Ruth Lee and Emma O’Halloran

Ruth Lee – Manager, Give Time and Give2, Origin Foundation

Ruth Lee: Ruth Lee manages the corporate volunteering and workplace giving programs run by Origin Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Origin Energy, committed to supporting good causes in education. Both programs are continuing to grow in participation and impact.

In 2018, Origin Foundation received the Gold Award for Volunteering from Workplace Giving Australia, and more recently was named Best Workplace to Give Back by workplace giving platform, Good Company. Ruth holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (HR), and a Masters of Engineering (Quality Management).

Emma O’Halloran – Chief Communications Officer, The Big Issue

Emma O’Halloran: Emma is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies for The Big Issue’s social enterprises, including The Big Issue Magazine, the Women’s Workforce, The Community Street Soccer Program, Homes for Homes and The Big Issue’s Education Enterprises.

Having worked as a marketing professional in a variety of industry sectors, Emma is of the belief that working at The Big Issue presents both the biggest challenges as well as greatest opportunity in her career to date.

Emma also leads a team of staff at The Big Issue who are responsible for fostering and managing partnerships and is proud to be able to work alongside some of Australia’s largest companies who understand the significant role they can play in making a real difference to their community.

CollaborAction: Collaboration case studies – the good, the bad, the downright ugly.

3 collaborating couples will share their truths on what’s really happening for them, what’s going well, what they could do better and what still puzzles them.

During this very open conversation, we’ll dissect each collaborative effort from the perspective of both sides, in a bid to uncover the themes that shape the framework for a successful collaboration; what we’re calling a CollaborAction.

What’s at the heart of a working collaboration?
How did it start?
Who said what?
Who’s driving?
Who decides where we’re going next?
What tripwires and traps should we look out for?
What do we do if someone falls in?

Further to the 50-minute conversation and 10 minutes of QnA, our audience will be invited to break into three groups, each led by one of the three CollaborActing couples for a further 20-minute discussion.

With 10 minutes to wrap up, we’ll present back the findings and build the case for CollaborAction.