Previous Events

  • Date: Tuesday, 10 October 2017
    Venue: The Grand Ballroom, Novotel Wollongong NorthBeach
    Speaker: Martin O'Shannessy - Partner, OmniPoll

    Why the US Polls failed, and can we trust the Australian Polls? Martin O’Shannessy grew up in Wollongong and attended UOW. He began his career as a commercial cadet at AIS Collieries and later worked as an advisor for Lord Mayor and Member for Wollongong, Frank Arkell.

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  • Date: Tuesday, 1 August 2017
    Venue: The Grand Ballroom, Novotel Wollongong NorthBeach
    Speaker: Raelene Castle, Chief Executive Officer, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs

    Leadership in Australasian Sport Raelene Castle is the current CEO of the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and was the first female CEO in the National Rugby League, appointed in 2013. Raelene was headhunted by the Bulldogs straight from her six-year tenure as CEO of Netball New Zealand and the Silver Ferns.

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  • Date: Tuesday, 6 June 2017
    Venue: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
    Speaker: John Borghetti AM - Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, The Virgin Australia Group

    *The 2017 Hargrave Lecture* The annual Hargrave Lecture is the highlight of The Illawarra Connection calendar. The Hargrave Lecture is traditionally presented by an eminent public figure, usually with links to the Illawarra.

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  • Date: Tuesday, 4 April 2017
    Venue: Grand Ballroom, Novotel Wollongong NorthBeach
    Speaker: Michael Grinder - Expert in the Science of Non-Verbal Communication

    *Charisma: the Art of Relationships* Why do some people seem to attract attention, to have charisma when they walk into a room? What if you too, could tap into your persuasive communicator and strengthen interpersonal relationships? We all have moments when we influence others… learn concrete ways to use non-verbal techniques and group dynamics to benefit everybody you interact with — especially yourself!  Michael Grinder is a world-renowned expert in non-verbal communication, hailing from Battle Ground, Washington. Michael has spent his life studying, dissecting and teaching the complexity that underlies all communication.

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