Ruth Limkin was a keynote speaker at the Power of Community Conference earlier this month, providing important education on the role of resilience and wellbeing for leaders in the not-for-profit industry.


CEO encourages wellbeing at Power of Community Conference

The Power of Community Conference reached capacity registration, highlighting the importance of wellbeing education and the prevention of burnout in the community service sector. Ruth Limkin was one of the events four keynote speakers, presenting alongside experts like Dr Lewe Atkinson, Dr Graham Leo, and Steve Austin.

Co-hosted by the Queensland Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund and QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, the event attracted over 350 industry professionals and advocates.


Ruth Limkin highlights importance of sustainable wellbeing in non-profit industry

Ruth Limkin was well placed to discuss the challenges of self-care in a helping industry. She spent a significant portion of her career working with not-for-profit organisations, as well as developing a community-based food bank charity program prior to becoming the Founding CEO of social enterprise The Banyans.


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She thanked professionals for their hard work and dedication to their local community, encouraging them with findings that suggest the non-for-profit and charity sector contributes over $130 billion towards Australia’s economy each year.


Ruth Limkin presents at the Power of Community Conference
Ruth Limkin presented on the importance of resilience at The Power of Community Conference.


Power of Community attendees may be at risk of burnout

However, Ruth encouraged individuals to take diligent, measurable steps towards self care; expressing a deep concern for the risk of burnout and fatigue for individuals in the industry.

Ruth helped her audience think of practical opportunities for sustainable wellbeing using the Facets of Wellbeing framework – which she developed based on the Dimensions of Wellness framework by Dr Bill Hettler, Founder of the National Wellness Institute.


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Sustainable strategies most effective in mitigating risk

“It’s important that we frame our wellbeing as something that requires continuous and diligent effort,” Ruth explained. “However, I am not saying you need to run marathons and eat kale every day. You simply need to balance the acts of sacrificing some of your unhealthy habits and replacing them with healthier alternatives.”

Ruth shows images of The Banyans at the Power of Community conference
Ruth’s professional history in the not for profit industry meant she was well placed to share at The Power of Community conference.


Elaborating on some of the simple strategies individuals can employ to maintain positive health, Ruth gave examples of reducing caffeine intake after noon and refraining from using digital devices before bed. In addition, she encouraged the regular use of professional emotional support and minibreaks.


Related: Take a wellness check and implement these six simple strategies for sustainable wellbeing

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The Banyans welcomes expressions of interest in 2020 seminars

The Power of Community conference rounded out Ruth’s speaking engagements for the year, with over 15 events, conferences and workplaces benefitting from her expertise and experience as a CEO, businesswoman and wellbeing advocate. Her 2019 commitments included Expedia, the National Wellness Conference in Florida USA and QUT’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) students.

The Banyans is now taking expressions of interest for 2020 keynotes and workshops. Learn more about a tailored presentation for your organisation here.



Keynote inspires new wellbeing retreat for women

Ruth shares that presentations on resilience and sustainable wellbeing were one of the catalysts for The Life Audit: a wellbeing retreat for the busy woman. The annual three day event is being run for for the second year, with registrations for the 2020 event now open.



“We designed The Life Audit to help women take their ‘someday’ and make an actionable step towards positive life change,” Ruth explains. The Life Audit 2020 is being hosted at Emporium Hotel, Brisbane from May 29 – 31.


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The event offers a strictly limited number of tickets, meaning guests are invited to an intimate wellbeing event with other likeminded women. The Life Audit schedule boasts yoga classes, private massage and beauty treatments, personalised DISC profile coaching, wellbeing education workshops, private luxury accommodation and restaurant quality meals.




When asked about the event’s inclusions, Ruth said: “We have made sure that the event provides women with tangible, practical and relevant tools to review and improve their lives. But we also want to make sure they are given the opportunity to rest, recharge and rejuvenate – they deserve it!”


Having been to personal development courses before, The Life Audit offers so much more. The wellbeing sessions, coupled with the wellness activities and spa treatments… make The Life Audit a standout event investing into people’s lives.

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Super Early Bird registrations are now open for The Life Audit. Register today to receive the time and tools to recalibrate your life towards sustainable health and wellbeing.