Tuesday 22 August 2023

Speakers announced for 2023 IPA Business and Agency Leadership residential. Syd, Sept 10-12.

A stellar lineup of agency leaders, strategists and leadership and wellness experts have been announced as guest speakers for this year’s IPA Business and Agency Leadership course, taking place at The Ovolo Hotel in Sydney from 10-12 September.

Hosted by Advertising Council Australia, the three-day residential features interactive talks, intimate Q&As and informal dinner events with the best minds in the business, equipping tomorrow’s agency leaders with practical skills to help them navigate the growing list of challenges and opportunities that come with the top job.

Joining course chairs Laura Aldington, Co-Founder, Supermassive, and Lindsey Evans, Partner, Special, this year’s guest speakers include:

Clare Robinson, Founder, Clarety Coaching & Consulting: Opening address

Mike Read, Founder and Director, Pigscanfly Too: HBDI Profiling – recognise and understand thinking styles and preferences

Camilla Thompson, Managing Director, Select Wellness Australia: Wellbeing, a keynote talk on a better me

Martine Beaumont, Founder & CEO, Select Wellness Australia: Psycho social legislation and managing hazards and risks in the workplace

Melinda Geertz, Non-Executive Director, Leadership Coach, and Former CEO, Leo Burnett: Authentic leadership

Chris Howatson, Founder & CEO, Howatson+Company: How to have a healthy culture and make a profit at the same time

Steve McArdle, CEO, Christina Aventi Chief Strategy Officer and Alex Derwin, Chief Creative Officer, BMF Australia: How to lead with your partners

Lea Walker, Founder, Mrs Walker: It’s all about talent

Additional guest speakers will be announced soon.

Course chairs Aldington and Evans said that the theme of this year’s course, ‘The Art of Leadership is Getting Stuff Done’, speaks to the fundamental job leaders have to create the conditions for effective action to happen.

“The focus of this program is less on the what and the why, and more on the ‘how’, with a stellar lineup of speakers inspiring delegates towards action. The aim is that attendees leave with new ideas and skills they can apply the very next day,” said Aldington.

IPA residential courses are informative, with interactive sessions featuring industry leaders and project briefs that require delegates to work collaboratively.

Places in this course are limited therefore delegates are urged to book as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Full course details and registration information can be found here. Places are limited.

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