Speakers

Conference Speakers in 2023

The Corporate PA Summit attracts a fantastic mix of inspirational speakers, celebrity speakers and leading EAs. This Corporate PA Summit will build upon this tradition in 2023, with an agenda packed full of exceptional presentations.

Speakers will be added to this page as they are confirmed.

Liz Van Vliet

Liz Van Vliet has always been passionate about people. She loves discovering who they are, knowing what makes them tick, and seeing their unique skills and gifts. Offering care and understanding is in her nature, and so is educating, process thinking, and cheering others on.

Harnessing and channelling these superpowers to create her own ‘career by design’, Liz now works with people in Professional Support roles to deliver the confidence, consistency and career development that transforms them into thriving Linchpin Assistants.

As one of Australia’s most trusted Professional Support Strategists, Liz has worked with hundreds of Executive Assistants, Business Support and Admin Professionals over the last six years. With her E.F.F.E.C.T.I.V.E. Methodology®, they have shifted from under-confidence and overwhelm to empowered, strategic and effective Linchpin Assistants powering their organisations and thriving in their careers and life.

As Founder and Director of My EA Career and a certified executive coach and trainer, Liz partners with organisations, L&D Professionals and Executives to drive business efficiency, effectiveness, and engagement through her Linchpin Assist Model®, Assistant Competency Model® and the Ten Power Skills for Linchpin Assistants® training modules.

As a Global Keynote Speaker and EmCee, Liz ignites, informs and inspires audiences by guiding events, sharing insights, and creating opportunities to activate thinking and elevate innovation in work, life and community.

Dr Marny Lishman

Dr Marny Lishman is a Health & Community Psychologist, Author, Wellbeing & Mindset Coach, Keynote Speaker, Media Commentator and Channel 9 Perth’s Resident Psychologist.

Her work involves creating agility of the mind, so that her clients can become more successful in their professional and personal life. Marny helps her clients increase their psychological capacity to not only design & create the life that they envision, transform their internal capabilities to beyond what they thought possible, but also be able to deal with the individual and collective disruptions they will inevitably face on their pathway to success.

An experienced facilitator, trainer, speaker, therapist, coach and mental health program developer, Marny has worked in a range of industries that has included designing and implementing government prevention programs, university lecturing, to training professionals in cutting edge evidence-based programs in the health industry. Marny is presently focusing her efforts on mindset development in teams and delivering inspirational and influential presentations to audiences to arm them with the psychological tools to increase their own psychological capability and flexibility to fit with todays fast-moving and uncertain world.  She has presented for and worked with several leading organisations nationally and internationally. A nurturer at heart, Marny has ran a successful private practice in Perth, Western Australia for the last 10 years and is also the psychologist presenter/adviser at A Stitch In Time, a well-known Western Australian mental health charity organisation which provides mental health and wellbeing training to schools & sporting clubs.

Marny is a sought after national mental health & wellbeing expert that provides commentary on a variety of mental health topics on TV, radio and in print. She is the Resident Psychologist on Channel Nine’s ‘9 News at 5’ in Perth and has been a columnist for Australia’s Body + Soul, & The Sunday Times. An animal lover who requires lots of sunlight and time in nature, Marny is her best self when she can go on long daily beach walks with her dog, can indulge in reading her books, meditate and spend time with her shiny (but rather) loud children.

Amy Coombe

Amy Coombe is a National Speaker, Facilitator, Author, accredited Life and MBIT Coaching Practitioner and PRINT Personality Coach and Practitioner.

Amy has appeared live on the ABC News, on Channel 10, Channel 7, and been featured in CLEO Magazine, The Mental Health Commission Magazine ‘Head 2Head’, WA Family Magazine ‘Offspring’, The Sunday Times, Perth Now & The Australian Online. In 2014 she was the official Ambassador for Mental Health Week in Western Australia. In 2013 Amy was nominated for the Australian Education and Leaderships ‘Most Positive Role Model of the Year’ award.

Amy has worked as a Presenter, Facilitator and Coaching Practitioner for over a decade with clients in Perth, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra and Queensland. For 5 years she worked as an Independent Facilitator Contractor facilitating alongside renowned Facilitators and Comedians, Andrew Horabin and Malcolm Dix.

Before diving into the world of presenting, Amy worked as an Executive Assistant for the General Manager of Operations at CBH Group. So she understands the level of stress and pressure that both PAs and EAs are under on a daily basis.

Amy speaks with heart, humour and honesty, creating moments of reflective silence followed by roars of laughter and a positive shift of energy.

Belinda Brosnan (Masterclass facilitator)

While Belinda has an ability to make even the likes of Jack Sparrow feel at ease in the midst of a 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.

Alicia Curtis (Masterclass facilitator)

Alicia Curtis is one of Australia’s most inspiring social and business entrepreneurs as a personal leadership expert and change maker.

Clearly with a knack for inspiring crowds and empowering people to discover their own potential to be leaders, Alicia established her leadership development company in 2001. Her face to face and online leadership programs have always been at the cutting edge of increasing diversity in leadership, challenging the stereotypes of who can be leaders and the difference they can make. In 2016, Alicia co-authored the book, Difference Makers: A Leader’s Guide to Championing Diversity on Boards. Alicia is passionately driven by her purpose to ignite leaders to transform the world for the better – whether than be in the workplace or broader community.

Alicia continues pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. In 2014, she co-founded 100 Women, a collective giving circle which inspires everyday people to become powerful philanthropists. Over that time, 100 Women has granted $720,000 and impacted over 10,500 women and girls in over six different countries.

Alicia has a Masters in Business Leadership and has numerous awards to her name including being inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame in 2020, top 4 in the 2019 Business News 40under40 List, 2018 EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year in the western region, Westpac’s 200 Businesses of Tomorrow in 2017 and the Westpac & Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence List in 2014.

Alicia’s leadership journey started at just 12 years old, attending the first International Children’s Conference organised by the United Nations and then co-founding a children’s conference in Perth – since then, she’s never stopped!

“This Summit was absolutely incredible. The number of high-quality presenters is always amazing.”
Enforcement ACT Branch, ACCC

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