ACE 2023: Leading with Purpose - A Showcase of Leadership and Innovation

06 Dec 2023 6:59 AM | Sarah Gamble (Administrator)

Nestled in the heart of Australia's capital city, the National Convention Centre Canberra transformed into a hub of collaboration and inspiration throughout the AuSAE ACE 2023 Conference & Exhibition. This annual gathering seamlessly united industry leaders, innovators, and association executives from diverse sectors, providing them with a platform to explore cutting-edge trends, gain insights, share stories, and cultivate connections poised to influence the realms of leadership and innovation.

Embracing Modern Leadership & Innovation with Jess Wilson:
Setting the stage for the conference, Jess Wilson took centre stage with a compelling exploration of modern leadership and innovation. Her session ignited collective enthusiasm for embracing forward-thinking strategies in navigating the complexities of contemporary leadership.

ACE 2023 Experiences: Rain or Shine, Spirits Soared:
Despite the rain that descended upon Canberra during ACE 2023, the participants' enthusiasm remained undampened. The afternoon was filled with engaging conversations, immersive activities, and unforgettable experiences. From a glassmaking workshop to exploring behind the scenes of the Australian Parliament House, participants also enjoyed activities like golf, cocktail making, Barefoot Bowls, a visit to Clonkilla Winery, and paying homage to the badass women of Canberra.

Networking Extravaganza and ACE Supper Club:
Verity Lane set the stage for an evening of networking and camaraderie as attendees connected over shared passions and goals. Following dinner, the ACE Supper Club, sponsored by Higher Logic, added an extra layer of sophistication to the night, creating an atmosphere conducive to building lasting professional relationships.

Michael McQueen's Keynote: Mindstuck! Mastering the Art of Changing Minds:
Michael McQueen's keynote address was a highlight of ACE 2023, as he masterfully unravelled the secrets behind changing minds. His insights into the psychology of persuasion and adaptability left the audience with practical takeaways to implement in their professional and personal lives.

Diverse Sessions Covering Membership, Governance, Strategy, and Leadership:
The conference offered a diverse range of sessions catering to various aspects of organizational development. From discussions on membership engagement to exploring effective governance models, attendees had the opportunity to delve into strategic planning and leadership principles that could reshape their approach to management.

An In-Depth Conversation with Shane Fitzsimmons:
Formerly Commissioner of Resilience NSW and Commissioner NSW Rural Fire Service, Shane Fitzsimmons led in-depth conversations about leadership and resilience. His experiences and wisdom resonated with the audience, providing valuable insights into overcoming challenges and leading with unwavering determination.

Closing Keynote with James Begley:
As ACE 2023 drew to a close, James Begley took the stage with his impactful closing keynote, "Lead with Intent." His words inspired attendees to embrace intentional leadership, emphasising the importance of purpose-driven actions and decision-making in achieving lasting success.

"The ACE 2023 Conference & Exhibition in Canberra was a resounding success, offering a platform for learning, networking, and inspiration. From thought-provoking keynotes to immersive experiences, attendees left with a renewed sense of purpose and a wealth of knowledge to apply in their associations. As we look back on this extraordinary event, the impact of ACE 2023 continues to resonate, shaping the future of leadership and innovation in the association sector in Australia and New Zealand." - Toni Brearley, AuSAE Chief Executive Officer.


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