Lead Presenters

Mary Ferguson, LAIRD culture + capability

Mary Ferguson is Director of LAIRD culture + capability and is a Senior Leadership Facilitator and Conflict Resolution Expert with extensive experience as an international consultant designing and delivering coaching and training programs to the corporate, public and education sectors.  Her expertise is firmly anchored in the latest evidenced based research into conflict resolution, leadership, positive psychology, human behaviour and organisational culture change.  As an NMAS accredited mediator, Mary regularly works with her clients to untangle the knots of personal conflict and gain understanding of best practice to resolve conflict within their teams.  As a facilitator and keynote speaker, Mary’s style is dynamic, warm, pragmatic and inclusive, with areas of specialty including conflict resolution, conscious communication, difficult conversations, building resilience and wellbeing in leaders and teams,  mindfulness technique training, and coaching programs.

Karen Gately – Director, Corporate Dojo

Karen Gately is a leadership and people-management specialist and a founder of Ryan Gately, now Corporate Dojo.  Karen works with leaders and HR teams to drive business results through the talent and energy of people. She is the author of The People Manager’s Toolkit (Wiley) and The Corporate Dojo: Driving extraordinary results through spirited people.

Karen is a regular contributor to the CEO magazine, AFR, news.com.au and Huffington Post and writes extensively for other well-regarded publications such as BRW, Company Director, HRD, Australian newspapers, Inside HR and Daily Telegraph. Karen has a weekly radio segment with Power FMSA and is regularly invited to share her insights for other broadcast media including Today Extra, Sky News Business, ABC Radio, The Luke and Susie Show, 2UE among others.

Belinda Jones – Business Manager, Corporate Dojo

Belinda has a Bachelor in Business and spent many years working in various financial roles here and in the UK. She has over 10 years management experience and an extensive, successful track record in developing back office capability for financial and professional firms. At Corporate Dojo Belinda manages all aspects of the business’ operations. She is a consummate systems and people manager, oversees and is hands-on with all client and internal projects. As the Manager of a dynamic growing business and EA to Karen, Belinda’s even temperament and ability to bring

Deidre Dattoli

Deidre is a trained DISC presenter, a member of the International Coach Federation, an experienced coach and facilitator providing professional and personal development training solutions to promote colleague engagement, working with tools that elevate passion, purpose, performance and workplace well- being, and was for nine years, the National Education manager for L’Oreal Professionnel. She has her own business, Aspire YOU.

Claire Ebstein

Claire has a strong Workplace Risk skill set in Occupational Health and Safety Management and Workers’ Compensation with formal qualifications in

Physiotherapy and Safety. She’s achieved significant financial and operational outcomes in several industries as well as having direct contact with and knowledge of the challenges of school workplaces. She began work as a Senior Consultant with a large Insurance Broker and continues now with Bodycare. Claire has also practised physiotherapy and has worked as a senior Occupational Rehabilitation Consultant.

Gayle Hardie

Gayle presents widely on emotional health, transformational leadership, and change in individuals and organisations. She is a co-founder of the Global Leadership Foundation. Her initial training and experience was in education. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is a Fellow and Former Board Member of Leadership Victoria, and has received the Business and Professional Women’s Community Leadership Award. She understands people, their development paths and responses to environments and situations.

Vanessa Alford

Vanessa is a physiotherapist, nutritionist, clinical pilates instructor and elite marathon runner. Her book, Fit Not Healthy, relates her personal story of exercise addiction.   For years, she pushed her body to the limit with endless workouts, driven to succeed, while working and studying full time. She was so blinded by her drive to succeed that she couldn’t see how detrimental her lifestyle was to her health. She’s the perfect person to share her view of empathetic management and mindfulness and how this correlates with success, productivity and happiness.

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