Our MC for the Day: Sheree Rubinstein

Sheree Rubinstein is a corporate lawyer turned social entrepreneur. Sheree is the cofounder and CEO of One Roof and has created one of Australia’s first and most prominent co-working spaces dedicated to women-led ventures. In less than two years One Roof has made a presence in 4 cities across Australia and the USA, engaged and supported 10,000+ women, hosted 500+ educational events, provided business coaching to 25 female entrepreneurs and launched the One Roof PLUS accelerator, a 3-month program, dedicated to supporting 10 early stage female founders. Sheree was recognised for her work with the 2016 Victorian Young Achievers Leadership Award.

Conference Speakers

Overseas Keynote: Jack Skeels, Agency Agile, Los Angeles

Mr. Skeels is a recovering client delivery services executive, whose career included leading Sapient’s 105-person Los Angeles office, several years as a RAND Corporation management scientist and graduate-level marketing professor. A two-time Inc-500 Award winner, Jack’s current mission is to create a revolution in agency management practices, optimal organization design, and delivery excellence. In the last 4 years, his company has taught Agile-based, self-managed team techniques to over 2,500 agency staff, and over 50 agencies.

Learn more about AgencyAgile: www.agencyagile.com

Bec Brideson; Gender Intelligence Consultant
& Founder/ECD of Venus Comms

Bec Brideson; Gender Intelligence Consultant & Founder/ECD of Venus Comms

Enough is never enough for gender pioneer and advertising doyenne Bec Brideson. Despite reaching the prominent title of Creative Director alongside a career of awards and success; Bec Brideson wanted to fill a huge blind spot long overlooked – the way female talent and consumers were recognised, and having their needs met. In 2004, Bec opened Australia’s first female-focused ad agency, Venus Comms where she has worked with the likes of The Just Group, Vicinity Centres, Heat Group and more recently led the creative launch of AFLW. Bec has continued to expand and inspire change with the opening of her full-service consulting practice where she speaks globally, consults businesses and shares her disruptive methodology on how we can all better serve women everywhere. Bec Brideson is married to an ad-man, and has two girls whom she hopes to serve a better and brighter future. She is also the author of a book on the rise of the female economy called Blind Spots.

Sarah Moran,
CEO of Girl Geek Academy

Sarah Moran, CEO Girl Geek Academy

Sarah Moran is co-founder and CEO of Girl Geek Academy, with a mission to teach 1 million women to get into tech and launch their own startups by 2025. Girl Geek Academy is behind Australia’s first all-women hackathon, #SheHacks, Australia’s first all-women makerfest, #SheMakes, and the world’s first hackathon for girls aged five to eight, #MissMakesCode.

Sarah learned to code when she was just five years old and believes that you’re never too young – or old – to learn coding. Alongside her four fellow Girl Geek Academy co-founders, Sarah is on a mission to create a lifelong community of women who love to learn tech. Sarah has worked across Australia and Silicon Valley, and has witnessed first-hand the issues faced by women in the industry.


Currently, with only 12 per cent of those “building the internet” being women, Sarah and her team are dedicated to levelling the playing field so that future generations will have the same leadership and salary opportunities as their male counterparts.

In 2017, Sarah joined the Channel Ten and FOXTEL LifeStyle channel television series, Common Sense, where she is having her say on what’s happening in the world, while showing the nation its cool to be a smart chick.

NIDA Corporate:
The Rapport Rehearsal


Kat Henry is a Theatre Director working nationally. She is on the National Artistic Team at Queensland Theatre, is a part of the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre program and alumni of MTC’s Women Director’s Program. She was Resident Director of MKA: Theatre of New Writing from 2013 – 2015.

Kat has directed at Queensland Theatre Company for whom she was nominated for the Matilda Award for Best Direction. Her Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre production of Foxfinder was nominated for 4 Green Room Awards including Best Director and Best Production. She directed the highly acclaimed Mayakovsky for Sydney Chamber Opera, and for Melbourne Theatre Company has directed in the Cybec play readings, and NEON Festival for MKA. She has been Artistic Director at QTC, MTC and STC. Kat is a graduate of the NIDA postgraduate directing program, holds a first class honors in live art performance, and is currently pursuing her PhD in contemporary performance at Monash University.


Jeremy is a talented and intuitive corporate trainer, with experience extending across various industries.

Jeremy has a long and successful history as a writer, director and performer, having played lead roles in many Australian musicals and television staples. Recently he retrained as a film maker and set up his own media company, Storybox Films, through which he made his debut award winning feature film, The Sunset Six in 2013.

Jeremy is a regular teacher at the VCA school of drama as well as Swinburne University of Technology, teaching acting for camera as well as training directors on working with actors. In 2016 he directed Sondheim’s Into The Woods for the graduating students at Federation University.

Amanda Chase, Executive Manager,
Consumer Marketing, REA Group Asia

Amanda Chase |  REA Group Asia

Amanda Chase is REA Group Asia’s Executive Manager for Consumer Marketing for South East Asia. She is responsible for leading the consumer brands and marketing for REA Group’s Asian business across Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and Greater China. Prior to moving into the Group’s international business, Amanda was responsible for the consumer marketing of REA Group’s Australian brands including realestate.com.au. She has had experience running high performing teams across marketing, communications, behavioural communications and analytics, partnerships and design.

Before joining REA Group in July 2015, Amanda was Executive General Manager – Marketing, Brand and International Development for Victoria Racing Club. She’s also held senior roles at the Australian Grand Prix, Zoos Victoria and Mazda Australia. Outside of work, Amanda is passionate about having purpose in work and ensuring you have balance in life. Originally from New Zealand, Amanda is an avid surfer now living on the surf coast of Victoria.

Trisca Scott-Branagan, Head of Marketing, Institutional, ANZ

Trisca Scott-Branagan | Head of Marketing, Institutional | ANZ Bank

Trisca Scott-Branagan was awarded the Marketing Executive of the Year in 2017 by CEO Magazine, and was ranked in the top 10 most innovative CMOs in Australia in 2016 and 2017 by CMO Australia. Her current role is Head of Marketing, Institutional at ANZ Bank; and she is also an Advisory Board member of ADMA (Association for Data-Driven Marketing and Advertising) and IAPA (Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia).

Over the past 20+ years, Trisca has worked across financial and professional services, health and education, in both B2C and B2B marketing and business development roles. Working in large, complex organisations that operate across highly competitive markets is her specialty. While currently based in Melbourne, Trisca has lived and worked in Sydney and New York, and held many global and Asia Pacific roles.

Trisca is passionate about customer centricity, data and digital enablement, and embedding new ways of working to ensure marketing teams are more effective and individuals thrive. She has directly managed marketing and sales teams of up to 90 staff, and developed and implemented strategies within organisations that operate across 160 countries with over 200,000 employees.

Outside of work, you’ll find Trisca attempting to stay fit, or spending time with her husband, 9-year old son and 8-year old girl/boy twins.

Cathryn Arnold,
Group Head of Digital at Jetstar

Cathryn Arnold, Group Head of Digital at Jetstar

Cathryn Arnold has built a career in the airline and digital travel arena, and is the Group Head of Digital at Jetstar. Beginning at Go Fly and EasyJet, Cathryn has gone on to deliver digital travel solutions across, Europe, US, Middle East and the Asia Pacific region, most recently completing a Digital transformation for the Jetstar Group with a brand new customer experiences online, backed by customer data and Salesforce. With years of digital experience behind her, Cathryn is a well-respected thought leader in the travel industry.

Jess Ruhfus,
Founder of Collabosaurus

Jess Ruhfus | Founder of Collabosaurus

When brands partner up, amazing things can happen. The likes of Uber x Spotify, Topshop X Doughnut Time and GoPro X Redbull helped spark the idea for Collabosaurus – a matchmaker for brands. Since starting the platform in 2015, Collabosaurus now houses over 4000+ opportunities and is a marketing tool up to 30x cheaper that other digital advertising. Jess has spoken for Apple, General Assembly, ADMA, The Collective Hub & The College of Event Management on all things marketing, collaborations, sponsorships & entrepreneurship.

Charlie De Haas,
The Clean Treats Factory

Charlie De Hass - The Clean Treats Factory

The Clean Treats Factory was created by Charlie de Haas; dreamer, believer, entrepreneur, yoga-lover, and self-love guru. Her passion? To be the healthy change in the world. Charlie’s a firm believer in finding and maintaining balance through a balanced lifestyle, balanced diet and the sweet, sweet reward of a well-timed treat.

“The power and pleasure of creating comes from knowledge and understanding of food and the physiological response, the ability to create myself and produce whatever I/we need. I want the customer to be a part of that creative journey and develop a symbiotic relationship together so that they can really walk into a home away from home where dreams and magic can be made. That eating healthy is an act of self love. I truly believe that together we can be the healthy change in the world”.

Zara D’Cotta,
Author & Keynote Speaker

Zara D’Cotta | Author & Keynote Speaker

Zara D’Cotta is an author and keynote speaker on a mission to change the way people think about their homes and their health. She learned first-hard the vital role our living environment plays in supporting our health and wellbeing after going through two different types of cancer.


In 2018 Zara will release a book focusing on healthy homes. She is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of modern life, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through.


Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was nominated as a finalist in the Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards for her work on Oh My Goodness, the online platform she created after going through breast cancer.  She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online.


Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.


Ayla Toyokawa

Ayla Toyokawa - Founder, WEDSITES

Ayla Toyokawa is the founder of WEDSITES, a wedding planning platform with a mission to bring the fun back into the wedding planning process and give couples the extra (digital) helping hand they need during this *slightly* stressful time.

She is also the co-founder of ThemeBoy, a WordPress studio specialising in plugins and themes for sporting organisations. ThemeBoy’s products are used by over a million athletes and sports aficionados world wide.

As a bootstrapper at the core, Ayla knows what it takes to build a digital business and the lows-and-highs of startup life. When she’s not behind the computer screen, you’ll find Ayla spending time with her fiancé and their beautiful german shepherd.

Addie Wooten,
CEO, Smiling Mind

Addie Wooten | CEO Smiling Mind

Dr Addie Wootten brings her extensive background in clinical psychology, research and e-health to her position of CEO of Smiling Mind. Addie is a well-known leader in her field, delivering and researching innovative programs to enhance the wellbeing of people with cancer. She has developed and evaluated a range of online wellbeing tools, and has published widely.

Addie has most recently served as the Director of Clinical and Allied Health Research at Epworth Prostate Centre, e-Health Research Manager at Australian Prostate Cancer Research and Clinical Psychologist at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Addie has been using mindfulness meditation as a part of her clinical psychology practice for many years, and also has a strong personal mindfulness practice.

Tara Ness, Customer Experience Consultant

Tara Ness | GM of Customer Experience | Principal Consultant | Forethought

Principal Consultant In her ten year career at Forethought, Tara has led countless strategic retention programs across diverse markets. As capability leader for Customer Experience , Tara leads advisory for engagements where the principal business objective is retaining customers. Tara also leads our Activation capability –the translation of drivers of customer experience into operational initiatives. Tara is passionate about championing the voice of the customer and working with organisations to improve the brand and service experience to drive change and achieve verified business outcomes. Tara has developed and managed major international research project advising on acquisition and retention strategies especially within service industries. In 2010, Tara was the lead consultant for a Prophecy Thoughts® Research Programme which received the top award for Commercial Effectiveness in the Australian Marketing and Social Research Society (AMSRS) Awards.

Sue McKenzie,
Orange Consulting

Sue McKenzie - Orange Consulting

Having worked in, and with, a number of High Performance Cultures globally, and fuelled by a thirst for how Leadership contributes to their success Sue formed Orange Coaching after studying at The Coaching Institute, Asia’s largest Leadership School.

She is certified as a Thought Dynamics Ambassador, Practicising Meta Dynamics Mentor, Qualified Professional Coach through the International Coach Guild. Sue works with Leaders in the creative communications space to challenge and ignite their Leadership potential – to connect it back to the core vision of the business and to provide a strategic path for innovation and future commercial success in an ever-changing environment.

Sugandha Chapman,
The Glow Revolution, My Organic Child

Sugandha Chapman, The Glow Revolution, My Organic Child

Sugandha Chapman (Sig) is a Holistic Health + Mindset coach, mama of two cheeky kids,
writer and speaker who helps successful, high-achieving women reclaim their glow, stop
chasing their lives and start leading them. Sig is the founder of The Glow Revolution and My
Organic Child and Silver leader with doTERRA; built on the belief that if you want to give
light to others you must first find the glow within yourself. Her passion is helping smart,
busy women flourish and get off their hamster wheel of overload and overwhelm by taking
them through a transformation to claim the life they have been waiting for. Her easy-going,
love-infused approach inspires women to shift their mindset, and show them how to
nourish themselves from the inside out to create more freedom, joy and success to their
health, their lives and businesses.

Alison Tsao,
Humans Who Lead

Alison Tsao - Humans Who Lead

For the past 14 years, Allison’s career has been in management consulting and HR, helping companies solve their greatest people and culture challenges and ignite transformational change. Originally from New York, Allison moved to Sydney in 2014 to explore a more balanced and authentic lifestyle. However, even being on the other side of the world, she noticed one thing that remained similar – humans are struggling to cope with the pace of change and are more tired and stressed than ever!

Allison believes that the way we can support people in not just surviving but thriving inchange is to lift human development to a new level – creating a more human way of leading ourselves and others – one that invites authenticity and builds trust. At the end of 2017, her experience and deep intuition led her to take a leap and create Humans Who Lead, a global Leadership Development platform and community dedicated to shifting the leadership paradigm and helping people grow into the type of leaders they authentically aspire to be. 

Allison is on a mission to start a dialogue with like minded people that want to redefine leadership in a way that celebrates our diversity as unique human beings.

Nick Blunck
Director, Blunck Enterprise

Nick Blunck Director, Blunck Enterprise

As a highly accomplished individual contributor, Nick is driven by change and excited by the opportunities that disruptive technologies create. With 15+ years in both leading and client facing roles (most recently at LinkedIn), this has given him a unique understanding of ASX listed companies and exposure to some of Australia and New Zealand’s most talented business leaders. He now guides his clients as a trusted advisor towards that “aha moment” (© Oprah) to help them understand how disruptive technologies can transform their business.

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