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Professional Development Forum (PDF) was established to help diverse young professionalsf find fulfilment in the modern Australian workplace. We believe that everyone, not the elite few, should have access to the knowledge, mindset and network to develop themselves. We believe that by becoming the best version of ourselves, we lead a happier, more fulfilling life and inspire those around us to do the same. We do this by running events that aims to inform, connect and inspire, and share what ...
 
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At some point in our lives, we’ve heard the phrase “I don’t think you can do this”. It's come from either a colleague, a family member or a close friend. That phrase starts to stick and becomes part of our self-talk. What we don’t stop to understand is how much of a disservice we do ourselves because of that phrase! The journey to self-actualisatio…
 
What is Negotiation and What can it do for you? Negotiation will help you understand who your client is and build a conversation that'll fuel the new relationship into a fruitful partnership. TRUST is the key factor in every negotiation as this determines the outcome of every situation. You can never go wrong when you're equipped with the right neg…
 
Learn to map your life with the 3 strategies by professional coach, Robin Miles – Upgrade your avatar Life considerations Lead with purpose In this webinar you will learn to: Set a vision for yourself in 2021 Create the version of yourself that you aspire to be Optimise your productivity Declare the number 1 priority in your life Get Strategic abou…
 
Chin Tan is the embodiment of the Australian migrant success story. After a successful career in law, Chin has transitioned into a public life advocating for a succesful multicultural Australia. He believes that each of us, whatever our cultural heritage, has much to offer. This goes beyond linguistic skills, but also the ability to operate across …
 
Remember life before the pandemic? It's definitely a distant memory! It's certainly changed the way we work, and especially how we look for jobs, how organisations recruit. We felt the need to ramp up these sessions and provide the help where we can for our community, especially for job seekers. In this session with PDF, Rebecca will demystify the …
 
"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life..." We've all come across this quote at some point but it's not really that simple, is it? What's closer to the truth is working towards what you believe in so that when things get tough, you still stay the course and keep trying. Tu Le is a person who has never stopped tryin…
 
Most organisations today will have a values statement. However, for many, they remain as posters on the walls and have not been converted into conversations in the halls. In this webinar Stephen will highlight his career journey that has led him to focus on building values-based cultures and introduce the foundational mindset and skill-set for bein…
 
Natalie was the CEO of the Australia China Business Council (NSW). Prior to that she was the Partnerships and Development Manager at Asialink Business, Australia's leading centre for building Asia capability, public understanding of Asia, and appreciation of Australia's role in the Asian region. She was recently named Australia’s Top Emerging Leade…
 
A medical researcher, an engineer, an entreprenuer, a pilot, a chief information officer and a security consultant walks into a bar, and the bartender says "Great to see you Ali!" Ali is one of those people who seems to be able to do it all, from conducting clinical trials to founding his own IT business. Ali is able to learn new skills and constan…
 
Shane Bywater has worked in highly successful roles for over twenty-five years, in sales, service, product management, leadership and learning and development functions. This is across a range of industries and contexts that includes telecommunications and IT, banking, energy, marketing, mining and NGOs. This diverse background gives him the key in…
 
Elizabeth Lee is the Leader of the Canberra Liberals and the Liberal Member for Kurrajong in the ACT Legislative Assembly Prior to entering the Assembly, Elizabeth was a successful practising lawyer as well as a lecturer at the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Canberra. Whilst in practice, Elizabeth represented the legal p…
 
Antoinette Lattouf is a multi-award winning journalist. She is the Director of Media Diversity Australia and a senior journalist at Network 10, In 2019, Antoinette was named among AFR's 100 Women of Influence. She is also an Ambassador for the Gidget Foundation and the Australian Thryoid Foundation The Professional Development Forum (PDF) was estab…
 
- What jobs might you be applying for 20 years from now? - What will give you the edge in a fiercely competitive market for talented people? - How can you be relevant and fit in where the robots don’t? - How can mentorship help you make good choices and how to find the right mentor? Social Media Managers didn’t exist 10 years ago. Robots will repla…
 
Shani has written for some of the world’s biggest news organizations—including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Financial Times and Bloomberg News. At The Wall Street Journal, he edited stories for a global audience of millions on topics ranging from the economy to politics and international affairs. Shani also frequently traveled across Asi…
 
What does it mean to have a 'personal brand' and why do you need one? As our world is changing increasingly, maintaining a strong, positive brand not only helps bolster self-esteem, it also builds trust and stronger relationships with people you want in your network. In this session, the branding guru himself, Garry Browne, will share with us the m…
 
The only thing we control is ourselves – everything else is uncertain. Having extensive experience in building and leading high performance teams, Toni will share her strategies to ‘reset’ your mindset and skills around resilience and mental toughness to bring your best self to work and life every day. About Toni Courtney Toni brings a fresh, groun…
 
What do the corporate world and sports have in common? What corporate executives could learn from elite athletes? Similar to sports, the one quality that is expected of executives and their employees is the sustenance of high performance in the face of ever-increasing pressure and rapid change. To thrive in chaos, both executives and elite athletes…
 
Brad Chan is the CEO of Banna Property Group - a 3rd generation family business involved in property investment and development. The Chan family have regularly made an appearance on BRW's Rich 200 since the 1980’s. The group typically own and internally manage neighbourhood shopping centres around Sydney, and also have a portfolio of pubs and other…
 
David Thodey AO is one of the most influential business leaders in Australia, perhaps best known for the incredible customer-centric transformation during his leadership as the CEO of Telstra. David is a passionate advocate of a new leadership paradigm that's essential if we are to succeed in this connected world. He believes that the future is not…
 
Career success isn’t about only moving up. Career opportunities are everywhere when you know how to look and listen beyond your manager's role. Learn about the neuroscience of listening and how most of what you know about listening is wrong. If you would like to learn more about what gets in the way of your listening, you can take the 7-minute quiz…
 
Kathrina Lo is a trailblazer, being the first Asian-Australian to be appointed to all of the senior leadership roles she has held in the NSW government. In her current role as NSW Public Service Commissioner, Kathrina leads workforce strategy and reform for the NSW public service, which employs more than 400,000 people, making it the largest employ…
 
Elisa is an economist and data strategist with a magic eye for data. She is a powerhouse speaker who elegantly translates big data and AI into engaging and thought provoking stories on human behaviour, society, culture and business. She predicted the winner of The Voice 2019 and 2020, and MasterChef Australia 2020 using AI. Elisa simplifies busines…
 
Andrew Tyndale was employee number 16 at Babcock & Brown Australia, a famed investment banking firm that, at its peak, had 28 offices, over 1,500 employees and managed funds of more than $70B. After riding the highs of the economic boom, the 2008 Global Financial Crisis soon followed, laying waste to the business empire. Andrew lost a great deal, n…
 
Matthew Glitzer is currently the Vice President of IBM’s Integrated Security Business Unit - Asia Pacific. In this role he is responsible for all Security Software sales and Services in the region and is a member of IBM’s regional Senior Leadership Team. In Matt’s previous roles in Greater China for IBM, he was a member of the Global Technology Ser…
 
In a world where people’s attention spans are becoming increasingly shorter, the ability to communicate with conviction and clarity are what sells your personal brand, the business you represent and its products or services. In this session, Kerryn will share with us the 7 hidden language traps that makes people not take us seriously. She will shar…
 
Are you struggling to influence others to act? Do you find it difficult to show up with the confidence and self-belief you need? Are you challenged to express thoughts and feelings appropriately to deliver one congruent message that motivates others? Are you living based on the expectations of others? Many of the smartest people in organisations ma…
 
Do you feel that your quieter nature is holding you back to achieving success as a leader? As a child Lynn was very shy, she's usually quiet and didn’t enjoy the spotlight in front of class at school. However, she has not let any of that hold her back as over time she learnt to get comfortable being uncomfortable and realised that what makes her di…
 
32 years ago, a young international student arrived in Australia with no money, no contacts, and no English. Today Monika Tu is the Founder and Director of Black Diamondz Group, Sydney’s number one real estate agent for luxury properties winning multiple awards. We are excited to welcome Monika to share her inspirational story, how she found a nich…
 
Jennifer Lay's pathway to becoming now an associate lawyer at Slater and Gordon, one of Australia's most well-known Plaintiff-focused law firms, was by no means easy. As a first-generation immigrant, she spent most of her childhood growing up in Commission Housing and had left high school early. But after working in the Insurance industry, Jennifer…
 
Ever wanted to start a side project outside of work but not sure where to start? We chat to Leo Lu, a VP at BNY Mellon on how you can get started. Leo is a Vice President on the Digital Partnerships team at BNY Mellon in New York. Leo graduated from NYU Stern School of Business and has wide experiences ranging from fintech, venture startup investme…
 
Ever thought about building a career overseas? Listen to this conversation with Karen Loon, a Non-Executive Director and former Partner at PwC Singapore. Karen has over 30 years of deep, cross-cultural experience working with local, regional and multinational organisations across the Asia Pacific, particularly in Australia and Singapore. As a 4th g…
 
In this episode we speak to Samantha Low on what it's like living and working in Japan. Formerly based in Sydney, Sam is now a Tokyo based Senior Account Manager at Critical Mass, a digital experience design agency. Find out more about her journey on her website, where she regularly blogs about her life in Japan at http://www.samanthawxlow.com/ Top…
 
Emma Lo Russo believes that in order to become truly successful, you have to take big risks, and that was exactly what she did a decade ago. As the CEO and Co-Founder of Digivizer, Emma has led the digital analytics company from being a start-up to now having over 50 employees globally across 14 countries. Emma is also the CEO and Founder of goto.g…
 
In this episode, Jeffery speaks to Alexandra Egan, a communications mentor and coach, a straight shooter that gets results . Alex came to Australia as a 5-year old with her Greek migrant parents. As a child, she struggled to communicate across language and cultural barriers. That made her acutely aware of the need to communicate authentically so sh…
 
We talk to Oliver Blain who has over 20 years of experience in Leadership positions, managing over 200+ staff for enterprise organisations and get his thoughts on what values, traits and behaviours he looks for in potential leaders. He also gives his recommendations on how to put yourself in a better position to get into a leadership role.…
 
Rocky Scopelliti is a world-renowned futurologist. His pioneering behavioural economics research on the confluence of demographic change associated with Millennials, and digital technology, have influenced the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future. As a media commentator, his unique insights have featured on SKY…
 
In this final episode, Shayney and Patrick explain the importance of the recruitment function within a business and what value they add. They also talk about how to approach a common, simple question asked in an interview, what the underlying message is and what it reveals about your motivations.Bởi Professional Development Forum
 
Description: In this episode, we speak to Gina Mitchell about the importance of women’s health and well-being, inside and outside of work. Together we explored some of the common concerns women have, including a discussion on menopause, an often overlooked career challenge. Gina also shares practical tips on how to best deal with life stresses for …
 
In this episode, we speak with Kimberley Lee about going through rough patches and when we need to seek help. As a trained counsellor, Kimberley helps people to have more honest conversations. Both with themselves and those around them. She works with Rough Patch, a social enterprise that aims to make counselling affordable for everyone. As a certi…
 
At one point or another in your career, you may have to front the media. But how many of us are properly trained to communicate effectively and get the desired message across with authenticity? As a veteran of the media industry, Ky's focus is on simple ideas and techniques that work, not a myriad of tips that desert you when the studio lights go o…
 
In this episode, we speak with Sandra D'Souza about how she left the corporate world to pursue her entrepreneurial ambitions. Sandra D’Souza is an experienced business professional and a published author who is trained and educated in all aspects of business including finance, operations, strategy, marketing and sales. Having cultivated 20 years’ w…
 
In this episode, Shayney Liu and Patrick Wong discuss Applicant Tracking Systems and how they impact an application process, and the perceived over reliance on them. They also discuss how candidates can adopt a mindset of interviewing the prospective employer and making sure it is not just all about the employer and what they want.…
 
In this episode, we speak with Oscar Trimboli. Oscar is an author, host of the Apple award-winning podcast "Deep Listening" and a sought-after keynote speaker. He is passionate about using the gift of listening to bring positive change in homes, workplaces and cultures around the world. Through his work with chairs, boards of directors and executiv…
 
In this episode we speak with Dion Woo. Dion is a prominent personality best known for his work as an Master of Ceremony and through his many wacky, fun videos circulating around the internet. After a brief career in IT, Dion became an entrepreneur in hospitality, events and the media. He is well known in the Asian-Australian community, connecting …
 
Not only does our special guest believe it is possible to have everything you want, he has proven it to be true. Arriving in Australia from Chile as a young boy, Mario Pizarro couldn’t speak English, had no extended family, no friends and no money. But he had a big dream, a strong belief and a burning desire. In this session Mario will share the be…
 
In this episode, we talk to Suet Koon Lai, nicknamed "Koon". Koon champions the philosophy that "In seeking the change we want to see in the world; it starts not with asking, it starts with giving" At PwC, Koon currently lead the transformation of PwC Assurance target operating model which includes leadership responsibilities of more than 300 onsho…
 
Nicknamed "chatterbox", young Katrina once aspired to become a journalist. Growing up in an Asian household, she struggled with cultural expectations that made her feel different from her peers. But instead of shying away from it all, she decided to embrace it. Motivated by her grandfather's words, Katrina pursued a career in law in order to create…
 
Have you ever thought about changing your career path in a totally different field? Shamane Tan, Chief Growth Officer shares her journey from an IT Recruiter to an advisor to C level stakeholders. Following her passion, she founded a global Cyber Security Community. She also gave great insights and tips on what to consider when making the jump.…
 
In this episode, we talk to Valerie Khoo. Valerie falls well outside the box, with a portfolio career as an artist, writer and entrepreneur, as well as being CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre Valerie started her career as an accountant for PwC and was a journalist who wrote for Fairfax for 15 years. She is now a working artist and designer, and…
 
Mentors can help you develop your career and maximise your opportunity for success. So where do you find a mentor? Join us for a interactive session to hear more about the importance of mentorship. Key takeaways from this session: What a mentor is and what it’s not? Why do you need a mentor anyway? Getting clear on what you want and need. How to id…
 
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