Business School


22 June 2017

Join our panel of experts from industry and academia for a wide ranging and thought provoking discussion, which will help you plan a rewarding, balanced, and financially secure future.

Date:Thursday 22 June 2017
Location:OJW Room, S Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus
Cost:$30 - Register now

This event will help and equip you to revisit your career and life plans on a regular basis to ensure that you are on track to achieve what you set out to. With the workplace and the economic climate both changing rapidly at the moment, you will be able to respond to those changes and proactively build your future.

Our panel of guest speakers will cover a range of highly relevant topics including career planning, finding your purpose, balancing work and life demands, and financial security and planning.

You will take away a range of ideas to help you build a future with a career and life that provides the fulfilment, balance, and security you desire.

About the panel

Laura RasmussenLaura Rasmussen

Laura is a Registered Psychologist and Manager in EY’s People Advisory Services.  Laura has over 14 years’ professional experience, which has focused on applying diagnostic and strategic approaches to complex workforce challenges to drive the improvement of organisational performance and health.  Laura has successfully managed large-scale projects and functions in the areas of workforce strategy, workforce planning and analytics, talent management, capability assessment and development, employee retention, work engagement and wellbeing, culture transformation, and change management.  Laura has worked across a variety of sectors and industries, and her career has been balanced between consultancy and strategic HR management. 

Laura also an experienced researcher and has published in scientific journals, and presented her research at national and international conferences and to the media.  Laura’s PhD focused in the area of work-life integration, specifically how personality predicts the types of strategies people use to manage work and other life demands, and that different coping strategies can lead to different outcomes for individuals.  As part of our panel, Laura will provide insights into the importance of wellbeing and general health, and enabling this within work and other life environments.

Danielle DuellDanielle Duell

Throughout her career as an entrepreneur, a CEO and consultant, Danielle has worked across a range of industries including education, energy, tourism, arts, water, hospitality, events, construction, farming, conservation, retailing, medical research and corporate governance.

Danielle was the co-founder of Riverlife Adventure Centre in Brisbane. She completed an MBA at QUT in 2009 with concentrations in Strategy and Entrepreneurship and won a scholarship to Harvard Business School to participate in the Women's Leadership Forum in 2010.

From 2010-2014 Danielle worked as CEO of Graham (Skroo) Turner’s diverse portfolio of private companies including luxury accommodation group – Spicers Retreats, a collection of award winning restaurants, several day spas, an outdoor adventure park and a selection of sustainable cattle breeding enterprises and nature refuges. 

Danielle is the founder of Australian Harvard Women (a business network and series of events for Australian women who have studied at Harvard Business School) and People With Purpose - a company which works with CEO’s, Executive Teams and Boards to develop and implement purpose-led strategy, innovation, projects, communications and events. Danielle’s vision is for purposefully creating shared value to become the dominant mindset and practice of business leaders in Australia and all around the world.

As part of our panel, Danielle will provide personal and practical insight into how to build your future in alignment with your personal purpose.

Brett HeywardBrett Heyward

Brett is an Adjunct Professor in the QUT Graduate School of Business (GSB). Brett leads a number of stakeholder engagement and program delivery functions, drawing on both his research activities and extensive leadership experience in the public and private sectors. He has lead organisations that have adopted strong coaching and mentoring approaches to leadership, enabling them to meet organisation challenges stemming from complex and demanding operating environments. As a former Director-General of Natural Resources and Mines, and head of the Public Service Commission in Queensland, Brett understands the issues faced by leaders dealing with structural changes in the Australian economy, as well as the disruptive forces that are challenging leadership approaches and management systems in organisations today. Reflecting on his experience and knowledge, Brett has lectured on a regular basis in the fields of leadership, organisation behaviour, and employee engagement.

Kris MartinKris Martin

Kris commenced a Financial Advising traineeship in 2000 with a boutique advisory firm located in West End while also commencing a Bachelor of Business in 2002.From there, Kris was offered a position at ANZ Business Banking in 2004 to specialise in Business Succession Planning and Buy Sell Agreements for the South East Queensland region.  After almost 5 years with ANZ, Kris decided to start his own firm (KDM Financial and Estate Planning) in May 2008 while also completing his Bachelor of Business that same year. 

Since then, Kris has become a Chartered Financial Practitioner and in late 2015 completed his eMBA at QUT, while growing KDM Financial to include 4 advisers and 3 administration staff managing services for over 840 clients.

22 June 2017
5.30pm - 8.30pm
OJW Room, S Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus
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