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There is less than 4 weeks to go until we come together in Cairns for the Family Business Conference 2024: Asia Pacific!

5 April, 2024
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There is less than 4 weeks to go until we come together in Cairns for the Family Business Conference 2024: Asia Pacific!

Our family business community is made up of businesses from all industries and of all sizes. That's why we are running 4 different parallel sessions throughout the conference, giving you 12 sessions overall to choose from.

This means you can attend the sessions that are most relevant to you, your family and your business and get the most out of your conference experience. Whether you're looking to learn about governance structures, expanding into international markets, branding, relationship dynamics and more, there is a session for you.

Join us in Cairns to connect, learn, and grow alongside like-minded family business peers. 

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Your Conference, Your Way

We have sessions running in parallel, giving you a wider selection to align with your business needs. Choose 4 out of the 12 total sessions when you register for the Family Business Conference 2024: Asia Pacific.

Parallel Session 1

The Power of Story: Building Your Brand Identity for Growth

Discover how you can use your family business heritage to build a compelling brand identity. You’ll get to understand what brand means and why it matters, pinpoint your uniqueness, as well as pick up plenty of marketing tips along the way to help your business grow. 

Misha Horsnell, Marketing Director and Luke Carson, Creative Director, Scooter

A Family That Eats Together, Ventures Together!

Hear findings of how sharing regular family meals serves as a conduit for developing entrepreneurial ideas and initiatives. Including real-life accounts from two members of a family business.

Assoc. Prof. Chris Graves, University of Adelaide Business School, Tammy Mitani, Chief Operating Officer, Mitani Group, Tas Mitani, Managing Director, Mitani Group

The Blueprint for International Success: The Secret to 10xing the Value of Your Family Business

Cynthia Dearin will share the framework she uses to take clients into international markets, highlighting the levers you can pull on and diving into three key elements to become an international success.

Cynthia Dearin, International Business Strategist, Dearin & Associates

Parallel Session 2

Doing the Basics Brilliantly: Finding Your Rhythm as an SME

Learn practical ways to implement lessons from large businesses immediately to benefit your SME. We'll delve into defining what a perfect month looks like for both the business and the family, as well as how each family member is focused on mastering the basics brilliantly – setting them up for success.

Anesan Naidoo, Organisational Coaching Solutions

Harmonising Generational Perspectives

In this panel discussion, gain insights into strategies for balancing and embracing each generation in a healthy way, highlighting the risks when one generation is not heard.

Quin Scalzo, Founder, Scalzo Food Industries, Lynda Schenk, Head Giraffe, Purple Giraffe, Thomas B. Staunton, CEO, Sold Out National Event Management, Arielle Jennings, Recruitment Officer, Blackman Recruitment. Facilitated by Alix Doherty, Director, Alix Doherty Advisory

Are you Growth Ready? From Friction to Harmony

Psychologist Vanessa Fudge will shed light on how typical family dynamics show up in a family business, how to address growth barriers that come with combining family and non-family members in an organisation, and how to avoid pitfalls that family businesses often experience when recruiting and retaining high-performing staff from within and beyond the family.

Vanessa Fudge, CEO and Founder, Leading Well

Parallel Session 3

Navigating Shareholder Exits in Family Businesses

Hear from Adele how her family business’ governance structures are tailored to ensure seamless transitions when a family member  exits. Elizabeth will share legal frameworks crucial for preserving family unity and guiding exit processes.

Adele Levinge, Director, Dennis Family Group, Elizabeth Guerra-Stolfa, Partner, Rigby Cooke Lawyers

Survival, Success and Stewardship: SSS Strawberries Story

Siblings, Gina and Victor, will delve into how the family manages their relationships within the business and how they maintain harmony while making crucial business decisions.

Gina Dang, General Manager; Victor Dang, CEO, SSS Strawberries;
Facilitated by Grant Menzies, General Manager, Adina Watches

The Journey of Growing Successful Family Businesses: An Insider Perspective

Founding three billion-dollar businesses, Richard will share his family's journey and knowledge of what can derail a business, the fundamentals that must be in place, and how to position your business for a successful capital raise or exit.

Richard Turner, Author and Founder, The Essential Entrepreneur

Parallel Session 4

The Vital Role of Family Businesses in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Prof. Naomi Birdthistle will highlight how SDGs can act as catalysts for positive change and sustainable growth. You’ll gain actionable insights and strategies to integrate sustainability principles into your operations, fostering positive impacts on business growth, reputation and global development.

Prof. Naomi Birdthistle, Griffith University and panel


How to Prepare for External Investors

Jonathan will offer insights into why family businesses should consider external investors, explore the different types, and understand essential steps family businesses need to take. The panel will share what success looks like partnering with external investors.

Jonathan Warrand, Founder & Managing Director, Greenwich Capital Partners, Rod Tyter, Director, Vitala Health, George Ajaka, Managing Director, GTK and CEO & Director, Vitala Health 

Unplanned Inheritance a Blessing in Disguise

Learn about the governance, motivation and resilience that siblings Penni Donato and Kylie Walden cultivated that contributed to the improvement of the struggling towbar manufacturing business they inherited, into a successful and sustainable business.

Penni Donato, Managing Director; Kylie Walden, Director, Allin Towbars


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B2B Speed Networking Breakfast

Your opportunity to create opportunities at this year's conference.

B2B Speed Networking is speed dating without the ‘dating’: a structured event to meet accomplished businesses just like yourself, one business professional at a time. This is the perfect opportunity to expand your business, social or enterprise contacts, all in a relaxed informal setting while enjoying a delicious breakfast. Come armed with your business cards – you never know who you’ll meet!

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Women in Family Business Breakfast

Open to everyone, the Women in Family Business Breakfast shines a spotlight on successful women at the Family Business Conference. It's a platform designed to showcase their achievements, journeys, and the invaluable contributions they make to family businesses.

Hear from our wonderful guest speaker, Roz White, co-owner of White’s IGA and White’s Commercial Property Group, employing 500 people.

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For more details on each session, select the relevant day tab and click on a session, a pop up will provide more information.

To read more about each speaker, click on their name to reveal the bio.

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