2016 speakers

Janine Allis

Janine Allis

Janine Allis is not your everyday self-made businesswoman. She grew her juice and smoothie empire from her kitchen bench to an international success story (Boost Juice Bars are now in 13 countries with over 400 stores).

As a young mum and looking for a new adventure back in Australia, Janine decided to invest in her passion for healthy snacks on the run.

Fast forward 15 years and that passion has translated into over $2 billion in global sales. Janine has developed into an accomplished and skillful entrepreneur with an eye for a smart deal and the experience to back it up.

Janine has been presented numerous retail, franchise and business awards including (just to name a few) Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Amex Franchiser of the year, Awarded Exporter of the year and BRW named her one of fifteen people that changed the way Australia does business in the last 35 years. She was inducted into the Australian Business Women Hall of Fame, and ranked at #7 on Smart Company’s Top 30 Australian Female Entrepreneurs List.

Janine and her husband Jeff were looking at expanding upon the Australian Boost business. The strategy was to utilise the solid foundation that had been created with Boost to be able to bolt on new and exciting brands and enable them to maximise their growth potential. Salsas Fresh Mex Grill was the first. In 2007 they purchased the four store business that now has over 50 stores Australian wide. In December 2012, they acquired CIBO Espresso, the Italian espresso bar franchise that has wowed Adelaide for 12 years.

There are now almost 7,000 people working across the four businesses under the holding company Retail Zoo, for which Janine is a director. Retail Zoo has over 400 stores that have turned over from inception just on $2 billion dollars.

Based in Melbourne, Janine is a working mother of four. With her hectic life she understands firsthand the demands the world can put on an individual! She is an advocate of a healthy lifestyle, and maintains a five-day-a-week yoga practice.

Janine is now sharing her knowledge with others, including through her a role as a 'Shark' and mentor on Channel Ten’s Shark Tank, and says if she can do it, anyone can.

Todd Sampson

Todd Sampson

The eclectic life of Todd Sampson began on Cape Breton Island, off the north east coast of Canada.

He grew up in modest circumstances. His father was a factory worker for Coca-Cola and his mother a checkout girl for KFC. While neither of them had any formal education, Todd entered university on full scholarship studying biology and economics and then went on to complete an MBA by age 24.

Todd is the national CEO of Leo Burnett Australia, one of the world’s leading communication companies, they were recently ranked as the seventh most creative company in the world. He is the co-creator of the Earth Hour initiative, the largest environmental movements in history, reaching over 1.4 billion people in over 5,500 cities.

The Financial Review and News Limited ranked him as one of the most influential executives in Australia. He has won CEO of the Year twice and has featured on the cover of BRW magazine.

Todd is also the breakout star and co-host of the smash hit ABC show The Gruen Transfer. This unique show is one of the most watched programs on Australian TV winning multiple international awards including the prestigious Rose d’Or Award for entertainment. He is also a regular host on the Channel 10 news show The Project and has featured on CNN and Sky News.

Todd recently handed his brain over to science to become host and 'human lab rat' in a ground breaking science documentary series called Redesign My Brain. It was one of the most watched Australian science documentaries of all time and won the ACCTA Award (Australian Oscars) for Best TV Documentary of the Year. It's now being shown around the world on the Discovery Channel.

Todd is un-doubtedly one of Australia’s freshest and interesting TV personalities with the ability to combine intelligent insight, with humility. One reviewer colourfully captured his unique 'science-adventurer' style, 'If Bear Grylls had a love child with Brian Cox, it would be Todd Sampson'.

He's also climbed to the top of Mount Everest, unguided.

Mark McCrindle

Mark McCrindle

Mark McCrindle is a social researcher with an international following. He is recognised as a leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. As an award-winning social researcher and an engaging public speaker, Mark has appeared across many television networks and other media.

He is a best-selling author, an influential thought leader, TEDx speaker and Principal of McCrindle Research. His advisory, communications and research company, McCrindle, count among its clients more than 100 of Australia's largest companies and leading international brands.

Mark's highly valued research and reports, presented through infographics, data visualisations, videos, media input, resources, and blogs, have developed his regard as an expert demographer, futurist and social commentator.

Mark brings a fresh approach to his research based boardroom briefings, executive workshops, strategy sessions and keynotes. Armed with the latest findings and presented in a customised and innovative way, Mark is an in-demand communicator.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson is a New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur. Sarah is founder of IQuitSugar.com, an online wellness program and series of bestselling books. Her 8-Week Program has seen more than 1,180,000 people quit sugar worldwide, her books are sold in 46 countries and her community extends to 2.3 million. Sarah also blogs in an intimate fashion (on philosophy, anxiety, minimalism, toxin-free living and anti-consumerism) at sarahwilson.com, lives in Sydney, Australia, rides a bike everywhere, is a compulsive hiker and is eternally curious.

Scott Boocock

Scott Boocock

Scott is an inspirational speaker drawing on his range of life experiences, from growing up in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, to living and working across the globe.

Scott was born with a curious mind, always open to new adventures and ready to seize an opportunity. For a year during high school, Scott lived in Sweden as an exchange student. Before long he was working in the mountains of Japan and for eight years, sailing Europe, North and South America with Carnival Cruise Lines as Chief Purser.

So far Scott has travelled to over 80 countries; solo kayaked Glacier Bay in Alaska; climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for the Make-a-Wish foundation and put together a team - and rode - in the Australian Safari!

After returning to Alice Springs, Scott ran his own events management company, whilst also working as a Correctional Officer with Juvenile Justice and volunteering for Northern Territory Emergency Services. After selling his events business, Scott headed to Adelaide with his young family.

During this time, Scott invented the HEG. HEGS Clothes Pegs has significantly grown in the three years since its conception, now managing a dynamic core team of eight plus a manufacturing and assembly workforce of over 50, and exporting to 18 (and growing) countries around the globe. Scott recently moved production of HEGS from China to Australia, bucking the trend of major manufacturers.

The HEG is now 100% Australian made, designed and manufactured; featured on Channel 10’s Shark Tank Australia won the prestigious international Good Design Award, and the Telstra South Australia Business of the Year and Start Up award for 2015.

Scott Boocock - The Aussie Innovator, has just published his first book ‘Turn Your Ideas Into Action’. His book shares a very personal journey of how he got to where he is today. Scott understands that it doesn’t matter what you do, you rarely do it by yourself. Your team, your family, your customers and those who you meet in your travels, make you who you are and contribute to your success.

Steven Bradbury

Steven Bradbury

Olympic Champion, Champion Speaker and genuine onstage entertainer is a unique skill set.

Steven has presented at over 800 conferences and events in 15 countries and still loves it. He loves the adrenalin before going onstage and loves that his strategies for success in business and in life are able to inspire and help people.

His career highlights include four time Olympian; Southern Hemisphere's first Winter Olympic Gold Medalist - Gold men’s 1,000m - Salt Lake City and Australia's first Winter Olympic Medalist - Bronze 5,000m Relay - Lillehammer.

As well as being entertained and inspired you will leave with the knowledge that much of the prize is in the journey and success takes passion, persistence and teamwork.