Speakers

Brad Cooper

Chief Executive Officer

BT Financial Group

 
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As the Chief Executive of BT Financial Group (BTFG), Brad Cooper brings his passion for customers and his experience of more than 20 years in business leadership roles to the organisation. 
 
Prior to joining BTFG, Brad led the merger implementation planning and integration between St.George and Westpac as the Westpac Group’s Chief Transformation Officer.
 
Brad joined The Westpac Group in April 2007 as the Chief Executive of Westpac New Zealand Limited. Prior to joining Westpac, Brad was Chairman of GE Capital Bank and Chief Executive Officer of GE Consumer Finance UK & Ireland. He drove GE's UK Six Sigma program and was certified as a Quality Leader (Black Belt) in December 2002. He was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of GE Consumer Finance UK in January 2003 and appointed Chairman of GE Capital Bank in April 2004.

Chanelle McEnallay

Chief Risk Officer Australia; National Safety, Property & Environment Manager

Ramsay Health Care Limited

 
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Chanelle McEnallay is the Chief Risk Officer of the Australian business of Ramsay Health Care Limited and sits on both the Australian Executive and Australian Risk Management Committee.  Chanelle manages a wide portfolio which includes the risk management framework of Australia, work health and safety, workers’ compensation, property and infrastructure, environment, staff health and the national public liability portfolio.  Chanelle is also the Executive lead for the National Vanderbilt Roll Out, a promoting professional accountability framework.
Ramsay is Australia’s largest private hospital operator and currently employs over 33,000 staff in Australia alone, more than 60,000 worldwide.
Chanelle has been a safety and workers’ compensation professional for 22 years and began her safety career in the construction industry specialising in rail and coal mining before moving to health in 2004.  Chanelle is passionate about robust and innovative risk management systems that actually add value and perform their function to reduce risk.
Chanelle is an experienced Risk Professional, Work Health and Safety Professional, Injury Manager, Advanced Rehabilitation and Return to Work Manager, Workers’ Compensation Specialist, Workplace Trainer and Assessor, Auditor, holds advanced qualifications in OHS and Corporate Governance and is an admitted NSW Supreme Court Solicitor.  Chanelle also holds a Master of Laws from ANU.

Chris Akayan

Head of Culture and Reputation

Mirvac

 
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Chris Akayan was appointed Head of Culture and Reputation in March 2017, he is responsible for Human Resources, Sustainability, HSE and Innovation. Chris joined Mirvac in August 2014 as Group General Manager, Human Resources. 
 
Chris has more than 13 years’ exposure to the property sector with extensive experience across human resources, leadership, organisational development, succession planning, learning and development, diversity and employee engagement.
 
Prior to Mirvac, Chris spent nearly 10 years at Stockland, with two years in London as Head of HR and Corporate Affairs in Stockland’s UK business. 
 
Chris also held senior consulting positions with Capgemini and EY with a HR, Change, Business Transformation and Leadership focus. Chris holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Sydney. 

David Harrison

Managing Director and Group CEO

Charter Hall Group

 
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David has 31 years of property market experience across office, retail and industrial sectors in multiple geographies globally.  As Charter Hall’s Managing Director and Group CEO, David is responsible for all aspects of the Charter Hall business, with specific focus on strategy and continuing the momentum from building a $16 billion Investment Manager recognised as a multi-core sector market leader.  David is an executive member of various Fund Boards and Partnership Investment Committees, Chair of the Executive Property Valuation Committee and Executive Leadership Group.
 
David has overseen the growth of the Charter Hall Group from $500 million to $19.8 billion of assets under management in 13 years.  David has been principally responsible for transactions exceeding $25 billion of commercial, retail and industrial property assets over the past 27 years.
  
David holds a Bachelor of Business Degree (Land Economy) from the University of Western Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute (FAPI).
David is a Corporate Leader representative on the Board of Directors for the Property Council of Australia and a member of the Remuneration Committee. David is also a member of the Property Male Champions of Change. Director since 14 April 2016.

Dominic Remond

Chief Executive Officer

Sydney Sixers

 
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An experienced Strategic General Manager, Dominic Remond is focused on commercial results, fan engagement and business growth strategies. Dominic has over 30 years’ experience in the sport, entertainment, media and marketing fields, including successful senior management positions with Cricket NSW, Sony Pictures, Glaxo SmithKline and SC Johnson. He is a current member of the Male Champions of Change Sport and General Manager of the reigning Women’s Big Bash League Champions, the Sydney Sixers.

Emma Gray

Chief Data Officer

ANZ

 

Gina Lednyak

Founder and CEO; NSW 2016 Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year

L&A Social Media

 
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Gina Lednyak is an entrepreneur, adventurer and the Founder and CEO of global agency L&A Social. She was born and raised in the USSR, after the fall of the Soviet Union Gina and her family escaped Belarus due to political unrest and with no money or knowledge of English settled in Brooklyn, NY. 
 
Gina went on to develop a keen interest in communications and psychology and attended Boston University right at the time that Mark Zuckerberg tested and launched ‘the Facebook’ in her University town. During a study abroad semester in 2007, Gina fell in love with Sydney and decided to uproot and move countries. She quickly recognised an opportunity in the local market and soon launched L&A Social Media, a full-service strategic social media and digital agency, with a strong focus on creative content execution, analytics, and consumer behaviour. Since then L&A Social Media has been at the forefront of social media strategy and implementation and is one of Australia's fastest growing social media agencies. 
 
L&A Social manages the social media strategy, content and implementation for brands like NETGEAR, Sol Beer, Rekorderlig Cider, AutoDesk and many more consumer brands. The company has grown significantly from its humble beginnings in Sydney, Australia now with over 70 global clients across 3 countries and a thriving team. Gina is also the 2016 NSW Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year and previous winner of AIMI Future Leaders Award and B&T 30 under 30.

The Hon. Bronnie Taylorm MLC

Parliamentary Secretary for the Deputy Premier and Southern NSW

NSW Government

 

The Hon. Melinda Pavey

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

NSW Government

 
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Melinda Jane Pavey (née Shaw; born 1969) is the New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight since January 2017 in the Berejiklian-Barilaro government. 
She has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2015, representing the seat of Oxley for The Nationals. Prior to this, she was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council between 2002 and 2015. At the time of becoming an MLC, she was the party's youngest New South Wales MP at the age of 33. 

The Hon. Tanya Davies

Minister for Mental Health; Minister for Women; Minister for Ageing

NSW Government

 

Inese Kingsmill

Chief Marketing Officer

Virgin Australia

 

Jane Burhop

Creative Director/Co-Founder

Common Ventures

 
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With 8 years of experience in the communication industry, Jane she has held many positions with roles across digital, creative, brand and agency management.
Over the course of her career, Jane has worked on a multitude of International, National and not-for-profit clients including but not limited to telephones, rried chicken to banks, software and coffee machines. She has also received numerous industry awards and judged many high-profile award shows.  
From working with some the world’s biggest global agencies to starting her own agency – Jane is an idea fiend who likes working with her team, industry partners and clients to make things that make sense.

Johanne Rossi

Chief Procurement Officer

Caltex Australia

 

Karen Webb

Assistant Commissioner

NSW Police Force

 

Kate Curruthers

Chief Data Officer

UNSW

 
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Kate Carruthers is Chief Data Officer for UNSW Sydney, and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. Her current area of research is internet of things privacy and security.
 
She has extensive experience in senior executive roles for diverse organisations such as GE, AMP, Scentre Group (formerly Westfield) and State Government. 
Kate is a founder of several startups including IoTM and MooresCloud, and she is a member of the Telstra Industry Advisory Board and the NSW Government Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board.

Kate Mason

Chief Transformation Officer

Coca-Cola Amatil

 
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Kate Mason is the Chief Transformation Officer for Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) responsible for the overall leadership and coordination of CCA’s bold transformation program.
Prior to her current role, Kate was HR Director for Coca-Cola Amatil since May 2014, responsible for Human Resources, Safety, Communications and Innovation. 
Kate is a senior executive with broad leadership experience gained during a career predominantly in finance, in both Australia and internationally. Kate began her career as a business graduate with Arthur Andersen in Sydney and from there, moved offshore for a number of years holding leadership roles in Sydney, Singapore, London, New York and Zurich. Kate’s extensive leadership experience was gained during her time in companies such as Austrade, TST Learning, Credit Suisse and most recently Amcor. 
Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Administration) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kate is the President of International Women’s Forum in Australia, Chairman of the NSW Advisory Board for the Starlight Childrens Foundation and a Board Member of the Coca-Coca Australia Foundation. She is a very proud working mum of 3 teenagers and is an avid skier and lover of good food, Champagne and chocolate.

Louise Higgins

Chief Operating Financial Officer

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

 
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Louise Higgins joined the ABC as Chief Financial Officer in February 2017 as part of the structural transformation announced by the Managing Director in March 2017. Louise oversees a broad operational portfolio including Finance, Property, Legal, Internal Audit, Capital Planning and Governance.  In addition, Louise oversees Corporate Strategy as well as the team enabling the ABC’s Transformation as part of the Investing in Audience Strategy also announced in March 2017. From March to September 2017 Louise was also Acting Chief Technology Officer, overseeing the ABC’s Digital & Broadcast services.

Louise brings to the ABC expertise in Media, as well as broader commercial experience having formally been the Chief Operating Officer for Nova Entertainment overseeing the company’s revenue and content performance. Louise worked previously as an Associate Director with Macquarie Bank, and held a number of senior roles for the BBC in London.

Louise holds a Bachelor of Business from UTS, is a Chartered Accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant UK, is a fellow with the Australian Institute of Company Director’s, and in 2016 completed the Advance Management Program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University Chicago. 

Nadia Daly

Journalist and Anchor

ABC News

 
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Nadia Daly is a journalist and anchor with the ABC based in Sydney. Previously she worked for the network in the wild and wonderful Northern Territory and before that she was with CNN in Hong Kong.

Nadia likes to keep her finger on the pulse of big developments in the Asia-Pacific and the technological disruption that's changing how we live, work and play.

Pip Dexter

Partner

Deloitte

 
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Pip is passionate about improving the way people experience work in order to deliver better outcomes in government and social impact sectors.  She is interesting in the impact of the future or work and the future of living, with a specific interest in how humans - not simply technology – will unlock the productivity gap. 
 
In her twenty year consulting career, she has been fortunate to work with a range of business leaders and CHROS on addressing their key workforce and leadership challenges, especially in the context of business transformation.  Her experience spans the breadth of our human capital services including; organisational and cultural change, operating model and organisation design, workforce strategy, strategic leadership, communications, talent management and workforce transition. 
 
Pip leads Deloitte’s Human Capital Services to the Public Sector in Australia and is co-lead of the Organisation Talent and Transformation team. 
 
She really enjoys helping people improve their own career experiences – whether this be with the Deloitte team or her clients.  She is based in Sydney and thrives on trying to find the balance in work life integration.  She lives in Avalon with her husband Darren, and two children Jack and Emily – and loves a good holiday!

Pip Marlow

CEO Strategic Innovation

Suncorp

 
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Pip Marlow was appointed Chief Executive Officer Strategic Innovation in December 2016. She is responsible for Suncorp’s strategic role in market disruption, and identifying, establishing and cultivating new external marketplace partners to meet the needs of customers.
Pip is a highly-recognised leader in her field. She brings a wealth of international experience and has a strong track record of delivery, most recently through her 6 year tenure as Managing Director of Microsoft Australia.
 
Pip has more than 21 years’ experience in the IT industry. One of her first roles was at Samsung Information Systems, where she was responsible for building the company’s Semi-Conductor distribution business. Before joining Microsoft in 1995, she was part of the founding team at Agate Technology, which became one of Australia’s largest storage distributors.
Pip is a non-executive Director of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), sits on the Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Board at UTS and is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW), an organisation committed to supporting and growing women in executive positions.
 
Pip is a member of the Business Council of Australia’s Innovation Task Force advocating for an integrated approach to creating an effective Australian innovation system and promoting the productivity and competitiveness of Australian industry.
 
Pip enjoys working in a vibrant, collaborative environment, and is an advocate for flexible workplaces that empower people through trust and accountability.
Born, raised and educated in Palmerston North, New Zealand, Pip lives in Sydney with her Scottish husband and two daughters, Sophie and Lucy.

Ramak Salamat

Director of Sales Solutions

LinkedIn

 
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As an experienced, dynamic, and multi-disciplined senior Sales and Marketing Executive,
Ramak is deeply passionate about growing and developing world class, dynamic and highly effective Sales teams who are motivated by making a significant impact to their clients and community. She believes that leadership is fundamentally about helping teams discover their true potential whilst building trust and transparency with all around them. 
Currently, Ramak is the Director of Sales Solutions at LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network and her team are focused on helping all companies from enterprise, government through to small business transform the way they sell with a clear mission to elevate the sales profession and create economic activity for every single person in the global workforce.
Ramak’s focus to date has been running Business Units with revenues of anywhere between $2M and $50M within her own businesses and for global organisations such as Trend Micro, IBM, Juniper Networks and Aurea Technologies.
Ramak is a key member and advocate at Woman@LinkedIn, LinkedIn recruiting for Good, and is deeply passionate about woman in the workforce and aspiring the “next generation” of leaders and entrepreneurs who want to advance their career in their personal transformation journey.

Ray Pittman

President & CEO, Australia & New Zealand

CBRE

 
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Ray Pittman is the President & Chief Executive Officer for CBRE’s Australia and New Zealand
businesses. He is responsible for overseeing 21 offices and approximately 2,100 employees in
the Pacific region. With over 29 years of experience in commercial real estate, Ray’s expertise
includes brokerage, account management, acquisition and development, business development,
corporate strategy and executive team leadership.

Rebecca Doyle

Head of People and Culture

National Rugby League

 
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Rebecca Doyle is the Head of People and Culture at the National Rugby League (NRL) and oversees the game’s workforce culture and standard of operations.
Prior to joining the NRL in 2016, Rebecca held several senior Human Resource roles with companies including KONE Elevators, Gilbarco Veeder Root (specialising in engineering and design) and the Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation.
Her expertise has spanned industries including IT Distribution, Manufacturing, Government, Transport and Mechanical Services.
Rebecca is part of the Executive team at the NRL and is an active participant in numerous NRL led community initiatives that promote equality and social cohesion. 
Rebecca is a member of the Women’s Steering Committee that will work on the development and implementation of the Women’s game. 
As a fan of the game and great believer in the positive impact that sport can have on communities Rebecca is proud of the work the NRL is committed to delivering. 

Sarah Morton-Ramwell

Partner and Global Head of Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility

Ashurst

 
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Sarah is a partner and global head of pro bono and corporate responsibility (CR) at Ashurst. With a background in human right law, gender rights and reproductive rights, she works full time in pro bono and CR. During her time in the nonprofit sector, Sarah worked at the Center of Reproductive Rights in New York and International Planned Parenthood Federation in London.
Sarah sits on the Business Council of Australia's Indigenous Engagement Taskforce, PILnet's Leadership Committee, TrustLaw's Council and is Vice-Chair of the International Bar Association's Pro Bono Committee. Sarah is a founding member and fellow of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability and helped create the U.K. Collaborative Plan for Pro Bono, which set an aspirational pro bono hours target in the U.K.
Sarah was named as Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the U.K. in 2014.

Suzy Nicoletti

Managing Director

Twitter, Australia

 
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Suzy is Twitter Australia’s Managing Director, responsible for local operations including its advertising business and operations. Previously, Suzy ran Twitter Australia’s online sales business for almost three years which experienced strong growth under her leadership. Australia is part of the fastest growing region in the world for Twitter, which has more than three-quarters of its users outside the United States.
Suzy is passionate about helping brands integrate new digital technologies to achieve their business objectives in innovative ways. Working with a range of clients across multiple industries, Suzy helps Australian businesses engage with and understand the value of Twitter. 

Ursula Phillips

Chief Information Officer – Australia and New Zealand

PepsiCo

 
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Ursula is results oriented and people focused – a trusted member of the Executive team and strategic business partner to her customers. Ursula is passionate about the role of IT to innovate and enable business growth through digital capabilities.
Ursula has a diverse range of strategy and delivery experience spanning business transformation, digital, ERP, robotics, analytics and go-to-market. 
Ursula has extensive experience of leading international teams and is at home in today’s complex, multi-geography, multi-provider environment.

Sue Davidson

Director for Organisational Development & Change

CSIRO

 

Dr Suzy Green

Founder and CEO

The Positivity Institute

 
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Dr Suzy Green is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) and Founder of The Positivity Institute, a positively deviant organisation dedicated to the research and application of Positive Psychology for life, school and work. Suzy is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology having conducted a world-first study on evidence-based coaching as an Applied Positive Psychology.
 
Suzy is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology having conducted a world-first study on evidence-based
coaching as an Applied Positive Psychology. Suzy was the recipient of an International Positive Psychology Fellowship Award and has published in the Journal of Positive Psychology. 
 

David Gallop

Chief Executive Officer

Football Federation Australia

 

Emma Highwood

Head of Community, Football Development and Women’s Football

Football Federation Australia

 

Fiona Crosbie

Chairman of Partners

Allens

 

Jen Dalitz

The Change Coach

Jen Dalitz & Associates

 

Lucy Cornell

Chief Executive Officer

The Voice Advisory Group

 
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Lucy Cornell is an international keynote speaker on the innate persuasive power of the human voice.
From her 20 years of working with some of the world’s most influential leaders and their teams, Lucy unequivocally knows that the single most neglected opportunity in business is in the voice of its people.
Lucy is one of 200 Linklater trained voice teachers in the world with has extensive academic and practical experience training with voice tutors from Royal Shakespeare Company (UK) and as an actor and teacher at Shakespeare and Company (USA). She also holds a Masters of Applied Science in Voice Research (U.Sydney) and a Bachelor of Arts/Education (UNSW).
Lucy has been a specialist speaker for Young President’s Organization (YPO) events globally for the past ten years in Istanbul, Barcelona, Miami, Pakistan, Dubai, Oman, South East Asia, Sri Lanka, Australia, and New Zealand. YPO members are all CEOs of high net-worth businesses whose expectation of education is high.
Lucy’s corporate clientele range from CEOs and senior executives of blue chip companies such as McKinsey, IBM, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank to politicians, barristers and lawyers.
In the Australian media, Lucy Cornell is seen as the go to person on voice for TV, print and radio

Carol Chapman

CEO and Founder

WomenWorthWealth

 
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Carol is CEO and Founder a WomenWorthWealth - a coaching and transformational workshop company whose mission is dedicated to empowering women across the globe to own their relationship with money.  As a result women begin to create true financial freedom and security, are able to fully experience life, and ultimately maximize their unique contribution and impact to the world. 
 
Through her dynamic workshops and coaching, Carol provides strategies, tools and mindset development for women who say it’s time to release the limiting beliefs and blocks that hold them back from maximizing their earning power, begin to powerfully own all aspects of their life and live the life they are meant to live.

Karen Chaston

Chief Creative Officer

KarenChaston.com.au

 
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Karen Chaston: “Inspiring Businesses to Greater Profits through Empowering  Their Employees, namely their Women – The Creator of The Dream Maker Program,  Author, Speaker, Radiohost, CPA and former C.F.O. publicly listed  company. Surprisingly, it took her son’s death for her to become more aware, grateful, healthier, energised and live in her Essence.
Karen ran on the corporate treadmill until the day the world came tumbling down on her head. The constant effort of juggling work, family, the big house and cars, and the stress created by all that was taking its toll on her even before tragedy struck when her son died at a young age. 
She recognized that her suffering and disappointments were given to her to serve her and she took the next step to examine her life and accept its imperfections and learn from them. 
Karen has developed innovation intelligence “Dream Maker” programs that align your conscious and subconscious minds, otherwise it’s very difficult to have long term success without stress or burnout., 
You, your colleagues and employees will easily move from tired, worn out, depressed, over-worked, and under-appreciated workers to being more aware, grateful, healthier, energised and satisfied employees, who are more efficient, productive and more creative. 
As a former corporate Chief Financial Officer, Karen brings a unique perspective; extensive business experience and hard-earned wisdom that she wished were available to her when she needed them. 
Her “Gem-Box” of tools and tips assist you to implement your ‘Inner Achiever’ strategies so you can love and have greater meaning and fulfilment in all areas of your life. 

Julie Alexander

Executive Director

Changing Change International

 
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Julie Alexander is a company culture and business performance strategist and consultant. She is Executive Director and co-founder of CHANGING CHANGE INTERNATIONAL (CCI). CCI is a global consultancy that helps clients realise high impact outcomes and dramatic shifts in performance through changing the way change happens using the Culture IncorporatedTM model to attune three critical areas: CULTURE, SYSTEMS and PEOPLE.
The work transforms cultures so that team members thrive, solid bottom line results are attained, and sustainable competitive advantage is achieved.
Passionate about creating high performance cultures globally, Julie has extensive experience working with teams and clients such as Lloyds TSB, Royal Bank of Scotland, CBA, ANZ and Visa Consulting.

Melanie Bourke

Office of the CEO

Dexus

 

Georgina Brujic

Chief Executive Officer

Fairfax & Roberts

 
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Georgina creates change and business transformation by understanding what is important to people and then questioning a business’s approach to that – in order to manifest a culture that enables a company to achieve positive business outcomes. “As a leader, it is your responsibility to influence the company’s culture and ensure that individuals are effective, by managing an authentic work/life balance no matter what their life stage. The most powerful business leaders are those who put that theory into practice in their own lives.”
The CEO of luxury bespoke jeweller Fairfax & Roberts since 2014, Georgina began her career when she launched a tourism publication that she grew and subsequently sold. Georgina kept this entrepreneurial approach as she continued her career in larger organisations including Hannan (now known as IPMG), Text Media and Pacific Magazines where, over a period of seven years as Managing Director, she was responsible for the content marketing and corporate divisions, the New Zealand consumer business (and its successful sale), the innovations group (responsible for over $80m advertising annually) and the company’s data project. 

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