Jul
27
6:45 AM06:45

July 27th 2018 Breakfast

Speaker : Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP

Speaker : Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP

If you buy into the idea that all you need to succeed is to work hard with a pocket full of dreams, then Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, and 45th Premier of New South Wales, just may be your new hero.

Born in Sydney to Armenian migrant parents, Berejiklian started her first day of school unable to speak a word of English. Far from stunting her education, this simply pushed her to work harder, with her mother’s words always at the back of her mind, “Gladys, even if you don’t understand the teacher, just put your hand up and have a go”.  It may sound cliché, albeit very Aussie, but ‘Have a go’ and ‘work hard’ have become the hallmark of her success, “I was never the best, or the most talented, but I always worked hard”.

Now with a strong command of the English language, the promising student, was both Captain and Dux of her high school. But if you think she was a wall-flower goody-two-shoes, allow the tale of her sit-in in the Principals office to dash that illusion… When her beloved high school was earmarked to be closed down, Berejiklian used people power to stage a peaceful protest. She rallied her peers and stirred up a campaign amongst her community. The high school remained open and the notion of a career in politics was awakened in a young Berejiklian.

But if being only the second female Premier of NSW tells you anything, it’s that being a woman in a male dominated world (particularly with a last name many can’t pronounce) doesn’t come without its challenges - “I was too different.  Because of my gender and my background, I always felt I had to do more to prove myself”. And prove herself she did, by quietly and unassumingly working away in the background.

Her debut into politics began in 2003 when she ran for Member for Willoughby, where despite being discouraged from having her eleven-letter last name on her campaign signage, she won by a tiny 144 votes. With a head-down-bum-up work ethic, Berejiklian’s resume was soon increasing each year. By 2011 she was named Federal Transport minister, where one of her biggest achievements was pushing through the Opal Card.

Her biggest gig to date though, would arrive just last year over a coffee and catch up with the NSW Premier of the time, Mike Baird. Over a quiet java, it was confirmed that Mike was packing it in and felt that Gladys was the right person to take up the job. And at that, the Hon Gladys Bererjiklian MP, Premier of NSW was sworn in.

Twelve months into the states top job, we are so looking forward to hearing from the 45th NSW Premier as she takes the stage at our Pathfinders Business Breakfast.

 

Upcoming Breakfast Details

Location: The Ivy Ballroom
Date: Friday, July 27th 2018
Time: 7:00 - 8:30am.  We suggest arrival from 6:45am so you have plenty of time to collect your name tag and find your seat!  

Cost: $80 for Single Registration & $750 for Table Registration. Includes breakfast!
 

View Event →

Masterclass - Tara Commerford
Nov
16
7:15 PM19:15

Masterclass - Tara Commerford

“From Side Gig to Start Up”

Masterclass with Keynote Speaker Tara Commerford and Panel guests Simon Allsop and Joe Sprange.  

The Masterclass is for people who are looking to start or succeed in a side business.  

If you are frustrated with not making enough money from your day job, or have aspirations to make more money with a new income stream, make sure you come along to this event!

View Event →
November 10th Breakfast 2017
Nov
10
7:00 AM07:00

November 10th Breakfast 2017

Back by popular demand, we welcome Daniel Petre.

In September 2016 Daniel Petre solidified his status as the country's most influential investor when he was named as Australia’s most powerful player in the technology sector in the Australian Financial Review’s ‘Power Issue’ - A title well-earned if you take a glimpse at his resume…

During his career spanning over 30 years, Petre has acted as right-hand man to Bill Gates for the Microsoft Office in the US, as well as taking up the role of managing director of Microsoft Australia.  He went on to establish own businesses and business models, but also invest into the wave of start-up technology companies through his various venture capital funds including most recently AirTree, which, since launching in 2014, has become Australia’s biggest ever tech venture capital fund.

With this kind of influence and success, Petre could almost be forgiven for becoming a stuffy suit, throwing his weight around the business community and pressuring his employees to get to the office early and leave late.

His principles on healthy work/life balance earned him the nick-name ‘The 9-5 VP’ during his time at Microsoft for his refusal to let late meetings disrupt time with his family. Such were his convictions on the issue, he penned the book ‘Father Time’ highlighting the importance of balancing corporate life and fatherhood.

Daniel Petre will share the latest in the tech space globally as well as his profound insights and personal stories into the struggle of balancing family pressures with the stresses of corporate life. Plus, he will smash the idea that working overtime equals more success and productivity, a myth that has plagued white-collar industries for too long!

 

Register Here

View Event →
July 28th Breakfast 2017
Jul
28
7:00 AM07:00

July 28th Breakfast 2017

Saul Eslake has been a fixture on the Australian financial markets for more than 25 years. For 14 years, Saul was the Chief Economist of the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ). Saul is currently an independent economist and Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Tasmania and we are thrilled to welcome him as our guest speaker for the upcoming Pathfinders breakfast.

 

 

Register Here

View Event →
April Breakfast 2017
Apr
12
7:00 AM07:00

April Breakfast 2017

  • International Convention Centre Sydney (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
Cockle Bay Rooms, ICC. Wednesday 12 April 2017

Jim Penman is the founder of Australia's largest franchise chain - Jim's Group. While studying for a PHD in history in 1982 he turned a $24 investment into a business worth $350 million today. Jim attributes his success to his unorthodox obsession with serving his people.

Register Here

View Event →
Masterclass - Phil Allison
Mar
10
7:00 AM07:00

Masterclass - Phil Allison

Speaker: Phil Allison, Managing Director at Corporate Edge. Topic: Modern Leadership – 21st Century Culture

Join us for our next masterclass with Phil Allison, who will be speaking on: Culture – what is it and how to look back to look forward, What Leadership Looks Like Today, and Why Drive Engagement....read more

register here

View Event →
November Breakfast
Nov
18
to Nov 19

November Breakfast

The IVY, Level 1, 330 George St. Entry via Palings Lane. With Glenn Stevens

The next Pathfinders will be hearing from one of Australia’s leading economists Glenn Stevens has been the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia since 2006 and helped navigate Australia safely through the global financial crisis. He began at the Bank in the Research Department in 1980 and his term as Governor is ending this September 2016.

View Event →