I like to approach all programs with global perspective. This means finding locations that promote inclusivity, diversity, and sustainability.
One learning model states that 10% of what we learn is through formal training, 20% of what we learn occurs through coaching and mentoring, and 70% of learning occurs through on the job through experience and networking. I consider the 70% to be the space where events can really activate, energize, and influence an attendee’s personal experience.
Adult learning principles offer insight into individual learning and communication style, which is an important consideration when creating inclusive experiences. Events offer a remarkable opportunity to not only build amazing experiences, but also create unique networking and learning activations to captivate hearts and minds of attendees.
Seattle brings a wonderful sense of community and is truly unique. With many iconic attractions near the convention center and downtown, including Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, MoPOP, and The Spheres, Seattle is a great spot for meetings as well as extended leisure travel.
I started my career in speaking as a newsreader for a local show. I was approached for the role after I was featured in a documentary on offshore work. This sparked my inner light. I moved on to work with organizations and community groups that supported new migrants to Australia, teaching communication and job skills as well as culture. My passion sits in the emotional intelligence and impactful communication space. Working across different cultures and industries (banking, training, online advertising, and events) has taught me about how important connections and tailored experiences are for everyone. An impactful message, delivered through storytelling can open a kaleidoscope of new or renewed perspectives for the audience, generate new conversation and enable thoughtful conversation.
I’m a Zumba instructor so when I’m not speaking or planning events, I’m dancing (I got that from my mum!). I’ve danced most of my life, in various styles, and my favorites by far are Bollywood and Latin styles. At this time when we are all working from home, I’m very conscious about making good decisions for my wellbeing and for me, dancing is my joy. I also love cooking (I got that from my dad!) and it’s another way to experience global cuisine.
I’ve been very intentional to set a routine, make time to learn and understand emerging industry trends, reflect on events I’m attending virtually and, where possible, support my community and share personal best practices. The attendee experience that we traditionally offer at an in-person event now requires more consideration, so thinking about how attendees learn and retain and how we ideate to ensure relevancy is at the heart of any new creation or thought process. From a wellbeing perspective, I ensure that I stay active; take the time to instill mindfulness as a daily practice; dance, of course; and maintain regular connection with past colleagues and professionals I’ve worked with around the world to continue to grow and nourish my global perspective.
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