Thursday 9 May

1.00pm to 3.00pm SA, NT | 1.30pm to 3.30pm VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS, QLD | 11.30am to 1.30pm WA

PRESENTER: Nina Laitala – B Music, M Education (Music), Dip Gov, FICDA
LOCATION: Online – Zoom

The needs of our communities are changing, and our organisations need to be responsive to this. In this workshop we’ll help you focus on the steps you can take to use an entrepreneurial mindset and unlock the potential of your organisation.

This workshop will cover:

  • Evaluating current business activities for viability and future potential
  • Canvasing community and other stakeholders for business ideas and options
  • Seeking government and expert advice where appropriate
  • Identifying and analysing potential markets/ using feasibility studies
  • Creating, implementing and evaluating business plans that take account of local cultural and community requirements
  • Legal issues: what we can and can’t do
  • Inspiring case studies and where to go for help and resources


Presented by:

Nina Laitala – B Music, M Education (Music), Dip Gov, FICDA 

After completing her Master of Education, Nina discovered her passion for working with communities and empowering them through music-based education programs. In 2016, Nina joined the Victorian Student Representative Council as a training and project manager, and she was later appointed CEO. As CEO, she led the organisation through a time of significant change, from being an auspice agency to becoming a charitable company limited by guarantee. It was during this time that she honed her skills as an executive manager, educator and advocate with a strong focus on strategic planning, mentoring and governance.

Nina excels in strategic and change management, particularly in bringing diverse stakeholders along for the journey. Her agile management style and unwavering energy and commitment enable her to build strong teams that thrive under challenging situations.

Nina is a passionate advocate for ensuring all people, particularly those from marginalised communities, have accessible platforms, opportunities and spaces where they can be heard and supported to create positive change in the world. Nina works with the training team to develop new training materials and deliver the full range of ICDA programs, including the Diploma of Governance.

To register online, please click the link below (charges apply) or download the PDF document, and email to