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TRACK • Plenary Session

Opening Plenary Session

Thursday 2 Jun 2022 - 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Keynote 1:
Samantha Bloom
is a two-time World Para Surfing champion, bestselling author and inspiration behind the #1 Australian box-office and international global Netflix hit movie Penguin Bloom starring Naomi Watts as Sam.

The movie is adapted from the international bestselling book, Penguin Bloom: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family. Published in 13 languages, Penguin Bloom is a collaboration between Sam’s husband Cameron, a professional photographer, and New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive.

Paralyzed in an accident in Thailand in 2013, Sam has since won two Oceania KL1 paracanoe championships, and is the Australian and two times World Para surfing champion. Sam works with numerous spinal cord injury charities around the world and is a global ambassador for Wings For Life. She is an adventure traveler, former neurology nurse and mother of three boys.

Hear more from Sam during this inspirational opening session.


Keynote 2:
How fundraisers can prepare for a volatile future
Zoe Amar, Zoe Amar Digital
The pandemic has been an incredibly tough time for all of us, both professionally and personally. Fundraisers are vital to the road to recovery, which may be long and bring its own challenges. Yet the truth is that fundraisers have always had to deal with volatility and uncertainty. In this keynote, digital expert Zoe Amar will share how to draw on your resilience as fundraising professionals, her tips for honing the skills you’ve gained in adaptability and innovation during the pandemic and how to plan for a future which will involve many different scenarios and potential changes to donor and consumer habits.

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