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Meet the founders

Nurture Change was formed by passionate entrepreneurs Zac de Silva & Steve Pirie over a few long blacks in some drawn-out cafe meetings. Both fans of business and working smarter, not harder, the duo decided they needed to provide an event to get the finest business minds together to share, connect and grow. They're not stuffy people and so they didn't want the event to be either, which is why they chose the relaxed environments of Fiji and Hawaii to hold their retreat. Their first three events were sold-out successes and they’ve got a few tricks up their sleeve to make the fourth Nurture Change even better.
Zac de Silva

Winner two years in a row of the “International Coach of the Year” (as awarded by The Coach Institute in America), Zac de Silva is the main principal of Business Changing and owner of AccMe.co (virtual coaching software). Apart from advising and working with many companies of all sizes, Zac has either personally, or with the companies he has previously run, won many notable awards including:

* IBM Kenexa “The Best Workplace in the country”
* MYOB “Awesome Customer Service Award”
* “Top Overall Retailer” at 3 different large Westfield malls

Zac’s clients have also won or been finalists in numerous awards including the Deloitte Fast 50, EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the Westpac Business Excellence Awards along with numerous industry awards.

Steve Pirie

Steve describes himself as a passionate "Travel Entrepreneur" who spends his time bringing ideas to life across different sectors including travel, fitness & not-for-profit. Over the last 10 years Steve has founded a number of successful companies - the key, he reckons, is to continue to be excited and motivated by change. He's big on empowering other like-minded people, young and old.

Steve's involvements have included:
* Founder of Unleashed Travel – BRW Fast 100 AU
* Founder of Fernatics Sports & Events
* Director of Spirit of Sharing
* Director of Perform Better Australia & NZ

Spirit of Sharing

Nurturing more change...

One of our key values at Nurture Change is to share knowledge to create better people – it's why we bring in industry leaders and inspiring individuals to share their tips, tools and best practice ways of increasing their performance. We felt it was extremely important to find an organisation that shares similar values and works hard with helping the less fortunate in the Fijian community we are visiting, so we’ve partnered with Spirit of Sharing.

Spirit of Sharing is a fantastic foundation committed to empowering youth through sports equipment, resources and education. Over the past ten years, Spirit of Sharing has donated over $3,000,000 to the Pacific region including Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga and PNG.

At our first two Nurture Change retreats so far, we have raised over $85,000 for the foundation and we’re excited to contribute in 2018 and beyond.


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