Save the Date: Conferences and expos to give your career the up and go!

Spring is here and what better time to check-in with where you are at in your career? There’s just enough time to make sure that you are on track to achieve what you set your mind to by Christmas but you have got to act quickly! Feeling tired, depleted, a little unsure? Get yourself to a conference for the inspiration you need to re-ignite your career and lean in!

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The League of Extraordinary Women was founded by four entrepreneurs who wanted to create a network where female entrepreneurs could come together to connect, share and inspire each other.

The Run the World conference is the group’s one-day conference where nine female entrepreneurs take the stage to share their stories to inspire future entrepreneurs.

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It’s a big day of inspiration and a large group of 800 attendees providing opportunity for connecting with like-minds. You can read my thoughts on last year’s conference in this post.

When: On this weekend in Melbourne!
Where: Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne
For details, go to


Do you prefer more intimate and intensive networking opportunities? Previously known as Little Girl Big Dream, the newly rebranded Dream Collective is targeted at turning high-performing young women into intrapreneurs – using entrepreneurial ideas to effect change within their organisations and lives.

The group holds annual Career Summits which are a combination of Ted-style presentations from leaders from companies before breaking out into smaller groups to workshop career and life plans.  For the Sydney session, the ever expanding world class speaker line up includes Ellie Cole OAM, Paralympic Swimmer; Jo Shapland, Country Head of ASOS; Samantha Lang, AACTA Nominated Film Director and senior executives from Walt Disney, CANVA, Ernst & Young and Centre of Workplace Leadership. A Collaborative Workshop will be held in the afternoon with Sebastian Terry – a Guinness World Record holder, life adventurer and motivational speaker best known for his venture and book 100 Things’ that is transforming lives around the world.

I attended my first Career Summit last year (you can read my post here) and was so impressed by the intimacy and power of the experience that I signed up and joined The Dream Collective and am now looking at bringing it to New Zealand.

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When: On this weekend in Sydney (September 19) and it’s Melbourne’s turn on October 24
Where: Sydney and Melbourne
For details, go to 


Business Chicks is Australia’s largest women’s business networking group running events throughout the country and just launched in the US.

For the first time the group is running a two-day expo with everything to inspire your career under the one roof.

There will be 60 exhibitors including food and beverages, health, wellness, fashion, lifestyle, beauty and business brands plus what Business Chicks are known for best; panel sessions, one-on-one interviews and kick-ass keynotes from a bevy of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs, digital doyennes and style makers.

, including blogger and Instagram aficionado Nadia Bartel, Klick Communications managing director Kim McKay, The Remarkables Group’s Lorraine Murphy, interior style guru Shaynna Blaze, fitness mogul Michelle Bridges, best-selling author Zoe Foster-Blake and Sarah Wilson of I Quit Sugar fame. TV presenter Jules Sebastian, Model Co founder Shelley Barrett, Business Chicks CEO Emma Isaacs and Dr Libby Weaver will also take the stage – with more speakers to be announced soon.

Some of the speakers at the inaugural 9-to-Thrive: TV presenter Jules Sebastian, best-selling author Zoe Foster-Blake, interior style guru Shaynna Blaze, Dr Libby Weaver, blogger and fitness mogul Michelle Bridges, Instagram aficionado Nadia Bartel and Sarah Wilson of I Quit Sugar fame. Klick Communications managing director Kim McKay, The Remarkables Group’s Lorraine Murphy, Model Co founder Shelley Barrett and Business Chicks CEO Emma Isaacs will also take the stage – with more speakers to be announced soon.

When: Friday 23 October: 9am-5pm and Saturday 24 October: 10am-4pm
Where: Sydney only – Australian Technology Park, Sydney
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There’s one more event that I’d like to mention: I’ve not been able to find more information about it since the August issue, but I believe that on October 13, Marie Claire magazine will be holding its Career Summit. Last year it was a huge beautiful evening that I attended (read all about it here) in Sydney – one worth keeping an eye out for if you are interested. The energy in the room on that night was awe-inspiring!

Note that while all of these events are primarily targeted at women, they are open to men as well.

Where do you go to for career inspiration? Have you attended a careers conference recently that you enjoyed?

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