Inspiring Change

On 16 June, I had the privilege of attending the Inspiring Change Conference: Creating Opportunities – Pioneering Change. There were over 200 attendees.

Each speaker spoke about their experiences as change agents of their environment. Some had set out to make a change while others found themselves in a situation where they needed to make a change – sometimes for their own safety and the safety of those they loved. Their experiences inspired everyone in attendance.

Here are some key take-aways from the day.


The Conference MC, Irene Ross, began by giving us four words to consider and apply to our lives:

Imagine – Explore – Discover – Create

Melissa Doyle

Australian television presenter, author and journalist

  • Everyone has a way to reach others
  • She has a voice that allows her to tell stories and make a difference
  • We all want to belong to something
  • Melissa’s motto: Control the controllable
  • Find your ‘thing’ and leave your mark

Jennifer Armstrong

Founder of Beauty Bank and NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year 2016

Jennifer is a survivor of domestic violence. Two key points from her presentation were:

  • Find something you are passionate about
  • You can choose to dwell on negative experiences or you can choose to move on

Carmen Garcia

Principal and Founder of Community Corporate

  • The power of purpose – create opportunities from challenges
  • Do the best you can by showing up everyday with your head held high
  • By working hard, you become ‘lucky’

Francesca Saccaro

Associate Director OTEN and Organisational Capability

  • Sometimes the passion finds you rather than you finding it
  • Make your intention to make a difference
  • You never know what you can manage until you have the opportunity to manage it
  • One of her favourite quotes is: Change your thoughts, change your world

The conference did indeed inspire each person to consider ways that as individuals we could make a positive change in society.

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Maria Pantalone

Maria Pantalone

Maria Pantalone is the author of Success Talks: Conversations with Everyday Leaders. Maria works with individuals and teams to make communication their strength so that their message is heard. She provides programs in presentation skills, business writing and effective communication as a leader and team member.

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