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The future of collaboration and building communities panel

  • Teamsquare level 1, 520 Bourke Street Melbourne Australia (map)

In today's fragmented society, it's important to get to know thy neighbour. Aligned collaboration is key for those who want to build prosperous communities and partnerships with meaning, purpose and vision.

Join us for a series of talks to explore the key building blocks to collaborative success, from building a strong team within your business, to combining forces to create strong online and offline communities/partnerships.

We'll discuss:

  • how to define an authentic voice and image for your community
  • tips on audience sourcing and engagement facilitation
  • ideas on collaborating with other businesses and building partnerships

We'll hear from those who have successfully built communities whether it be a local business precinct, social enterprise support network or a collective platform where people can share their skills for partnership opportunities.

Stick around after the talks for audience Q&A, networking and drinks on us!

About the Speakers

Jessica Ruhfus

Founder & CEO,

Jessica Ruhfus is the Founder & CEO of Collabosaurus, an online match-making platform for brands. Her passion for creative brand experiences moved her from a background in fashion PR and small business marketing to developing a partnerships platform for brands of all sizes. She believes that business collaborations are necessary to build a modern business and has proven the concept with the growth of Collabosaurus.

Alvaro Maz 

Code for Australia

Alvaro has been a designer, change management and open government consultant for Australian governments and a social entrepreneur. He is currently working on a series of projects to improve the governance processes and the urban infrastructure of Australian cities, including Code for Australia, which facilitates innovation in government through collaboration, transparency and technology. He is also a Sandboxer, Centre for Sustainability and Leadership Fellow, Startup Leadership Fellow and sits on the Board of NewCo, a new enterprise to leverage technology in the education sector.

Penny Locaso (Moderator) 

Founder & Chief Collaborator,

Penny Locaso is the Founder & Chief Collaborator at BKindred an unconventional collaboration & learning platform who’s purpose it is to make the business of small business simple, creating brighter business and communities. Before BKindred Penny could be found walking the beat, within a global giant, as a marketing and change management leader with a reputation for challenging the status quo and making things happen. A maven with a love of collaboration, Penny’s natural ability to bring people on a journey, inspire and motivate them was key to her long standing success in the seamless delivery of large scale change. 

A self proclaimed “corporate escapee” Penny is still all of that but has bought her passion for profit with purpose and wellbeing to the fore and Co Founded BKindred. The catalyst for change was prompted by Penny being continually blown away by inspirational small business leaders, who were driven by an overwhelming desire to create a sustainable venture, whilst having a positive impact on the lives of others. Penny felt that there was a clear opportunity to cross over into the world of small business and leverage tried and tested collaboration, best practice and commercial skills to help others realize their business dreams. The rest as they say is history… 

Penny also moonlights as a Non Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters, supporting vulnerable children in unlocking their potential through mentoring.

Kate Toholka 

The Toholka Group

Kate Toholka is a success coach for online entrepreneurs, #1 Amazon Best Selling Author and creator of The Happiness Hub. After becoming disillusioned working in the mental health industry, Kate sought to use her unbridled passions for holistic loving and psychology to empower women into their dream business and lives. She is know for her raw honesty and ability to help women to tap into their unlimited potential. Kate believes in the power of community, self-love, inspired action, the natural order and your phenomenal worth.

About Our Partners


Collabosaurus is an online match-making platform for brands to source valuable, effective strategic collaborations. Collabosaurus matches brands together based on target market, marketing goals and collaboration type anonymously to ensure incredible marketing exposure for both parties. The idea behind Collabosaurus came from a need for B2B support and the valuable nature of cross promotion techniques (as well as, unbelievably, the rise of Tinder). Mutually beneficial, effective brand collaborations are now easy to find!

Code for Australia

Code for Australia is a an organisation helping government work for people. Our mission is to move government towards a platform that allows citizens, public servants and industry to come together and work on issues that affect us all. Through our programs we build civic technology and make governments more transparent and easy to use.


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