Sydney – 9 March 2018



Date:    Friday 9 March 2018

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

Venue: Ivy Ballroom – Level 1, Ivy Merivale Complex, 330 George St, Sydney NSW

Dress Code: Business/Smart Casual


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.


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.


CEO, Arcadis Australia Pacific
 The CEO of Arcadis Australia Pacific, Greg Steele, joined the company in 2008 in a 25-year career that’s covered all aspects of engineering consulting, management, team leadership and client liaison.He has led work on some of Australia’s largest and most complex projects, bringing an impeccable reputation for creating high-performance teams and innovative project delivery frameworks to ensure seamless delivery. As the head of the company, Greg has focused on guiding the regional business towards a better alignment with the market and fostering a client-centric approach built on clear communication, shared goals and a strong relationship.Greg is the Chair of Consult Australia’s ‘Champions of Change’, established to bring about change within the upper echelons a traditionally male-dominated industry. Greg is also a board member of the powerful industry association Roads Australia, and Chairman of Engineering Aid Australia.


Swinburne University
Professor Sarah Maddison is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Innovation and Change, leading strategic academic innovation and change, and supporting STEM transformation at Swinburne. She is a professor of astrophysics and leads the planets group in the Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.Professor Maddison sits on a number of national and international committees, including the women in physics committee of the Australian Institute of Physics, the Square Kilometre Array ‘Cradle of Life’ Science Working group, the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) Time Assignment Committee, and the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts.Professor Maddison is the founder and past chair of the women in astronomy chapter of the Astronomical Society of Australia and the International Astronomical Union working group for women in astronomy, and is currently a member of the women in physics committee of the Australian Institute of Physics. She is the Swinburne lead for the Science Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot, run by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. She is also involved in a range of outreach activities, including the 3D AstroTour program at Swinburne and the CSIRO Scientists In Schools program.


Vice President Eastern
Representative for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) & Living with a Disability on the Jacobs Inclusion Council
Ross is responsible for leading more than 700 engineers, planners, scientists and architects to deliver Transport, Water Environment & Spatial, Built Environment, Power Consulting and Project Management/Construction Management projects in Jacobs Eastern region.Ross is the proud father of 2 boys and 2 girls with informed views on diversity shaped by his lived experiences travelling and working overseas and in Australia for over 20 years. He believes people thrive in an open environment where they can speak without fear of retribution; providing a safe space for share opposing views in a respectful way. He strongly believes that the inclusion of diverse teams strengthens our delivery to clients and, in an industry traditionally dominated by men, is committed to creating a more gender equitable leadership team and pipeline. He believes that we will subsequently deliver more innovative solutions that benefit our communities across our region.Jacobs has recently established the women in leadership target of 28%, with cascaded goals and actions in place in each area. Ross is accountable for delivering his local target over 5 years by overseeing a number of interventions to achieve greater gender equality and flexibility; and is the Executive Sponsor for the ATSI (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) engagement portfolio on the Jacobs ANZ Inclusion Council.


LEUT Deb Tevelen
Defence Force Recruiting
Deb joined the Navy straight out of school proceeding to the Defence Force Academy where she graduated in 1994 and completed her BEng Mech 1995. After this she has served at sea and performed maintenance management roles ashore. As the wife of a serving Air Force member she chose to transfer to the Royal Australian Navy Reserve to spend time with her growing family until her youngest commenced school. Since that time she has juggled working at Defence Force Recruiting and life as a mum of 3 teenagers and their busy social lives, while occasionally keeping her hand in Asset Management acting as a consultant with an Asset Management company contracting back to Defence.Deb really enjoys the opportunity her previous engineering experience and current role has provided to allow her to engage with young people, especially women, to consider STEM as a possible career path and to see them commence a long and fulfilling career in this space.

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