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State Conference 2015

WHERE: Dockside Conference Centre, Darling Harbour - (Cockle Bay Wharf), Sydney.
WHEN: Friday 21 August, 2015.
TIME: 9am to 3.30pm

Four fabulous speakers:

Dr Michele Bruniges - Secretary Department of Education and Communities;
Tara Moss Novelist, journalist, blogger and TV presenter and outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children;
Lisa McInnes - Smith , Lisa is recognised among the top inspirational speakers in the corporate world. Lisa's focus is on Peak Performance - becoming the best you can be in business, team, leadership and family;
Robyn Moore - one of WIEL's favourite speakers. You will be challenged and inspired by Robyn.

Enrolments now closed:   view the flyer





Michele Bruniges

Dr Michele Bruniges leads one of Australia’s largest state government departments with a full time equivalent workforce of approximately 85,000 staff. She is responsible for all state public schools, providing education to more than 756,000 children. She is also responsible for early childhood education and care, vocational education and training, Aboriginal affairs, volunteering, youth and community engagement.

Previously, she held senior roles in the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and senior positions in the ACT and NSW Departments of Education and Training.

Her qualifications include a PhD in Educational Measurement and a Masters in Education. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Churchill Fellow and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

Dr Bruniges is a Member of the Order of Australia and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales. In 2012, Dr Bruniges was nationally recognised for her work in public policy as a joint recipient of the Inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards.



Tara Moss

Tara Moss is a novelist, journalist, advocate, blogger and TV presenter. Since 1999 she has written 9 bestselling novels, published in 18 countries and 12 languages. Her writing has appeared in Australian Literary Review, The Sydney Morning Herald News Review, The Age, The Daily Telegraph, The Australian, ABC online and more. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney, and has earned her private investigator credentials (Cert III) from the Australian Security Academy.

Moss is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children. In 2015 Tara was announced as the Patron of the Full Stop Foundation, an initiative by Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia to create awareness and stop sexual assault and domestic violence from occurring.She has been an ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 2000 and has hosted their annual charity flight for over a decade. She has also been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and UNICEF Patron for Breastfeeding for the Baby Friendly Heath Initiative (BFHI) since 2011, and as of 2013 has taken on a larger role as UNICEF’s National Ambassador for Child Survival.

Her in-depth novel research has seen her tour the FBI Academy at Quantico, spend time in squad cars, morgues, prisons, the Hare Psychopathy Lab, the Supreme Court and criminology conferences, take polygraph tests, shoot weapons, conduct surveillance, pass the Firearms Training Simulator (FATSII) with the LAPD, pull 4.2 G’s doing loops over the Sydney Opera House flying with the RAAF, and acquire her CAMS race driver license. She has hosted two series of the true crime documentary series Tough Nuts – Australia’s Hardest Criminals on the Crime & Investigation Network, ‘Tara Moss Investigates’ on the National Geographic Channel and the author interview show Tara in Conversation on 13th Street Universal.

Moss is a dual Australian/Canadian citizen.

In May 2015 her first non-fiction bookThe Fictional Woman, was published with HarperCollins and has gone on to become a no. 1 non-fiction national bestseller. Her cover concept and co-design for the book has been nominated for an Australian Book Design Award. In 2016 Tara will release her second non-fiction work.


“We were so delighted to have Tara speak as a special guest at our Annual General Meeting. What a generous and powerful public speaker –Tara spoke in a very thoughtful and engaging way – her words went to the heart of everyone in the audience.”  Karen Willis – Executive Officer Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia

“Indooroopilly Shopping Centre had the pleasure of working with Tara Moss when she hosted The One The Only, Spring Summer Fashion Launch. Her professionalism and style complemented the evening perfectly, and her approachable manner was a highlight for many of our 500+ guests.” – Indooroopilly Centre Management

The Fictional Woman has really opened my eyes. I continue to view the world differently…everyone would benefit from reading this book. I couldn’t put it down!’ – Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year, family violence campaigner.





WIEL Lisa McInnes Smith

 Lisa McInnes-Smith


Raised in a family of sporting achievers, and with tertiary studies in Sports Psychology, Lisa passionately sought to identify the attributes that separate peak performers from the rest.  During the process, Lisa set a goal to positively impact the lives of one million Australian teenagers.  In the eight years it took to achieve her goal, Lisa regularly spoke in schools and to youth groups.  Before long, parents of those teenagers were inviting Lisa to bring the same inspiration into their businesses and workplaces.  The rest is history.

Now with 25 years of professional speaking experience, Lisa is recognised among the top inspirational speakers in the corporate world.  She has spoken in 26 countries, with regular speaking tours to the USA.  She has shared the stage with two American Presidents, one Vice President and a host of celebrity entertainers including the late Ray Charles. 

Lisa's focus is on Peak Performance - becoming the best you can be in business, team, leadership and family - right across your personal sphere of influence.  Her high energy, audience-involving presentations have hallmarked Lisa as one of the most successful keynote speakers to the corporate world.  Lisa's gift of communication has been recognised through her induction into the international Speaker Hall of Fame, the first person living outside of North America to achieve this recognition.



WIEL Robyn Moore

There are speakers who deliver information about a particular subject. There are speakers who share their inspiring stories. And there are speakers who generate the outcomes the client wants for their staff/delegates/guests. This is what Robyn Moore does!

Robyn also changes people's experience and appreciation of the work they do, and gets them into action and 'back into their lives' - at work and home - no matter what changes, policies or circumstances are coming at them during these challenging times! Robyn Moore changes people's attitudes, behaviours, and their lives.

Robyn was the National Communicator of the Year, is an Australia Day Ambassador for the Australia Day Council and the Australian Childhood Foundation, and a National Patron of Make-A-Wish Australia.

Robyn has a proven record that she can and has spoken to virtually every type of audience in every sector in Australia. There are not many speakers in Australia that have the capacity to connect in this way.

• Robyn is Australia's most in-demand female speaker. and has delivered over 1000 presentations. • She has been changing people's perceptions for over 40 years in education, advertising and the communication/entertainment industry. • As a voice-over artist, 75% of audiences already know her work... so she connects instantly!
• Every presentation is tailored to the client's brief.
• Robyn is not stuck with just one story from her life. She has thousands of stories to choose from and weaves them together in a life-altering, experiential and highly entertaining presentation.
• The flow-on effects from Robyn's tailored presentations are remarkable and her clients report noticeable shifts in staff culture, behavious, engagement, work/home balance and communication skills, long after her presentations.

Robyn's presentations are tailored to your brief as well as being designed to...

• Reengage your delegates/staff with their whole lives: their vocation, business purpose, family, relationships, community, and themselves;
• Realign delegates/staff with the vision, values and goals of the company or their business;
• Reinvent attitudes and behaviours, accessing personal responsibility and self-determination, with byproducts including leadership, integrity and authenticity;
• Regenerate passion, energy, productivity, laughter and home/work balance;
• Remind your audience about what 'really mattered before the circumstances changed everything': possibility, optimism and satisfaction, and the desire to pass this onto their staff, team, customers and their families; and
• Restore confidence, hope and resilience in challenging times.

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