Brisbane – 8 March 2018

EVENT DETAILS

Date:    Thursday 8 March 2018

Time:   Registration from 11:30am–12:00pm,  Lunch 12:00pm–2.30pm

Venue: Pullman Brisbane King George Square – Ann St & Roma St, Brisbane QLD

Dress Code: Business/Smart Casual


KEYNOTE SPEAKER

NAOMI SIMSON
RedBalloon Founder

Keynote Address Synopsis:
Naomi Simson will share with you her insights and experience on how to harness the power of influence and achieve consistent results. Her presentation will explore how to create a focused and engaged team that will ultimately deliver solid commercial value. Naomi will outline the culture framework, and detail how an ongoing and relentless approach to leadership, influence and diversity creates a culture for business growth.

Learning outcomes:

  • Elements of the culture framework that you can do right now with your team
  • How to create a culture of recognition and fun in your workplace
  • The number one driver of employee engagement – no matter what the generation
  • Learn about the drivers of growth; what they look like and what you can implement in your business. You will understand what you can do to drive purpose, alignment and leadership throughout your business.

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As one of Australia’s most prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders, Naomi Simson is known as the founding director of online experience retailer RedBalloon. She’s an investor on Network Ten’s popular television series Shark Tank, a business blogger and author and is now co-founder of the newly formed The Big Red Group (BRG) an organisation housing her 4 businesses RedBalloon, Redii, Wrapped and The Huddle. After recently securing the exclusive rights to bring the world’s first AI digital marketing platform Albert to Australia and New Zealand, BRG is paving the way for fully autonomous digital marketing campaigns. A true business influencer and leader with more than 2 million LinkedIn followers, she’s Australia’s most followed person on the business networking platform. She’s author of three books including the bestseller Live What You Love, I Want What She’s Having and Ready To Soar. Naomi also assists entrepreneurs in turning their ideas into big business through her online course ‘Building your Business Brand’ through her education platform, The Huddle.

As an engaging and passionate speaker, Naomi is relatable across a broad variety of audiences and topics. Often drawing on her own personal experiences, she provides thoughtful and honest conversations on topics such as Purpose, Leadership, Business Success, The Entrepreneurial Journey and Thriving Workplaces. Before founding RedBalloon, Naomi worked for big businesses including IBM, Apple, KPMG and Ansett Airlines – all of which influenced her views on workplaces.

Naomi’s received a number of high profile awards including the 2008 National Telstra Business Women Awards for Innovation, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Industry category winner 2011, and Lifetime Achievement Silver Stevie Award 2013. And in early February 2017, she commenced her role as a member of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty’s Business and Economics Board.

EVENT MC

CATHERINE McGRATH
Catherine McGrath Media

Catherine McGrath is an award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent. For 3 decades she has been one of Australia’s leading women broadcasters as Bureau Chief and Political Editor for SBS and ABC television, radio and online services. Earlier she was the ABC’s South East Asia Correspondent.She passionately believes it is important for women to be supported in developing speaking and communication skills and that Australia must broaden the number and scope of women who speak in the media and at conferences and events.

In 2016 Catherine covered her last federal election leading the SBS political bureau and then opened her own business with a focus on communications training and events.  Catherine presents conferences and facilitates events Australia wide. She also works with some of the country’s biggest companies and public-sector organisations in media and presentation training.

Catherine is a recipient of the Centenary of Federation Medal for Services to Society through Journalism. She is a member of the Canberra Convention Bureau, the Canberra Business Chamber and the National Press Club.

Catherine lives in Canberra and is a graduate of the University of Sydney.

GUEST SPEAKER

PROFESSOR SALLY McARTHUR
Swinburne University
 

Professor Sally McArthur is a CSIRO OCE Science Leader in Biomedical Manufacturing and Professor of Biomedical Engineering. She is part of a team at Swinburne exploring new ways to link industry and academia to create a new generation of entrepreneurial, innovative and internationally connected graduates capable of driving the medical and manufacturing sectors forward in Australia and internationally.Professor McArthur’s personal research couples materials, surface engineering, physical science, analytical chemistry and biochemistry. Using these tools, she creates novel interfaces capable of eliciting specific physical and biological responses. Her CSIRO OCE Science Leader role focuses on the development of 3D tissue model systems as new in vitro test platforms for the biomaterials, pharmaceutical and medical/bio technologies sectors.

Professor McArthur leads the Australian National Fabrication Facility Victoria (ANFF-Vic) Biointerface Engineering Hub, an open access facility for academic and industry researchers to gain expert support to connect biology with technology. As an engineering researcher Sally has obtained approximately $20 million in funding from research councils, industry and government in the UK and Australia, including the $1.8 million ARC Industrial Transformational Training Centre in Biodevices launched at Swinburne in 2015.

GUEST SPEAKER

DR LOUISA CARTER
City Executive South East QLD, Arcadis 

Dr Louisa Carter is a public infrastructure architect and urban planner with 25 years’ experience in city development across a range of disciplines including architecture, urban design, urban planning, transport planning, cultural heritage and infomatics. She has worked both within government and consultancy services, and has a strong appreciation of the processes affecting the (re)development of urban areas.

Louisa is driven to deliver city infrastructure and urban outcomes which are integrated, sustainable and optimized. Louisa is also a GBCA Greenstar Communities Assessor, a Board member for Green Cross Australia and a representative on the Property Council’s Committee for Cities Queensland and Consult Australia’s Queensland Division Committee.

GUEST SPEAKER

  SINEAD GIBLIN
Executive Director Operations – Northern, Asia Pacific Buildings & Infrastructure
Jacobs

Sinead Giblin has over 15 years’ experience in professional services consulting, including twelve years with Jacobs.  During this time she has applied her leadership and technical skills within a range of project roles, client relationship building activities and the operational management of multi-disciplinary teams. A qualified civil engineer, Sinead’s technical experience covers transport planning, modelling and traffic engineering as well as project planning and management for large multi-disciplinary projects.

Sinead has recently been appointed Executive Director Operations, Buildings & Infrastructure Northern and leads a group of over 470 professional staff providing buildings, infrastructure, water and environment services to Queensland and Australia.

GUEST SPEAKER

CAPT Larissa Cody
Defence Force Recruiting

Captain Larissa Cody joined the Australian Regular Army in 2008 and studied Civil Engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy. She is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours Class I). She graduated from the Royal Military College – Duntroon in 2011, and was commissioned into the Royal Australian Engineer Corps.

In 2013 – 2015 she was posted to the 6th Engineer Support Regiment (6 ESR) fulfilling appointments as the Plant Troop Commander and the Acting Construction Officer. Her notable contributions during this period included: management of approximately 80 personnel during Operation NSW BUSHFIRE ASSIST; construction management during the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program 2014, located in the remote Australian outback; and delivery of the civil scope of works for the construction of the Holsworthy Explosive Hazards Training Area.

In 2016 Captain Cody posted to the School of Military Engineering where she filled the position of Civil Training Troop Commander. During this period she completed the UK Royal Engineers Force Protection Engineering Course, achieving Student of Merit. She also assisted in the development of several engineering courses, including: introduction of the Weapons Effects and Force Protection Engineering Course; and redevelopment of the Non-Equipment Bridging Package.

In 2017 Captain Cody returned to 6 ESR, taking up the position of Project Engineer within the Regimental Works Office. In this position she led delivery of the 7th Signals Regiment refurbishment project prior to deploying to the Middle East on Operation ACCORDION. During her deployment she fulfilled the role of Project Engineer, delivering approximately $10 million in infrastructure works while also acting as the Level III Physical Force Protection Advisor to the Joint Task Force Commander.

Captain Cody enjoys a wide range of sporting activities including triathlon and Aussie Rules Football. She is married to Benjamin who is an Army Officer currently posted to the Cargo Helicopter & Unmanned Surveillance Program Office.

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