2018 LGPro Annual Conference Speaker Presentations

 2018 Annual Conference Keynote Speakers

This year's Conference will feature four inspiring presentations from our keynote speakers.

Layne Beachley

Layne is widely regarded as the most successful female surfer in history being the only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles (1998-2003). She then went on to win a seventh world title in 2006 before retiring from the ASP World Tour in 2008. In 2013 Layne was recognised and awarded the third Greatest Australian Female Athlete of all time, behind Dawn Fraser and Betty Cuthbert.

In the 2015 Australia Day honours list, she was awarded with an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to the community through support for a wide range of charitable organizations, as a mentor for women in sport and as a world champion surfer.

Layne also sits on the board of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, is an ISA Vice President, Director of her own charity, the Layne Beachley Foundation, Aim for The Stars and longtime ambassador for Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific. She also supports several other charities and organisations such as The National Breast Cancer Foundation, The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and Planet Ark. Her exploits are astounding, her attitude unwavering and her achievements inspirational.


Ben Peacock

Ben is Founder and Executive Creative Director at the Republic of Everyone, an award-winning and world-leading community, sustainability, and all round do-good company.

He combines creativity with change making to achieve the company’s mission to “make doing good, good for business.”

Ben is on a mission to create 100 ideas that change the world. Among them so far are the multi award winning 202020 Vision; Australia’s biggest community day, the Garage Sale Trail; and Grow it Local, a fun way to get people to compost and grow their own food.

At 33 years of age Ben was diagnosed with cancer and survived choosing to turn his back on the world of advertising and marketing and instead turn his attention to doing good in the world. His book, ‘Lessons from My Left Testicle’, is about beating cancer and learning to live. His is a spokesperson for the Cancer Council and ambassador for their latest event, The March Charge.


Rebecca Scott

Bec is the co-founder and CEO of STREAT, a Melbourne-based social enterprise that works with marginalised young people aged 16-25 years to provide them with a healthy self, job and home.

STREAT runs a portfolio of seven food service businesses, including cafes, an artisan bakery, a catering company, and a coffee roastery.

Since they pushed their first small food cart into Federation Square in 2010 they have worked with more than 900 young people who have helped serve over two million customers, whilst gaining over 60,000 hours of support and training. And while they have provided these young people with help in finding housing, developing new vocational skills and improving their mental health and wellbeing, the most important thing they have provided them with is a sense of belonging.

Prior to starting STREAT, Bec spent a decade at the CSIRO working in science communication. She is also passionate about the arts and has spent 20 years collaborating with artists, photographers, illustrators, writers, makers and designers.


Brett de Hoedt

Workshop presenter and networking guru Brett has taught communication skills to hundreds of professionals ranging from undergraduates to CEOs.

He’s a high-energy presenter who likes to challenge participants. He focuses on both specific concrete behaviours and attitudes. He doesn’t believe that people skills are only for the extroverted or that there is one style that fits all. He does believe that we can all improve our communication and people skills.

“Dramatic improvement is possible,” he says. “Even in the space of an hour.  All it takes is a willingness to do things a little differently.

In addition to presenting a workshop, Brett will offer networking tips, tools and advice to delegates across the day on Thursday.


2018 Annual Conference Short Talks

To compliment our keynote speakers, the 2018 Annual Conference will also feature four short talks by leaders in the field. Each speaker will make a 15-minute presentation that explores leadership, change management and innovative thinking in the modern workplace.

Lisa J Griffiths

For more than 30 years, Lisa Griffiths has worked in executive and senior leadership roles in large, diverse and complex NGOs, as well as in the public sector and community-based organisations. Currently the CEO of OzChild, Lisa has overseen the organisation’s significant financial overhaul, interstate expansion and the successful introduction of evidence-based programs.

She is currently a doctoral student in business leadership, pioneering an ethical leadership model for the community services sector. She is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, sits on several Ministerial Advisory Groups and is a Non-Executive Director of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.

Lisa has won two Commonwealth Games Medals in Judo and was awarded the National Emergency Medal for the Victorian Bushfires in 2009

Madeleine Buchner 

Growing up as a young carer to a brother and mother with a myriad of health issues, Madeleine Buchner saw a gap in the support system. Who cared for the young carers? By the time she reached high school, Madeleine had begun to formulate her plan for Little Dreamers. With a mission to support the 490,000 young carers in Australia, Little Dreamers runs programs from wish making to festivals, advocates policy change and drives awareness and fundraising.

As a face for political reform, Madeleine is working towards the creation of a peak body for young carers. She travels the world to share her innovative ideas with others, and in 2017 was recognised as a Queens Young Leader by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2016, Madeleine published her first book, My Brother is Sick Again, which explores the obstacles that young carers must overcome. A social innovator, Madeleine has mobilised communities to stand behind marginalised and often forgotten young people in the community.