IMAGINE: CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO BUSINESS SUMMIT AND EXPO 2023

Are you ready to start a conversation for change?

Event brought to you by Green Design Indoor Plant Hire

imagine – changing the world…                        one story at a time

  • $Can you imagine the best possible scenario for your business?
  • $What actions or risks could you be taking right now?
  • $Does your business dare to be different? Imagine that!
Being Stronger Than My Excuses, Expo, Summit

event details

THE SUMMIT (Ticketed event)

Date: Wednesday 1st March 2023
Time: 8:00AM – 4:30PM
Location: Mingara Recreation Club, SHOWROOM

SEE FULL AGENDA BELOW. ALL FOOD COMPLIMENTARY

12-14 Mingara Dr, Tumbi Umbi NSW 2261

Five panel discussions with Q & A session, entertainment, complimentary food and refreshments, networking and speed collaboration workshops, and of course the after party. It’s a full day event. Too much work to do? Head to ‘The Foundry Remote Co-Work Space’ to send those important emails, finish that work, or hold that Zoom meeting right from the venue. Private spaces available. We’ll even help you with printing or getting a cuppa.  .

What will our expert panellists come up with to help us all imagine great things?

THE EXPO (FREE TO ATTEND)

Date: Wednesday 1st March 2023
Time: 9:00AM – 4:30PM
Location: Mingara Recreation Club, PRE-FUNCTION AREA

Starting at 9am and FREE to attend 

This is free to attend and will include over 26 information stalls, soapbox speakers, the Networking Cafe, and ability to be included in the Speed Collaboration Workshops.

Come away with concrete examples of what’s possible now, so you too can IMAGINE the future  you want for your business.

THE VIP AFTER-PARTY

Networking and Drinks 5:00PM – 6:30PM.

FREE ENTRY FOR ALL VIP’S.
Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi: Veranda Bar

This is for our VIP’s to relax, unwind and recap on the day over a drink with some of the new connections you’ve made, or catch up with some familiar faces. Chill out and enjoy the ambiance of the new Veranda Bar. 

Topics & Panellists

Panellists are being revealed weekly…stay tuned for the last reveals. Here’s a sneak peek. 

1. Imagine: Sustainability as Strategy

  • Host: Brendan Rodgers, Host of The Culture of Leadership Podcast and Corporate Business Consultant
  • Panellist: Dr. Diane M. Phillips, Ph.D. Professor of Marketing, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA. USA
  • Panellist: Ray Borg, General Manager, Green Design Indoor Plant Hire
  • Panellist: Lana Ratapu, Business Advisor, Your Business Realm, & Regional Director of Trusted Advisor Network.
  • Panellist: Jenny-Lee Scharnboeck – Head of Business Development, Take 3 for the Sea

2. Imagine: Harmony and Good Mental Health at Work: It's Called Happiness

  • Host: Adam Rice, AJR Counselling, Coaching and Consulting
  • Panellist: Stephanie Thompson, Workplace Engagement Manager Black Dog Institute
  • Panellist: Michael Brolly, Careers Facilitator, Industry Training Hubs
  • Panellist: Lee-Anne Mendel. Life Coach, master NLP Practioner, & Hypnotherapist, Divine Daily Coaching.
  • Panellist: Melissa Kam, Co-Founder and Director of Kee Web Designs

3. Imagine: Collaborating, not Competing: Building Resilient Businesses and Communities

  • Host: Sobia Zafar, Executive Transformation Coach
  • Panellist: Michael Marom – Telstra, Regional General Manager for Northern NSW
  • Panellist: Janet Beckers: Founder Janet Beckers Consulting
  • Panellist: Marc Charette, Google Trusted Photographer, Workpics 360 and Central Coast Digital Media
  • Panellist: Peter Hollingsworth, Business Advisor, Trainer & Mentor, The Business Centre

4. Imagine: Inclusive Business Strategies for better results

  • Host: Maree Jenner, Local Area Coordinator, Social Futures
  • Panellist: Annabel Leete, IBM Industry Program Manager, P-TECH Central Coast
  • Panellist: Jacob Smeaton Project Support Officer, Barang Regional Alliance
  • Karen Ansen, Principal Lawyer & Founder, Ignite HR & Employment Law
  • Chloe Hyde, Sustainability, TrendPac

5. Imagine: The Next Level for Your Business – Thinking Outside the Box

  • Host: Jo Hanlon: Mind Your Ps,  Advisory Board Chair and Mentor
  • Panellist: Joanne Martin, Golden Earth Publishing
  • Panellist: Zoren Sarabaca, CEO, Xcllusive Business Sales
  • Panellist: Barnaby Howarth, International Resilience Keynote Speaker, Ex Sydney Swans Player
  • Panellist: Steve Hantos, Angel Investor, Director and Start-Up advisor, Conveyor Manufacturers Australia.

The Agenda

on the day

We want you to be able to feel relaxed and connect with people for this full day event. So, we’ve included THE FOUNDRY COWORK space with hot desks, meeting room and board room if you need to work, make calls or emails, or get some quiet time. (Although the networking, connections and collaborations on the day will be priceless). So, book for the day and don’t miss out!

(Subject to change)
7:30AM YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS BREAKFAST (ONE HOUR)

8:00AM VIP ARRIVAL, REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

(EXPO OPENS FROM 9:00AM. FROM 9:30AM: SOAP BOX TALKS AND SPEED COLLABORATION WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD THROUGHOUT THE DAY WITH LIST OF SPEAKERS TBA)

8:45AM MAIN EVENT BEGINS IN THE SHOWROOM 

9:00AM FREE EXPO OPEN UNTIL 4:30PM IN THE PRE-FUNCTION AREA

9:00AM MAIN SHOWROOM: WELCOME BY EMCEE
9:07AM INTRODUCTION BY CEO, STME, JULIE WATSON

9:10AM INTERVIEW WITH EVENT PARTNER (Green Design Indoor Plant Hire)

9:15AM PANEL ONE: Imagine: Sustainability as Strategy
9:45AM Q&A
9:55AM NETWORKING BREAK OUT AND MORNING TEA.
10:25AM INTERVIEW WITH SECONDARY SPONSORS (AJR COUNSELLING COACHING AND CONSULTING)
10:30AM PANEL TWO: Imagine: Harmony and Good Mental Health at Work: It’s Called Happiness.
11:00AM Q&A
11:10AM NETWORKING BREAK OUT AND REFRESHMENTS

11:40AM INTERVIEW WITH SECONDARY SPONSORS (BRIAN HILTON)
11:45AM PANEL THREE: Imagine: Collaborating, not Competing: Building Resilient Businesses and Communities
12:15PM Q&A
12:25PM NETWORKING BREAK OUT AND LUNCH.

1:00PM WOMEN ON BOARDS PRESENTATION: 7 Reasons Why Being on a Board is Good for Your Career. (30 minutes) Tasmin Room 2 Free Entry
1:50PM ENTERTAINMENT MAIN STAGE
2:00PM INTERVIEW WITH SECONDARY SPONSORS (INDUSTRY TRAINING HUB AND BUSINESS CENTRE)
2:10PM PANEL FOUR: Imagine: Inclusive Business Strategies for Better Results
2:40PM Q&A
2:50PM NETWORKING BREAK OUT AND AFTERNOON TEA.
3:10PM INTERVIEW WITH SECONDARY SPONSORS (LOYAL IT SOLUTIONS AND NEXUS HUB)
3:15PM PANEL FIVE: Imagine: The Next Level for Your Business – Thinking Outside the Box
3:45PM Q&A
3:55PM THANK YOU AND FAREWELL BY CEO, STME, JULIE WATSON
4:00PM PRIZE DRAW BY EVENT SPONSOR/PARTNER (AJR)
4:05PM DEPART SHOWROOM AND SEE MORE OF THE EXPO. THEN, HEAD TO AFTER PARTY: 5:00PM: VIP AFTER PARTY. VERANDA BAR, MINGARA

6:30PM: EVENT CLOSES

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