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Samantha Brown - Get out of your own way

Samantha Brown is the CEO of JACK.  Samantha spent years working on cruise ships around Europe and America managing the entertainment department onboard. 10 years ago she didn’t even know what personal development was, or why she needed it. Sam spent the last 10 years in the personal development industry managing speakers (including superstars like Arnold Schwarzneggar and John Demartini), creating programs and courses for experts in their field, and also as a student ……

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Alison Hardacre - Remarkable, able to be remarked upon

Alison Hardacre is a global health technology entrepreneur. In 2016, Alison was named one of the Top 50 Australian and New Zealand Women in Tech, and in 2015 received the Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award. Alison co-founded HealthKit, a global health platform for practitioners, patients and people everywhere used in over 50 countries around the world, that makes healthcare efficient, effective and accessible. Before HealthKit, Alison was an accomplished general manager in health and banking, and ...

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Brent Valle - The Future Phase

Brent Valle is a born speaker, entrepreneur, passionate surfer, snowboarder and all round adventurer known for pushing boundaries and building big business! He is a multi award award winning business person who has been recognised by CRN for growing Australia’s fastest growing tech company in 2013 (2nd 2014, 9th 2015, 10th 2016 and All Star Category in 2017), and the countries 5th fastest growing company across all industries in the BRW Fast 100 2015.

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Nathanial Bibby - Fall in Love with your Customer

Nathanial ​Bibby is the Managing Director of Bibby Consulting Group, who have helped over ​10​,000 business grow​ over the past 13 years including SME's all the way up to larger corporations such as Capital Group, Harvey Norman, Westpac, Western Union​ and​ AppleHe is best known for introducing LinkedIn lead generation to Australia and since doing so has generated over $400 million in additional sales revenue for his clients using his LinkedIn lead generation strategies. With over 25,000 followers…

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Dr. Richard Huysmans - Come back to the body of knowledge

As a research strategist, Dr Richard Huysmans is an expert in helping researchers get the best out of their training, their research and their career. He has a 70% grant success rate and a 100% success rate for establishing research centres and institutes. His clients include the Department of Health and Human Services, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne and Monash University. He is focused on research translation and together with Jane Anderson, is the only consultant training researchers How to make their LinkedIn profile (research) translation ready, for greater research impact and industry engagement. A program that has helped researchers raise over $250,000 in direct industry funding. Dr Huysmans undertook his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, before turning his hand to research strategy and program development.

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Nicolas Depierre - A Young Entrepreneur’s ambition of reducing Obesity amongst Children

I am an aspiring entrepreneur, with an enduring passion to disrupt and innovate the health, fitness, and nutrition sectors. I am an expert in health, fitness, & nutrition, with an ambition of becoming the next successful Australian tech entrepreneur. Since 2014, I have built a reputation for my efforts and achievements in personal development and training. As a 2017 National Champion, I have structured a lifestyle to remain at 6% body fat year round, with future ambitions to compete on an international….

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Adam Voigt - Learning environment

Adam is a real leader who walks the talk. His speaking offerings are filled with stories, messages, tools and hope developed from years of successful School Leadership as a Principal in some of Australia’s most challenging locations. Adam is a leader & speaker who has genuinely ‘been there and done that’. Adam is now taking his message about schools and leadership to a new level and also providing high quality interactive training for School Leaders and Teachers through Real Schools. And further he ….

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Mark Bergin - Driven by design

Courage is the root of all creative projects, courage of the sponsor, courage of the project team and courage of the creative team.DRIVENxDESIGN celebrates courage, excellence and diversity through 11 design awards programs. All programs are marketplace centric and offer an opportunity to recognise those that are defining tomorrow. When Mark is not advocating or celebrating design he work as an adviser to projects on the client side, providing expert input on how to structure projects, develop…

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Jane Anderson - Position yourself for leadership

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 ….

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Mo MacRae - Strategy to Screen

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……

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John Karagounis - Look back and smile

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…

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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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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

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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Brad Smith - Trust in your labour

Brad Smith is an Australian entrepreneur, speaker, champion Superlite MX motocross rider and advocate for safe motocross riding practices. He was knocked back by over 50 manufacturing plants during the start-up of his motocross brand “braaap” however, his drive and tenacity lead him to successfully build Australia's only motorcycle company. Brad is the recipient of several achievement awards including two times Australian Young Entrepreneur of the year and four times Australian Retail Business of the year. Brad is also on the advisory board to the Reserve Bank of Australia. In 2008 Brad launched the first braaap store, a retail outlet intended to be “the motocross equivalent of a surf shop”. Braaap has since expanded and has four retail outlets across Tasmania and Victoria and is available in seven countries worldwide.

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Rebecca Burrows - Bring your whole self

“Rebecca has a track record of delivery of sustainable growth in both mature and emerging markets, driving sizeable and sustained efficiencies across large scale operations and building and leading highly engaged and performing teams.
Rebecca is a true enterprise leader - with a track record of strong relationships across stakeholder groups including staff, customer, unions and government and is able to manage the complexities presented by competing priorities or perspectives.
Rebecca is a champion of diversity and a values based leader and has gained experience across multiple sectors including ecommerce, logistics, communications, consumer services, retail and resources. 

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Cameron Brown - Be curious

“Born and raised in outback Australia, Cameron has turned his dream and passion for helping others into a socially conscious company that empowers people across the globe to make a greater impact.

In a world where we are more connected than ever before, many are feeling more disconnected… from themselves, each other and the planet. So Cameron decided to do something about that.

He sold or donated 99% of the things he used to own and embarked on a global quest to inspire people to make a greater impact thrivingcollective.com/impact, and to show first hand how in a distracted world, technology (when used purposefully) can actually improve our performance, mental health and our relationships.”

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Solange Cunin - Our mission

Solange Cunin is a 24-year-old who grew up ‘off the grid’ on her parents’ farm in northern NSW. She was given her first telescope at the age of eight and convinced everyone around her that she would become an aerospace engineer.  

“Solange studied a Bachelors in Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering at University of New South Wales. Solange founded Cuberider, a leader in innovative STEM education, which brings access to space down into the classroom. Solange has lead Cuberider to be the first Australian payload to ever go to the International Space Station and inspired thousands of students across Australia.”

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