In 2014 The Hunter Collective brought four game changers to the Hunter Region to share their stories and inspire local businesses into action.
The Hunter Collective is a collaboration between the two local business women, who believe in challenging the norm and creating space for big ideas.
Co-founders Heidi Alexandra Pollard (UQ Power) and Christina Gerakiteys (Ideation at Work) say they were thrilled with the results of the event and have taken The Hunter Collective 2015 (#HC15) to a new level with another four business disrupters in the Frank and Fearless Conversations event.
- Lisa Messenger | Founder & Dreamer Renegade Collective
- Gary Bertwistle | Speaker and Author; host of The Mojo Radio Show, co-founder Tour de Cure; founder 6Strings4Cancer
- Sue Ismiel | Creator/Founder of Nad’s, CEO Sue Ismiel and Daughters
- Jacinta McDonell | Co-Founder Anytime Fitness Australia
Earlier this year both Christina and Heidi Alexandra invested in their own development by travelling overseas. Christina, a creativity and innovation expert, headed to Boston for the Front End Innovation Conference where she met with speakers such as Seth Godin. Heidi Alexandra, a company culture and leadership expert, attended a Virgin Unite Leadership Gathering on Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson.
One thing they both observed was that the magic happens in the frank conversations ‚Äì both on and off stage. This year The Hunter Collective brings Frank and Fearless Conversations, in Ted Talk style, on the mat at Watt Street Arc.
The event is supported by the Greater Building Society.
- When | Thursday, 10 September 2015
- Time | Workshops with speakers from 10am, Main Event 5:30-8:30pm
- Where | Main Event – Watt Street Arc, 45 Watt Street, Newcastle
- RSVP | Online
About the speakers
- Lisa Messenger, Founder & Dreamer Renegade Collective
Lisa Messenger can’t wait to get back to Newcastle. Whilst here, she will appear in two game-changing events.
Lisa will first conduct a Master-class based on her ‘Playbook’ ‚Äì Daring and Disruptive.
The during the Frank and Fearless Conversations she will talk about raising capital ‚Äì from sponsorship to seed-funding, investors and partnerships.
As Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Lisa launched The Collective, a global magazine for entrepreneurs. Under her leadership, it has grown rapidly into a multi-media brand, distributed to 37 countries. The collective has defied the odds of the print magazine industry.
- Gary Bertwistle, Speaker and Author; host of The Mojo Radio Show, co-founder Tour de Cure; founder 6Strings4Cancer
Gary Bertwistle’s career has centred on retail shopping centres, media, music, writing and keynote speaking. The common denominator of his resume is the desire to find the next great idea. He is fascinated with creativity, innovation and how the imagination can be used to find our next cracking idea. His work has helped companies of all sizes, in all industries and categories, to look at how they currently do things and address what needs to change in order for them to think differently and maximise the ideas that currently exist within the business, with the view to making the company more successful.
Gary enjoys delivering easy to understand, fun and interactive speeches and sessions that allow clients to challenge what they do in the areas of creative thinking, marketing and strategic facilitation. Gary has authored five books that are easy to read and that challenge how we think.
- Sue Ismiel, Creator/Founder of Nad’s, CEO Sue Ismiel and Daughters
As an entrepreneur Sue Ismiel knows the world is our oyster! She invents, imagines, explores, creates and inspires. She has absolutely no respect for the status quo and believes we all have the ability to change the world and make it a better place.
Sue leads the global operations of Sue Ismiel & Daughters Group and is the owner of Nad’s, Nad’s Laser Clinics, Nitwits, Puraskin and Aesthetica Brands.
Sue’s leadership style is clear and fair. Equal opportunities apply to everyone in the Nad’s organisation. The company cultivates a happy office environment and encourages everyone to come forward with their ideas, concerns and vision. Sue thrives on sharing her vision with her team, encouraging, motivating and inspiring the people around her, working together to achieve a common goal. The health and the wellbeing of her family members is priority number one in her life. Demonstrating leadership and ability to her three beautiful daughters is what makes all the hardwork and the effort invested in her business and private life worthwhile.
- Jacinta McDonell, Co-Founder Anytime Fitness Australia
Jacinta McDonell launched the highly successful US franchise Anytime Fitness with her brother Justin and business partner Richard Peil into Australia in 2008. With over 400 clubs now in Australia and 2700 clubs and two million members’ worldwide, it has become the quickest growing segment of the world’s fastest growing fitness chain, and is Australia’s number one health club chain.
As well as setting up Australia’s most successful fitness brand, being a mother of three children, Jacinta’s entrepreneurial spirit has led to the commence development of other businesses now set to launch in the very near future making her a true inspiration to Australian business women.
Jacinta’s history of charity work is no secret. In 2014, she personally raised over $110,000 for The Hunger Project Australia, which could be used to provide 200 communities with the ability to purchase food-processing equipment, provide 2,000 people with microfinance loans, and train up to 50,000 rural villagers on agricultural practices.
Jacinta then went on a trip to Malawi, to see firsthand what these funds were achieving. After this trip, Jacinta started her own foundation, the Human Kind Project. The Human Kind Project is registered with the ACNC and as a DGR2 status foundation looks to raise funds for and on behalf of worthy and like-minded not for profit organisations. “Human Kind Project is an organization invested in mindset change. It encourages and empowers people and business to create change.
Image | Jacinta McDonell
Ideation At Work is a consultancy advising SMEs and corporates, how to put 'thinking' and 'creative' back into everyday ops to foster innovation.
They enable businesses and organisations to generate ideas, create opportunities for incremental, disruptive or destructive innovation, and action those ideas and opportunities into reality.