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Leadership in business and government.

To predict the future you need to know the present and understand the past

Sallyanne Atkinson AO has been a leader in political and business life for over four decades. A trailblazer for working mothers, she built a high-profile national career while raising five children and has lead `some of Australia’s biggest companies including Caltex, APN News and Media, Abigroup and Barclay Mowlem as a non-executive director.

Current Work

Sallyanne is currently the Chairman of the Museum of Brisbane and the Council of the Women’s College at UQ, and is also on the boards of the Queensland Brain Institute and the Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton, and the Outback Film Festival.

Sallyanne Atkinson is a renowned guest speaker, facilitator and business Consultant. She speaks on a wide range of topics based on her rich and varied real-life experiences as a politician, chairman, business consultant, diplomat and journalist. These include leadership and management (and the difference between them), transitions and dealing with change, international business and trade, city planning and urbanisation, the role of women, and ageing usefully.

Previous Experience

Leadership and Politics: She has been Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Australia’s largest local government, Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner to Paris, Queensland Special Representative in South East Asia, Chairman of Queensland Tourism,and a member of the bidding team for Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney Olympics, for which she was on the organising committee.

Talking Points

Reinventing the Future

Dealing with Change


Many of the delegates felt that Sallyanne was speaking directly to them - They could identify with what she was saying to them. Chamber of Women in Business
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