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Sunita
Gloster

Internationally Experienced Executive Leader & MC

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Sunita Gloster is an internationally experienced executive leader with almost 30-years of experience across professional services with a focus on media, marketing, technology and advertising.

She is known for driving strong commercial partnerships and being a champion of the role marketing and brands play to drive growth and social good.

She has held senior leadership roles in Australia and internationally and been recognised for her industry contributions: voted one of the ‘Top 35 Businesswomen under 35’ in the UK for two consecutive years by Management Today and voted Europe's 'Top 40 Marketing Professional under 40' in 2003.

Current Work:

Since returning to Australia, she has been ranked in B&T Magazine’s Top 30 Power Women in Media consistently for seven years. She is passionate and energetic about making a difference, being a catalyst for action and she is a strong advocate for the empowerment of women and girls and a champion of multicultural Australia having arrived as an immigrant in 1974.

Sunita thrives on being a connector of people and opportunity, building partnerships. As the former CEO of the Australian Association of National Advertisers she has built an exceptional business network of connections and strong trusted relationships.

Sunita has a strong public profile in the media, marketing and technology industry often called upon to be a spokesperson or panellist on issues that shape the ecosystem. She has solid media and external relations credentials. She is a panellist on the ABC TV Show Gruen, a contributing columnist in the Australian Financial Review, and other industry trade journals in her sector.

Sunita is currently managing a portfolio of advisory roles. She is a Senior Advisor at Accenture and UN Women Australia and is also the mother of 3 amazing teenagers who fill her life with joy, love and laughter.

Expertise
Talking Points

Master of Ceremonies - A connected experience

How do you guarantee an event that is memorable, uplifting, captivating, entertaining and inclusive?

It all begins with meticulous preparation. Every word was chosen for the occasion. Sunita immerses herself in the detail and add the breadth of her strategic experience to ensure she can pivot any conversation with ease, ask pertinent questions on the fly and encourage guests to reflect at key moments. Sunita is known for being an infectious and energetic connector - of people, of ideas, of content, of an audience to the stage, to an outcome.

Sunita's style is to be part of the room with warmth and empathy, be it small, large or around a dinner table giving guests and speakers permission and comfort to share.

She delivers a connected experience that is inclusive and will have attendees at hello.

Gender Equality - the battle of our times

Gender equality is the biggest human rights issue of our time and one that is omnipresent on our screens and in our news. Get used to it, it’s a battle that will be on the agenda for the next 135 years. Many find this hard to believe. This keynote educates on the facts and simplifies the issue to an everyday level - one that has harmful impacts on our families, communities, our customers and employees, not just today but for the next four generations to come. Our only option is to accelerate change. 2020 proved that we can change fast when our lives depend on it. Speak up? Who’s in?

Be Good - business is the greatest platform for change.

Many migrants can recount amusing tales from their childhood, being told to ‘be good’ or ‘let’s keep that for good’. This was Sunita's childhood as an Indian immigrant in Gough Whitlam’s early multicultural Australia. Today, we see the emergence of the language of ‘be good’ as a strategic narrative that is reshaping the purpose of a business. What role and influence should business play and be held accountable for to create and impact societal change for good?
Feedback
As the MC for the launch of the Federal Government’s Coaching for Women in Digital Program, run by the Digital Transformation Agency and Accenture, Sunita was able to transcend the virtual engagement by connecting with leaders from all over the country. Sunita balanced warmth and humour with pertinent questioning, and prompts for audience reflection. As part of this event Sunita delivered a 60 minute one-on-one conversation with the Hon. Julia Gillard on women and leadership. Sunita brought the audience along with her, sharing personal stories and seamlessly covering a broad range of topics in addition to live questions from the audience. What a professional! Accenture

I’m pleased to endorse Sunita Gloster as a strong and engaging event host. Sunita recently hosted Accenture Australia’s flagship event to support International Women’s Day which was broadcast to more than 1,500 employees and clients. Sunita’s style is warm, confident and energetic. Her professionalism and meticulous research helped bring to life an inspiring 45 minute interview with former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. Feedback on the event, and Sunita’s role as host, has been overwhelmingly positive.

Accenture

Sunita has MC’d, and also moderated conversations for the Trans-Tasman Business Circle on a couple of occasions. She moderated at The Future of Work briefing we held in April 2021, and also been the MC for David Thodey AM when he talked about Resilient Leaders in Challenging Times in August last year. Sunita moderated both the set questions, and the audience Q&A which followed. She kept pace with David, and challenged him at times too! The audience was thoroughly engaged, and all left the session with much to consider. From the tangible aspects of where and how we work, to the less tangible but no less important aspects of how we find our purpose and connect on a human to human level, all I can say is I'm thrilled that Sunita was involved in the conversation and shared her experiences with the panel for the Future of Work discussion. Sunita has a warm and engaging style; she has the ability to quickly read an audience, and engage at just the right level. We find she has a unique ability to keep the conversation on track, while ensuring each person has an opportunity to be involved. Because of her background in corporate Australia, she understands expectations and inspires the audience to deeper discussions. Whenever Sunita speaks, people listen! We know this because of the immediate and enthusiastic feedback from our audiences - and as we have held over 250 virtual briefings in the past 18 months, we understand what works and what does not - and the enthusiasm she engenders is quite out of the ordinary.

Trans-Tasman Business Circle

ANZ engaged Sunita Gloster as part of a bespoke programme, ANZ Doyenne, designed to increase the visibility of business women in the media. Sunita shared her global expertise on marketing, building a strong, and distinctive personal brand, and gave participants very clear tools, and frameworks to work with. Sunita was well researched, organised, made contact with all participants prior to speaking, and invested significant time and effort into her speaking slot. The feedback we received from participants was overwhelmingly positive. She is impactful, charismatic, clear, and inspirational. She galvanised all participants and immediately won both hearts and minds.

ANZ

On IWD 2021 I had the honour of speaking at the UN Women Australia event in Sydney, in the company of some truly remarkable people - Yasmin Poole, Marise Payne, Liz Broderick and many others. After giving a most generous and personal introduction, the incredible force that is Sunita Gloster lead the audience in a 'reverse ovation' that had me bursting with love before I'd even reached the stage. What a sight to see; 1200 people standing and cheering in Sydney. Not only was that an incredible gesture from Sunita to make me feel safe and loved to tell my story, it was the epitome of empowerment. And for a speaker that tells a very personal story, Sunita's personal touch and humanity was very appreciated.

Grace Tame - Australian of The Year 2021

Sunita made a sparkling return to Gruen last year and we couldn’t be happier to have her back. She brings enormous depth, experience and insight to our show and is a concise and masterful communicator. Her preparation is astounding, she always understands the brief and she can be bloody funny to boot!

Gruen | ABCTV
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