A stellar line-up for a night of smart, sassy, vibrant and gripping conversation…

…with Talking Sticks Founder, Mel Greblo as your host.

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Lisa Messenger

Lisa Messenger is the vibrant, game-changing CEO of The Messenger Group, as well as founder and editor-in-chief of Collective Hub – a multi-platform entrepreneurial lifestyle destination with a mandate to disrupt, challenge and inspire. In addition, she has worked globally in events, sponsorship, marketing, PR and publishing.

Lisa launched The Messenger Group in 2001, which has since custom published more than 400 books for companies and individuals. Lisa has authored and co-authored 16 books and become an authority in the start-up scene.

Most notably, Lisa charted her rollercoaster ride to success in best-selling book Daring & Disruptive and its sequel Life & Love, which reached #1 on Booktopia. Lisa’s next book, Money and Mindfulness was released late in 2015 and also hit best-selling status within the first month. In 2016 Lisa released Break-ups and Breakthroughs, thus adding to her collection of writing achievements. Lisa is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has her own section on Telstra’s Smarter Business Ideas online.

Lisa has been a regular commentator on business, entrepreneurialism and property and has sat on a number of boards including the Australian Businesswomen’s Network and Publishers Australia. With fans including Sir Richard Branson, New York Times Best-selling author Bradley Trevor Grieve, and a social media following of well over 100,000, Lisa’s vision is to build a community of likeminded people who want to change the world.

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Jane Perlez

Jane Perlez is the bureau chief in Beijing. She writes about China’s foreign policy, in particular its relations with the United States and its Asian neighbors.

Her first foreign assignment for The New York Times was in East Africa covering civil conflict and famine. She has served as bureau chief in Kenya, Poland, Austria, Indonesia and Pakistan. She was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for reporting in Pakistan and Afghanistan..


Sam Bloom

From the lows of a tragic, life-changing accident to the highs of representing Australia as an athlete and inspiring an upcoming Hollywood movie, Sam’s path has been anything but ordinary. 

In 2013, Sam’s dream life turned into a nightmare when on a family holiday in Thailand she unknowingly leant against a rotten balcony railing, falling through it and crashing six metres onto the concrete below. She was lucky to be alive and had suffered devastating injuries including severe damage to her spinal cord that left her paralysed from the chest down.

Broken and hopeless, Sam reached her outer limits of physical and mental suffering. But with courage, determination and a little help from an unlikely feathered friend, she made her way back from the edge, scarred but undefeated.

Sam’s journey has since inspired international bestselling book Penguin Bloom, now being transformed into a major film produced by Naomi Watts, with Watts set to star as Sam. 

Today, Sam has reconnected with her love for the ocean and made a return to surfing. In her first year in the sport, Sam won gold and bronze medals in the Womens and Open Divisions respectively, at the 2018 World Adaptive Surfing Championships in California.

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Kimberly Gire

Kimberly Gire is the Founder of Global Women Leaders.   A career banking and finance senior executive, she was previously the CFO for the retail, business and private banking divisions of Westpac Banking Corporation and has worked extensively in the international capital markets with Citi. 

As a strategic philanthropist, Kimberly donates her professional skills and experience in capital markets, treasury and structured finance to support humanitarian and development organizations, as a pro bono Special Advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), The World Bank, UNHCR, UNICEF, Swisscross Foundation and the World Food Programme. 

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Prue Lewington

Prue Lewington began her career 20 years ago in New York at Harper's Bazaar. 

From there she joined fashion maven Patricia Field to assist the wardrobe team on HBO’s hit TV series, Sex and the City.

In 2002, she returned to print, working with US publications including Nylon Magazine, In Style, The New York Daily News and The New York Post, where she wrote a weekly column on emerging trends.  In 2010, she was appointed fashion editor at The Sunday Telegraph where she held the reigns for 9 years until her recent move into the fast-paced retail environment as a digital content consultant.

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Deborah Sams

Deborah is Co-Founder of bespoke fashion brand, bassike. In 2006 she and Co-Founder Mary Lou Ryan set out with a vision to create luxurious and wearable everyday pieces with a design pedigree that allow them to work in a structured wardrobe just as well as with a pair of trainers.

This vision formed the framework for the very first bassike collection; a considered edit of certified organic cotton jersey t.shirts & pants made locally in Australia. The collection received wide acclaim with the brand becoming one-to-watch both locally & globally. In 2006, bassike launched the original collection of organic cotton jersey before introducing bassike denim in 2007, & in 2008 seasonal womens and mens mainline collections became a mainstay of the bassike brand.

Today bassike has grown to become one of Australia’s leading fashion brands with a digital flagship and a retail portfolio of eleven bricks & mortar stores located across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria in Australia and California in the USA. bassike is also represented in over sixty independent retail locations around the world. 

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Sheree Commerford

As Founder & Director of Captain and the Gypsy Kid, Sheree has had the privilege of working with some of the worlds most inspiring creatives and brands; strangers and friends who have supported and contributed to making CATGK a unique lifestyle platform. With over twenty years experience in the fashion industry as a designer, stylist and brand consultant, her inimitable perspective and trademark style has attracted partnerships, campaigns and support from global luxury brands, iconic Australian retailers and local homegrown companies. Through these collaborations and the inspiring individuals that have allowed her to tell their unique family stories, Sheree has opened up conversations in fashion, travel, family, creativity, sustainability and culture.

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Felicity Bonello

A Sydney-based journalist and producer, Felicity is a motivated storyteller who has carved out a twenty-year career writing and producing for national and international brands across Travel, Music, Fashion, Retail, Automotive, Financial Services and the Philanthropic Sector.

 With a scope of expertise that straddles editorial, digital content, video production, marketing and PR, Felicity’s clients include Audi Australia, Elle Australia, Qantas, MAXMEDIALAB, OneTeaspoon, P.E. Nation, Merivale, CaptainAndTheGypsyKid, Pony Rider, sass&bide, and many others.

“I work with a number of incredible brands, many of which have incredible women at the helm. Over the course of my career I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing so many wonderfully interesting people who are leading the charge in their fields. My clients are all diverse in their service or product offering but on closer investigation, what ties them together is that they all stand in their values, and they place a high priority on challenging conventions and championing women.”