Holder East considers it a privilege to partner with the Wesley College Foundation in making a difference in the lives of others. In late May we attended the 13th Annual Wesley Foundation Business Breakfast to celebrate the College’s achievements. We were also honoured to hear from some of the country’s most impressive business professionals. Pre-COVID, this event attracts over 300 participants, however with COVID-safe event restrictions, 150 people were in attendance. Even with a reduced audience, it was great to be attending an event, starting the day connecting with our team and business peers in an engaging environment.
The theme of the session was “The sole purpose of business is to make a profit.. or is it?” Moderated by The Australian’s Wealth Editor, James Kirby, the panel consisted of Paul Guerra, CEO Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Alan Joyce, CEO QANTAS; Georgia Rekaris-Hinton (OW1989), GM Asia Pacific 3 Shape and Elana Rubin, Chair, Afterpay. Graeme Samuel (OW1963) was also acknowledged and thanked for the central role he has played in securing the consistently high calibre of speakers the event attracts.
Robust conversations were had discussing Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and how it’s defined and incorporated. The panel also addressed gender balance and quotas, post-pandemic corporate governance – with questions being raised about working from home arrangements and whether these will continue into the future and become a permanent feature of society. Insightful opinions were expressed by panellists who brought their own perspectives and experiences to the discussion.
As a sponsor of the Wesley College Foundation since 2019, we are thrilled to be able to continue supporting this incredible foundation, to provide opportunities for students to have access to exceptional academic and social experiences.