Collaboration for Impact is responding to the call for continued opportunities to deepen practitioner Deep Collaboration practice by connecting to peers and furthering their learning.

This new six-part learning series will be convened by Mark Yettica-Paulson and Liz Skelton.

Through these Learning Circles, Deep Collaboration Practitioners will be supported to apply the work of Deep Collaboration (DC) in their role as leaders and facilitators. This learning series is only for those who have completed the Deep Collaboration Intensive course.

The learning series will aim to provide participants with the opportunity to deepen their leadership and facilitation practice in two distinct ways:

  • Adding to the graduates’ DC tool kit more content on the cornerstones of Deep Collaboration leadership and facilitation practice (tips, tricks and techniques).
  • Providing space for graduates to learn from each other by sharing stories (not glossy/gritty!) and receiving peer support on their DC practice challenges through techniques such as Case in Point, Fish Bowl, Role Play etc.

Participants’ learning needs and challenges will inform both.

Who is it for?

Graduates of the Deep Collaboration Intensive who are hoping to:

  • Be part of a network of DC practitioners
  • Currently leading and or facilitating DC practice

Length and time commitment

Learning Circles will run on a 12-month cycle with an annual membership fee. Every 12 months, DC Learning Circle members will have the opportunity to stay with the community as new graduates join

6 x 3-hour sessions over 12 months (6-8 weeks apart).


Session 1

Wed 5th October (NEW DATE)

9:30-12:30 pm


Session 2

Wed 23rd Nov

9:30-12:30 pm


Session 3

Wed 8th Feb 2023 (NEW DATE)

9:30-12:30 pm


Session 4

Wed 26th April 2023

9:30-12:30 pm


Session 5

Wed 28th June 2023

9:30-12:30 pm


Session 6

Wed 23rd Aug 2023 (NEW DATE)

9:30-12:30 pm

Accessibility and technology

The workshop series will be hosted on Zoom. Participants will be required to download Zoom and Chrome in order to be able to participate. All sessions will be recorded.

We encourage all participants to use their video throughout. Internet access is required to participate.

We recommend participants use a desktop/ laptop whilst participating (rather than a mobile phone).


Price per person (+ GST):

Standard $ 900
Not-for-profit $ 790
Group discount (bookings of 3+) $ 690

For queries, contact

Mark Yettica-Paulson

An Indigenous leader from the South East Queensland and North East NSW regions, Mark Yettica-Paulson was formerly the Strategic Business Manager and key presenter for Australians Together’s workshops and presentations. Mark brings decades of wisdom from his career in leadership development and community education across the corporate and government sectors. He has advised organisations such as NAB, the AFL, Medibank Australia, Australia Post and The Foundation for Young Australians.

Mark was Joint Campaign Director for Recognise, the recent campaign for a National Referendum to amend the Australian Constitution to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and remove discrimination. Mark was the founder and Director of The Yettica Group, specialising in facilitating Indigenous leadership and assisting groups to work better as Indigenous and other Australians.

While CEO of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre he drove the achievement of their RTO status. As senior leader at Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations he helped Indigenous organisations build governance capacity. Mark’s leadership and facilitation work has been with the several organisations including: NAB, AFL, Medibank, Social Leadership Australia, Desert Knowledge Australia, Australia Post, Foundation for Young Australians, Reconciliation Australia and the AFL Players Association. He is also a co-author of "Lost conversations: Finding new ways for black and white Australians to lead together" launched in November 2014.

Liz Skelton

Liz Skelton

Liz is Director and co-founder of Collaboration for Impact (CFI). CFI builds capacity in systems change and adaptive leadership for social change, systems change and social innovation working with and advising Government, Not for Profit, Community, philanthropy sectors on how to create the conditions for social change. Liz brings unique specialist experience, skills and knowledge in leadership development to building collaborations to enable cross sector stakeholders to change the way their systems work to create positive social change.

With over 25 years’ experience leading social change, Liz began her career leading NGOS’s in Scotland and Australia before co-leading the establishment and growth of a national social leadership learning organisation Social Leadership Australia. As Principal Consultant she spent eight years working with leaders in community, government and businesses across Australia developing the theory and applying the practice of Adaptive Leadership to tackle their toughest challenges. Since 2014 she has been applying the practice of Adaptive Leadership to place and issue-based systems change working with First Nations leaders and other Australians to change their relationship with deep collaboration, extending this innovative practice to communities working collaboratively across Australia to achieve better outcomes.

Liz is an author and teacher of leadership for systems change, and has co-authored two books: "The Australian Leadership Paradox: What it takes to lead in the Lucky Country", with Geoff Aigner, published by Allen & Unwin in 2013, and “Lost conversations: Finding new ways for black and white Australians to lead together” launched in November 2014 co-authored with a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders. Liz is also a Lecturer with UNSW’s Centre for Social Impact's Masters and Graduate Certificate in Social Impact.

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