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Our Mentors

Our mentors are senior executives, thought leaders, business owners, boundary pushers and high achievers at the top of their field.

Each event brings together a diverse group of mentors from industries where they set a senior precedent and are established role models. Our mentors can choose to be involved in the series as a one-time commitment or as a regular mentor. Recognising the busy, and often travelling life of our mentors, mentor names are not disclosed prior to each event and there is no obligation to share contact information outside of our events.

Jemma Wong
Head of Audience Growth, AFL & Brand Storyteller

Jemma Wong is a strategic marketer, brand storyteller and life-learner. 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

Libby Owens
CEO of Champion Data

Libby Owens is the CEO of Champion Data, formerly holding roles at Cricket Australia and the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Keen interest in Technology, Media and Sport and the
application of Leadership and Strategy within these sectors. Advocate for STEM and women’s advocacy in this area.emma Wong is a strategic marketer, brand storyteller and life-learner. 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.

Bec Brideson
Consultant, Speaker, Author

With over twenty years as a communications specialist, Bec has acquired considerable recognition for her creative work and has won accolades at the Clios, London International and New York Festivals. Bec was instrumental in the successful launch of Virgin Airlines into Australia and the AFL Women’s league earlier this year.
A singular leader and visionary, Bec was one of only 3% of females to have risen to the title of Creative Director before starting Australia’s first marketing-towomen agency Venus Comms in 2004.
As an influential speaker, facilitator, mentor and coach, Bec now helps business leaders uncover what women really want, and how to transform this into exponential business growth.
Her ability to create clarity and focus around a topic that is often misunderstood makes her a much sought-after speaker and business consultant.
Bec has presented at numerous conferences throughout the world including Cannes Lions, Ad:Tech and Mumbrella 360. This year Bec will be speaking at the UK’s Indie Summit and will be one of only ten global jurors on
the Glass Lions panel at Cannes Lion festival this year.
Bec is married to an adman and has two young daughters. Her first book ‘Blind Spots: How to uncover and attract the fastest emerging economy’ is due for
release in September 2017 with Wiley.

Kate Morris
CEO, Adore Beauty; Co-Founder, Findation.com

Kate Morris is the Founder and CEO of Adore Beauty. From its inception in Kate’s garage in 1999, Adore Beauty is now Australia’s leading online beauty store, winning multiple awards and picking up an investment from retail giant Woolworths in 2014. Kate is a two-time winner at the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and in 2017 was the first woman to receive the Industry Recognition Award for e-commerce at the StarTrack ORIAs. Kate is a passionate advocate for gender diversity in leadership.

Kath Rau
Co-Founder, BetterView & People Strategy, Unlockd.

Katherine Rau is an innovative People & Culture thought leader renowned for delivering solutions to complex challenges particularly around attracting, scaling, and retaining talent in digital/tech startups undergoing rapid growth.

Katherine’s career includes roles with some of Australia’s most exciting companies – People Strategy Director at Unlockd and GM Human Resources and Recruitment at Catch Group including websites during her tenure Catchoftheday, Scoopon, Vinomofo, and Eatnow). She has also worked for prominent recruitment agencies including Michael Page and
Korn Ferry/Futurestep.

With a combined passion for HR Tech and a personal mission to solve the current hiring and referencing/validation challenges faced by both companies and candidates (experienced first-hand for many years),
Katherine and her husband Aaron Rau founded the social sourcing platform Endorser. After 6 months of operation Endorser merged with BetterView to build a reputation platform powered by an algorithm where companies can see beyond the resume and look at meaningful endorsement data on a candidate upfront in the hiring process.

Karen Mahlab AM
Founder and CEO at Pro Bono Australia
 

Karen Mahlab been an innovator in opening the channels of connection between communities, not-for-profit organisations, volunteers, philanthropy and business. She is a passionate believer in the power of community and connection

She established Pro Bono Australia in 1999 as a for-purpose business. Since then it has developed into the major national “hub for the common Good”, with close to one million Australians who want to volunteer, give, get a job or the latest news and information about Australia’s civil society using Pro Bono Australias services. Pro Bono Australia became a registered BCorp in 2014.

Karen sits on a wide variety of private and not for profit boards and committees.

Sheryl Thai
CEO – League of Extraordinary Women
 

Sheryl Thai started her career in the IT&T industry. During the economic downturn her IT Consultant role was made redundant and as a result she sought out to achieve her dream of owning her own cupcake business and left the IT industry to do so. Starting modestly in September 2009, she started her online cupcake business and baked at home with little capital. The business started to flourish as name of “Cupcake Central” spread through word of mouth and orders starting flowing through.

As demand increased, the decision to open up her first cupcake store became imminent and as a joint venture with her business partner, Thin Neu, Cupcake Central’s first storefront in Hawthorn opened their doors in August 2010.

Over the last 5 years, Cupcake Central has grown to four stores around Melbourne with a fifth store scheduled to open in August 2016. With a social media following of over 70k people and strong customer base, Cupcake Central continues to grow slowly but steadily year on year. Sheryl has also won the Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 award by the Australian Startup Awards. She was also a finalist for the Telstra Business Women’s Award, entrepreneur category in 2016.

Since December 2015, Sheryl has taken onboard the role as CEO of the League of Extraordinary Women, an organisation she co-founded in 2011. The League has launched in 9 cities across Australia and in July/Aug 2016 has launced in 4 cities in the United States. The League is currently raising seed funding to scale their web platform worldwide.

Leigh O’Neill
 Executive General Manager, Business Direct and Small Business- NAB

As Executive General Manager, Business Direct and Small Business, Leigh O’Neill leads a team of more than 900 people comprising direct and digital business customer services – including specialised services such as Transactional Banking, Foreign Exchange and Trade Finance – and relationship management for NAB Small Business customers.

Leigh has more than 15 years’ experience in financial services across the UK, US and Australia, most recently holding the position of Executive General Manager, Micro and Small Business at NAB. In this role she established the NAB Small Business Customer Advocacy Council, a group of industry influencers, representatives and business owners who provide strategic advice on NAB’s small business customer strategy and issues facing business customers.

Prior to holding the role of Executive General Manager, Business Direct and Small Business, Leigh was General Manager, NAB Private Wealth Victoria; leading the team to provide highly personalised wealth solutions to high net worth clients.

Leigh is a strong advocate for corporate responsibility and has been a proponent for many of NAB’s programs around diversity and financial empowerment for women. Passionate about the arts, she is currently Chair of contemporary dance company Chunky Move and a Director on Melbourne Theatre Company’s Foundation Board.  She is also a keen runner and has completed several marathons.

Leigh holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Nottingham University, Financial Planning Certificates and an Australian Diploma of Financial Services. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Adriana Colaneri
Natonal Managing Director of the Story Lab
 

Adriana Colaneri is National Managing Director of The Story Lab Australia.  She is an outcomes focused communication specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the industry working in Australia’s top agencies with leading clients and brands.   She is a progressive and creative thinker who can combine this skill with analytical and commercial acumen.  Her expertise includes team leadership, marketing and content strategy, media-led content partnerships, B2B marketing and social media strategy.   Her experience spans a diverse portfolio of FMCG, Retail & Fashion, Toys & Gaming, Finance, Beauty and Luxury categories.   International and Australian clients include; Schweppes, Cadbury, L’Oreal, Garnier, Myer, Just Group, Longines, Omega, Mattel and Bet365.   Adriana is a passionate advocate of gender diversity and inclusion at Dentsu Aegis Network and in the wider industry.

Catherine Crock AM
Doctor & Executive Director Australian Institute for Parent & Family Centred Care

Experienced Chair with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Public Speaking, patient centred care, healthcare culture change, arts in health and patient safety.

 

Experienced Chair with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Public Speaking, patient centred care, healthcare culture change, arts in health and patient safety.

Annette Kimmitt
EY Asia-Pacific Accounts Leader & Global Growth Markets Leader

Annette is Global Growth Markets Leader and Asia Pacific Accounts Leader at EY. She is a member of EY’s Asia Pacific Executive and Global Practice Group (comprising EY’s top 100 senior leaders). With more than 30 years professional and commercial experience, her executive career has included a range of senior roles with EY and with the International Accounting Standards Board. She has extensive local and international experience in designing and implementing large, complex and disruptive transformations. Annette is also passionate about empowering women and supporting entrepreneurship. In 2012 she co-founded with Carol Schwartz and Susan Oliver Australia’s first seed capital organisation, Scale Investors, focused on equipping women as investors. Scale provides these investors with education and deal flow opportunities to invest in early-stage, female-led businesses. It is rapidly empowering women entrepreneurs and the women who invest in them. She also established in 2015 the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program, Asia Pacific. This year-long program supports women entrepreneurs from across Asia Pacific to think big and globally scale their businesses to their full potential.

Stephanie Bansemer-Brown
Marketing and Communications Consultant

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Stephanie Bansemer-Brown  worked in the television and entertainment industry for over 27 years and honed her marketing and communication skills with a 15 year tenure as Network Ten Melbourne’s Head of Marketing and Publicity where she worked with some of Australia’s biggest stars and launched programs such as The Panel, The Secret Life of Us, Australian Idol, MasterChef, Offspring and The Project.Diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer in 2012, Stephanie recalibrated her life and is now a strategic marketing and communications consultant working with organisations such as the AFL, Fremantle media and ARN.  Giving back and making real social change is a key priority for Stephanie and she is currently a director on the board of the Cancer Council of Australia.  She is passionate about raising much needed awareness for bowel cancer and is both an Ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia as well as providing strategic communications support to the organisation.

Stephanie’s philosophy is all about, “Living Life NOW”, “Filling Your Bucket” and ironically “Getting Sh#* Done” with the ultimate goal of achieving happiness for you and those around you.

Dr Amantha Imber
Founder and CEO of InventiumFounder and CEO of Inventiu

Dr Amantha Imber is an innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia’s leading innovation consultancy Inventium. Inventium has been recognised as one of Australia’s fastest growing companies in the BRW Fast 100 list in both 2015 and 2016, and was also awarded the BRW Client Choice Award for Best Management Consultancy in Australia. In 2016, Amantha was inducted into the Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame. With a PhD in organisational psychology, Amantha has helped companies such as Google, Coca-Cola, Disney, LEGO, Red Bull, American Express, Virgin Australia, Commonwealth Bank and many others innovate more successfully. Amantha was a finalist in the 2015 Telstra Business Women of the Year awards.
Amantha is the co-creator of the Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Companies list, an annual list that Inventium compiles, ranking Australia’s top innovators. Her thoughts have appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, Forbes, and Fast Company and she is the author of two best-selling books: “The Creativity Formula” and “The Innovation Formula”.

Cyan Ta’eed
Founder, Hey Tiger & Co-Founder/Executive Director, Envato

Cyan Ta’eed is the Founder of Hey Tiger and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Envato. Cyan began her career as a graphic designer and in 2006 founded Envato out of her parent’s garage. Envato is a creative eco-system, encompassing the largest digital marketplace in the world. Its 7 million members buy and sell digital stock and services, and Envato has delivered over $500 million dollars of earnings to their community of creatives so far. Cyan was 2015 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year, Australian Financial Review’s 2016 100 Women of Influence Enterprise Winner, and Envato was awarded Job Advisor’s Coolest Company for Diversity in 2016.

Cyan has recently founded Hey Tiger, a social enterprise chocolate company that creates delicious and stylish chocolate that benefits cocoa farming communities in West Africa. She is also the founder of New Day Box, an initiative that mobilises the community to make boxes of skincare and cosmetics for women in domestic violence crisis accommodation. Last year New Day Box distributed over 2,000 boxes to women around Victoria.

Dr Amanda Green
Director at PwC Australia
irector at PwC Australia

Amanda joined PwC (Australia) as the Director of Human Capital for the Consulting business after 4 years with the Richmond Football Club as the General Manager – People, Culture & Performance. Prior to her time in the AFL, she held a number of senior positions at leading corporate organisations such as Medibank, Australia Post, National Australia Bank and Telstra. She is a highly accomplished organisational psychologist and people development professional with significant experience in employee engagement, organisational culture and transformational change. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Meena Thuraisingham
Founder & principal of BoardQ
Director at PwC Australia

Meena Thuraisingham is Founder and Principal of BoardQ, a board-level advisory practice, and TalentInvest, a consultancy that works with clients to strengthen their leadership, succession and talent strategies and practices. She currently advises companies in Australia, UK and Asia on board effectiveness, top team performance, succession and culture. A qualified organisational psychologist, Meena’s extensive corporate and business experience gives her a deep understanding of what drives both personal and organisational change.

Meena has more than 30 years’ experience working at executive and board level with major local and global organisations across multiple sectors including resources, financial services, retail, insurance and professional services. She has advised on and led significant business transformation projects including providing strategic support for restructures, acquisitions and divestments and organisational renewal. A skilled facilitator and coach, she serves on the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) director coaching panel and on the executive coaching panels of several global companies.

Meena’s doctoral research in the emerging field of behavioural governance focused on the impact of board dynamic on decision-making and director effectiveness. She has also published two books on decision-making and executive derailment.

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