Sonia McDonald - The accidental entrepreneur

Sonia McDonald - The accidental entrepreneur

Sonia calls herself “The Accidental Entrepreneur” because her journey to leadership was one that she never expected to take. With an extensive career in People and Culture, her life took an unexpected turn of events when she was left a solo mother in a foreign country. Determined to make a life for herself and her daughter with little money, she started working in Leadership Development and Consulting. She decided to start a company called LeadershipHQ from a leadership blog – crazy!

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Ben Williamson and Rhys Davis - Compound Learning

Ben Williamson and Rhys Davis - Compound Learning

oday we are trialling a Mentor List first. We have two guests in today. DealPad co-founders Ben Williamson and Rhys Davis. dealPad saves you time setting up, distributing & closing your raise, so that you can get back to building your business.

Ben left the safety of corporate life to move into high growth businesses and has become very much engrained into the Melbourne Startup Community and launching the deal pad platform with co-founder Rhys Davis. dealPad helps sophisticated investors find more deals relevant to them - saving everybody time and increasing deal visibility.

Rhys Davis has come through a strong software engineering background which saw him most recently as the CTO of Vericus before joining Ben full time to focus on the DealPad mission

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Nick Mitzevich - Set the narrative

Nick Mitzevich - Set the narrative

Nick Mitzevich has served since 2010 as Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide, where he has led numerous initiatives, including a diverse artistic programme, significant attendance growth, the revitalisation of the building and its displays, and the expansion of community engagement. Previously, Nick was Director of the University of Queensland Art Museum in Brisbane and Director of the Newcastle Region Art Gallery in New South Wales. He holds a BA in Fine Art and Graduate ......

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Catherine Itsiopoulos - Everything in moderation

Catherine Itsiopoulos - Everything in moderation

Catherine is a recognised leader in Dietetics and has international standing as a leader in Mediterranean diet research. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, deputy chair of the Australian Dietetics Council, and is the founding head of the department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at La Trobe University. Her current role is Head of School of Allied Health where she heads 11 disciplines and a staff in excess of 120 EFT. Previous positions include Associate Dean International Faculty of Health Sciences at La Trobe ...

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David Meerman Scott - We're living in a real time World

David Meerman Scott - We're living in a real time World

Our always-on, Web-driven world has new rules for competing and growing business.  Advance planning is out – agile is IN!  Those who embrace new ways will be far more successful than those who stay who stay stuck and afraid to change.  No one knows more about using the new Real-Time tools and strategies to spread ideas, influence minds and build business than David Meerman Scott.  It’s his specialty.

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Scott Klososky - Where things are going

Scott Klososky - Where things are going

Throughout his career, Scott Klososky has stood on the nexus between technology and humanity. He has worked to define and help organisations discover the ideal blend of technology and human effort. He is widely recognised for his ability to forecast how technology will impact organisations, industries, and our world. He is the founder and principal at Future Point of View as well as a renowned consultant, speaker, and author.

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Chloé Oestreich - Presence in business

Chloé Oestreich - Presence in business

You are a leader in your organisation and you have a message you need to convey. You may be a consultant leading a project, an architect going to tender, a creative preparing for that all-important pitch, or a political leader advocating for change.

Chloé helps you be heard. Chloé Oestreich is a coach, facilitator, and speaker.

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Siri Lindley - Just Tri - former World Champion Triathlete

Siri Lindley - Just Tri - former World Champion Triathlete

Siri Lindley is a former World Champion and Hall of Fame Triathlete. She is a high-performance coach in both triathlon, and life. Siri has coached athletes to several World Championships Crowns, Olympic Medals and Personal Bests. As a speaker and Author, Siri carries a deep and profound message that has evolved from her experience of self-discovery. Her story is about overcoming failure, moving away from fear and learning to love...

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Nicholas Stone - Think local act global

Nicholas Stone - Think local act global

Nicholas “Nick”  Stone is a native of Melbourne Australia who moved to New York City in 2010. He is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Bluestone Lane, an Australian-influenced lifestyle and hospitality brand based in New York, NY. Nick envisioned Bluestone Lane whilst attending Business School in New York, with the idea of providing a premium coffee/cafe experience that is readily found in his former hometown of Melbourne Australia (but not readily available in New York). Since opening its first ......

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Peter Cook - The Practice of Thought Leadership

Peter Cook - The Practice of Thought Leadership

Thought Leaders CEO Peter Cook has a wealth of experience when it comes to leveraging your expertise for maximum impact.  Peter is a best- selling author with eight books to his name.  These include, Implement!, Sell your Thoughts and E-Myth Bookkeeper which he co-authored with Michael Gerber. With over 15 years experience as a consultant to some of the largest companies in the world, Peter is well equipped to help thought leaders, business leaders and every day people achieve business and ...

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Mike Smith - Think strategically, act tactically

Mike Smith - Think strategically, act tactically

Michael Smith was the CEO of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ) from 2007 to 2015 following his retirement he remained an Adviser to the Board until July 2017.  He is the Chair of York Butter Factory (YBF) established in 2011.  YBF is the “destination point for innovation in Australia”.  He also holds the position of Senior Adviser Asia Practice at PwC.

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Adam Trippe-Smith - Keep punching

Adam Trippe-Smith - Keep punching

Adam founded Kegstar in December 2012 and has extensive experience in the beverage industry having also co-founded McLaren Vale Beer Company and being a Founding Director of Australia’s Independent Brewers Association. McLaren Vale Beer Company was one of the fastest growing beer companies in Australia during 2009 to 2011 under Adam’s leadership. It was during this period, when continually falling short on beer supply due to keg shortages, Adam identified the opportunity for the Kegstar.....

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Tony McGinn - Reinvent yourself

Tony McGinn - Reinvent yourself

After building and leading my businesses in Media, Marketing Services and Technology across Australia, Europe & Asia over 33 years, and the sale of those businesses in 2016, I now have two passionate business focuses. THE MCGINN PARTNERSHIP: We work with B2B SMEs across Australia transforming sales and business development capability and performance. With over three decades of experience in building and running sales teams and having invested plenty in 'sales training', I have looked long ....

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Ben Chan - Responsive action

Ben Chan - Responsive action

Ben Chan is the Chief Commercial Officer of Envato, where he is head of a 140 person group, responsible for growing Envato’s revenue and customer base. His group comprises of 6 functions: product, engineering, marketing, customer analytics, customer support and UX & Design. Envato is ranked in the top 100 most visited websites in the world, and is the world’s leading online ecosystem for digital content and creatives, where millions of people come everyday to purchase files, hire freelancers...

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Mark Ritson - Electrical Marketing

Mark Ritson - Electrical Marketing

Mark Ritson is Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Melbourne Business School and a Visiting Professor at Singapore Management University. He has a PhD in Marketing from Lancaster University and has been a faculty member at some of the world's leading business schools teaching on the MBA programs at London Business School, MIT Sloan, and the University of Minnesota. He is widely acknowledged as ...

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Scott Harris - Deliberate intention

Scott Harris - Deliberate intention

For more than 20 years Scott Harris has been coaching, mentoring & speaking to individuals, businesses & large audiences to help them create great success; financially, physically & emotionally.

Having dedicated his entire adult life to growth, change, and inspiration, Scott now delivers profound powerful training, coaching & mentoring programs around the world to facilitate life-changing positive...

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Elaine Bensted - Follow your passion

Elaine Bensted - Follow your passion

Elaine Bensted is Chief Executive, Zoos South Australia commencing 3rd September 2012.  Since being in the role Elaine has led an improvement in the financial position of this conservation charity and an increase in Zoos SA membership base from 26,000 to over 43,000.  She also led the work that culminated in the release of a 20 year Master Plan for both Adelaide and Monarto Zoos in early 2015...

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Martine Letts - Changing the future outlook

Martine Letts - Changing the future outlook

Martine is an experienced executive within non-profit and international policy sectors, providing high-level expertise in public policy development, formulation and promotion both in Australia and internationally.

Martine joined the Committee in March 2016, after serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Australia.... 

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David Johnston - Better property decisions - Property Planning Australia

David Johnston - Better property decisions - Property Planning Australia

David is the founder and Managing Director of Property Planning Australia and author of ‘How to Succeed with Property to Create your Ideal Lifestyle’ and “Property for Life - Using Property to Plan Your Financial Future”. Property Planning Australia was established in 2004 – born out of David’s vision to help all Australians make successful property, mortgage strategy and money management decisions.

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