Registrations for this event have now closed, please contact QELi on 07 3007 5222 for more information 

9 & 10 March 2020

Creating Resilient Cultures: Wellbeing, Belonging, Contribution is a call to action to build a culture of collective responsibility for youth engagement and wellbeing. This compelling summit will focus on developing emotional intelligence within our organisations to support young people to thrive in and contribute to their communities. Creating Resilient Cultures will provide us with new insights to lay foundations that positively impact our future generations and the global communities of today and tomorrow.



Partnering with an array of internationally renowned thought leaders, led by Joanne McEachen, Vishal Talreja, Louka Parry, Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson and Marc Brackett, Ph.D. (via live video stream)

Joanne McEachen

CEO/Founder of The Learner First, as well as serving on the executive team of Karanga, Joanne’s methodology re-focuses school systems through the eyes of their least-served learners, supporting systems to embrace and celebrate students’ cultural identities and individual interests and needs. Drawing from rich and varied experiences at all levels of educational systems, and from a focus on the wellbeing of students and teachers, their connection, and self-understanding, Joanne offers tools, processes and expertise that enable anyone learning and working in a school system to unlock their greatest contributions to humanity.

Vishal Talreja

Vishal co-founded Dream a Dream, a registered, charitable trust empowering children and young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish in the 21st century using a creative life skills approach. Currently, Dream a Dream works with 10,000 young people, train over 5000 educators impacting over 137,500 children and young people and sensitize over 2500 volunteers through unique Life Skills Development model. These videos talk about their work. Vishal is an Ashoka Fellow, an Eisenhower Fellow, a Board Member at PYE Global and Goonj. He was previously a Founder Director of Unltd India and Board Member of India Cares Foundation. Vishal has been recognized as an “Architect of the Future” by the Waldzell Institut in Austria. In 2018, he was awarded the ‘Heroes of Bengaluru’ award. More recently, at the 2019 hundrED Innovation Summit which looks to identify and recognize 100 Global Innovations on K12 Education from across the world, Vishal was awarded the Innovator of the Year.

Louka Parry

Louka Parry is an award-winning educator, speaker, facilitator and consultant with a powerful ability to communicate ideas with clarity. He works with changemakers, teams, schools and organisations speaking on leadership, wellbeing, innovation and the future of learning and work. As a former teacher and school principal in South Australia, he was awarded Inspiring Public Secondary Teacher of the Year, as well as completing executive studies at Harvard University. In this age of rapid change, he seeks to transform structures, systems and societies through meaningful learning to create a thriving world.

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson

Judy Atkinson is a Jiman and Bundjalung woman with academic contributions to the understanding of trauma related issues stemming from the violence of colonization and the recovery of Indigenous peoples. Her work in this field won her the Carrick Neville Bonner Award in 2006 for her curriculum development and innovative teaching practice. Judy is a member of the Harvard Global Mental Health Scientific Research Alliance, Chair of the Australian Childhood Foundations Cultural Governance Group and Founder and Patron of We Al-li. On 26 Jan 2019 Judy received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her services to the Indigenous community, to education and to mental health.

Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

Marc Brackett is the founding Director of the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Centre at Yale University. His research focuses on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health and both academic and workplace performance. Marc is the lead developer of RULER, a Pre-K to high school evidence-based, whole-school approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 2,000 schools across the United States and other countries. He has published 125 scholarly articles, received numerous awards, and is on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Marc is the author of Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Kids, Ourselves and our Society Thrive.


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