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Upcoming Saxton Fireside Chats

Keep track of all upcoming virtual Saxton Fireside Chat events via our schedule here.

View a synopsis of each presenter plus a link to register for free via Eventbrite. If you missed any of the sessions you can catch up via our YouTube channel or our News Hub.

These sessions are produced in partnership with the incredible team at Scene Change who provide our production, staging and audiovisual support for these events.

Tuesday, 2 June: Curtis McGrath

A true story of triumph over tragedy, Curtis McGrath is a para-canoeist like no other. On the 23rd of August 2012, young soldier Curtis McGrath’s life changed forever. The decorated Sapper was two months into a tour of Taliban-rife areas of Afghanistan when he stepped on a homemade landmine, otherwise known as an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). The then 24-year-old tragically lost both his legs in the blast.

Thirty minutes after losing both his legs in a horrific blast in Afghanistan, in those traumatic moments as he was being stretchered from the bomb site, Curtis was already thinking about pursuing a career as an amputee athlete. He didn’t know what sport he was going to do, but his positive outlook and determination to rebound and get on with achieving his driving ambitions are what has made this man get to where he is today.

Having won a gold medal in 2016 in para-canoening at the Rio Olympics Curtis is currently working towards a second in Tokyo. In this chat with Saxton CEO Anne Jamieson Curtis will discuss the process of shifting focus and maintaining resilience.

REGISTER HERE for Curtis's Session

Thursday, 4 June: Dr Bronwyn King

Dr Bronwyn King is a social entrepreneur, movement maker and a globally renowned humanitarian on a mission to inspire and transform organisations into purpose-driven and sustainable businesses. At the heart of Bronwyn's philosophy in business, medicine and life is the notion that it is in the exchange that we are able to build bridges - bridges of trust, communication and rapport - enabling individuals, teams and strategic partners to create desired outcomes.

In this session gain unprecedented access to connect with Brownyn in conversation with Saxton CEO, Anne Jamieson. There will also be the opportunity for attendees to ask questions of Bronwyn in this online forum.

REGISTER HERE for Bronwyn's Session

Tuesday, 9 June: Ron Gauci

Ron Gauci has a reputation as the “Go To” executive for organisations who are looking for significant growth, transformation, asset leverage, good governance and/or quality leadership.

He has an extensive track record of rapidly achieving success regardless of how difficult the challenges, through the development of a visionary strategic plan that all stakeholders buy in to. He enjoys taking organisations yet to realise their growth opportunities, setting them on a journey of reaching that potential. Ron has an innate ability to navigate through complex environments & stakeholders generating opportunity & growth despite any adversities, challenges or industry.

In this session with Saxton CEO, Anne Jamieson, Ron will discuss how we can turn disruption into transformation. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of Ron.

REGISTER HERE for Ron's session

Thursday, 11 June: Zoe Condliffe

Zoë Condliffe is the CEO & Founder of She’s A Crowd and a researcher in gender and crowdsourcing technology at Monash University. Zoë’s work uses crowdsourcing technology to make cities safer for women and address the gender data gap.

In this session gain unprecedented access to connect with Zoë in conversation with Saxton CEO, Anne Jamieson. There will also be the opportunity for attendees to ask questions of Zoë in this online forum.

REGISTER HERE for Zoe's session

Tuesday, 16 June: Jacqui Cooper

Jacqui Cooper represented Australia in the sport of aerial skiing for over 20 years. She has competed in 139 World Cup Events, nine World Championships and has been selected to five Winter Olympic teams, the first Australian Woman in history (Summer or Winter Games) to have enjoyed this honour. And with a record five world titles, 39 World Cup medals, 25 World Cup wins and three major World Championship medals, Jacqui Cooper is indisputably the greatest aerial skier of all time.

Jacqui's story is one of self-belief, passion, triumph, tragedy and the ability to overcome adversity against the odds as she battled years of injury in her journey to success.

In this session, Jacqui and Saxton CEO Anne Jamieson will discuss the mindset tools Jacqui has used to overcome hurdles and achieve her goals.

REGISTER HERE for Jacqui's session

Thursday, 18 June: Dr Catherine Ball

Dr Catherine Ball is an associate professor, advisor, author, speaker, founder, executive producer, executive director, company director, charity patron, future-thinker, wife, mother, and a bit of a rebel.

Catherine enjoys working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs alongside world-leading academics and outliers. Catherine is a sought-after voice across the start-up, futurist and tech world, and works globally across a wide range of projects from creating documentaries and world-leading conferences and events to advising on the use of novel approaches (e.g. drones) across environmental and humanitarian projects. Catherine is a proponent of community engagement with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and likes to demystify emerging tech.

In this intimate session join Catherine in conversation with Saxton CEO, Anne Jamieson as they discuss emerging technologies and how we can ethically apply them.

REGISTER HERE for Catherine's session

Tuesday, 23 June: Dr Gill Hicks

Gill Hicks is considered to be one of the most thought-provoking, powerful and life-affirming speakers in Australia and the UK. She is globally known as an advocate for sustainable peace and a valuable resource in countering violent extremism.

Her devotion to making a personal greater contribution and positive difference to the urgency of building peace was realised when she was made permanently injured in the London terrorist bombings on July 7th, 2005.

But Gill is much more than a survivor and her presentations focus on topics such as confidence and trust within ourselves, how having both allows us to make transformative choices.

In this intimate session join Gill in conversation with Saxton CEO, Anne Jamieson as they discuss care, resilience and overcoming trauma.

REGISTER HERE for Gill's session

Thursday, 25 June: Andrew Baxter

Andrew Baxter successfully led and grew major professional services firms for well over a decade. This included time as the CEO at Ogilvy which saw the agency create iconic campaigns such as AAMI's “Rhonda and Ketut” and Coca-Cola’s “Share a Coke”, and help turn around businesses such as Officeworks and the Bank of Melbourne.

In this session gain unprecedented access to connect with Andrew in conversation with Scene Change CEO Ian Whitworth as they discuss Marketing and Communicating in a crisis. There will also be the opportunity for attendees to ask questions of Andrew in this online forum.

REGISTER HERE for Andrew's session

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