Melbourne Corporate PA Summit 2017 - Australia's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
Melbourne Corporate PA Summit 2016 - Australia's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
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Melbourne Corporate PA Summit 2016 - Australia's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
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The Corporate PA Summit attracts a fantastic mix of inspirational speakers and successful case study speakers. The 47th Corporate PA Summit builds upon this tradition, with an agenda packed full of exceptional speakers.

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Sir John Kirwan  
Julia Gillard The Hon. Julia Gillard, 27th Prime Minister of Australia

Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013.

As Prime Minister and in her previous role as Deputy Prime Minister, Ms Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest economy in the world, during the Global Financial Crisis and as Australia positioned to seize the benefits of Asia’s rise. Ms Gillard developed Australia’s guiding policy paper, Australia in the Asian Century. Ms Gillard delivered nation-changing policies including reforming Australia education at every level from early childhood to university education, creating an emissions trading scheme, improving the provision and sustainability of health care, aged care and dental care, commencing the nation’s first ever national scheme to care for people with disabilities and restructuring the telecommunications sector as well as advancing a national broadband network. In foreign policy, Ms Gillard strengthened Australia’s alliance with the United States, secured stronger architecture for the relationship with China, upgraded Australia’s ties with India, and deepened ties with Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. Ms Gillard has represented Australia at the G20, including winning Australia’s right to host the 2014 meeting, the East Asia Summit, APEC, NATO-ISAF and chaired CHOGM. Under Ms Gillard’s leadership, Australia was elected to serve on the United Nations Security Council.

Ms Gillard is the first woman to ever serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister. In October 2012, Ms Gillard received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life.

Ms Gillard is a non-resident Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution in Washington. In February 2014, Ms Gillard was appointed chair of the Global Partnership for Education, a leading organization dedicated to expanding access and quality education worldwide. Ms Gillard also serves as Patron of Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, which tackles poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.

In February 2015, Ms Gillard was appointed Chancellor of Dūcere, an Australian-based online education provider offering courses in business and management. Ms Gillard also serves as an Honorary Professor at the University of Adelaide, and is Patron of the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library in Perth, Western Australia. Ms Gillard is a member of the board of directors of Beyond Blue, which is committed to helping Australians understand and manage anxiety and depression. Ms Gillard is Patron of the Layne Beachley Aim For The Stars Foundation, which supports girls and women to invest in their future to fulfill their potential. Ms Gillard serves on the Board of Governors of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia.

Ms Gillard’s memoirs, My Story, were published by Random House in September 2014. The second edition of her book was published in July 2015.

Anna Meares
After growing up in the small Queensland mining town of Middlemount, Anna was inspired to become a cyclist by her sister Kerrie after they watched Kathy Watt win the cycling gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Anna started cycling competitively the same year, aged
just 11, with the nearest cycling track around 300kms away in Mackay. Two years later, the family moved to Rockhampton, making the training schedule far easier.

Anna’s training paid off when she not only won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but she was also the youngest Australian track cyclist to win Olympic gold, and the first Australian female track cyclist to win an Olympic gold medal. To top it off, she also set a new world record in the Women’s 500 metre time trial of 33.952. She also won a bronze medal in the Women’s 200m Sprint, and was later awarded an Order of Australia medal for her achievement.

Her training was in full swing when in January 2008, Anna broke her back at the Los Angeles World Cup. She was thrown from her bike in a collision with other riders and sustained a hairline fracture to her C2 vertebrae. If it had been just two milli metres more, she would have been a quadriplegic on a respirator for the rest of her life. Her other injuries included a dislocated AC joint in her shoulder, heavy skin grazing, torn tendons and muscle tissue damage. The accident immediately threw her plans for the Beijing Olympics in August into doubt, and it was possible she may never ride again.

She was determined however, and was back on the track within just ten days of the accident, albeit only tentatively. At the Melbourne time trial four and a half months after the accident, she was easily able to eclipse the Olympic qualifying time set by selectors in the 200 metre sprint. She was also very close to achieving a personal best time. At the Beijing Olympics, with the goodwill of Australia behind her, she won the silver medal in the Women’s Individual Sprint.

At the 2012 London Olympics, Anna won gold in the Sprint and bronze in the Team

Jeff Allis
Jeff Allis Co-Founder, Boost Juice, Executive Chairman, Retail Zoo
One thing you will never die wondering is what Jeff thinks!

In the cut and thrust world of media, Jeff made his mark as the head of programming for the Austereo radio network. Ultimately, anything that went on air across the Today and Triple M networks was his responsibility, and he learned early on that it was media warfare with every ratings point literally worth millions of dollars in advertising revenue.

The job was to get the strategy right and then find the right talent on air to deliver it. During his time at the helm, he gave Hamish and Andy their first break, took Kyle Sandilands from the bush to the big city, and hired and worked with Eddie McGuire, Mick Molloy, Andrew Denton and many other household celebrity names.

Jeff achieved the unachievable with unprecedented success with number one ratings in every state in Australia, through his “rate or die” approach to radio, and doing whatever it takes to create success.

At 30 years of age, and despite only knowing Janine for 7 days, he decided she was the woman he would spend the rest of his life. 8 months later they were married and with two very overly creative entrepreneur brains at work, it was only a matter of time before Boost Juice was born.

Anyone who knows them knows they are complete opposites, but with a deep respect for each other’s abilities – together they are a great team. So upon this foundation, Jeff was in charge of the marketing and business strategy of Boost and Janine the wonder woman who managed to actually pull it all together. Working alongside each other, they have successfully taken an idea and turned it into an iconic brand in the Australian marketplace.
After 8 exhaustive years at the helm, Janine decided to focus on the international growth of Boost and in 2007 Jeff took over the role of CEO.

If Boost was Janine’s baby, then Retail Zoo became Jeff’s; he turned a one brand business (Boost Juice) into a powerhouse multi-retail-branded international company. Their first acquisition was Salsas Fresh Mex, which has grown from 4 stores to over 60 stores, followed by CIBO Espresso in 2012. Retail Zoo currently has over 450 stores in over 10 countries covering three brands; being Boost, Salsas and CIBO.

Sir John Kirwan

Anna-Louise is the Executive Director and Creator of Happy Body At Work. The program has rolled out to over 15,000 people last year alone in organisations as diverse as Optus, the ASX, Minter Ellison, CatholicCare, the University of Sydney, UTS and the CSIRO.

She is also the creator and Exec Director of Physiocise, which over the past 20 years has taught over 66,000 classes to people with bad backs and wobbly bodies. She also consults to the Waratahs, Brumbies and Wallabies on overuse injuries.

She is a regular on the ABC with James Valentine and on the Today Show. She is also an Ambassador for Arthritis NSW and for COASTREK and an Adjunct Councillor of the Sydney University Alumni Council.

She was an expert on the ABC's Making Couples Happy and Making Australia Happy. She has released 3 DVD's and 3 best selling books. She is an international corporate speaker and was named Australian Fitness Presenter of the Year.

Michelle Buckmaster
Michelle Buckmaster
Michelle Buckmaster, Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer AMEA, Aon Hewitt

Michelle has extensive experience of providing high level and strategic support in a driven environment and is a trusted member of the Executive team. In her current role, she has demonstrated flexibility with involvement in various collaborative working groups across the Aon business. Michelle also acts as an advisory member of the Aon Charitable Foundation and is Chair of WIN NSW Committee (Women’s International Network), which helps drive gender diversity initiatives at Aon.  With strong leadership skills, she has demonstrated the ability to lead and mentor colleagues in an ever evolving environment.

Michelle’s career over the past 20 years has been predominantly in the finance industry, for companies such as KPMG and PKF, providing support to high level Executives in Australia and UK.

Amy Scott
Amy Scott
Passionate about empowering people, families, businesses, organisations, teams,
workplaces and communities everywhere - Amy Scott (former lawyer) says

“It’s not rocket science - it is simply learning how not to rub people up the wrong way”.

Living in Melbourne, Amy is a proud born & bred rural New Zealand Central Otago girl.

Whilst she’s represented NZ in ice hockey, she’s still not allowed to drive tractors! Following a career as a practising lawyer, Amy changed direction. She has since had over 10 years experience as a communication consultant, speaker, trainer, mentor, coach and facilitator.

She is a recognised “thought leader” in the areas of connection, courage & compassion.
She is currently one of Australasia’s most sought after speakers.

Amy Scott
Dr Jenny Brockis

As a doctor, speaker, author and mentor, Dr. Jenny is passionate about all things 'brain'. Her mission is to become the Jamie Oliver of brain health fitness, empowering others to create their own brain that is fit, healthy and optimised to help them work at their best.

Dr. Jenny has devoted her career to the health and wellbeing of others. Concerned by the alarming increase in the amount of stress, stress related illness and mental health problems she was witnessing in society as a whole, she realised the need to promote brain health to elevate mental performance and wellbeing. 

As the Director and Founder of Brain Fit! she works with those who seek to thrive in our increasingly complex world, translating the complexities of the neuroscience into easily understood strategies that can be readily integrated into our busy lives. 

Dr Jenny is featured regularly in the media, has authored three books including the best seller Future brain (Wiley) and is a keen blogger and writer.

As a wife and mother to two young adults, when not writing, researching or presenting, Dr. Jenny loves to spend her time travelling and challenging her long-standing fear of heights.


Amy Scott

As a trusted adviser, high growth entrepreneur and business leader with over twenty years international experience working on some of the world's best retail and consumer brands, Janine Garner is one of Australia's most thoughtful experts on leadership, belief and collaboration. An author, speaker and motivator, Janine is passionate about the return to open and transparent corporate relationships, the power of commercial collaboration in future proofing careers and businesses and the opportunity that exists when we network to build transformational connections that will drive influence, personal positioning and impact.

Janine is a Partner at Thought Leaders Global, the founder and CEO of the LBDGroup helping women in all walks of business, thought leaders and entrepreneurs connect, contribute and collaborate to build their commercial success.

Janine spent 20 years working across the world in corporate marketing roles for some of the world’s best brands including Ralph Lauren, Oroton, Jaeger, Sainsbury’s Homebase and Citizen Watches. Her corporate career saw her launching, rejuvenating and driving business growth and shareholder value along with award winning marketing campaigns and strategies.

She is the author of the Wiley internationally published book, “From Me To We – Why commercial collaboration will future proof business, leaders and personal success”, a practical handbook filled with tools, ideas and suggestions for opening up to a smarter way of business thinking which will position you well for future commercial success.

With a Bachelor of Science in Management and Business Administration, Janine is the winner of an International Stevie Award, a Top 10 finalist in the DARE Magazine Daredevil Awards and was listed in 2013 as one of Australia’s “Most Inspiring Women” by Madison Magazine. In July 2016 Janine travelled to the UK to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from her university.

Janine is a sought after keynote speaker, mentor and advisor. She writes every week for her own blog and is a regular commentator in the business print and on-line media, including The Huffington Post, CEO Magazine, Success Magazine, BRW, Women’s Agenda, AIM and The Australian and regularly appears on TV and radio. Janine is also the founder of Australia’s first gift giving circle, the First Seeds Fund, committed to reducing the impact of poverty and abuse in Australian communities with a focus on women and children.

Her client list is wide-ranging and diverse and includes the IT, banking & finance, law, retail, property and fitness industries. Examples include Hewlett Packard Australia, CBRE, Clayton UTZ, Servcorp, Fernwood Fitness, Bras ‘n Things, Scentre Group and APSMA.

Janine is currently writing her second book which will be published in early 2017.

Amy Scott

Annabelle Hudson, Executive Assistant, GM Holden

Annabelle has over 15 years' experience in providing strategic and administrative support to executive leaders of global corporate and not-for-profit businesses.

With the goal of inspiring other Executive Assistants and Personal Assistants to influence diversity and inclusion within their own organisations, Annabelle's vision is to support the achievement of gender equality in organisations across Australia.

In her current role as Executive Assistant at Holden, Annabelle’s passion for driving positive social and community outcomes is evident through her involvement as Coordinator of General Motors International Women's Council and Chair of Holden Women in STEM (Engineering) Taskforce.

In addition to her business as usual Executive Assistant responsibilities, Annabelle's recent achievements include: 

  • Contributing to Holden's diversity and inclusion strategy and delivering executive-sponsored initiatives, such as unconscious bias training and cultural celebration events
  • Supporting the establishment of Holden's Home Ground Advantage program as a launch committee member, delivering $5 million in grants over 10 years to grass roots sporting clubs throughout Australia
  • Influencing Holden’s support of Australian Marriage Equality, the first automotive company in Australia to do so 
  • Connecting GM’s female employees across 13 countries, in a male dominated business, to drive engagement, development and CSR programs
  • Programming team member for the inaugural General Motors Global Women's Leadership Summit in Detroit.
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