CQUni Sydney backs vision for charities to reach their full potential

Published:21 November 2018

A landmark community event at CQUniversity Sydney showcased a unique and significant partnership between the University and Cranfield Catalyst.

A landmark community event at CQUniversity Sydney recently showcased a unique and significant partnership between the University and Cranfield Catalyst.

Cranfield Catalyst's vision is that Australian charities have access to excellent management skills and expertise, enabling them to reach their full potential.

More than 60 CQUni staff and students joined community members for the event promoted under the term 'Indaba', meaning 'discussion or conference'.

Participants witnessed a presentation featuring a panel of industry experts within the Not For Profit sector.

These featured speakers included CQUniversity academic Dr Stephanie Macht, who has been working alongside CQUni Brisbane researcher Dr Olav Muurlink, on an ongoing study seeking to measure the social return on investment in a project titled, the ‘Social Impact Project’.

The new partnership with Cranfield Catalyst will give CQUni Sydney staff and students the opportunity to offer their expertise to Australian charities.

CQUniversity was pleased to support this partnership by hosting a panel and workshop so that stakeholders, including students and staff, could learn more about the opportunities available.

The panel included John Hosie, Director Cranfield Catalyst, Michelle Bonner, Career Support Coordinator (Dress for Success), and Dr Stephanie Macht.

Ms Bonner offered insight into the internationally-recognised Not for Profit organisation, Dress for Success, which operates in 154 cities across 30 countries.

She discussed the demand for multi-disciplinary skillsets to assist and volunteer within the organisation, playing a pivotal role in the sustainability of their mission, which is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and life.

Ms Bonner stressed that, beyond the banner of successful styling and presentation skills for those seeking to re-enter the workforce, there is a need for the sector to recognise that minority groups are not the only sector at risk.

In fact, a startling 15 per cent of DFSS clients are those with postgraduate qualifications; a statistic confronting the existing mentality, that only those who are non-educated require assistance and professional guidance.