Day 1 Programme

Here’s what happened on Day 1 of our 2019 conference 

Our beloved Tonic Conference is confirmed for 20-21 May 2021! This means we won’t see you all in November 2020 in the usual fashion.

We are busy planning behind the scenes and will keep you all updated. We’d love to know what you’d most like to see at conference 2021? Drop Gillian a line: gillian@exult.co.nz and let us know.

All the details of the 2019 Conference are still available here, so you can see what to expect.  Do get in touch if you have any questions hello@exult.co.nz

Tonic Conference Day 1 Programme (2019)
To give you an idea of what happens at conference!

8.30amRegistrations Rēhitatanga Open

9.00am – CONFERENCE WELCOME: Connect, Reflect, Consider
                 Whakatuheratanga: Whanaungatanga, Whakaaroaro, Whaiwhakaaro
Tonic Conference is a ‘shared responsibility ‘conference, which means it’s up to all of us to connect, reflect and consider in a way that brings value to everyone in the room. This is your chance to identify what you want to get out of conference, as well as what you can offer others. Who do you want to connect with and who might want to connect with you? This is an important part of ensuring your Tonic experience is all you want it to be.

How to be Lean and Adaptive David Mole (Sponsored by Infoodle) www.nomad8.com
As we peer through the looking glass, the future may appear a little upside down and most definitely uncertain.  David Mole will guide you through a different way of thinking to help you on this challenging journey.  He’s the co-author of ‘Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Let’s People Excel’ and brings a fresh and fun approach to facilitation. David will be talking about the importance of being agile and will teach you the skills and framework to approach change positively and successfully.  If you are looking for some great tips to create teams that are willing and able to adapt, you won’t want to miss this session.

10.30am – Morning Tea


Having Courageous Conversations – Vanessa Davey & Carly Shorter, www.peoplerealm.co.nz
Carly Shorter and Vanessa Davey are passionate about creating workplaces of high performing, happy people. They will use their shared expertise to guide you through some of the trickier aspects of running a non-profit. They know there will be times when you need to have tough conversations with members of your team. Learn how to tackle these conversations effectively, so that issues can be resolved in a positive and practical way.

Big Picture Governance – Kerri Price, www.exult.co.nz
Getting your mind around the power and potential of big picture Governance can be the difference between the success (or not) of your organisation.  Join Kerri as she breaks down the big picture into manageable chunks; learn about the difference between Governance and operational roles, how the right vision statement should guide everything you do, and the purpose of a strategic plan. Kerri is a practical, hands on facilitator who has worked with thousands of organisations throughout Australasia.  Soak up her knowledge and walk away with real tools for making big picture change.

Lessons Learned in Social Enterprise
Hear the stories of three different social enterprises doing great things in Aotearoa. What worked, what didn’t, and what did they learn along the way? What are their thoughts about the future of Social Enterprise in New Zealand?  Get the chance to ask questions to the people setting up social enterprises, thinking outside the square and changing the way the non-profit sector looks in New Zealand.

12.30pm – Lunch Tina (Join our sponsors Dale Jennings, and Our Cat Herder for Lunch and Learn sessions from 12.45 to 1.10pm)              

The One Percent Collective – Pat Shepherd
(Sponsored by Infoodle) www.onepercentcollective.org
Pat is a photographer, graphic designer, and founder of New Zealand based charity One Percent Collective. He loves making things better through creativity and he’s been doing that for years through his work with refugee and migrant children, as well as creative projects such as The Generosity Journal. Pat will be sharing his journey and reflecting on what he has learned along the way.


Engaging with Generation Z – Abbey Lee, www.letscollaborate.org
Abbey is the Auckland Regional Lead for Collaborate, a web app that connects people to volunteer opportunities that match their skills and interests. Abbey will talk about doing things differently to attract and work with Gen Z and Gen Y volunteers, what that looks like, and why using technology in this space doesn’t need to be scary.

Growing Donations Big & Small – Megan Thornwww.exult.co.nz
Individual giving is an important income stream for your organisation, but how do you attract potential donors to your cause? Join Megan as she explores donations from a donor’s point of view; what motivates people to give and what things do they consider when deciding who to support?  She will share practical ideas for nurturing donors once they come on board, and transforming one-time donors to regular supporters. Hear stories about organisations who are really successful at attracting donations and walk away with practical tips for implementing your donor strategy.

Making the Most of Mailchimp – David Parrottwww.millionleaves.co.nz
David runs a digital agency, and is passionate about helping organisations use digital marketing technologies to achieve their marketing goals. The future of marketing is very much digital, and Mailchimp is a powerful tool for making email marketing work for you. Join David for a workshop on how to get better results from Mailchimp and learn five easy things you can do to make your campaigns more successful.

3.00pm – Afternoon Tea

Boob Wisdom – How the ‘Dear Boobs’ Project Came to Be – Emily Searle (Sponsored by Infoodle) www.thedearboobsproject.com
After completing a year of treatment for stage 3 breast cancer in 2017, Emily wanted to create something that would provide hope and encouragement for other women going through the breast cancer journey. That’s how ‘Dear Boobs’ was born. ‘Emily raised enough funds to share 1000 copies of the Dear Boobs book with waiting rooms around the country and she continues to raise funds so she can share the book even further. Join Emily as she talks about the lessons she has learned and where the ‘Dear Boobs’ project is going next.

4.20pm – Reflections and Wrap Up

4.30pm – Day 1 Rā tahi Closes

5.30pm – 7.30pm – Networking & Nibbles – Ticketed Separately
Join us in the Rumpus Bar at the Holiday Inn – bring your drinks voucher and your best ‘Through the Looking Glass’ hat for great conversation, connections & prizes.

For Day 2 Programme Details, click here.
For more speaker and registration details, click here.


20-21 May 2021


Bay Park Arena Suites, 81 Truman Lane, Tauranga


Early bird registration $390 per person
Standard Registration $435 per person

To register your interest call Gillian 07 571 8819 or email: gillian@exult.co.nz


Register Today!