Luz Restrepo

Founder – SisterWorks Inc.

At the age of 45, as a medical doctor and a communication expert, Luz Restrepo arrived in Australia in 2010 seeking political asylum. Her life was in tatters and she spoke no English. She felt like a nobody: frightened, isolated and disempowered. Luz soon discovered that she was not alone.

In 2011, along with a group of 25 women experiencing similar challenges, Luz began to make and sell crafts around Melbourne. She understood that to support each other is also to strengthen each other. SisterWorks Inc. was born in May 2013.

Collaboration from the Trenches

Social Enterprise founders will reflect on their own experiences working with peers, partners, suppliers and customers in growing their impact businesses. Hear from their positive and negative experiences about what worked, what was costly, what they wish they’d known and they way they collaborate in the future.

Moderated by David Carbines from Red Hat Impact, hear from three of Australia’s leading social enterprises and their (mis)adventures in collaboration

Session Outcomes:
Designed for impact leaders building their own social enterprise, participants will gain primary perspectives on:
1. What makes a good collaborative partnership.
2. The hidden costs of collaboration.
3. How they can better structure and approach their own collaborations.