Women in Business Speakers

Ashley Fell

Ashley Fell is a social researcher, TEDx speaker and Head of Communications at the internationally recognised McCrindle. As a trends analyst and media commentator she understands how to effectively communicate across diverse audiences. From her experience in managing media relations, social media platforms and content creation, Ashley advises on how to achieve cut through in message-saturated times.

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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.

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Catherine Plano

Catherine is known in her community as an innovative leader and creative entrepreneur who specialises in helping people achieve their goals and dreams. She is passionate about assisting others to reach their highest ambitions and live a life that is fulfilling and rich. She is a strong advocate and a leader by nature. Catherine thinks BIG, encourages possibilities, and honors individual wisdom and strengths, and is valued for helping leaders build stronger and more effective teams that come to think strategically and engage in meaningful conversations that allow for reflection, change and growth.

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Holly Bryar

Crowned Miss Sydney Australia (2016) at the 6th annual sustainability pageant, Holly was determined from a young age to chase her dreams of working behind and in front of the camera.

After High School, she secured early entry into Charles Sturt University undertaking a double degree in TV Production & Graphic Design. It was during those four years Holly developed her love for creating children’s content within film, television and design.

Upon completing her degree, Holly relocated to Sydney taking time to pursue her passion for acting. She completed various short courses at NIDA under the guidance of Don Christopher, Brendon McDonnell & Serhat Caradee (AFI/AACTA nominee). Soon after she was accepted into NIDA’S part-time course - Advanced Screen Actors Studio with Writer/Directors Elissa Down (Black Balloon) and Craig Boreham (Teenage Kicks).

Holly has worked alongside the talented production teams of much-loved children’s programs Giggle & Hoot and Play School at ABC Kids TV. She currently works freelance and still continues her passion for performing arts.

 

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Kathy Kelly

In September 2013 my husband Ralph and I, co-founded ‘The Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation’ (TKYF) a charity that was formed following the murder of our 18-year- old son, on his first night out in Kings Cross on a Saturday in July 2012. Making that awful decision to switch off Thomas’ life support, to donating his organs – the media called us the ‘epitome of courage upon courage’.

Dazed and raw from losing our first child, we were then confronted by a lack of justice in our courtrooms. We were told, “never to expect justice” along with 25 other families in the room that night who also had experienced

murder. From the Supreme Court to the Court of Criminal Appeal to finally the High Court – we knew that amendments had to be made for victims. Advocating to three Attorney General’s over 3 years, amendments and
new laws were introduced.

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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.

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Lucy Adams

Lucy Adams has become a certified favourite amongst audiences of CEOs looking for innovative ways to lead their organisations in current times. In her successful career as a speaker and consultant, the MD of Firehouse (incorporating her creation 'Disruptive HR') has started to knock down the HR profession's old, crumbly walls and replace them with new, pragmatic models well-backed by evidence.

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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.

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Samantha Gash

How does a law student and casual runner from Melbourne become the first woman and youngest person ever to complete the ‘4 Desert Ultra Marathon Series’ – one of the toughest endurance events on Earth?

Samantha Gash initially set out to test her physical and mental limitations – having no idea of the journey of self-discovery she would undertake.

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