animals, Mark’s brother, Sam joined the pair to help transition LOTF from festival-going food truck to a bricks and mortar QSR. Fifteen years on, Amanda has supported LOTF grow to 23 stores and establish an international presence. She enjoys the challenge of evolving and improving the business so that all involved enjoy the benefits of doing great work and creating great food.
Spreading more great tasting vegan love, she is now also a proud partner in Melbourne’s new plant baked goods brand, Weirdoughs. Alongside hospitality work, Amanda works with women in business as a mentor and coach to clarify their vision and bring their passion and purpose to life, with an aim to lead others toward a life they love. She runs workshops and speaks publiciy to inspire others to live their dreams.
Jackie Antas - Vice-President Communications, Ticketmaster/Live Nation Entertainment, Australia and New Zealand
Jackie Antas, General Manager, Communications for Ticketmaster/Live Nation Australia and New Zealand is an esteemed PR and Communications professional with 20 years experience in the UK, Europe and Australia specialising in entertainment, technology and consumer brands.
Jackie recently returned home to Melbourne, Australia after spending the last 13 years living and working in the UK with seven of those years spent at Live Nation Entertainment in London.
Her roles at Live Nation have included Vice President, Communications for Ticketmaster/Live Nation, managing the corporate communications for 21 countries across UK, Europe and Australasia, as well as Marketing Partnerships Manager for the Academy Music Group venues - delivering some of the biggest marketing partnerships in the UK with brands such as O2 and Carlsberg.
Jackie’s background prior to this was in PR agency land. In London, she worked for five years at Borkowski PR delivering integrated public relations campaigns and media relations programs for a range of high profile brand such as Virgin Media, Virgin Megastores, V Festival, Sony and Harrods. In Australia, her first job in PR was with Clemenger Harvie Edge’s The PR Edge working with Sensis White Pages and Nando’s.
Leonie Morgan AM - Board Director, Film Victoria & Holmesglen; Consultant, International Women’s Development Agency; Founding Member, Emily's List Australia
Leonie Morgan AM works across the private, government and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and in the Asia Pacific. An experienced board director and consultant, Leonie’s focus is gender equality, mentoring and good governance. Her passion is seeing more women in Parliament and this is the focus of much of her work within Australia and the Asia Pacific. Her contribution is acknowledged by her inclusion on the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll and her Membership of the Order of Australia for significant services to women, in particular equitable political representation.
Leonie’s current consulting with the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) brings six new Myanmar women MPs together with six Australian women MPs as mentors. The Program has been so successful that Leonie is now replicating this Program for IWDA in Timor-Leste.
Leonie holds a Masters of Education and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a Non-Executive Director of Film Victoria, Holmesglen Institute and EMILY’s List Australia.
Mia Klitsas - Co-founder & Director, Moxie Products & The Brand Maketh
Mia is a Melbourne based entrepreneur with a passion for marketing, bringing cool new brand and product ideas to life, and equally: women’s health, rights and social issues. After what started as an off-the-cuff idea (whilst studying a Bachelor of Business - Marketing at Melbourne’s RMIT University) to re-package tampons so that they’d stop rolling around in her handbag, her 'Moxie’ brand of purse-worthy women's personal care products are now a familiar sight at major retailers around Australia and also around the globe.
Over the last 14 years, she has launched a true market disruptor and established a globally recognised brand, been named ‘Telstra Young Businesswoman of the Year’ and one of AFR/Westpac’s ‘100 women of Influence’, championed an initiative that provided almost 15,000 young women with sustainable menstrual products, sat on advisory boards, mentored students, shared her story through public speaking gigs and in her ‘spare time’, stared her side hustle, ‘The Brand Maketh’, that helps other start-ups bring their brand or product ideas to life. Apparently, she’s nowhere done yet. “I’ve barely even started!” she says.
Sarah Davies - CEO, Philanthropy Australia
Sarah has had a broad and wide ranging career from executive roles in tertiary education in Australia to private sector consulting in HR, marketing and strategy in Australia, Europe and the Middle East, and back in the dim dark ages in airport management. But for the last 10 years, her focus has been exclusively in the for purpose sector: in philanthropy and social change.
In October 2015, Sarah joined Philanthropy Australia as the CEO. Philanthropy Australia’s purpose is to champion, enable and support the growth and evolution of philanthropy throughout Australian society – in simple terms, to foster and achieve more and better philanthropy. It is the peak body and membership organisation for all individuals and organisations who are engaged, or want to be, in planned and thoughtful giving to bring about effective, positive social and community change.
This is not her first role in the philanthropic sector as she was the CEO of the Australian Communities Foundation for four years. The Australian Communities Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation which enables accessible philanthropy and matches its donors’ interests to emerging social issues and needs of communities.
In between these two, prior to joining Philanthropy Australia, Sarah had an exciting and highly rewarding time as the CEO of The Reach Foundation, a for-purpose organisation working to improve the wellbeing of young people so they can get the most out of life. In addition to her professional roles, Sarah has also served on a number of diverse Boards and committees. Her current community roles include Director of Kids Under Cover and Nestd, Deputy Chair of the Centre for Social Impact, Council Member of the National Museum of Australia and Board Member of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing.
Sarah is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program and a Victorian JP.