Speakers

Dr Kate Auty

Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment, Australian Capital Territory; Ambassador – Future Melbourne 2026

City of Melbourne

 
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Dr Kate Auty is the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment. Her qualifications include law, history and environmental science. She holds a PhD in law and legal studies and continues as a barrister. Kate has held appointments as a magistrate and coroner (Victoria and Western Australia). She has also held appointments as a WA mining warden and industrial magistrate.

Kate was instrumental in establishing Aboriginal sentencing courts in both Victoria and Western Australia. Subsequent to those appointments she was the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability from 2009-2014 and she continues as a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow with University of Melbourne through to 2017. Current boards and advisory roles include the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (Chair), AURIN and MDBA ACSEES (member).  Kate is presently a City of Melbourne Ambassador in the development of the Future Melbourne Plan 2026 with a portfolio responsibility in climate change. In accepting the ACT Commissioner role Kate relinquished advisory roles with La Trobe University in sustainable society, water and agriculture research, and she also stepped down as the chair of the advisory board to NeCTAR. 

Susan Oliver

Chairman, Scale Investors; Steering Committee

30% Club

 
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Susan is an entrepreneur, company director and deeply committed to Australia’s innovation and diversity agendas. Susan is founding chairman of Scale Investors, a female focused angel investing network, is an angel investor, the co-inventor of two software systems and co-founder of a technology start-up company. She is a committee member of the 30% Club in Australia.
Susan is an experienced listed company director of more than 20 years with strong commercial and technical skills. She is a non-executive director of CNPR, and is the independent member of the Investment Committee for Industry Funds Management, and sits on the boards of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Melbourne Theatre Company.  Prior appointments include deputy chairman of Simonds Homes Ltd, Coffey International Ltd, Fusion Retail Brands, Transurban Group, Centro Properties Group (where she was a member of the board that achieved the successful restructure), Programmed Group, Just Group and MBF.
Susan co-founded The Big Issue in Australia, headed the Australian Commission for the Future and has contributed significantly to the innovation, IT and arts policy agendas in Australia over a period of 30 years. She was a British Council Scholar, was awarded a Centenary medal for service to business and in 2013 was named as one of the 100 women of influence by Westpac and AFR.

Brigadier David Westphalen

Commander, Headquarters 4th Brigade

Australian Army

 
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Brigadier David Westphalen enlisted into the Australian Army in January 1979 and graduated as a Lieutenant from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea in 1984. He was allocated to the Royal Australian Engineers and posted to 21 Construction Squadron as a Troop Commander. Subsequent Regimental postings were to construction and combat engineer regiments in either command or operations positions. Key appointments include Operations Officer of the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment and Commanding Officer of the 4th Combat Engineer Regiment.
 
In addition to his Regimental postings, Brigadier Westphalen has served in a wide range of Instructional, Development and Staff appointments. Key instruction postings include as the Executive Officer at the 1st Recruit Training Battalion (where he served as the acting Commanding Officer for approximately three and a half months), an Observer Trainer with the Combat Training Centre (Battle Command) and as a member of the Directing Staff at the Australian Command and Staff College. Notable development and staff postings were to the posting to the Force Development Group, Land Warfare Development Centre and as the Colonel Training at Headquarters Forces Command.

Melissa Verner Green

Head of Melbourne Agency + Government

Facebook

 
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Melissa is Head of Melbourne Agency + Government at Facebook and Instagram and member of their ANZ Leadership team. 
Her primary responsibility is facilitating and building the business strategy with a particular focus on developing deeper partnerships with key clients and their agencies. 
Melissa’s goal is to help marketers understand the opportunity of mobile in delivering powerful media and marketing solutions utilising the Facebook family of apps and services.
Melissa has worked in the media industry for over 25 years across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Andrew Clark

Managing Partner for Australia and New Zealand, Male Champion of Change

The Boston Consulting Group

 
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Andrew Clark is the Managing Partner of The Boston Consulting Group, ANZ. He has responsibility for the Australian and New Zealand operations of the company. This role involves management of the organisation’s operations and 350 employees across five offices – Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Auckland.
Andrew has held several positions within the company including head of the Indonesia business, head of the Auckland and Perth offices, Asia-Pacific head of the Corporate Development and Industrial Goods practices and global head of the internal investment unit. He has been with the company for 25 years, with 15 years spent in the SE Asia practice, based in Jakarta and Singapore.
Prior to joining The Boston Consulting Group, Andrew worked as a process engineer and production manager in Australia and the UK, in the mining, chemicals and FMCG manufacturing industries.

Anne Bellavance

National President

Women's Federation for World Peace Australia

 
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Anne has a Bachelor of Pure Science from Canada. She was given the opportunity to apply for a PhD scholarship, but passed it down, because she had a young family to care for. Currently, she is a math/science teacher in the middle school of a private college, with a passion for environmental science.

Anne has been involved in social action and peace building in Canada, the United States and Australia for 42 years. She is currently the international vice-president (representing the Oceania region), and the Australian national president of the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP for short); an international NGO in General Consultative Status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations.

Richard Wormald

Division President Australasia

MasterCard

 
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Mr. Wormald is responsible for operations in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, leading a team of payments professionals to execute Mastercard’s mission to use technology and expertise to make payments safer, simpler and smarter. He is responsible for operations in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, leading a team of payments professionals to execute Mastercard’s mission to use technology and expertise to make payments safer, simpler and smarter.
Previously, Mr. Wormald was a Director at Wesfarmers, where he built the Coles Financial Services business, including the Coles Mastercard card portfolio, Coles Insurance and Coles mobile wallet.  He also led the acquisition and redevelopment of the flybuys reward program, and development of Coles Financial Services big data analytics capabilities.
Prior to joining Wesfarmers, Mr. Wormald spent several years with Accenture, providing management consulting and strategy support in the retail and consumer goods industries. Mr. Wormald also worked for Proctor and Gamble, Unilever and Ford Motor Company in the UK, Europe and across Asia.
In addition, Mr. Wormald 

Kate Palmer

Chief Executive

Australian Sports Commission

 
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Kate Palmer started as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission in January 2017. Prior to this, she spent ten years as Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia. During this time, netball has grown to be among the largest participation sports in Australia, the Diamonds have remained on top of their sport worldwide, Netball Australia’s revenue has more than tripled in seven years and the national netball competition has been re-imagined twice and now has a major free-to-air media partner.
As well as being CEO of Netball Australia, Kate has been Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport, CEO of Netball Victoria, a coach, a regional coordinator, a volunteer and a participant. Kate has an Honours degree in Sport Science and a Masters in Sport Management.
In her leadership positions in Australian sport, Kate has created high performing organisations which have excelled in high performance and growing community participation, with good governance and people management. She has a successful track record of leading transformative organisational change.

Dr Dong Yang Wu

Chief of Aerospace Division

Defence Science & Technology Group

 
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Dr Dong Yang Wu took up her appointment as Chief of Aerospace Division in July 2017. In this role, she leads the work of over 300 scientists, engineers and
technicians who undertake science and technology work to support the operation of Defence’s fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

Sean O'Donnell

Global Markets Executive

IBM

 
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Throughout my career I have continually sought to build teams and develop businesses at the leading edge. This approach has given me the opportunity to work with some of the most innovative and customer-centric organisations in Australia and New Zealand. I believe that the future for successful service organisations lies in disruptive innovation, in building the capability of their people, in simplifying their business models and most of all, in building an ethical culture that their stakeholders can genuinely believe in. I am a courageous and pragmatic leader who recognizes that it is people and diversity that make the real difference and that successful business strategies must be underpinned by winning cultures and a relentless focus on the customer experience.

Josh Vanderloo

Head of Female Football

AFL

 
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Josh Vanderloo is an industry sports leader in Australian football and competition management. As the Head of Female Football & Junior Development at the Australian Football League (AFL) he brings 15 years of industry experience building participation and talent pathways to drive growth across community and elite competitions. 
Driven to provide opportunities for anyone to be involved in Australian Football, his career start in sport involved managing State and National Auskick portfolios before eventually taking on the broader management of National Participation growth strategies in 2010. 

Over the past two years, Josh has steered the establishment of the history-making new AFL Women’s Competition (developing the league structure, licensing AFL Clubs, drafting players and establishing rules and regulations whilst leading teams to create a brand position and build a new audience) which launched successfully in February 2017 to 196,00 attendees and 5.6million cumulative TV audience.   

Jo-Anne Ruhl

Vice President Application Sales ANZ

Oracle

 
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 Jo-Anne Ruhl is Vice President of Oracle Cloud (SaaS) Applications for ANZ. Jo is responsible for leading the transformation of the Oracle Applications business in ANZ to Cloud, and charged with driving accelerated SaaS growth through clearly defined strategies, specialization, focused sales execution, thought leadership as well as strong people development and change management.

Prior to joining Oracle in 2016, Jo was the Managing Director of Infor ANZ responsible for the entire software portfolio. 

She holds a joint Bachelor of Commerce and Law degree from the University of Pretoria and an LLB from the University of South Africa. 

Sarah Loh

CEO

South Metro Junior Football League

 
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Sarah Loh has over 28 years sports management experience in senior roles working with such organisations like YMCA Victoria, 5 local government councils, EO of Dragon Boat Victoria and Ice Hockey Victoria. Sarah is the CEO of the South Metro Junior Football League which is one of the largest AFL league’s in Australia with over 10,500 members and scheduling over 3,200 games a year.
 
In all her sporting roles, Sarah has been using technology to assist in membership management, event management, scheduling and payment processing. Sarah also designed one of the first aquatics and recreations centre’s in Victoria using RFID technology in the 2009.

Dr. Jennifer Fitzgerald

CEO, 2016 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year

Scope

 
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Jennifer became the Chief Executive Officer of Scope in January 2012. Jennifer’s value-driven approach has led her to work in the disability, health, aged care and community sectors for more than 30 years.
 
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Physiotherapy), Graduate Diploma of Physiotherapy (Neurology), a Masters in Business Administration and a Doctor of Physiotherapy.
 
She is a Director of National Disability Services, Ability First Australia and Ability Roundtable and Chair of Cerebral Palsy Australia. Jennifer is also currently on the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Advisory Council Housing Innovation Working Group and the Victorian Ministerial National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Implementation Taskforce. 

In 2016, she was named Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year.

Jacqueline Savage

CEO & Founder, 2016 Telstra Victorian Business Woman's Entrepreneur of the Year

MedCorp Technologies

 
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Jacqueline Savage is the Founder and CEO of MedCorp Technologies, a medical device company developing wearable technologies for the healthcare industry. As a Product Design Engineer by training she is passionate and dedicated to improving healthcare through innovation.  After obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering (Product Design), specialising in Biomedical Engineering, Jacqueline has used her diverse range of skills to develop products from concept through to manufacture and global distribution.

A multi-award winning and widely celebrated businesswomen, Jacqueline has won numerous awards including: 2016 Telstra Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year Award and 2016 Emerging Women in Leadership Award, BioMelbourne Network. Highly respected by her peers, in addition to her duties as CEO, Jacqueline sits on multiple boards and advises nationally and internationally in both the private and government sectors on healthcare and innovation.
Voted Top 100 Global Engineering Innovations of 2014 (NASA Tech Briefs) Jacqueline’s success has been celebrated through her multiple achievements and her continuing desire to create wearable technology that assists to save lives.

Stella Choe

Managing Director, Head of Corporate Banking Australia and New Zealand,

Citi

 

Ben Crowe

Co-Founder, Board Member of Richmond Football Club and AFL Coaches Association

Unscripted

 

Andrea Douglas

VP, R&D Strategy & External Affairs

CSL

 
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Dr Andrea Douglas is the Vice President, R&D Strategy and External Affairs at CSL Limited, located at CSL’s headquarters in Parkville, Australia. Andrea oversees the global R&D strategy, product portfolio and R&D investment and prioritisation processes and is responsible for relationships with external stakeholders in the Australian Medical and Translational Research environment. Andrea also leads the Government Affairs Strategy in Australia.     
Andrea has held various roles at CSL since 2005, including VP, Licensing where she lead the in and out licensing of R&D assets, head of Global R&D Project Management and Program Director, Influenza, where she had oversight of CSL’s Influenza Vaccine activities. 
Before joining CSL Andrea was the CEO of the Gene CRC. She also held a senior research role at WEHI where she studied the molecular genetics of breast cancer. 
Andrea has a PhD degree in Forensic Medicine from Monash University.  She also holds a Masters degree in Health Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has been a Director of AusBiotech since 2013 and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute since 2016.

Kirsten Gray

Group Executive Corporate Services & Company Secretary

Orica

 
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Kirsten was appointed Group Executive Corporate Services and Company Secretary in October 2015. Kirsten has responsibility for the legal function, company secretariat, as well as sustainability, government and community affairs. She joined Orica after a 20 year career with BHP Billiton where she held senior global legal positions. Kirsten has deep experience in corporate governance, global mergers and acquisitions and general commercial law.

Jemma Wong

Head of Audience

AFL

 
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Jemma Wong is a strategic marketer, brand storyteller and growth builder. Leading with an audience-first purpose, disruptive spirit and always designing for growth, she has ten years of specialist marketing experience within the Australian Entertainment and Non-Profit industry working for City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Cricket Australia, The Australian Ballet and now the Australian Football League. In 2016 she led the marketing and audience strategy for AFL Women’s, building brand change for the sport. 
In 2017 Jemma won the MUmBRELLA Under 30 Achiever of the Year Award and in 2015 the Cannes Young Lion Award for Marketing, competing internationally amongst the top marketers around the world in France.
She is the creator of the community, Girls Who Brand, and is passionate about diversity within marketing and giving young women more opportunities to empower narratives in marketing, content and creative.

Nicole Stoddart

Managing Director Construction Services ANZ

AECOM

 
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Nicole is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Building Practitioner (Commercial Unlimited). Nicole has 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. Her experience has incorporated senior roles in Operations, Corporate Strategy and Pre-contracts Management. 
She has experience in Business Planning and strategy, Risk Management, Legal and Commercial, Design, Occupational Health and Safety, Environment and Sustainability, Stakeholder Management, Sales and Marketing and Developing Winning Value Propositions. She is experienced across a range of sectors including Roads, Rail, Aviation, Corrections, Building, Water, Defence, Energy and Health.

Kath Sutherland

Head of Talent, Capability & Learning

BP

 
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A Senior Organisational Capability professional with proven strategic, operational and leadership experience across a range of industries and sectors. A creative thinker and resilient leader who has the capacity to deliver transformational change in areas of talent management, culture, engagement and leadership development that positively impacts performance.

Sophie Mitchell

Head Government Relations

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

 
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Sophie Mitchell is the Head of Government Relations at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has worked at the public broadcaster for the last 8 years across corporate strategy, media relations, stakeholder communications and crisis management. 
Sophie holds over 15 years’ experience in the fields of corporate communications and stakeholder relations. Sophie joined the ABC in 2009 and prior to this worked as an adviser to the federal communications minister and in commercial legal practice.

Samantha Johnson

Executive General Manager HSEQ

McConnell Dowell

 
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Samantha Johnson is the Executive General Manager for HSEQ with McConnell Dowell,  a role she has held since the beginning of 2015. Samantha has been with McConnell Dowell  for over a decade, working in Risk Management, but in her spare time she enjoys crafts and sewing - A far cry from her Safety role.

Meg Bonighton

General Manager, Home Lending

NAB

 
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Meg Bonighton is General Manger of Home Lending at NAB, responsible for the bank’s end-to-end home lending portfolio and customer experience across Retail, Direct, Business Bank, and third party channels. 
 
Meg has over 15 years’ experience in banking, across product, distribution, and project management, and is passionate about supporting women in financial services.
 
A senior leader at NAB, Meg leads a team of almost 65 people dedicated to helping customers achieve their home ownership goals through new and engaging banking experiences.
 
Prior to her joining NAB in May 2015, Meg was ANZ General Manager of Specialist Channels, responsible for the distribution of mortgage products via third party, mobile lending and direct channels.

Keran Howe

Executive Director

Women with Disabilities Victoria

 
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Over many years Keran has worked in the health and disability fields in service development and delivery, research and policy development. She has represented issues related to women’s health, violence prevention and the rights of people with disabilities on a range of government advisory and community boards.
 
Keran became a  Churchill Fellow in 2004 and is an inductee of the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
She has been awarded a Centenary Medal and the Lesley Hall Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Disability Awards for her advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. Keran has been a Member of the National Disability Research and Development Steering Committee; the Residential Independent Trust Board; and the Board of Domestic Violence Victoria.
 
Keran is a passionate campaigner for the human rights of people with disabilities.

Anna Thomas

COO, Brand Ambassador for Empowered Women in Real Estate; 2016 Telstra Victorian Corporate and Private Award Finalist

Stockdale & Leggo

 
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As one of the real estate industry’s most prominent COO’s, it’s easy to see why Anna Thomas, the current Chief Operating Officer of Stockdale & Leggo, is a stand out. While most would consider entering such a competitive and ruthless market without industry experience as far too daunting, Anna has turned this to her advantage, using her ‘fresh’ pair of eyes to curate a vision and strategic direction for the business which has seen her revolutionise the culture and technological infrastructure, improving market share for the group exponentially in the process.
 
An unstoppable entrepreneurial force, Anna launched her own consulting, recruitment and training company in 2002 lending her expertise to blue chip clients such as Telstra, CBA, Australian Air Express, Origin Energy, Officeworks, Nokia and Siemens amongst others. Leveraging her talent and capability, Anna worked in a variety of high level corporate roles focusing on sales, marketing, business solutions and recruitment before joining the Stockdale & Leggo group which she now leads.

Karen Milward

Chairperson

Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria

 
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Karen Milward is a Yorta Yorta woman who was born and raised in Melbourne. She has developed extensive networks within the Victorian Indigenous community and Indigenous communities nationally as well as within State and Commonwealth Government Departments and agencies in Victoria.
Karen is a strong advocate for developing culturally appropriate solutions to the issues confronting Indigenous people, which empower individuals and communities so they can confidently and effectively move forward. As well as being a co-Chairperson of the Indigenous Leadership Network Victoria, Karen is the Chairperson of the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place (MMIGP) and the Eastern Indigenous Healing Service.

Joanne Love

Director

Elite Performance Management

 
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Joanne Love holds a degree in Business and Psychology, using her knowledge to educate others on how psychology and neuroscience can create successful performance outcomes both in Australia and overseas. Joanne’s journey started many years ago, working as elite swimming coach, representing Australia at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Through her workshops, mentoring and speaking, she continues to help athletes and coaches achieve success, which has resulted in numerous Olympic Medals and World Records.  Presently, Joanne has been working with women to perform and excel within differing industries. Her focus is to create impactful women through improved confidence, action and delivery.

Ro Allen

Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality

Victorian Government

 
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Ro Allen is an experienced and longstanding advocate for LGBTI Victorians and has held leadership positions in the community and government sectors.
Ro has been a member of three Victorian Government LGBTI ministerial advisory groups and chaired the ministerial advisory committee on LGBTI Health and Wellbeing between 2007 and 2009.
As founding CEO of UnitingCare Cutting Edge, Ro established Victoria’s first rural support group for young LGBTI people, giving Ro a particular understanding of the issues faced in rural and regional areas.
Ro is a former Chair of the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, the Victorian Skills Commission, the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVIC), and former member of the Hume Regional Development Australia Committee.
Ro has been recognised for extensive community service: in 2003 Ro received a Centenary Medal and in 2009 was inducted into the Victorian Government Honour Roll for Women.

Sarah Jones

Global SHES Counsel

Orica

 
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Sarah Jones first joined Orica on 5 December 2005.  She is a senior legal advisor to Orica and its businesses globally, overseeing and providing independent, timely, solution-focused, risk based client and cost focused SHES legal advice. Ms Jones recently established the Orica Women’s Reference Group and is president of the Melbourne chapter.   
Ms Jones commenced her career in insurance broking with a large international insurance brokerage. She then spent seven years at law firm Dunhill Madden Butler which later became Deacons (now Norton Rose Fulbright), where she found her passion for environmental and safety law. During this period, Ms Jones advised clients from a range of industries from fast food, agricultural, petroleum, local government and construction. 

Caroline Kennedy

Author & Business Leader

www.carolinekennedy.com.au

 
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Caroline is an experienced CEO, business founder, author and business mentor with over 20 years’ experience in the private and corporate sector.
She has led small, medium and multinational companies, with annual revenues ranging from $1 million to more than $200 million. With over 20 years of expertise spanning across the corporate and private industry.
 
Caroline has built a reputation as one of Australia's foremost experts on business. Both awards and media coverage commend her work. The Telstra Business Women’s Awards acknowledged Caroline twice for her achievements in business.
 
She is a published author. An Avid trend watcher who contributes to The Huffington Post. Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland and Smallville.com.au to name a few. Topics focus on how to master and build a successful, thriving business.

Justin Untersteiner

Assistant Commissioner

Australian Taxation Office

 
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Justin is an Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office. Justin has held key leadership roles in ATO, including most recently as a key advisor to the Commissioner and the ATO Executive as the Chief Finance Officer. 
 
He has over 12 years of experience in the ATO including management and financial accounting functions, procurement and contract management, ATO Property portfolio, stakeholder relations, compliance and leading major change initiatives. Justin has been responsible for shaping the future strategic direction of the ATO and the broader Commonwealth. Prior to joining the ATO Justin has held leadership positions in the private sector companies such as Cadbury Schweppes and Woolworths. 
Justin is an advocate of gender equity and flexible working arrangements in the ATO. He leads by example to enhance the quality of the work environment and create a culture that supports life beyond work. Throughout his career, he has sought creative ways of fitting the different domains of his life together, including studying a law degree, sharing caring responsibilities of his son, working part time and successfully managing a department of over 400 staff, making him an influential role model and an outspoken voice on work-life integration and leadership. 
 
Justin has extensive experience in facilitating organisational change supported by new workplace initiatives. He was instrumental in introducing activity based working in the ATO enabling staff to work anywhere, anytime, through enhanced technological and workplace capabilities.

Danielle Green

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and Major Events

Victorian Government

 
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Danielle Green MP was elected to represent Yan Yean since 2002.  Raised in Regional Victoria, Danielle has two adult sons and lives in Diamond Creek with husband Michael. Previous positions held in government include Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services. In Opposition, Danielle held various portfolios including being Australia’s first Spokesperson for the Prevention of Family Violence. Her interests include snow skiing, football especially AFLW, netball and singing.
The Yan Yean electorate is one of the fastest growing in Victoria and Danielle is a strong advocate for jobs, infrastructure and services in addition to being Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Tourism and Major Events.

Sharon McGowan

CEO

National Stroke Foundation

 
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Sharon joined Stroke Foundation as Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Having spent her career in the health sector, Sharon has a wealth of experience and expertise that will take the Stroke Foundation forward on the next phase of its journey.
Sharon is an experienced communicator, with a background in management, community engagement, culture transformation, health promotion, fundraising and the volunteer service. Originally trained as a registered nurse, Sharon has worked in Australia and the UK with a range of government statutory authorities and not-for-profit organisations.
Sharon holds a Masters of Business Administration from Cranfield University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Acutely aware of the devastating impact that a stroke can have on survivors and their family members, Sharon is passionate about bringing government, health professionals and the broader community together to fight this terrible disease. Sharon aims to make a real difference by increasing awareness of stroke and support for it as a major health priority.

Associate Prof Clare Hanlon

Sport Management Discipline Leader, College of Sport & Exercise Science

Victoria University

 
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Clare is an Associate Professor in Sport Management. She has over 25 years’ experience in sport and specialises as an industry advisor, researcher and teacher in facilitating greater participation in sport and recreation. She has a particular focus on sector and organisational strategies to encourage women as leaders and players in sport.
Clare continues to lead international, national and state projects funded by organisations such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Australian Sporting Goods Association, and Sport and Recreation Victoria. 
 
She is a Director on the Board of Gymnastics Australia, President of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand, a delegate board member of the World Association of Sport Management, and Chairs a Philanthropic Trust for children with cancer. Clare has been an advisor to State Governments on inquiry recommendations, strategic planning and infrastructure focused on encouraging women in sport and recreation. She initiated an Australian and New Zealand mentor program for academics and continues to mentor women in their middle to senior level careers. Clare leads the Sport Management program at the College of Sport and Exercise, and is an associate of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University. She is a Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University.
 
In 2017 Clare was recognised alongside key leaders and sportswomen, by the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women, as a woman in Oceania who was making a difference in sport.

Angela Mager

Head of Saas Sales Consulting ANZ

Oracle

 
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Angela currently leads Oracle's Applications solution consulting team across Australia and New Zealand. 
Angela’s career in tech has been a combination of luck, happy accidents and a lot of determination to succeed.  Having graduated university with degrees in Political Science and International Relations, she was planning on a career in diplomacy, but an entry-level job in IT came her way instead. In her early career, Angela held several interesting roles from coding to network administration until she made a jump to a software company after a friend encouraged her to apply.  
That jump led Angela to The Cloud where she’s been changing the game for her customers, building amazing pre-sales teams in North America and JAPAC and having a lot of fun for the past 17 years. Angela takes her work-life inspiration from seeing her team drive innovation and change the world one solution at a time.  
When Angela grows up she’d like to be on the Board of Directors for a software start-up.  Until then, she spends her free time seeing the world (and planning the next trip) with her patient husband and two smart kids. 

Sophie Mitchell

Associate Partner

Newgate Communications

 
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Sophie has extensive experience in the media, communications and legal sectors, and specialises in corporate strategy and communications, media and crisis management, stakeholder engagement and government relations.
 
Prior to joining Newgate, Sophie managed government relations, media and corporate communications for a leading government agency. Sophie has also worked as a senior federal ministerial adviser in the Communications portfolio, as a policy adviser in the Victorian Department of Justice and as a commercial lawyer.
 
Sophie’s experience advising and advocating for prominent clients in high-profile and complex environments informs her work delivering effective strategies and successfully managing reputation. Additionally, her experience as a ministerial adviser and in government relations affords her significant insight into the intersection of interests between government and the private sector.
 
Sophie has attended Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.

Cynthia Mahoney

Director

Cynthia Mahoney and Associates

 
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Cynthia Mahoney and Associates is a consulting practice that works with individuals, groups, business, government and the community in leadership and personal development, facilitation, coaching, strategic planning and evaluation.
Director of CMA, Cynthia Mahoney, is passionate about working with people to develop their life and leadership skills and to increase diversity and participation in decision-making in industry, government and the community. She’s a strong believer in bringing people together to identify issues, exchange ideas and develop solutions that work for them, their family, their business and community.
 
Through her business, Cynthia has created a way to combine her entrepreneurial spirit with her passion for developing people to be their best and her skills and talent in facilitation. Her journey of self-discovery, along with her empathy, authenticity, and commitment to courage, growth and self-leadership, enable her to help people, teams and organisations make positive change and achieve professional and personal success.

Gabrielle Dolan

Mentor and Trainer, Business Storytelling, Authentic Leadership and Women in Leadership

Gabrielle Dolan Consulting

 
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Gabrielle Dolan is a global thought leader on authentic leadership and business storytelling. She’s worked with thousands of high-profile leaders from around the world, helping them to become better leaders and communicators using the art of business storytelling.
 
Gabrielle is a highly sought-after internatonal keynote speaker, and works with some of Australia’s top 50 ASX companies, including National Australia Bank, Australia Post, Telstra and ANZ, and multlnationals such as Accenture, Bupa, Ericsson and Internatonal Committee Red Cross.
In the past, Gabrielle has held various senior leadership roles at National Australia Bank in change management and organisational change. She also co-founded One Thousand & One, one of Australia’s leading storytelling companies, before launching her own practice in 2013.

Lynne Cazaly

International Speaker, Author, Presenter and Facilitator

www.lynnecazaly.com

 
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Lynne Cazaly is an international keynote speaker, author and facilitator. She is the author of the books:
Agile-ish: How to build a culture of agility
Leader as Facilitator: How to engage, inspire and get work done
Making Sense: A Handbook for the Future of Work 
Create Change: How to apply innovation in an era of uncertainty, and 
Visual Mojo: How to capture thinking, convey information and collaborate using visuals.       
She works with executives, senior leaders and project teams on their major change and transformation projects. She helps people distil their thinking, apply ideas and innovation and boost the engagement levels and collaboration effectiveness of teams.
Lynne is an experienced board director and chair and on the Faculty of Thought Leaders Business School.

Kylie Lewis

Founder, Career Catalyst, Business & Leadership Coach & Digital Strategist,

Of Kin

 
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What do you believe? What do you care about? What gives you energy? What does the world need more of? What do you need more of? What will be your legacy? What’s holding you back? What would you do if you weren’t afraid? What can you do? When can you start?
The quality of our life is determined by the questions we dare to ask ourselves, and the courage to answer them with wholehearted honesty. 
For 20 years Kylie worked as a digital strategist and content marketer across fast changing business landscapes in retail, advertising, media and education.
Today, Kylie is the founder of coaching and educational organisation, Of Kin. She is an executive coach, consultant, facilitator, speaker, and author of The Leap Stories (book and blog) featuring stories of people who have taken courageous leaps in their working lives, and host of the In The Company podcast, insights on humanising work.

Anneli Blundell

Speaker, Author, Influence, Leadership, Engagement, Interpersonal Skills & Communication Expert

www.anneliblundell.com

 
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As a professional People Whisperer, Anneli has been working with leaders to improve their communication and interpersonal intelligence for almost a decade. She coaches senior women to increase their visibility, confidence and personal power for greater professional impact and is often invited to speak on Credible Communication for women – a topic she adores. 
 
Anneli is also co-author of Developing Direct Reports: Taking the guesswork out of leading leaders, a leader’s practical guide for developing performance at work.

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