Damian Callinan is a multi award-winning comedian, actor & writer. He is best known to TV/film audiences for his roles on Skithouse, Before The Game & Backyard Ashes & regular guest appearances on shows such as Spicks and Specks & Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala. More recently, his multiples roles as lead actor, screenwriter and co-producer on The Merger have really expanded his profile and reputation.
The ex-drama teacher has come a long way since taking long service leave to ‘give it a crack.’ The 3 time Barry Award nominee [The Merger, Sportsman’s Night, Proxy Heroes] has been prolific in his output of live shows racking awards & nominations like parking fines. These include Spaznuts [Piece Of Wood Comedians Choice Award at MICF] Proxy Heroes [Barry nomination] The Cave the Rave [ABN Amro Edinburgh Foreign Exchange Award] Sportsman’s Night [Melbourne Fringe Best Comedy] & The Lost WWW1 Diary [Nominated Best Comedy @ Perth Fringe & Victorian VCE Playlist for 2017]
More Creative. More Connected. More Courageous.
We’re living in an age of unprecedented change fuelled by technological advancements, hyper-connectivity, the democratisation of information, the erosion of trust in traditional institutions and expectation inflation that has all of us expecting more, for less and yesterday!!! The three R’s are increasingly being augmented by the 3 C’s - the need to be more creative, more connected and more courageous. In this exciting and inspiring presentation, Dan Gregory will explain why creativity is a discipline and a mindset more than a talent, how cultural engagement is redefining the way we lead and instruct and what it takes to lead the change you wish to make in the world.
Dan Gregory is an expert on Human Behaviour & Engagement. A Behavioural Strategist, he works as a leadership speaker, author & social commentator. Rated in the “top 25 C-Suite Speakers to watch” by Meetings & Conventions USA and drawing comparisons to Simon Sinek and Ricky Gervais, Dan brings rare human insight and a razor sharp wit that was honed on the stand up comedy stages of the UK, Australia and the United States. He is is the founder and CEO of The Impossible Institute, and ultimately is in the business of helping smart people become people smart!
Lisa McInnes Smith
Courageous and Connected Leadership Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way - Leadership exists at all levels of life. There is no perfect model for great leadership and leaders are not “born”. The best leaders are self aware, clear in purpose, courageous and decisive – all attributes of an individual’s spirit, and all learnable.
Lisa McInnes Smith is Queen of the corporate stage and a master of audience participation. Along her incredible journey, Lisa has presented to more than one million adults across twenty-two countries and authored seven best selling books.
Lisa is also the first person outside of the USA to ever be inducted into the international Speaker Hall of Fame - the highest designation possible in the speaking world. This international recognition from clients and peers alike is due to her extraordinary gift to communicate, connect and transform.
Connect with Clarity Cut The Noise - We are all inundated every day with so much NOISE! With everything from media, social media, endless emails and countless meetings, it can feel like fifty thousand things hitting us from every direction. In business today, it becomes even more important than ever to identify what gets results and what is simply a waste of time. This compelling presentation will have an immediate impact on your ability to FOCUS and PRIORITISE for greater success in your leadership role.
Chris Helder is a business communication genius and master storyteller whose presentations have radically transformed how thousands of people worldwide communicate with colleagues, staff and teams. He has been a professional speaker for 17 years and has done over 2,300 presentations around the world.
He is the author of three bestselling books The Ultimate Book of Influence which has been published in five languages, Useful Belief, which is one of the highest selling Australian business books of all time and Cut The Noise which is about achieving better results with less guilt.
Ngahihi o te ra Bidois
Connecting with your People Ancient Wisdom, Modern Solutions -He aha te mea mui? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. What is the most important thing? It is people, people, people.
In 2007 Ngahihi o t era Bidois was appointed National Speakers Association, New Zealand (Auckland) 2007 Master of Ceremonies and Bright Star Speaker of the year, 2008 Inspirational Speaker of the year and 2009 Master of Ceremonies of the year. He understands that people are the most valuable resource to a business and he has a wealth of knowledge and experience he can pass on.
Ngahi is prolific in his ability to utilise the ancient wisdom abundant in Maori culture to educate, influence and inspire people to be their be best.
Courageous Thinking The Agile Mind - Turning fear into a must have component of your mindset, skill and performance
Having to put all her trust into the hands of another person, Jess Gallagher’s story is sure to motivate any audience. Her story about losing her eyesight slowly enabled her to put her life into perspective and she encourages audiences to do the same, Beginning to lose her sight at the age of 17 due to a degenerative and rare eye disease, Jess had to let go of her dreams of becoming a professional netballer. She had to trust those around her to lead her through her life. At the age of 21, she discovered, by pure chance, the world of Paralympic sports. In 2008 Gallagher was banned from competing at the Beijing Paralympics, due to her eyesight being better than her competitors. Two years later, as her eyesight continued to deteriorate, Jess participated in the 2010 Paralympics in Canada. It was there were she became Australia’s first female winter Paralympic medallist. Since then, in both athletics and skiing, Jess has become a dual summer and winter Paralympian. She won her second bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Paralympics and has most recently transitioned to track cycling for the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Jess uses her deteriorating eyesight to teach companies and business the true meaning of trust, how to take opportunity as soon as it arises and how to improve performance by having the foresight to predict the results.
Creative and Connected Communication Mind Power, People Power - Understanding non verbal communication for more meaningful connections
You don't need to be a mind reader to build rapport and gain influence! Using his talent as a mentalist, Anthony shares his amazing business and mindset skills as he demonstrates the importance and power of being conscious. A dynamic, energetic and exciting speaker, Anthony engages, empowers and connects his audience, as he delivers the edge you need to help you develop a more cohesive team and build stronger business relationships
Assoc Prof Michael Nagel
Connecting with 21st Century Learners A User’s Guide to the Brain: Linking Neuroscience to Educational Practice
Dr Michael Nagel is an Associate Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast where he teaches and researches in the areas of neurodevelopment, cognition, behaviour and learning. He is the author of thirteen books on child development and learning used by teachers and parents in over twenty countries. Dr Nagel has delivered over 300 workshops and seminars for parents and teachers nationally and internationally. Nominated as Australian Lecturer of the Year each year since 2010, Dr Nagel has been an invited guest on ‘TV New Zealand Breakfast’, ‘Canada AM’, ‘Sunrise’, ‘A Current Affair’ and ‘The Project’, is a member of the prestigious International Neuropsychological Society, sits on a number of education boards and committees and is a feature writer for ‘Jigsaw’ and the ‘Child’ series of magazines which collectively offers parenting advice to more than one million Australian readers.
Creative and Connected Communication Connecting with People You Just Don’t “Get”
Lynnes session focuses on understanding different behavioural types so we can connect and work more effectively together. Lynne is a business speaker, facilitator and speaker coach who works with individuals and organisations to help them connect with influence and respect. At the basis of all of Lynne's work is the strong belief that when we respect each other and can connect in a meaningful way, we thrive.
Dr Andrew Martin
Optimising School Leaders’ Workplace Motivation, Resilience, and Relationships (How to Take Care of Yourself!)
Andrew Martin, PhD, MAPS, is a Registered Psychologist and Fellow of the College of Developmental and Educational Psychologists. His research focuses on motivation, engagement, and achievement. Andrew is the world’s most productive researcher in educational psychology, placing 1st in 2016 International Rankings of the Most Published Educational Psychologists. In 2018 he was named the National Field Leader in Educational Psychology by The Australian newspaper and before that was listed in The Bulletin magazine’s SMART 100 Australians and in the Top 10 in the field of Education. His latest book is “Building Classroom Success, Eliminating Academic Fear and Failure” (Continuum).
Living and Working Mindfully / Finding Better Balance
Kate James is the author of five best-selling personal development books including Believe in Yourself and Do What You Love and Be Mindful and Simplify Your Life. She has spent the past seventeen years working as a coach, mindfulness teacher, speaker and retreat facilitator. Utilising tools from Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Kate works with leaders and business owners to help them clarify their personal strengths, develop confidence, increase self-awareness and gain clarity about their career and life direction. Having practised meditation for the past 26 years, Kate teaches mindfulness workshops and retreats where participants are introduced to different to principles of mindfulness and how they can be integrated into everyday life. Kate is a sought after media expert who has spoken on national television and radio and been quoted in The Age, body+soul, BRW, Marie Claire, Mindfood magazine, and Mind Body Green. She speaks to corporate groups on mindfulness, managing stress, finding more balance and living with purpose