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As the peak body for managers and leaders AIM is delighted to bring you our 2017 Conference: The 7 skills of very successful leaders.

Following the success of this program in Brisbane in October 2016, AIM bring the Leadership Matters Conference to Melbourne in 2017.

The program will be insightful and interactive, exploring a range of topics designed to develop you as a leader. The day will be structured around a variety of session formats such as keynote presentations, panel discussions, case studies, Q&A, interactive sessions, including ‘networking is working’.

Hear a range of perspectives and connect with like-minded professionals at this dynamic and diverse national conference. If you want to explore the latest management and leadership thinking and how to put it into action don’t miss this must-attend event.

Book a ticket for yourself or bring the whole team. Limited places available, be sure to register early to secure your seat.


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Session 1 Setting strategy

Session 2 Defining culture

Morning tea

Session 3 Making decisions

Session 4 Leading people

Session 5 Ethical Leadership


Session 6 Inclusion matters

Session 7 Networking is working

Afternoon tea

Session 8 Conference wrap up - The future of leadership

Conference closing comments

Conference conclusion

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Managing Director of The Geelong Consulting Group

Stephanie Asher FAIM is the Managing Director of The Geelong Consulting Group, a professional services consultancy based in Victoria’s southwest and servicing local, national and global clients.

With more than two decades of corporate sector and government experience, Stephanie’s career history includes senior corporate affairs roles with BHP Billiton, GE Money, Yarra Valley Water and several Victorian local government organisations.

A well-regarded strategist and communications professional, Stephanie specialises in corporate affairs, annual reporting, sustainability strategy, media training, brand and organisational positioning. Currently working with BHP Billiton, Australia Post and South32, she is as well-versed in managing within complex public and private organisations as she is in not-for-profit environments.

Stephanie has a personal passion for generating long-term ethical approaches to living and working. With a 25-year career that started in PR and marketing, Stephanie is a regular keynote speaker, radio commentator and op-ed writer with the Geelong Advertiser.

A former director of Barwon Regional Waste Management Group and Bethany Community Support, Stephanie is currently a board member of the Committee for Geelong.

Stephanie Asher

Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Walking the Talk

Jerome Parisse-Brassens has over 25 years’ experience in change management, business improvement and strategy development. His key achievements include several large-scale culture and change initiatives for private and government organisations in Australia and in Europe. With his strong business drive, he focuses on the alignment of corporate culture with strategic intent.

Jerome has a Masters Degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Linguistics and is passionate about cross-cultural intelligence and leadership. He is an experienced LSI coach and has helped countless individuals increase their effectiveness. He also enjoys working with leadership teams to maximise their impact on the business.

Jerome’s professional experience spans all continents and complex, multicultural environments. He has a breadth of experience across a variety of industries, including government, transport, energy and utilities, education, health, not-for-profit and financial services. Jerome speaks several languages and is always in the process of learning a new one.

Jerome Parisse-Brassens

Managing Director, Change Meridian

As a recognised expert in organisational complexity, and author of Step Up – How to Build your Influence at Work, Michelle’s work lives at the crux of understanding, architecting and leveraging change.

Obsessed with unlocking high-impact choices to accelerate meaningful progress, Michelle is enabling a new breed of leader - one that is fit for the future of work.

Through her passion and advocacy for a new approach, Michelle has built a distinguished reputation across the Asia-Pacific region as the keynote speaker, advisor and executive mentor of choice for many leading corporates and global organisations.

With more than twenty years’ senior executive experience across multiple industries, her expert ability to work with the flow and pace of change has seen her navigate uncertain and ambiguous environments and secure sustainable outcomes with focus and grace.

Michelle has degrees in Communications and Commerce, International Trade, Compliance Management and Certification by the International Federation of Compliance Associations.

She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Finsia and the Australian Institute of Management, and alumnus of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program.

Michelle Gibbings

CEO, Jetts Australia and International

Elaine Jobson FAIM is a fitness industry veteran, with 23 years’ experience working for a number of the large fitness brands in executive positions. Her roles have taken her all over the globe, including Asia, Europe, South Africa and now Australia.

She is best known for teaming up with well-known industry entrepreneurs including Mike Balfour OBE, Founder of Fitness First, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group and now Brendon Levenson, owner of Jetts Fitness.

Having taken Virgin Active South Africa to become Deloitte Best Company to Work For, Elaine is passionate about building successful companies through great cultures and growing exceptional Leaders.

Elaine Jobson

Director, Centre for Ethical Leadership

Robert Wood is a Professor at the Australian Graduate School of Management, Director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership and Honorary Professor at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health. His prior appointments include Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Western Australia and visiting Professor at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University. Robert completed his PhD in organisational psychology at the University of Washington (Seattle) and undertook post-doctoral studies at Stanford University Psychology Department.

Robert is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences - Australia, and various other academic associations, and currently sits on the Executive Boards of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and the International Association of Applied Psychology.

Robert has designed, developed and delivered programs for senior managers and provided advice in many Australian and overseas corporations, including for the Australian Defence Forces, Westpac Institutional Bank, Saudi Aramco, Dow Chemical and the Hong Kong Government, and conducts research into problem solving and learning, unconscious bias, cognitive functions, leadership and diversity.

Professor Robert E. Wood

Principal, Think First

Kirsten Lees is an entrepreneur and content strategist with a global client base, including consultancy with the World Economic Forum, collaborating on their gender and work related content, to enrich the conversation with Forum members and the international community.

She is the author of Let go of my leg (how to get the working life you want after children), and Votes for Women, The Australian story. Kirsten hosts and produces leadership podcasts and has contributed to a number of leadership publications including the chapter on inclusion for AIM’s forthcoming 7 skills of successful leaders. Kirsten is a Sloan Fellow of London Business School.

Kirsten Lees

Human Rights Advocate

Jacob Thomas is a 27-year-old, gender-queer person, who, in 2016, was one of only two Australians to receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. The award was for work in suicide prevention and creating accessible pathways for LGBTQIA+ people. Jacob has volunteered for numerous organisations and sits as a founding member of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN), and the UN Women’s Taskforce for Youth and Gender Equality.

Jacob has presented a TEDxtalk at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and regularly guest lectures at other universities. Jacob has written LGB Youth, a chapter in the collection Worldwide Perspective on Lesbians Gay and Bisexuals: Culture, History and Law. This collection discusses the critical needs of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people across the global landscape. In September 2016 Jacob won the inaugural Victorian Community Leader of the Year Award from AIM (the Australian Institute of Management), for work in LGBTQIA+ inclusion, advocacy and suicide prevention. Jacob was recently the keynote youth presenter at Kaleidoscope HRF’s LGBTQIA+ Pacific Youth Forum in Sydney.

Jacob Thomas

Paralympic Champion

Richard was born in 1984 with Spina Bifida. He started athletics in 1995 and first competed for Australia in 2002.

Richard is a World and Paralympic Champion. He also holds a number of Australian and Oceania Records.

Richard became the first person in a wheelchair to umpire an AFL match when he officiated as a goal umpire in the Geelong Football League in 2007. In 2014 Richard became the first person in a Wheelchair to travel down the Death Road in his racing wheelchair. He also has traveled to sixty different countries.

Away from the track, Richard has completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University and has also completed a number of other qualifications. Richard is an ambassador to numerous events and foundations he is passionate about. He also coaches and mentors new and developing athletes in his spare time.

Richard Colman AM

Co-Founder and CEO of MindTribes

Div Pillay is the Co-Founder and CEO of MindTribes, a cross-cultural performance company (Telstra Business Award Finalist, 2016).

MindTribes works with corporate clients in the offshore contact centre, shared services and global mobility space, to ensure that cultural differences do not become a barrier to high performance. As Co-Founder, Div has cleverly used both her cultural and gender diversity to gain a unique market position. MindTribes is listed on Femeconomy, recognised for being 50% female owned and utilising female suppliers. In addition, the company is a Plan International Business Partner, contributing 10% of revenue to the ‘Because I am a Girl’ Campaign and sponsors two girls in India and the Philippines.

Div also started and chaired the Women in Business Chapter in Victoria for the Australia India Business Council seeing the lack of female representation in the council. In 2016, Div was showcased in the AFR for her contribution to the ACOLA report which highlighted the under-representation of Asian diaspora in business.

Div Pillay

Director of Two Degrees Group

Phillip Jones FAIM, is a strategic advisor and guest speaker who provides bespoke consulting services on leadership, facilitation, workplace culture and professional relations drawing on his wide professional experience in the private, public and not for profit sectors. Something of a renaissance man, he balances working in several complimentary fields whilst perfecting his Dry Martinis and reviewing international craft spirits and is the first person to speak at TEDx on the Cultural History of the Martini. He is also the Canberra region representative for Australia's leading fine art auction house, Mossgreen where he helps clients bring fine collectables to market with discretion. He serves on the ACT Regional Advisory Committee for the Australian Institute of Management in Canberra, and is a judge for the ACT Region Tourism Awards and was a National Networking Week Ambassador for AIM. He has honed his networking skills and strategy into a fine art, and is believes that the old school way of personal connections is still how the world works, even for introverts!

Phillip Jones








24 March 2017

08:15am to 5:00pm

Crown Conference Centre

 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

VIC 3006

AIM Member
  Member $495 per ticket
  Non Member $595 per ticket


AIM Conference 2016. Leadership Matters. 7 skills of very successful leaders. | Brisbane | 19 October 2016

“Well done in bringing together a highly informative and engaging session!”

“Several highlights created. A very good use of my time.”

“A great day overall with a good blend of speakers and styles.”

“The program provided variety and while I am approaching the end of my career there was a lot to take away and share.”

“All sessions were well hosted and organised. The speakers were all good presenters and engaged the audience very well.”

“Overall a great day - of course getting the best of presenters makes the day.”

“Overall an excellent conference that provided a lot to think about and put into practice.”

“Loved it all. A great event.”