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Expert guides to the new financial year

Farah Parkinson
04 Jul 2019

A new financial year brings questions and uncertainty on the trends that will shape the next 12 months for businesses. Our research into the future of the meetings industry indicates that the key areas audiences want to hear and learn from are customer experience, rebuilding trust, the future of work, leadership, and creating purpose led businesses.

We've put together a selection of specialist talent who are experts in these areas and can provide your attendees the guidance they need to navigate the new financial year.

Justin Dry - CEO of Vinomofo

Justin Dry is a multi-award winning entrepreneur and co-founder of Vinomofo, which started in 2011 from a little garage in Adelaide, and has grown quickly and profitably to over $50m revenue, 400,000 members, and a team of 100.

Justin is experienced in cultivating positive workplace cultures and management strategies, based around the driving principals of being human. He is also a strong believer in the importance of customer service and harnessing the power of your customer base to promote your product, by developing your consumers into a community of prosumers.

Dr Kirstin Ferguson - Leading Company Director

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is a leading company director and business leader, an award-winning expert on corporate culture and leadership, author of Women Kind and creator of the international social media phenomenon #CelebratingWomen.

Kirstin applies her own extensive leadership experience to help managers and leaders understand how they can build and maintain trust and purpose through becoming emotionally intelligent and authentic leaders. She focuses on those qualities that will ensure leaders of the future are able to resonate across generations to create values driven organisations with diverse and inclusive cultures. Kirstin’s own leadership journey, from the military parade ground to the boardroom, provides her with unique insights that she uses to inspire audiences to help them consider their own leadership qualities. A sought after keynote speaker and MC, Kirstin will tailor her presentation to the specific needs of your event, industry or audience.

Ben Crowe - Leadership mentor & mindset coach

Ben Crowe is arguably one of the most important and inspiring speakers of our time. As a leadership mentor and coach and adviser, Ben works closely with business leaders, Federal Governments, coaches & athletes across the globe explaining how authenticity, vulnerability and storytelling can create not only an amazing culture and competitive advantage – but also create a life that balances achievement with fulfilment.

Ben has famously worked with the Richmond Football Club and current World Tennis No.1 Ash Barty to reach new peaks in their career.

Ita Buttrose AC OBE - Media Icon & Chair of the ABC

Ita Buttrose is a trailblazer, Australian media icon, committed community and welfare contributor and current Chair of the ABC.

Ita is consistently regarded as one of the most trusted public figures in Australia and presents on topics including resilience, reputation, managing change, authentic leadership, and investing in your personal brand.

Andrew Baxter - Former CEO at Ogilvy & Publicis

Andrew Baxter has been successfully leading and growing major professional services firms, including Ogilvy and Publicis, for well over a decade. And he is a trusted counsel to many of Australia's most iconic brands. Andrew is particularly sought after for his experience and insights into brand trust, customer experience, marketing and digital transformation, leadership, growth, brand and communications, data, IPO’s, and China cross-border.

Janine Garner - Leadership & Collaboration Expert

Janine Garner is a global thought leader on powerful networking, collaboration and unleashing leadership brilliance. She is passionate about building high performing leaders and teams and bringing brilliant people together to achieve remarkable results.

Janine believes that today, more than ever we need people, teams and companies willing to put in the extra needed to be truly brilliant. That we need leaders who are connected to their purpose and who will drive change. We need individuals brilliant enough to lead both in today’s complex environment and into tomorrow’s unknowns.

Matt Jones - Leading strategist & Four Pillars Gin Co-Founder

Matt Jones is one of Australia’s leading strategists and storytellers when it comes to the intersections of brand, business, leadership, experience, culture, technology, human behaviour, and storytelling.

Matt is passionate about sharing his insights on the importance of customer experience, turning your customers into advocates and helping businesses define their 'Why?'

He's also passionate about Gin, being a co-founder of Four Pillars Gin, and can incorporate a tasting into his presentations.

Naomi Simson - CMO of Big Red Group

Naomi Simson is one of Australia's most prominent entrepreneurs and the co-founder of the Big Red Group which houses a number of brands including RedBalloon, Adrenaline, IfOnly, Albert AI (Marketics) and Redii.com with the purpose of shifting the way people experience life.

Having founded RedBalloon in 2001, Naomi is a trailblazer of online marketplaces and the Experience Economy. Naomi has created a new keynote around this topic which focuses on how businesses are impacted by #AccessOverOwnership and how to shift from being in the transaction game to the experience game.

Cian McLoughlin - Author, Award-winning Blogger & Sales Expert

Cian McLoughlin is author of the Amazon bestseller Rebirth of the Sales Man, an award winning blogger, international keynote speaker and business expert. With a career spanning 20 years in some of the biggest technology companies in the world, Cian provides a unique perspective on what motivates (and demotivates) customers when making a buying decision.

Whether MC, Facilitator or Keynote speaker, Cian tailors his sessions to your organisation’s specific needs. His Irish heritage and brief stint as a TV comedy writer ensure your audience will leave feeling educated, engaged and inspired.

Andrea Clarke - Founder, CareerCEO

Andrea Clarke has used lessons from a career path that has included filing breaking news from Washington D.C., delivering humanitarian aid programs into Iraq and fighting to stop the genocide in Darfur, to create 'CareerCEO' - a business that empowers people to prepare for the future of work. Her book Future Fit: how to stay relevant and competitive in the future of work explores how we can advance our human capability to accelerate our careers as we navigate major shifts in the way we work.

Stephen Scheeler - Former CEO of Facebook ANZ

Stephen Scheeler is the former CEO of Facebook Australia and New Zealand where he guided Facebook’s unprecedented rise from quirky Silicon Valley start up to media and technology titan. Stephen has the unique ability to excite audiences on the power of technology, the future of business and the new paradigm of 21st-century leadership.

Holly Ransom - CEO of Emergent

Holly Ransom is an in-demand keynote speaker globally, having presented over 500 sessions across six continents in the past three years. A Fulbright Scholar, experienced company director and CEO for strategic advisory firm Emergent, Holly brings high energy and a unique voice to ignite inclusive debate across public, corporate and non-profit decision-making forums. She can also lay claim to having been personally requested by President Barack Obama to interview him during his only engagement in Australia in 2018!

Holly is particularly renowned for her insights on the Future of Work, navigating decision-making in a technological era, and how to get the most out of intergenerational workforces and customers.

George Liacos - CEO of Spark Strategy

George Liacos is one of Australia’s most sought-after speakers and commentators on change, transformation, purpose and trust. He has spent 20 years advising Not-For-Profit, Government and Commercial organisations on strategy, business models and system transformation.

George’s fun, highly energetic and engaging approach becomes a talking point at every event he speaks at. His audiences walk away with practical tools they can implement immediately, and new ideas that create ripples of change both in their own lives and in their organisations.

Sam Mostyn - Leading Business and Sustainability Adviser

Sam Mostyn is a non-executive director and sustainability adviser, with a long history of sports governance. Sam's current board positions include Mirvac, Transurban and Virgin Australia.

In 2005 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Commission where she was an advocate for the Respect & Responsibility Policy for the inclusion of women at all levels of the AFL. She was an advocate for the creation of the AFL Women’s league and was the 2018 AFLW Cup Ambassador.

Greta Thomas - Former CMO of eBay Australia

Greta Thomas has many years of leadership and start up experience. After her executive career including launching eBay in Australia as CMO; consulting with McKinsey & Co, and 4 years working overseas for a start-up co-founded by Bono, she's now a board advisor and director. Greta also co-hosts the global podcast, Don't Stop Us Now! - featuring the success secrets of some of the world's most innovative and pioneering women.

Greta's presentations focus on what it takes to succeed as a leader or entrepreneur in a fast-changing world . She draws on the latest evidence based research combined with the insights gleaned from both her career and from talking to remarkable women from around the world on her podcast.

Kate Mills - Business Journalist & Thought Leader

Kate Mills has a unique insight into what makes a business successful having interviewed hundreds of leaders, chief executives and chairmen during her time editing Business Review Weekly and CFO Magazine. She is a passionate speaker on technology and jobs of the future.

Kate is a thought leader in content production, with a particular focus on content that is both efficient and valuable. Following a 20 year career in publishing Kate offers tricks of the trade that will benefit every business's content marketing strategy.

Brad Seymour - Innovator & Entrepreneur

Brad Seymour is passionate about building businesses that succeed. His 25 years of experience as a Senior Executive, Company Director and Entrepreneurial Proprietor in Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and India has forged his ‘back to basics’ management principles and helped define his rules for business success.

Through his keynotes Brad shares his learnings on the importance of maintaining a Founder's Mentality, the relationship between strategy and execution, the art of a great question, and the role of leadership.

Brad tailors each presentation based on your organisation's individual challenges.

Margie Warrell - Expert on Courageous Leadership

Margie Warrell is a leadership expert who draws on her background in Fortune 500 business, coaching and psychology to equip people with the mindset, strategies and skills essential to lead themselves and others to better outcomes.

Margie’s work draws on the latest research in positive and behavioural psychology, neuro-leadership and organizational change.

She is also a passionate advocate for gender equality and inclusive leadership, and in 2010 founded Global Courage to embolden braver leadership and advance more women to decision-making tables.

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