Leadership Series: How financial services underpins the social impact sector

25th July 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Style of Event: Theatre style
WiBF Member: AUD $60.00 Website Subscriber: AUD $90.00
Generously hosted by Perpetual, Angel Place, Level 18, 123 Pitt St, Sydney


Join us for a panel discussion with three women all leading purpose driven organisations, and see how they deliver positive social impact through the support of philanthropy. We will learn about how our panel CEOs lead their organisations with passion and purpose to deliver positive social outcomes for Australians; and the role that the financial services sector can play in supporting philanthropy and social impact through giving. Please note that this event is theatre style with reserved seating for guests available on request.

Pre Work

We encourage all attendees to prepare for this Leadership Series Lunch by reflecting on their own career journey and leadership aspirations, and to come armed with a curiosity to learn from three inspiring leaders.


The key objective of this Leadership Lunch is to leverage external insights from our speakers, encouraging attendees to think more strategically about their own careers, leadership aspirations and the role of financial services in our broader communities.


Dr Lisa O’Brien is CEO of The Smith Family, Australia's largest children’s education charity, currently supporting over 120,000 disadvantaged Australian children and young people. Dr O’Brien has 25 years’ professional experience in leadership roles across a broad range of sectors including health care, community services, bio-medical and information technology industries. She has worked in commercial roles as well as in public sector and not for profit organisations. She is a non-executive director of the Community Council for Australia and BUPA ANZ and is a member of Chief Executive Women. Dr O’Brien is also a registered Medical Practitioner, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and is a graduate member of the AICD. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Human Resource Management and Coaching.
Sarah Hosking is a clinician and researcher having spent 25 years in academia, latterly as a professor in both ophthalmology and optometry in institutions in Australia, the UK and China. She is an experienced CEO and Non Executive Director, having held a number of roles in health, research and education. Sarah has a proven track record in business start-up, turnaround, development and change management and extensive knowledge of private, government, primary and acute health sectors across a broad range of disciplines, with special interests in paediatric palliative care, vision and eye health and more recently in breast cancer. In addition to her current role as CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Sarah is currently a Non Executive board director of the Australian Communities Foundation, The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Sailing Foundation and Rippling Ltd.
Holly Masters is Chief Executive Officer of the McGrath Foundation. Holly joined the McGrath Foundation in October 2017, after working in the UK and across the Asia Pacific region. Holly has a wealth of experience across FMCG, retail, beauty, media and telecommunications sectors, building and developing brands globally. Most recently, she worked for Estée Lauder Companies where she held a variety of roles over 12 years including, Vice President General Manager of Clinique Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Previously, Holly led brands such as Jo Malone London, La Mer and Molton Brown across Australia and co-founded mission21, a marketing and communications agency in London. Today Holly manages a team of passionate, skilled professionals at the McGrath Foundation. She is responsible for leading the McGrath Foundation into a new phase of growth in order to deliver on the Mission of ensuring every individual experiencing breast cancer has access to the support of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse, for free wherever they live in Australia.