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Protecting oceans and marine life



Digital lending and payment provider WLTH and Parley for the Oceans, a new form of environmental organisation, announce a five-year partnership to empower customers with an innovative lending solution that offers an everyday way to protect the oceans and support the movement to end marine plastic pollution across Australia. 

WLTH is collaborating with Parley for the Oceans to develop and deliver simple mechanics to its customers to aid in the protection of Australia’s treasured reefs and coastlines from the threats of plastic pollution.  

Aimed at a new generations of banking customers who are driven by authentic, impactful commitments to environmental responsibility, WLTH and Parley for the Oceans will deliver an eco-innovative suite of products and services over the next five years.

Scheduled for release in Q4 2021, WLTH will introduce the Convego® Parley Ocean Card developed with Giesecke+Devrient (G+D). The innovative new payment card, made of Parley Ocean Plastic®  created from intercepted and upcycled marine plastic waste, will empower cardholders with an everyday tool to take action for the oceans.  

Founder and CEO of Parley for the Oceans, Cyrill Gutsch said: “To end plastic pollution and the environmental crises behind it, we need to align our economic system with the ecosystem we all depend on: the oceans. Everyone has the power to demand change and take action to help create it, but it’s on industry leaders to own the responsibility of bringing new and better options into reality. The keys are collaboration and eco-innovation. This Convego® Parley Ocean Card and the alliance behind it represent the future we have the opportunity to create, and the role leaders of financial technology can play in shaping it.”

The dynamic partnership with WLTH gives Parley for the Oceans a new platform to scale its global mission to intercept plastic from beaches and coastlines while educating communities throughout Australia. Together, WLTH and Parley for the Oceans are re-imagining the future of lending and its social impact, creating a practical solution for customers to actively address today’s major ocean threats.

Co-founder of WLTH, Drew Haupt commented: “With sustainability in our core DNA, we have partnered with Parley for the Oceans and G+D to launch the first recycled ocean plastic cards in Australia. Not only is it an honor to be one of the first fintech doing so, but it’s also a goal we’ve been aspiring to achieve since the planning phase of building WLTH.”

“As a business, we want to make a difference to the environment and the world around us, and through this partnership, we will be fighting against the growing threat of marine plastic pollution, as well as protecting the oceans and waterways, that are such a huge part of the Australian lifestyle.”

Out of the gate, WLTH will contribute proceeds to Parley for the Oceans with every new user who activates a WLTH Pay account. WLTH will include additional mechanics such as round-up features, plastic off-setting options, and will host events and customer expeditions with Parley for the Oceans throughout the year to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans.

WLTH’s commitment to support Parley for the Oceans includes allocating contributions for every home loan towards Parley for the Oceans’ Australian Clean-up Efforts to support intercepting plastic from beaches and coastlines from around the country. 

Global Head of Sales and Distribution at G+D, Dr Carsten Wengel added: “Consumers are looking for new ways to a more sustainable lifestyle. That’s why we offer banks our ecologically eco-innovative payment cards. They remind consumers every day of their own and their bank’s environmental commitment to protecting the planet.”

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Glioblastoma awareness day



Kazia Therapeutics Limited (ASX: KZA; NASDAQ: KZIA) is an oncology-focused drug development company.

Their lead program is paxalisib, which is being developed to treat glioblastoma (GBM), the most common and aggressive form of primary brain cancer in adults. There are few treatment options for sufferers of GBM and around 65% of sufferers do not respond to currently available treatments. The condition affects around 133,000 people globally per annum and the potential addressable market is worth more than US$1 billion.

Kazia’s drug paxalisib, commenced recruitment to GBM AGILE, a pivotal study in glioblastoma, in January 2021. Eight additional studies are active in various forms of brain cancer. Paxalisib was granted Orphan Drug Designation for glioblastoma by the US FDA in February 2018, and Fast Track Designation for glioblastoma by the US FDA in August 2020. Kazia is also developing EVT801, a small-molecule inhibitor of VEGFR3, which was licensed from Evotec SE in April 2021. Preclinical data for EVT801 has shown it to be active against a broad range of tumour types and has provided compelling evidence of synergy with immuno- oncology agents.

A phase I study is expected to begin in CY2021. Competitive Advantages: – Lead program, paxalisib, sourced from the world’s most successful cancer drug developer, Genentech – Experienced team with extensive backgrounds in big pharma and biotech – Around 65% of GBM sufferers do not respond to current treatments – Multiple shots on goal with collaborations progressing in other cancers; largely funded by participating hospitals.

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Performance and culture combining with Ignite Purpose



Christine Foxwell had been in hr, recruitment, consulting, training, and executive leadership and what she knew for sure was we were missing an opportunity to engage and equip people and in return, increase business performance.

In her career, she has seen people step into growth, achieve the unexpected and succeed together. I am, therefore, a firm believer that people can unlock their purpose, joy, development and Performance. Foxwell also believes organisations can achieve success and high performing cultures by engaging in clarity, inclusivity, honesty, vision and measurement. In essence, she has found it’s a delicate balance between people and Performance.

What has inspired the Ignite Purpose team and her to keep learning, growing and stepping into that uncomfortable place of unlocking change? It is the difference she has seen in Leadership teams, cultures and most importantly, the people (humans) we work with.

They start with people and align people to performance outcomes and measures.

They help people ignite their purpose, build their skills, lead who they are and shift their mindsets. We do this through coaching programs from executives through to leaders and teams.

They align leaders (Executive alignment programs) to each other, people to their leaders, and finally, we empower the organisation to build a culture of high performance.

They facilitate strategy, alignment, culture leadership, sales and performance workshops. We coach leaders, teams and organisations to partner, connect deeply and unlock potential and Performance.

The tools they use to support our clients are, bespoke designed programs based on their individual needs—behaviour profiles (DISC & Motivators). They also use TILT365 to help personal insights on growth that aligns to coaching programs. They do impact surveys, high-performance measurement and 360 assessments. Finally, they are the distributors of Silega Business Simulations in ANZ and use interactive simulations and activities to create reflective learning environment

The team is based in Sydney, Australia; they work virtually and face to face and have delivered workshops and coaching sessions to clients all over the world.

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Navigating important conversations with Debra Roberts



For more than 20 years, 5 days a week, 6 hours a day, Debra Roberts has had conversations with people who find it challenging to say what they want to say at home and at the office.

She work swith many companies to improve the communication of their staff as it directly affects productivity, company culture and creates an atmosphere of stress, tension, and even turnover.

Roberts talks to people who are not living the life they want because they don’t know how to communicate with the important people in their life.

When there’s a breakdown in communication, people usually disconnect from each other. And when you don’t know how to recover or start the conversation, things can fall apart.

It feels complicated and layered. But not to her.

Roberts’ communication model, the Relationship Protocol® (the RP) can change everything. It will give you the tools you need to have everyday interactions and address difficult topics too.

When you know how to say what you want to say, the shift from feeling frustrated and uncertain to self-assured can happen fast.  

Whether it’s an inner office problem, a situation that shattered your confidence, or you’re having trouble communicating with a loved one… it can help. Let her teach you the RP model.

If you’re motivated and ready to feel more equipped to say what’s on your mind, feel heard, and express yourself with confidence, then you’ve come to the right place. 

And she promises, there’s nothing fancy here. These are practical, actionable, and common-sense tools that you can use in ALL types of interactions.  

For starters, take my Benefit of the Doubt challenge and experience a small sample of the power and simplicity of this work for yourself. 

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