Speakers

Andre Alphonso

He will make you laugh. He will make you cry. He will make you think. More importantly he will inspire you to go beyond standard ways of communicating with people so that you will walk away with a practical set of tactics that you can immediately use to turn up the volume on your personal presence and influence. André Alphonso is an entrepreneur, owner and leader of multiple businesses, published author, executive coach and keynote speaker who uses storytelling as a way of communicating his message.

Lea Walters

Lea is a psychologist, researcher, speaker and author. She’s one of the world’s leading experts on Positive Education, Positive Organizations, and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching. As a University researcher, Lea turns her science into strength-based strategies to help organizations, educators and parents around the world build resilience in their employees and children, helping them to thrive. Lea is the president of the International Positive Psychology Association, and founding director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Strength Switch. Lea’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and more.

Pippa Hallas

Ella Baché is a respected skin care brand revered across the country. You may think you know its story, but there’s so much more to this brand than meets the eye.

It all started with a bold woman, a pot of wax and the decision to stand out in the foyer of David Jones.

Now, for the first time, CEO Pippa Hallas is opening up about the journey behind the brand, the disruptions, the innovations, the mistakes, the risks - and what it really takes to steer an 80 year old business through a rapidly changing world.

Katrina McCarter

Katrina McCarter is the founder and CEO of Marketing to Mums. She is a marketing strategist who specialises in understanding mothers as a powerful market sector, through experience and research.

Mike Knapp

Mike Knapp is the co-founder of Shoes of Prey - the ‘design your own shoe’ company that raised $25.5m from investors such as Khosla Ventures, Blue Sky, Blackbird and Nordstrom. Mike headed up the software engineering team and also spent 3 years in China overseeing the construction of the company’s multi-million dollar shoe factory. Today Shoes of Prey continues to operate from their headquarters in Los Angeles. Prior to Shoes of Prey Mike was a software engineer at Google and, prior to that, a lawyer. He’s currently in the early stages of his new startup idea - Mottle.

Dale Beaumont

Dale Beaumont is best known as an award winning entrepreneur, technology enthusiast and a passionate promoter of education.

Having started his first business at the age of 19, Dale went on to build three different million dollar companies before the age of thirty.

Bella Zanesco

Bella Zanesco is a modern day polymath. A world champion, creator of best practice wellbeing programs, passionate advocate for full-expression and award-winning entrepreneur, her mission is to make a healthier, happier workplace.

As a business executive, she delivered over $5 billion to Fortune 500 companies including Pepsi Co, Sainsbury's, Reed Elsevier, Unilever, and The Royal Mail. In 2015, was awarded UK’s Top 50 Young Changemaker for her work coaching at-risk high performers from British Sport, Bank of Japan, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, HSBC, Google, JP Morgan, KPMG, Microsoft, Saatchi & Saatchi and UBS.

Craig Bellamy

Craig Bellamy is widely hailed as rugby league’s super coach.

He’s the master strategist at the command of the panel of controls that have made the Melbourne Storm the most envied and successful club in the National Rugby League.

Mark Schulman

Discover the world-class drummer who is unlocking the secrets to Hacking the Rockstar Attitude for audiences around the globe.

Stevan Premutico

Stevan is one of Australia’s leading tech entrepreneurs. In 1997, in the middle of the GFC he conceptualised Dimmi on the back of a napkin and went on to revolutionise the Aussie restaurant industry. In 2015, his startup was acquired by one of the great tech businesses of our time, TripAdvisor.

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Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

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Event Manager Fitness Australia

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Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

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