A decade leading The Smith Family - the unfinished business

A decade leading The Smith Family - the unfinished business

Nov 19
Join The Smith Family’s departing CEO, Lisa O’Brien, for a discussion on youth unemployment, digital inclusion and the effectiveness of NFPs.


Dr Lisa O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer, The Smith Family

Event overview

Dr Lisa O’Brien has been CEO of The Smith Family since February 2011 and will step down from this role in early 2021. After a decade leading Australia’s major education-oriented children’s charity, Lisa will lead a discussion on the areas she is most passionate about and which she feels need particular focus to drive improvement.

Youth unemployment: if school leavers don’t find work within the first two years’ they can often join the ranks of the long-term unemployed. 

  • What can we learn from international approaches to preparing our youth for joining the jobs market?
  • What additional support is required post COVID-19?
Digital inclusion: one quarter of Australian families have not had access to the internet during COVID-19.
  • How do we drive a national policy approach to building and actioning a digital roadmap that supports the disadvantaged?
  • What can corporate Australia do to help provide the skills and access to hardware to disadvantaged children to ensure a level playing field?
Not for profit sector: a lack of a national framework for measuring effectiveness means we don’t have a clear understanding of the sector’s impact.
  • How do we access national, standardised data on areas such as school attendance and year 12 completion?
  • How do we evaluate the NFP sector to ensure we have the right mix and support is focussed where it is truly needed?
Join Trustees from across the country to gain insights into the future of the not for profit sector.

Roundtable start times:
SA: 1.40pm
NT: 12.40pm
QLD: 1.10pm
WA: 11.10am

This virtual roundtable is by invitation only. The roundtable will be conducted on a virtual platform and numbers are limited to maximise participation. Invitations to virtual roundtables are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies. Roundtable discussions will be targeted to varied groups, including state-based Trustees discussions, national or industry sector Trustee roundtables, and c-suite conversations.

Meet the speaker

Dr Lisa O'Brien
Chief Executive Officer, The Smith Family

Since February 2011, Lisa has been Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Family, Australia’s major education-oriented children’s charity, and has driven a five-year plan to grow the effectiveness and reach of The Smith Family’s education-oriented programs to support more disadvantaged children and young people. Lisa has worked in leadership roles across the public, not-for-profit and commercial sectors over the last two decades. She is a Non-Executive Director of BUPA, a Council Member of the University of Technology Sydney, a member of Chief Executive Women, and a former CEO of the Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia. Lisa is currently a member of the Charities Crisis Cabinet and was a member of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission Charity, Philanthropy and Fundraising Group. Both groups were formed as part of the COVID-19 response. Lisa was also a founding member of Sydney’s Lou’s Place, a drop–in centre providing respite and support for women in need.

Meet the host

Aletta Boshoff
Partner and National Leader, IFRS Advisory, BDO

Aletta is an IFRS advisory specialist with over 25 years’ experience in financial reporting and accounting, including IFRS. Aletta has lectured on financial accounting and reporting, auditing and assurance and taxation at various Australian and South African universities. As an Associate Professor, she authored various financial reporting and accounting textbooks. Prior to joining BDO, Aletta was the Technical Director at two large national networks. Aletta also spent a number of years as a Project Manager at the Australian Accounting Standards Board. In particular, Aletta takes great pride in her ability to apply a wealth of technical expertise to real-world business situations. She works hard to ensure she is working with her clients, involving them at every step of the journey. She helps them to understand how she came to a recommendation, so that they can test any assumptions she has made and together they can come to the best IFRS solution possible.

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