You have just taken a huge step towards addressing your career challenges by learning from Australia’s most influential business women – so trust us when we say you’re in good hands!
Please ensure you read the below information about our walks prior to purchasing your ticket
On the day you will be grouped with a mentor and up to two other mentees. From there you will walk and talk for an hour.
Each mentee must come with a question that they’d like to discuss with their mentor. You’ll be asked to submit this when you book your ticket.
If you ‘re not sure what to ask, here’s some ideas:
What makes a great leader?
I’m a start-up. How do I take my business to the next level?
I want to change my career. What steps should I take?
How do I ask for a pay increase?
Just know, there is no issue too big or too small. You can come to talk about anything!
In Melbourne, Mentor Walks run monthly from 7:15am and finishing at 8:30am (location provided once ticket is purchased).
Friday, 7 February 2020
Thursday, 5 March 2020
Friday, 3 April 2020 – Cancelled due to health restrictions
Friday, 1 May 2020
Thursday, 4 June 2020
Friday, 3 July 2020
Friday, 7 August 2020
Friday, 4 September 2020
Friday, 2 October 2020
Friday, 6 November 2020
Friday, 4 December 2020
Each event brings together a group of mentors from diverse industries where they are already established role models. Our mentors can choose to be involved in this event as a one-time commitment or on a regular basis.
We recognise that our mentors lead very busy lives, which is why their names are not disclosed prior to each event and there is no obligation to share contact information outside of Mentor Walks.
Amanda Chase is General Manager of Marketing for REA Group Asia, leading all B2B and B2C marketing functions for REA Group’s brands in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Thailand. With more than 20 years experience in marketing, including 13 years in senior executive roles, Amanda has a deep knowledge and understanding of digital and performance marketing, brand development, ATL and BTL storytelling, and how to use data analytics and insights to create business value. Prior to REA Group, Amanda was Executive General Manager of Marketing, Brand and International Development with Victoria Racing Club. She was also General Manger Marketing with Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Director of Marketing and Sales with Zoos Victoria and National Product and Advertising Manager with Mazda Australia.
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.
For over 25 years, Bec Brideson has made the recognition of women’s influence and financial power her personal mission. One of advertising’s most lauded and youngest female Creative Directors, Bec started her own agency to reset the standard for marketing to women. Now she is consulting directly with clients on bringing the innovative female lens across the broader spectrum of business. She has just written her first book Blind Spots on the new female economy.
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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
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 is an 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. industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Public Speaking, patient centred care, healthcare culture change, arts in health and patient safety.
Annette is currently CEO and Managing Partner at MinterEllison, an international law firm headquartered in Australia and regarded as one of Asia Pacific’s premier firms.
Prior to joining MinterEllison as CEO in October 2018, Annette held a range of senior executive roles at Ernst & Young, designing and implementing large, complex transformations. She joined EY as a Partner in 2005, with her role evolving significantly over her 13-year tenure with the firm. She held senior roles in Asia Pacific and globally, leading various practice groups around the world to manage cultural change and strategic direction.
Annette is also passionate about empowering women and supporting entrepreneurship. In 2012 she co-founded Scale Investors, Australia’s first seed capital organisation focused on equipping women with education and deal flow opportunities to invest in early-stage, female-led businesses. Scale is empowering women entrepreneurs and the women who invest in them. Annette is on the board of the Melbourne Business School, chairing the audit and risk committee. She previously sat on the board of Airservices Australia, and as chair of Airservices’ audit and risk committee oversaw a complete transformation of the organisations approach to risk management.
Annette has attended executive leadership programs at prestigious business schools including Harvard, INSEAD and Kellogg.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Mim heads up Mim Bartlett Consulting where she leads a team focused on maximising strong authentic leadership and wellbeing. She is a qualified lawyer, psychotherapist, a sought-after coach, facilitator, human rights champion and gender equality advocate. As a fluent Chinese speaker, she spent six years living and working in China, Hong Kong and Singapore in law, sales and marketing.
A 2015 Financial Review Westpac 100 Women of Influence winner, her work focuses on connecting people, ideas and resources that can lead to personal fulfilment and social change in today’s world. Mim challenges audiences to define their unique passion or intersection, maximise their potential and generate positive change for themselves, their work, their families and the communities they serve.
Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a company specialising in disruptive strategy and building the capacity of leaders to execute change. Emergent, has worked with the likes of Microsoft, Virgin, INPEX, Europcar, KPMG, & the AIS, as well as local, state and federal government departments globally.
Holly is an experienced non-executive director across the private, government and non-profit sectors, in a statutory and advisory board capacity. In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to Chair the G20 Youth Summit, resulting in the first summit to secure its policy demands from G20 leaders. In 2016, Holly became the youngest ever woman appointed to the board of an AFL football club with her appointment as a Director of Port Adelaide Football Club and was also asked by the AFL to serve on their advisory Board for the launch of the AFL Women’s League.
Her corporate career has involved working as Chief of Staff to NAB Wealth CEO Andrew Hagger and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh, giving her a strong background in complex change strategy, public affairs and risk management, government and stakeholder engagement, and innovation and technology driven performance improvement.
Holly has presented across 6 continents, including delivering a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama. She has featured on ABC’s ‘Q&A’, Channel 7 News & Channel 10’s ‘The Project’, and is renowned for her commentary on intergenerational economic and social issues. A top-ten age group finisher in her most recent Ironman Endurance Triathlon, in 2016 Holly was listed by Sir Richard Branson as one of his dream dinner guests.
Described by Sir Richard Branson as “a game-changer and force to be reckoned with”, Caitlin Iles is an experienced venture capitalist, angel investor, advisor (to enterprise and startups), serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, dyslexic and passionate change maker driving for diversity and equality within the new economy. In recognition of this, Caitlin was awarded the title of one of Australia’s top 25 Fintech Influencers (alongside Atlassian’s CEO, Mike Cannon-Brookes), given her efforts and commitment to smashing the glass ceiling.
As a venture capitalist, Caitlin has helped to raise ~ $100m and establish Australia’s largest portfolio of early stage startups.
Caitlin started her career in psychology (focussed on the rehabilitation of drug dependent persons) and has since gone on to work across a wide variety of industry sectors (advertising, advisory and enterprise), working with and establishing businesses in the Middle East (UAE), Europe, USA, and domestically in Australia. Caitlin has been fortunate to work with some of the world’s most respected companies (i.e. GE), delivering disruptive projects that have revolutionised how complete industries operate.
Today, Caitlin describes herself simply as a disruptor, who is passionate about unlocking human potential, through educating and investing in underutilised, high potential and high value talent, predominantly women, in order to create a better world for all.
Nancy started as an trainee underwriter as a fresh immigrant from the US (a love match with an Aussie), went into sales after encouragement, and later became the first female BDM for a life insurance company in the 80’s. Hard to imagine it was so rare back then. She ran her own business for 7 years in the 90s, in Perth and sold it to come back to Melbourne and after a year long sabbatical travelling overseas, went into recruitment in financial services for two years. Eventually she returned to her passion, which was protection and estate planning advice to people who needed my help. Since then, Nancy has held positions including adviser, BDM, state insurance manager and national insurance manager. She was a finalist for Mentor of the Year in the Super Review and Money Management Women’s awards in 2014 and was a committee member and President of Women in Finance Victoria from 1999 – 2008. Nancy has recently taken on a Non-executive Director position for a disability services provider and am intending on continuing my education towards more Board appointments. Nancy looks forward to helping women achieve in their chosen field and navigating the complex and sometimes invisible ‘rules’ that hold us back from achieving our goals.
Tanya Hosch is the General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy at the AFL. Ms Hosch has a long and distinguished history in Indigenous policy, advocacy, governance and fundraising.
Before joining the AFL as the first ever Indigenous person and 2nd woman in their Executive ranks in August this year, Tanya was the Joint Campaign director of the Recognise movement for constitutional reform.
At the AFL Tanya is tasked with the implementation of the AFL’s enhanced Indigenous strategy, advising the AFL Indigenous Advisory Council, reviewing the Respect and Responsibility Policy and implementing the AFL’s Gender Action Plan.
Tanya was recently appointed to the Indigenous Advisory Group of the NAB and is a Board Director of the Indigenous Land Corporation, the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and a member of the Referendum Council. In addition, Tanya is the Independent Chair of Price Waterhouse Coopers Indigenous Consulting.
Andi Pert is an executive coach and facilitator with over 25 years experience in corporate and community based environments. Andi has a background in global corporate enterprises, Big 4 management consulting and boutique leadership development consulting, having worked with and consulted to organisations such as IBM, KPMG, NAB, Telstra, Corporate Vision, CBA, Australia Post, Deloitte, ANZ, Coles Myer, Holden, and the AFL.
Andi’s particular passion and focus is assisting women in transition including; re-entering the workforce, career advancement, career change and resilience and work/life integration. Andi facilitates and coaches mid to senior level women using a strengths based approach aimed at enabling them to be at their unique best, mentally, emotionally and physically in the whole of their life.
Andi is the Director of Life NRG Pty Ltd, an organization that is passionate about empowering women.
Paula Benson is an experienced senior Corporate Affairs executive and Non Executive Director in top NYSE and ASX firms. She has twenty years experience across Banking and Financial Services, Mining and Resources, Infrastructure, Health, Education and Media.
She is a strategic, proactive and energetic leader of high performing teams and is known as a creative and innovative thinker and influencer. She is passionate about people working together to create opportunities that deliver tangible financial and societal outcomes.
Paula is a Director of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation, a Trustee of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Trust and Chair of Ovarian Cancer Australia. Her executive roles included Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs and General Manager Corporate Responsibility at NAB, General Manager of Corporate Affairs at Alcoa of Australia and Manager, Public Affairs at RMIT University.
She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course and has a Master of Arts (Journalism) from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Spanish & Latin American Studies) from the University of New South Wales.
Paula is a passionate gardener, enthusiastic but not always diligent book club member, keen skier and beginner tennis player. Most importantly she is married to Stephen and mum to Isabella.
Laura McKenzie transitioned from a professional services background to venture philanthropy and venture capital executive roles a decade ago. She was most recently the inaugural CEO, Director and co-owner of female focused investor network, Scale. Scale was established to address two market failures; >95% venture capitalists are male and <10% early stage investment capital is raised by female founders. She was recognised as an AFR/Westpac Women of Influence in 2016, judged the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards 2014-2016 and was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2014. Laura has worked in East Africa, India, the UK and Australia. She is passionate about connecting female entrepreneurs with capital.
Rebecca Burrows, General Manager Small Business, is responsible for bringing the best of Australia Post to Australia’s entrepreneurial and small business community.
She is committed to creating new solutions tailored to the specific needs of Australian small business that build on the unique strength of our unparalleled network and digital innovation. In creating these solutions, Rebecca uses a combination of internal innovation opportunities, collaborations and partnerships. Rebecca’s genuine passion for entrepreneurship and innovation is complemented by a strong operational, commercial and marketing background positioning her well to help small business go online, grow their business and sell overseas.
Rebecca is also a keen champion of diversity and inclusion and is a respected leader of this both internally at Australia Post and externally. She is a sought after mentor, public speaker and advocate in the areas of small business, entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership. Rebecca was a finalist in the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards (Private Sector) in 2017.
Rebecca previously held the role of General Manager Business Hubs, responsible for a network of over 50 operational sites across the country with over 2000 operational, customer service and sales staff. Prior to joining Australia Post in 2011, Rebecca held a number of commercial and change leadership roles at Shell – both in Australia and globally.
Lyn Goodear is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian HR Institute. She was appointed to the role in December 2012.
From Sept 2012 to Nov 2017, Lyn held the role of Secretary General and Treasurer of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resources. In 2017 Lyn was appointed as a non-executive director of the Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA).
Lyn was formerly National Manager, Professional Development at AHRI, a position she held from 2005 to 2012. Previously Lyn held leadership and management roles within the education sector at Southwest Institute of TAFE and Deakin Australia, in addition to holding accounting roles within the mining and engineering industries located in the United States and Australia. She has also managed her own consulting small business.
Professor Natalie King, Enterprise Professorial Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne; curator, editor & writer.
Natalie King is an Australian curator and arts leader with more than two decades experience in international contemporary art. Natalie’s unique cultural footprint has seen her develop a depth of expertise and networks across contemporary art, realising landmark projects in Australia, Asia-Pacific and Europe. In 2017, she was Curator of Tracey Moffatt: My Horizon, Australian Pavilion at Venice Biennale, accompanied by a publication that she edited with Thames & Hudson. Natalie’s expertise spans the lifecycle of artistic production from new commissions, grant-making, artistic partnerships, stakeholder relations, fundraising, publications and programming.
Recent projects include Chief Curator, Melbourne Biennial Lab: What happens now? with City of Melbourne at Melbourne Festival 2016; Conversations, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta; Whisper in My Mask: TarraWarra Biennial 2014 and Episodes: 13th Dong Gang International Photo Festival, Korea. Natalie has curated exhibitions for the Singapore Art Museum; the National Museum of Art, Osaka; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. She is widely published in arts media including Flash Art International, Art and Australia and the ABC. She is a Member of the International Association of Art Critics, Paris.
Dr Nora Scheinkestel is an experienced company director having served for over 25 years as a non-executive chairman and director of companies in a wide range of industry sectors and in the public, government and private spheres. She is currently chairman of Macquarie Atlas Roads Limited as well as a director of its stapled entity, Macquarie Atlas Roads International Limited and of Telstra Corporation Limited, Ausnet Services Ltd and OceanaGold Corporation. She is also a Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.
Dr Scheinkestel is also an Associate Professor at the Melbourne Business School (MBS) at Melbourne University.
Dr Scheinkestel’s executive background is as a senior banking executive in international and project financing, responsible for the development and financing of major mining and infrastructure projects in Australasia and South East Asia. She is a published author of Rethinking Project Finance – Allocating and Mitigating Risk in Australasian Projects.
Dr Scheinkestel is a former member of the Takeovers Panel and consults to government, corporate and institutional clients in areas such as corporate governance and strategy. In 2003, she was awarded a centenary medal for services to Australian society in business leadership.
Dannielle Michaels is co-founder of the award winning Australian baby products company, b.box for kids. She runs the company together with fellow co-founder Monique Filer, and heads up b.box’s strategic business development, marketing and sales, including international distribution. Prior to starting b.box, Dannielle worked in strategic communications, assisting leading global professional services firms to win competitive tenders and define and communicate their key messaging. Dannielle has worked in marketing, advertising and PR agencies and started her career as a journalist.
Michelle Dixon is a partner and the Chief Executive Officer of Maddocks, and is a highly regarded litigation lawyer, having worked in a wide range of disputes with a particular focus on corporation matters (often for directors), competition claims and trusts disputes. She has also acted in a number of disputes involving administrative and constitutional law issues.
Her experience spans both private sector companies, as well as public sector clients, including government departments, state-owned businesses and statutory authorities. Her status as a leading litigation lawyer has been recognised in legal directories such as the Legal 500, Best Lawyers and Doyle’s Guide. In 2015 she was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2015 and in 2016, Michelle was awarded the Victorian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership, and the Executive of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.
Nada is a communications professional with over 20 years’ experience, currently working as the General Manager Content & Publishing at CPA Australia.
She has a wide range of communication skills gleaned from roles in Australia and internationally, from media relations to employee engagement.
As a passionate, innovative change-leader, Dale transforms health services to improve patient outcomes and experiences. Dale started at the Silver Chain Group in late 2018. Prior to that she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer treatment, research and education and home to Australia’s largest cancer research program. Prior to joining Peter Mac, Ms Fisher was Chief Executive of The Royal Women’s Hospital for nine years. In recognition of her achievements in leadership and promoting excellence in women’s health to the Victorian community, Dale was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2011 as part of the centenary celebrations for International Women’s Day. Ms Fisher is also a Board member of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC); the Committee for Melbourne and of the Centre for workplace Leadership Advisory Board; and is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives. In March 2016, she was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University, and in October 2017, was awarded a Monash University Fellowship.
For more than 25 years, Rosemary has been working as a consultant with the boards of major corporations and statutory bodies and with senior executives in complex global organisations. The focus of her business in Australia has been board and executive team reviews and the coaching of non-executive directors and senior executives. Rosemary is also active in the not-for-profit sector consulting with boards and mentoring CEOs. She is the co-founder and joint executive director of Kilfinan Australia, an organisation that provides free one-on-one mentoring by corporate leaders to the CEOs of not-for-profits.
Jacqui is an experienced coach and senior executive with 25 years industry experience. With detailed knowledge of implementing gender diversity in many workplaces, Jacqui coaching focus is predominantly with women: transitioning to or already in executive roles; becoming a working parent; seeking increased flexibility or developing more sustainable careers. Passionate to create cultures that are more supportive of diversity and inclusion Jacqui has held corporate roles with organisations such as Allens, Ford Motor Company, Shell Australia, Orica, Arthur Andersen, EY, NBN, Grant Thornton/ Fordham and Newcrest Mining. Past board member of Diversity Council Australia, continuing DCA Research Committee and D&I Australian HR Institute Advisory Committee member. Jacqui’s PhD explored the latest thinking related to management and employee perspectives of work/life benefits in large multinationals.
Nicky Long is a high performance executive with a career spanning the healthcare, pharmaceutical, non-government and not for profit sectors. Nicky has a degree in Nursing, a Graduate Diploma in Marketing and a Masters of Business in Innovation and Leadership. She has worked with major pharmaceutical companies in managing and marketing several major brands. She has owned and operated her own small wholesale and retail importing business. Nicky has been a leader in not for profit since 2010, raising significant funds for the medical research community during her time with The Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation, Koala Kids Foundation, The Snowdome Foundation and currently Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision. Nicky is also a mother to three children – Henry, Charlie and Isabel.
Kristina Karlsson is the Founder and Creative Director of global Swedish design and stationery business, kikki.K, with 102 kikki.K stores, stocked in another 250, and sold online to stationery and design lovers in over 147 countries worldwide. She’s also a sought-after international speaker, a passionate learner, self-improver and the proud mother of two children, Axel and Tiffany, with her partner, Paul.
After growing up on a small farm in country Sweden, at the age of 22 she found herself in a new country, half a world away from family and friends, with little money and no idea what to do with her life. So what was a girl to do?
Imagine what her dream life could look like – and then make it happen. With deep personal experience of the power of dreaming and then doing, Karlsson is on a mission to encourage people the world over to create and follow their own dreams.
Her new dream is to inspire and empower over 101 million people just like you to write their own dreams on paper and set about bringing them to life.
Alicia is the Head of Investment Management & Delivery within Group Transformation at ANZ. The Investment Management and Delivery Office is responsible for ensuring there is a clear thread that runs through from strategy, to investment allocation, the creation of work and delivery. As part of Group Transformation the teams support the organisation such that the ANZ strategy is executed efficiently and effectively in service of our customers, our employees and our shareholders.
Prior to her role at ANZ Alicia held the position of Chief Project Officer for Telstra, where she led the organisation’s journey to establish project management as a stand-alone capability separate from IT, business and engineering skills. Alicia spent several years as CEO, Human Systems International now a PMI owned company. Her experience ranges through several industries including Telecommunications, Banking & Finance, Defence & Aerospace, Pharmaceutical, Engineering & Construction, Mining, Oil & Gas and Government.
Alicia is also the chairperson for the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM). She holds a PhD in project management and psychology with a particular focus on how project managers cope.
Penny is the CEO of Asialink, Australia’s leading center for the promotion of Asian countries and Australia’s role in the region. She joined Asialink from global payments company, Visa Inc, where she served as Vice President Government Affairs, Asia Pacific. Prior to Visa, Penny lead External Relations and Client Service Risk for the Asia Pacific with McKinsey&Company. Penny is former senior diplomat. She represented Australia at a senior level in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and at the United Nations in Geneva and New York, and served as an Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Denise Brotherton is a senior Tax partner based in Melbourne. Denise leads EY’s Melbourne Life Science Tax team and is part of the EY Australia Health and Life Science leadership team. Her clients rely on her to have an in depth understanding of their business operations and stakeholder needs in order to provide proactive and relevant tax advisory and compliance services, including co-ordinating tax projects across multiple tax disciplines and regions.
Dawn is known to be continuously looking over the horizon to discover strategic answers to critical issues before they emerge and has lead change in the social and mental health sector and now seeking to contribute to a more sustainable Australia by reducing our chemical footprint. With pollution the leading cause of death globally – the risk to human health from exposure to toxins has never been greater. Now is the time to act to prevent the health problems of the future.
Sabina is a sought-after psychologist, presenter, broadcaster, facilitator and writer specialising in relationship and couple challenges, life transitions, career change and workplace issues, parenting, as well as mental health, stress and well-being across the lifespan. Sabina’s passion is creating discussion and facilitating story telling around the universality of the human experience with warmth, humour and insight. Sabina is the Resident Psychologist and Social Commentator on Channel 7’s The Morning Show and the top-rating Afternoons program at Radio 3AW. Sabina hosted and mentored on Dream Job, an original 8-week TV series airing on Channel 9, following 16 Australians on their journey to finding a new career path. She was an expert on Season 1 of Channel 9’s observational documentary, Married at First Sight, and her expertise and comments are regularly sought in lifestyle, business and women’s media nationally. Sabina is a speaker and MC with leading speakers’ agency, Saxton, and she is listed on the Media Referral expert database with The Australian Psychological Society. She is also a Consultant Psychologist and Coach with Transitioning Well and Corporate Health Management. In addition to her expertise and interest in human behaviour, Sabina is also a communications specialist, with almost a decade of experience working in public relations and marketing roles in Melbourne, San Francisco and London.
Jane has over 30 years of international experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries where she has held executive roles in management of research and development programs as well as business development and alliance management. Jane has worked both in Australia, the US and UK with companies including Peptech, Roche, Cambridge Antibody Technology and Biota Holdings. Throughout her career, she has led many successful fundraising campaigns and licensing initiatives including winning a $230m US Government contract for advance development of a drug to treat influenza. Jane currently chairs the Advisory Board at the ithree Institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) which studies how microbes grow, live, adapt and survive. She is also currently a Board Member of Victorian endowment for Science Knowledge and Innovation (veski), Part time Vice President Research and Development at Reef Pharmaceuticals and advisor to Opal Pharmaceuticals. Jane was previously a Board Member of Diabetes Victoria, TechInSA, Victorian Endowment for Science Knowledge and Innovation and the Diabetes Vaccine Development Centre. Jane is assisting CSIRO with its GMP protein manufacture initiative.
Brigid is currently Deputy Secretary of the new Fairer Victoria Group in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, overseeing Youth, Women, Equality, Multicultural Affairs and Veterans. Previously, she has worked as Executive Director in DPC since May 2017, leading advice in the areas of Aboriginal Affairs Policy, including Treaty and self determination, health policy and reform and inter-governmental strategy. Brigid was previously the Director of Education and Justice Branch with the Department of Premier and Cabinet and spent some years working at the Treasury in New Zealand including helping to establish the government’s data analytics capability and contributing to the “Investment Approach” to improving welfare and employment outcomes. She has also spent some time working in the private sector on project coordination roles.
Sam Hannah-Rankin is the Acting Executive Director for Public Sector Reform in DPC, a division that includes the Behavioural Insights Unit, the Victorian Centre for Data Insights, the Innovation Network and the Public Sector Innovation Fund.
Sam specialises in driving change in mature organisations, and has held senior executive roles in strategy, corporate development, risk management and operations at Australia Post, Bendigo Bank and Fairfax Digital. She has also worked as a management consultant across both the public and private sectors.
Val is responsible for creating compelling product offerings to help change the way the world experiences property. She leads the Consumer Experience team of more than 120 people in Australia, bringing together the functions of product management, design and engineering to create intuitive and personalised experiences that help individuals make great property decisions. Val has been with REA Group for more than nine years and has held several leadership roles across consumer and customer product, product strategy, mobile and personalisation. Prior to REA Group, Val’s experience spanned across a number of industries including automotive, FMCG and classifieds, operating in both domestic and global markets.
My expertise lends itself to large scale strategic oversight, coordination, execution and logistics, being the National Director of Operations for Australia Pacific’s number one real estate services firm. Currently managing a $40M budget and 80 sales people across Australia requires an extraordinarily high level of organisation, problem solving, leadership and occasional disaster management. My particular set of skills and experience enable me to formulate and execute on organisational strategy to achieve key objectives through to ensuring all daily activities which make up the framework of an organisation are functioning to a high level of performance, quality and accountability. This ability to cover from the most high-level organisational accountabilities through to the day to day operations of the business ensure that both the strategic and operational objectives are met and achieved.
I have been a company director for over 23 years and a Fellow of the AICD. I am currently a Non Executive Director of Vicinity Centres (ASX: VCX), Costa Group (ASX: CGC), Wellcom Worldwide (ASX: WLL), The Melbourne Theatre Company, and MTC Foundation. I am a past NED of Nine Entertainment, AURL (Foodworks), Monash Digital and the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts.
I have a depth of experience in China both in Operations and Marketing including living and working in China in an Executive capacity for Galaxy Entertainment Group. I am a seasoned marketing, digital and operations executive with over 30 years experience developing and implementing business and brand strategies that drive profitable growth.
I have worked in the digital space since the late 1990s in various capacities including leading a digital start-up company, as CEO of an ASX listed digital media company, along with developing and implementing numerous digital strategies across a multitude of business sectors.
I have a passion for mentoring entrepreneurs and working with companies focused on driving innovation and growth. I have broad industry experience across multiple sectors including digital, marketing & communications, media, retail, hospitality, property, gaming and manufacturing.
Claire commenced work at Arts Centre Melbourne as Chief Executive Officer in November 2014.
Australia’s largest performing arts centre, the organisation has more than 800 employees, operates 365 days of the year and schedules live performances across its multiple venues by leading Australian and international performance companies. The organisation is a major contributor to Victoria’s creativy economy and has recently launched major new initiatives around Australian Music (the Australian Music Vault), Mental Wellbeing in the Live Performance Industry (the Arts Wellbeing Collective) and a new Festival celebrating Australia’s connections to contemporary Asia (Asia TOPA).
Claire is a member of several leading industry groups, including the Federal Government’s Australia-Singapore Arts Group and Live Performance Australia and is also a member of Chief Executive Women.
Sally Webster completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University in Melbourne. She then worked with Allen Allen & Hemsley in Sydney and was admitted to practice law.
In 1989, Sally began practicing migration law and in 1991, she established the migration practice for Coopers and Lybrand in Melbourne and then set up her own practice, Global Immigration Services (GIS) in 1993.
GIS is a highly customer-focused business. We work closely with our clients addressing the needs of large and small companies, moving their staff and families around the world, and looking after high- wealth individuals and their families, plus highly skilled individuals and their families. GIS provides an in-depth screening or assessment process to ensure the customer is matched to the visa pathway most suited to both their short and long-term needs. GIS is proud of its extremely high success rate over the years. GIS, has close working relationships with many highly professional service-providers in Australia who can assist in all aspects of international relocation.
I am a Melbourne based fashion accessory designer, designing colourful luggage handbags, exec goods, scarves and more! Each seasons many collection pieces are created in limited numbers and the designs are created in a range of great fabrics sourced from all around the world.
We are currently also working with a selection of Aboriginal women artists to design an exciting range of luggage and accessories..no two pieces are exactly the same!. This season we are also currently working with Melbourne artist Kate Hudson to create a selection of handbags and purses. Our executive folios and laptop cases are created to help you make an organized and wonderfully creative impression in the board room!
We create and develop special designs for wholesalers, promotions, conferences, special events and retail to individuals.
Established 2004 by director Andy Dinan. MARS [Melbourne Art Rooms] specialises in exhibiting, promoting and building the careers of contemporary Australian artists.
After a decade in an iconic dairy in Port Melbourne, MARS moved to a new purpose-built, state-of-the-art gallery in Windsor. The architecture and fit-out of the new MARS has set a benchmark for innovation for a Australian gallery .
Identifying a niche in the market, Dinan established a public art consulting service in 2010 with a vision to integrate quality art into both large and small-scale property developments. Andy Dinan Art Consulting (ADA Consulting) have established strong connections with Melbourne councils and take care to fulfil all stakeholders needs with every accomplished project.
In 2014 Dinan was selected as one of 100 Women of Influence in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.
Karina Keisler is Cricket Australia’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. A position she took up 2018. Prior to this, Karina joined NBN Co in 2014 to help CEO Bill Morrow and the team elevate the conversation above the politics and get Australians excited about a connected future. Prior to this she led the corporate affairs team at Vodafone Australia following one of Australia’s most widely known reputation crises. Prior to Vodafone, Karina spent a decade at Telstra in corporate affairs, most recently as principal media adviser and national spokesperson.
Vicky is a passionate leader, mentor and advisor with nearly 20 years of experience in the innovation ecosystem. She is currently the National Lead for Engagement and Strategy for CSIRO Futures, the strategy consulting arm of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. In this role, she is responsible for driving sustainable growth for the practice through consulting engagements, internal strategy and practice development, and overseeing marketing activities. With over a decade of broad industry exposure in consulting, Vicky has proven business and relationship development skills through national and international senior management and executive roles. On a more personal level, with her multicultural heritage and a doctorate in physical sciences and engineering, Vicky is a vocal champion of gender and cultural representation in senior leadership and in STEM industries, and is an invited speaker on driving innovation in industry and innovation policies. Vicky was previously a mentor in the Shanghai branch of Mentor Walks. After several years of living and working interstate and overseas, Vicky is enthusiastic to be returning to her hometown of Melbourne and joining the Melbourne branch of walks.
Carolyn Johnson is the Director of Marketing at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC). A strategic marketer with over 20 years in senior marketing roles across some of Australia’s most iconic brands, she is considered an expert on brand strategy & customer experience. A passionate advocate for the advancement of women & workplace diversity, Carolyn is respected as a strong leader & powerful agent for change. At MCEC, Carolyn’s skills are supporting an exciting journey of business transformation, immersed in a city that she loves; the creative, fashionable & inspirational Melbourne.
Annabelle is a dynamic investment director with more than 20 years’ experience in global infrastructure investment and funds management. In her current role as head of investment execution at Westbourne Capital, Annabelle is responsible for the negotiation and execution of investments in mezzanine and senior debt issued by infrastructure businesses located globally. Throughout her investment management career Annabelle has focussed on cross-border debt and equity investments, having negotiated and executed investments in >20 jurisdictions with total value exceeding $15 billion. Prior to Westbourne Capital, Annabelle was a Managing Director at Macquarie Group in London and headed the legal team for Macquarie’s infrastructure funds business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Annabelle has recently completed an executive Masters of Business Administration at INSEAD (France). Annabelle is passionate about supporting women to succeed in traditionally male dominated professions in the finance industry.
As a CEO, senior executive, entrepreneur, publisher and business journalist Amanda has been a leader in the Australian communications and media industry for 25 years.
Amanda is now at the forefront of corporate communications transformation with deep expertise in social and digital media. As CEO of Notable Media, she works with CEOs, executives, managers and employees to create great social profiles, develop new communication strategies and skills to build trust and engagement, deepen customer and employee relationships and connect with new audiences including media. She also runs the award-winning NotableWomen program, which has trained thousands of professional women to be visible and active in news media and professional social media.
Previously she was head of Head of Digital and Social Media for ANZ Bank where she pioneered the bank’s social media strategy and got many employees active and engaging. She was associate editor of BlueNotes, ANZ’s thought leadership publication and headed up ANZ newsroom.
Prior to that Amanda created and build business media brands including SmartCompany, Start-Up Smart, Women’s Agenda, Fast 100 and was publisher of BRW and SmartInvestor.
Amanda is a sought-after trainer, presenter and speaker, addressing international world conferences, peak industry associations and company audiences, tailoring her talks so the audience always comes away inspired to take action.
Amanda is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and was an Adjunct Professor of Business at RMIT for 18 years.
Suzie McInerney is the CEO of Six Degrees Executive, a leading Executive search firm with offices in Melb, Bris and Sydney.
After eight years leading the marketing function within an ASX listed consumer business and four years in hospitality, running an award-winning restaurant, Suzie joined Six Degrees 9 years ago as a first time Recruitment Consultant.
Leveraging her natural leadership strengths and commercial acumen, Suzie worked her way up the thriving business to be appointed CEO of the firm in February, 2019.
Leora Givoni is the Founder and Director of Small Act Major Impact, a consultancy that focuses on extracting powerful messages for both individuals and teams from some of Australia’s largest private and public companies including banks, airlines, legal firms and packaging companies.
Before launching her marketing and communications business in 2005, she worked in public relations and then moved in house to head up the marketing and communications team at Visy Recycling for over eight years. Today she offers workshops and coaching to a wide range of profit and not-for-profit businesses across Australia. She is a communications expert who is passionate about the impact language has on one’s personal and company brand. Her behavioural change campaigns led her to being flown to London where she was asked to present the ‘science behind her impact”.
Understanding that every business and human being have their own story to tell, Leora revels in the opportunity to assist people and companies have their brand, products and services stand out in front of their desired audiences.
Leora has been nominated for three Telstra Business Awards, holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Communications, has a Certificate in Executive Coaching and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also has a strong background in Corporate Social Responsibility and contributes her time and expertise to a variety of charities on a regular basis.
She has been on the Development Board for the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital for over eight years and was appointed to the Board of the 16th Street Foundation in December 2016. She is a Fellow of, and judge for the Australian Marketing Institute. Leora is also a qualified meditation teacher having recently graduated from the Chopra Centre in California.
As a Partner in EY’s globally connected Government Incentives team Malia provides entrepreneurs, mid-size companies and large Australian and multinational corporates with personal, hands on, cutting edge support to identify, access, defend and make successful R&D incentive claims and Government grants across a range of programs, industries and countries.
As part of EY’s Growth Markets Leadership team and inspired by the tenacity of entrepreneurs, Malia also helps connect entrepreneurs and private businesses to EY’s breadth of world-leading capabilities to grow, scale or pivot domestically and internationally. Malia is passionate about helping people create opportunities to invest in, encourage and celebrate innovation, technology and international investment and expansion in Australia and overseas.