Founder of Australian early-stage technology venture capital firm, Adventure Capital, whose amazing team has the privilege to work with Australia's talented entrepreneurs by providing equity, debt, and real-world experience to accelerate growth, and enable them realise their potential - globally. Architect of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and open innovation platform bringing together Fortune1000 / ASX200 corporations, leading academic and most importantly startups, upstarts …Read More
"Work hard, play hard...and with everything you do, do it with enthusiasm and substance or not at all" - Sam Mutimer. A broken leg in 2008 (after playing rugby for England) was the tipping point for Sam, where she became aware of the true power of social media and how it plays a role in branding and business as a whole. Not one to rest on her laurels and wait for an opportunity to come knocking, Sam decided to make the most out of the injury time-out, posting her injury on…Read More
Simon has a unique outlook on what it takes to be successful. He played 378 games for the Essendon Football Club, was Victorian and club captain, played in two premiership teams, and was selected All Australian on multiple occasions. Not content just to be known as an elite athlete, Simon has continued to build his professional skills across a wide range of business and educational spheres.Read More
Jane Anderson is a Leadership and Communications expert. With over 13 years’ experience in she has worked with over 20,000 people on building more trust and influence in their businesses and brands. Her clients include Virgin Australia, Lego, Ikea, Rio Tinto and Origin Energy. She is on faculty in Thought Leaders Business School, mentoring some of Australia’s leading experts in their field. Jane’s blog was ….Read More
Dermot Crowley is the Director and founder of Adapt Productivity, a Sydney based training company founded in 2002.
Dermot is one of Australia’s foremost thought-leaders on productivity. He is the author of Smart Work and the soon to be released Smart Teams, and the founder of Adapt Productivity. Building on many years of experience in the productivity training industry, he created Adapt in 2002 with a vision of helping management and staff in Australia’s leading organisations to manage their time, priorities and emails more effectively using tools like MS Outlook and mobile technology.
Dermot has a highly inspiring yet practical approach to productivity in the modern workplace. His passion is creating real behavioural change, and he has developed a system for working productively that is applicable to anyone working in today’s busy, email driven workplace.
While remaining heavily involved in the training activities of the business, much of Dermot’s time is spent working with senior leaders and leadership teams on their productivity, and their ability to lead productivity in their teams. His pragmatic approach and wealth of experience ensure that he brings relevant strategies to the table for the leadership level. His focus on productivity technology ensures that executives are getting the most from the tools at their fingertips.Read More
Simon “Mo” MacRae is one of Australia's most in demand commercial directors, with over 25 years experience in advertising and film production working on international brands such as Volvo, CNN, Intel, Coca-Cola & Reebok in Sydney, Singapore and New York. In 2007 Mo won the million dollar screenplay competition, Project Greenlight Australia, with his brother Kenn. They went on to direct their feature film “The View From Greenhaven” starring Wendy Hughes & Chris Haywood, which ran in cinemas across……Read More
John Karagounis is a passionate thought leader, celebrated author and keynote speaker, participating and engaging with some of the world’s brightest minds in hundreds of exclusive, confidential forums around the country. He truly knows what is top of mind and what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s global marketplace. John started his career in the financial services industry, winning numerous State and National awards. He eventually found his niche in private wealth management and held a…Read More
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!Read More
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 missionRead More
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 ......Read More
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 ...Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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 ......Read More
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 ...Read More
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.Read More
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.....Read More
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 ....Read More