February 13th, 2016
If philanthropy qualified as an Olympic sport, the women in this Melbourne boardroom would be a dream team for their networks, wealth and nous.
All eight women care deeply about children’s health (several have nursed their own brood through harrowing illnesses). “All of them have a history of philanthropy, of personal dedication to making a difference, and we want to harness their strengths to advocate on behalf of children. They are an amazing group of women,” North says, pausing to identify their special attributes. “Quentin’s passion is domestic violence and disadvantaged kids, Marie’s is adolescent mental health. Ros Packer is whip-smart. She’d read everything about us. They really enjoy each other’s company. It’s incredibly entertaining being in the same room with them all. One of them did suggest we needed some useful men.” She belts out a big laugh.
In conversation with Nicole Richards at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, Daniel Lee shared his insights on topics including the role of philanthropy as a driver of systems change which addresses root causes of social challenges, the relationship between philanthropy and government and what the new political environment in the United States means for philanthropy.
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