Event Details

Join Russo Business School and our Guest Speakers for our inaugural series event, Women in Leadership, to discover how you are able to develop today’s skills – Confidence & Resilience, Personal Branding, Entrepreneurship, IQ vs EQ and the Neuroscience of Networking. Join our thought provoking format that will enable you to discuss your challenges and ambitions with a group of peers and mentors.

Friday 25 November 2016

Blackbird Brisbane
123 Eagle Street, Brisbane

8.00am – 5.00pm

Individual: $195
Group of three: $495

This includes arrival tea & coffee, breaks, working lunch, post event networking drinks & a copy of Sarina Russo’s book – ‘Meet Me at The Top’


8.00am – 8.30am: Arrival Tea & Coffee / Networking

8.30am – 8.45am: Welcome Address – Dr Elizabeth O’Brien – Executive Dean, Russo Business School

8.45am – 10.00am: Sonia McDonald – LeadershipHQ
Is Your Personal Brand as Powerful as a Trademark? 
You need a brand that will speak for you. A brand that shows your identity and personal values. Building a personal brand will help you to stand out as an authentic leader. 

10.00am – 11.45am: Sonia McDonald – LeadershipHQ
Confidence & Resilience
Why is confidence so important? Leaders need the confidence to be leaders and drive change and strategy within their organisations. This interactive session will explain why confidence matters, how to build it and the tools to incorporate it into your success story. Delegates will also develop techniques to take control in times of significant stress, change or adversity, increase your resilience and minimize stress. 

11.15am – 12.00pm: Keynote by Sarina Russo
‘Meet Me at The Top’ 
Globally recognized entrepreneur, Sarina Russo, will give a keynote speech on her personal achievements and how she strategically approached and overcame challenges on her journey to success.

12.00pm – 12.45pm: Networking and Lunch

12.45pm – 2.30pm:  Kendra Strudwick – UBalancer Solutions
The Neuroscience of Networking – ‘A Brain New You’

We know that exceptional leadership comes from clarity of thought, personal resilience and engaging in high impact conversations. People have vast amounts of untapped potential within them and through understanding how the brain works, individuals can better access this potential.

2.30pm – 4.00pm:  Alison Lalieu – UBalancer Solutions
The Heart of Leadership – ‘Why EQ matters more than IQ’ 

EQ may be essential to differentiating world-class organizations in an increasingly complex and competitive marketplace. There is clear evidence that Emotionally Intelligence leaders are more successful and this workshop will introduce you to the measurable, learnable skills of Emotional Intelligence and the global EQ organisation, Six Seconds

4.00pm:  Join us for Networking Drinks upstairs at BlackBird


Sarina Russo – Entrepreneur
Sarina Russo is an industry leader in education, training, recruitment and job creation. Synonymous with the phrases ‘How to Get that Job’ and ‘See You at the Top’. Sarina’s philosophy is to constantly challenge the status quo, think differently, exceed expectations and deliver with speed and urgency. As a global citizen, Sarina is a member of Clinton Global Initiative, the Women’s Leadership Board at John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard Business School) and the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World.

Alison Lalieu – UBalancer Solutions
Alison is Brain-Based NeauroLeadership Coach, who is deeply passionate about blending LIfe Balance & Emotional Intelligence (EQ) concepts into a holistic, life changing coaching experience. She is dedicated to empowering & transforming tomorrow’s leader, today.

Kendra Strudwick – UBalancer Solutions
Kendra is an international seasoned presenter with over 12 years of leadership development and executive coaching experience. Kendra has been dubbed the secret weapon of the coaching world, who uses hard science to transform conversations and performance. Her style is a fusion of educator and entertainer; every person who interacts with Kendra walks away feeling inspired and armed with the practical know how and pragmatic tools to make an immediate difference.

Sonia McDonald – Leadership HQ
Sonia is a thought leader, leadership coach, entrepreneur, dynamic keynote speaker and facilitator in the field of leadership development, neuroscience and team development, and has recently been names in the Top 250 Influential Women across the globe. Socia is all about RESULTS! Sonia has recently been published in The Australian, HRD Magazine, Business Insider, Business Woman’s Media, Style Magazine, Richtopia and Women in Focus.