2019 AuSAE LINC Conference - Speakers

     Keynote Speakers
    Diana Thomson, Director - Speech Marks Diana has a Bachelor of Property from the University of Auckland and was a Commercial Real Estate Manager for 15 years before moving to Singapore. Whilst there she was an International Relocations Consultant and workshop presenter, she has the Toastmasters International Advanced Communicator Bronze designation and is a Certified DISC trainer in personality profiling. 

    She is a member of INK Consulting Associates and Club Leader of the first New Zealand and only International Speaker Sisterhood. In 2013 she reached the national finals of the Singapore Toastmasters Speech Evaluation contest. She uses these skills to help guide her clients.

    Program Description: Tuesday 4:45 pm
    How Women speaking up helps everyone and the Diversity dilemma



    Jim Anderson, CAEPresident  & CEO - California Society of Association Executives
    Jim Anderson has spent his career in nonprofit management and leadership.  He currently leads the California Society of Association Executives as the President  & CEO, a position he’s held since 2003.  CalSAE has over 1,400 members, a year-round volunteer corps of 170, a Board of 12 Directors and a staff of six.  Previously, Jim worked for the United Way California Capitol Region for 16 years, and left the organization as its Executive Vice President.  (United Way is a nonprofit charitable organization that works with employers and their employees to raise and distribute funds to local nonprofit organizations.  They raised over $13 million during the year of Jim’s departure).

    Program Descriptions
    The Situation Room: - Monday 2:00 pm  

    Enter the situation room – explore real life challenges faced by other association executives; work with your peers to craft possible solutions; learn “what really happened” and discuss the results that occurred.

    Registration details here

    Major trends impacting associationsKeynote Address - Wednesday 9:15 pm  This presentation will address major trends impacting associations, provide suggestions and thought provoking questions, and offer tips and insights on association governance & leadership.

    These sessions are supported by Tourism New Zealand - Business Events



    John Quinn, Presentologist - AudienceAl!ve

    Raised and Educated in Ireland, John Quinn arrived in the United Arab Emirates in 1996 determined to make the difference between presentations that fall flat, and that ‘seal the deal’. After several years with Philips Middle East he started Satellite Group in Dubai Media City in 2001. In 2015, John added www.audiencealive.com service to his worldwide portfolio and expanded his business to cover Australia and NZ. Since 2001, John has provided custom presentation services for over 500 international clients resulting in over 25000 slides and too many bullet points to count! John’s creativity and professional design experience will result in an effective presentation with impact. 

    Program Description: Closing Keynote: Wednesday 2:15 pm
    Could your presentation be better? Presentations have evolved. It’s no longer acceptable to stand in front of an audience and read off your slides. Add imagery. Ban the bullet point. Engage your audience. Present with impact. The session will be packed full of innovative ideas, case studies and advice on incorporating the latest presentation techniques. John will show you how to banish death-by-powerpoint forever!



    Susan Freeman-Green, Chief Executive - Engineering New Zealand

    Susan has been Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand since February 2015. She is transforming the engineering professional body into an outward-facing organisation dedicated to engineering better lives for New Zealanders. Engineering New Zealand changed its name from IPENZ in October 2017 and at the same time introduced a revamped membership pathway appealing to a broad range of engineering professionals. Membership is 22,000 and growing. Before starting at Engineering New Zealand, Susan was Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Standards Authority. Susan is also on the Board of TeamTalk and a Board Trustee of the New Zealand Festival.

    Program Description: Tuesday 11:30 am 
    How Engineering New Zealand transformed to bring engineering to life
    The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand had a serious image problem. Known as IPENZ, it was the representative body for ‘professional engineers’ in New Zealand. It operated and looked very much like a conservative, narrow, old-fashioned, overly rules-based, internally focussed and somewhat elitist club. Like many associations around the world, it was at real risk of becoming irrelevant. What’s more, outside of the largely civil/structural engineering community, no one knew who IPENZ was or what it did.

    So IPENZ transformed into a modern, accessible, relevant, inclusive and external facing organisation representing engineering professionals from all walks of life – Engineering New Zealand. Based on four strategic pillars of that support our mission of bringing engineering to life: recognition, credibility, influence and connection. As well as changing our name, we changed our membership pathway to make us a professional home for a broader range of engineering professionals. And we are seeing the results – greater membership numbers, more media engagement, winning awards, a voice at policy tables, government invitations to provide ‘neutral expert opinion’ and more.
     
    Susan will talk about five key things we’ve learned along this transformation journey.


     Conference Speakers

    Belinda Moore - Director, Strategic Membership Solutions
    Belinda is passionate about associations, charities and other not-for-profit organisations - and the critical role they play in fostering a healthy, vibrant, inclusive and sustainable society.
    Belinda has been involved in the sector in a wide variety of capacities since the early 1990s. She is Australasia’s foremost membership specialist and has assisted thousands of member-based not-for-profit organisations with their challenges. She specialises in training, motivating and up-skilling boards, staff and volunteers to improve membership performance.

    Program Description: Tuesday 2:55 pm

    How Associations Can Navigate the Rapidly Changing Landscape to Ensure Future Success - Association Apocalypse
    In this session Belinda will talk about the 6 trends transforming the association sector, the new business models associations will need to adapt to be successful and the 11 enablers they will also need to get right along the way. Attendees will leave armed with insights and ideas they can apply to generate immediate positive results for their association.




    Brett Jeffery, General Manager New Zealand - AuSAE
    Brett is passionate about ensuring not-for-profit leaders receive opportunities to network and further their careers.  Having been involved in the membership engagement and high level marketing in a wide variety of capacities for over 20 years. He is one of New Zealand’s top membership connection specialist and has assisted hundreds of member-based not-for-profit organisations with their engagement processes. Specialising in assisting and up-skilling staff, volunteers and boards to improve member value.

    Program Description: Wednesday 10:15 
    We Want You Back: Tools to Re-engage Lapsed Members. An association’s goal is to provide meaningful experiences so that members stay engaged, but what happens to the lapsed members? What can you do to bring them back? In this session, get the tools you can use to re-engage lapsed members and bring them back into the fold. The session is guaranteed to be interactive with actionable concepts that you can take away




    Craig Young, Chief Executive - TUANZ
    TUANZ a 32 year old membership organisation, since October 2014. Craig took on the organisation at a critical time in its life as many of the changes to the telecommunications industry it had worked for over many years came in to place and its future was somewhat tenuous. Four years on the organisation is clear on its message and future. 

    Program Description: Tuesday 2:05 
    Cyper & Privacy Panel




    Debbie Mayo-Smith, Motivational Speaker and Trainer

    You will be saying ‘wow’ every few moments. This is because you’ll be learning easy, immediate solutions to your everyday business problems. This must be why Debbie is one of the most in-demand speakers in Australasia:

    • ‘I’ve been hiring speakers for over 17 years. Debbie’s presentation is the very best one we’ve had’ Paul Nielsen Solatube
    • ‘Your session was one of the gems of the WaterNZ conference.’
    • ‘Of the presenters, Debbie had the best response with the highest ranking by delegates. Corporate EA PA Summit
    • ;Debbie’s was the best presentation. Very informative. Praised by all delegates. Puvana Nadesan, Meals on Wheels NSW’
    • ’We love your tips. Some were life changing in terms of time savers’

    Program Description: Tuesday 2:00 pm
    How To Free Up At Least ½ An Hour Every Working Day. A treasure of practical, easy business changing productivity how-to’s to give you more time to do what you need or love to do




    Holly Morchat Stanko, General Manager - Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand
    Holly oversees operations of the Association along with a few key areas of focus including conferencing, events, website, communications and strategic partnerships. As a graduate of Texas A&M University and Victoria University of Wellington, Holly arrived in New Zealand in 2012 as a part of the Rotary Ambassadorial Programme and has been working with ACENZ since 2012.
    Actively involved in AuSAE New Zealand and the LINC conference committee, Holly enjoys learning from other associations in the membership throughout New Zealand and Australia.

    Program Description: Tuesday 4:00 pm
    Trends and issues in volunteer management 
    We all work with volunteers, and they are integral to our organisation’s success. And while sometimes it can feel like you’re herding cats, you can develop passionate, engaged volunteers to transform your association. Wherever you are in your journey, we all want to improve, so I’ll share some lessons learned, highlight some trends that are working well, and hopefully help facilitate connection between your organisations facing similar volunteer management issues.

    3 take aways / lessons learned:

    What is your volunteer ROI?
    Is it fit for purpose?
    Learn from my mistakes – leave room for the gray



    Julian Moore, Director - SMS
    Julian Moore is Australasia’s foremost non-profit sponsorship practitioner specialising in charities, associations and other non-profits. He specialises in training, motivating and up-skilling boards and staff to improve sponsorship performance. Julian’s work predominately includes sponsorship consultancy, sponsorship seeking, in-house training, facilitation services and keynote speaking. Julian draws on his extensive experience in both Australia and the United Kingdom to deliver sponsorship outcomes for his clients. Julian is also an accomplished and entertaining speaker who regularly presents at events around the world. Throughout his presentations, he gives real world examples and case studies that inspire and motivate attendees. He focuses on providing practical and useful ideas that can be implemented immediately to start benefiting your organisation.

    Program Description: Wednesday 11:00 am
    Topic to be confirmed 



    Paul Ramsbottom, Managing Director - ASI (Asia-Pacific)
    With a career exclusively in the not-for-profit sector, he’s passionate about helping not-for-profits and associations reach their goals and improve performance, through adopting new and innovative solutions.

    Program Description: Wednesday 1:25 pm
    A Balanced Approach to Member Engagement 





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