The pre- and post-summit masterclass programs are designed to give you the tools you need to succeed in your role, maximise your career opportunities and make the most of every interaction.

Monday 30 October 2023

Future YOU: The ultimate reset

Led by: Belinda Brosnan

Wednesday 1 November 2023

Communicating with Impact

Led by: Anneli Blundell

I love how the workshops are linked to the summit – so beneficial. Have learned so much.
Upper Hutt City Council

Welcome to ‘Future YOU: The ultimate reset’

Led by: Belinda Brosnan

This full-day masterclass will be held on Monday 30 October 2023


For so much of the past few years, we have been reactive – forced to roll with the punches, adapt to an ever-changing climate and frankly, we’re all exhausted. Yes, we’re more resilient and know how much we’re capable of achieving under immense pressure, but wouldn’t it be nice to start taking more proactive steps towards shaping our future careers and lives?

This workshop is a breath of fresh air, allowing you the time and space to reset and explore exactly what you hope to achieve in the coming months and years, both professionally and personally. You’ll take a step back from your day-to-day hustle and really hone in on what is important to you, identify opportunities to make a real difference and set yourself goals for future YOU.


While Belinda has an ability to make even the likes of Jack Sparrow feel at ease in the midst of Caribbean hurricane, don’t be fooled by her down-to-earth, ‘calm-in-a-crisis’ personality.

Bubbling just beneath that cool and collected surface is an intense desire to make a difference.

She wants the work we do to matter, as individuals, as organisations, and citizens of the world. And she most loves to work with organisations that feel the same.

Belinda’s specialist expertise lies in guiding senior leaders through change and uncertainty.

If anyone was prepared to help others be heard in the chaos, it’s Belinda. Honing her skills with a lifetime of Brosnan family Christmases (her Dad is one of 15 children and her Mum one of 8), Belinda also spent 20 years working in leadership positions with some of Australia’s biggest name organisations including News Limited, AVJennings, Macquarie Bank and Mirvac.

Add to this Belinda’s credentials in executive coaching, conversational intelligence and NeuroLeadership and she’s got a lot to give.

Belinda is an advocate and investor with The Hunger Project and has led leadership immersion programs in Uganda, Malawi, India, and Senegal. She is passionate about being a voice for those who don’t have one and giving people the opportunity to lead an expansive life on their terms for the betterment of others, organisations, and communities.



8.30 Registration and welcome coffee

9.00 Session 1: The status quo

We’ve all been operating in fight or flight for so long, we haven’t had many opportunities to stop and question the status quo. You’ll explore your current ways of working, uncover habits and pitfalls you may have fallen into and identify the key roadblocks that are stopping you from working and living more proactively.

10.30 Morning coffee

11.00 Session 2: Your core values

Before you begin looking to the future, it’s important to understand the why behind your decision making. By understanding what is important to you and what motivates you, you will be better positioned to begin planning for the future.

11.30 Session 3: Endless possibilities

In this session, you’ll take a fresh look at your role, career plans and personal life. You’ll identify where you can make changes and create real impact, allowing you to live a life more aligned to your core values.

12.30 Lunch break

1.30 Session 4: A plan for future YOU

This is where you’ll create an action plan for the future, pulling together everything you have learned in this workshop. You’ll walk away with a practical and realistic strategy to achieving your goals and energised to become the very best version of yourself.

2.45 Cool down / close

The masterclass will be conducted using a combination of presentation material and group exercises; maximising your learning potential. Please note that the masterclass content will be tailored to participants’ individual needs so the length of each session may vary. Refreshments will be served at appropriate times, including morning and afternoon teas and lunch.

Welcome to ‘Communicating with impact’

Led by: Anneli Blundell

This full-day masterclass will be held on Wednesday 1 November 2023.


As AITD’s L&D professional of the year and Gold Stevie Award winner for Female Entrepreneur of the year, 2021, Anneli’s passion for decoding people and performance dynamics make her a sought-after speaker, mentor and leadership expert. She makes the complex job of understanding why people do what they do (and how to get the best out of them), both accessible and entertaining.
As a Professional People Whisperer, Anneli works with leaders to increase their influence, engagement and interpersonal impact for better business results. She also runs a flagship masterclass called Women@Work, focused on building presence, improving visibility and strategically managing the right professional impact, in male-dominated industries.

Anneli is the co-author of several books on gender equity (including The Gender Penalty: Turning obstacles into opportunities for women at work and the pocketbook: When Men Lead Women: Navigating the facts, fears and frustrations of gender equality as a male leader) and was a featured guest expert on the documentary series, ‘Transcending the gender narrative’. She is the current President of the Vic/Tas chapter of PSA (Professional Speakers Australia).

Oh and she’s a nifty parallel parker, a keen runner and a salsa dancing addict who loves any meal cooked by someone else!



Clear communication is the critical skill of the 21st century.

The ability to communicate with clarity, authority and impact is vital for EAs and PAs who need to confidently support and represent senior executives. Whether it’s speaking up in meetings, acting on behalf of your executive or clearly communicating their important messages, your ability to be heard is paramount for your professional brand and personal impact.

Executives don’t have time to waste on waffle and unclear communications.

They need you to be on point, on time and on track with your messaging. The good news is that communicating with impact is a learnable skill.

In this practical, lively, and interactive workshop on communication mastery, we’ll uncover the secret strategies of master communicators. You’ll walk away with the tools and frameworks to be a clear, concise and compelling communicator.

In this masterclass you’ll learn how to:

  • Be seen as a clear communicator
  • Quickly articulate key messages
  • Demonstrate executive presence
  • Remove credibility killers
  • Make your value visible
  • Reduce resistance to your ideas
  • Prepare for difficult conversations
  • Maximise communication impact, and
  • Stay on track, on point and on time with your messaging
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