Kate Austin

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Kate Austin is the Founder & CEO of Pinchapoo- a cheeky start-up turned national not for profit organisation founded on the idea of stealing (pinching) hotel toiletries for those in need. Kate lives by the belief that having access to personal hygiene products is a basic human right and one that’s essential to physical and mental well-being – working tirelessly promoting the important impact this has on our lives.

The grassroots charity has successfully transformed its simple modern day ‘Robin Hood’ concept
into a movement that has now works alongside the biggest names in support for the disadvantaged and has proudly supplied in excess of 1.5 MILLION products to men, women and children around Australia in its 8 years of operation. Pinchapoo is now proudly the largest not for profit distributor of personal hygiene products nationally - tackling head on the alarming statistic that is 1 in 6 Australian families are without access to these essential items.

Recently awarded a Pride of Australia medal, Global Hotel Industry Innovation winner, finalist in the National Female Entrepreneur Awards and a nominee for Australian of the Year- Kate is an energetic visionary who certainly has a story to tell about the place and time in her life that Pinchapoo was born and is proof that you can choose to create change and succeed.

Daniel Ellsberg


Daniel Ellsberg, once known as the most dangerous man in America, is best known for being the whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers, hastening the end to the Vietnam War and figuring into the impeachment of President Nixon. He is a speaker, writer, and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful military interventions, and the need for patriotic whistleblowing.

Daniel Ellsberg began his career as a U.S. Marine before earning his Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard University. He was a strategic analyst at the RAND Corporation and a consultant to the Defense Department and the White House. Ellsberg specialized in crisis decision making and control of nuclear weapons and worked at both the Defense Department and the State Department during the Vietnam War years.

Ellsberg participated in the top secret McNamara study of US Decision making in Vietnam, or what was known as the Pentagon Papers. In 1969 Ellsberg photocopied the study and distributed it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as well as 19 newspapers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. He stood trial, but his case was dismissed in 1973 on grounds of governmental misconduct against him. Ellsberg’s whistleblowing led to convictions of several White House aides and was fundamental in the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon.

Daniel Ellsberg has written three books and continues to be an outspoken supporter of whistleblowers and a free press.

Edith Eger


At age sixteen Edith Eger and her family were taken to Auschwitz. Separated from her mother and father, Edith and her sister Magda survived the atrocities of the death camp. Edith’s talents in dance and gymnastics made her a favorite of the infamous Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele. This, coupled with her focus on her mother’s words, “Just remember, no one can take away from you what you've put in your mind,” helped see Edith through the war.

In 1949 Eger emigrated to the United States, where she earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and became an expert on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Author of The Choice, Edith counsels  on forgiveness, love, and healing. Her message is that you can choose to be joyful and free by liberating yourself from the prisons you construct in your mind.

James Doty


James Doty, MD, is a clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and is the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He has spearheaded and collaborated on a number of research projects focused on compassion and altruism and their relationship to the brain.

Doty is an American neurosurgeon, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He spent nine years on active duty service in the U.S. Army Medical Department, sits on the board of a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Dalai Lama Foundation, and writes a blog for the Huffington Post.

In his memoir, Into the Magic Shop, Doty uses his personal experience and cutting-edge science to reveal how we can change our lives by changing our brains and our hearts.

Christina Maslach


Christina Maslach, Professor of Psychology, is one of the pioneering researchers on occupational burnout. She is co-author of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), the most widely used research tool in the field of burnout, and has written and edited numerous books and articles about burnout. 

Maslach received her A.B. in Social Relations from Harvard-Radcliffe College in 1967 and later earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1971. She was instrumental in bringing the Stanford Prison Experiment to an end only six days into the experiment after evaluating the impact of the study on its participants.

Christina Maslach is Professor Emerita of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. She was named Professor of the Year in 1997 and has since been recognized with a variety of honors as a result of her groundbreaking work in social psychology and its application to contemporary problems. She is the founding co-editor of the e-journal, Burnout Research, which launched in 2014, is also a core researcher with Healthy Workplaces, an interdisciplinary center at the University of California, Berkeley, and is focusing on the positive antithesis of burnout, work engagement, as a better framework for developing interventions.

Michael Winston


Michael Winston has an impressive career as a business leader, change agent, and organization strategist. Working for companies such as Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Motorola, Winston’s achievements in leadership and business development earned him the nickname “Ambassador of Change.”

In 2005 Winston accepted a position as Managing Director and Enterprise Chief Leadership Officer for Countrywide, a company with one of the fastest growing stocks on Wall Street. When he was asked to misrepresent information about the company, Winston blew the whistle, turning him into “Wall Street’s Greatest Enemy” overnight. Winston was featured in a documentary called The Untouchables that inspired Senate hearings and started the crafting of new legislation to combat the too-big-to-jail in the financial world. Winston has spent over seven years and a million dollars fighting Wall Street, Countrywide, and the company that bought it back, Bank of America.

Winston is the author of the book World-Class Performance.  His articles have been featured in Business Week, the Huffington Post, Leader to Leader, Leadership Excellence, Business Forum, and Executive Excellence, among others. He is now a sought after and accomplished speaker, presenting on global leadership, change, and innovation.

Shawn Furey

Shawn Furey is a heroism educator who created an educational program that teaches people to unlock their innate heroic potential and to create a story-worthy life. Currently, Shawn works full-time as a Drug & Alcohol Counselor with people in recovery from opioid addiction and during his free time he runs a ‘hero support network’ for people who have a desire to improve their world.

Shawn is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and is working on a masters degree in educational psychology.

Shawn has self-published 5 e-books and has created over 250 YouTube videos, on how to be an ordinary hero every day.