Defining You

16 FEBRUARY 2022 – 3:30PM AEDT

You have the degree, and you may have had the gap year, but how do you get that first job or a promotion? Defining who you are, creating your own brand and leveraging LinkedIn can bring you immediate advantages. Learn why your LinkedIn presence matters, and how to use it to your advantage.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The importance of building your personal brand to attract the right kind of opportunities
  • How to give yourself the edge in a competitive market
  • The simple ways you can use LinkedIn to avoid having to compete for jobs like everyone else


<strong>Amy Smith</strong>
Amy Smith

Founder and Director of Align Tribe
Amy is a business and LinkedIn strategist, coach and speaker, helping service over 1,000 people to launch and grow their businesses online. She’s been featured in The Global CEO Magazine, 6PR Newstalk, Triple H 100.1FM, Director Institute, and Future Work Summit.

Reviewing your personal brand so you stand out


Now we know all about LinkedIn and personal branding, let’s apply these takeaways and delve deeper into our own profile. Look at it objectively. How can you pivot to a new industry or apply for a more technical role and improve your engagement on-line?  What are employers looking for in regards to technical skills on your CV and listen to tips on how to conduct yourself when being interviewed by a panel.


<strong>Remy Coll</strong>
Remy Coll

Cyber Security Operations Leader and Trainer at Cybermerc
Remy is an experienced Cyber Security Operations Leader and Consultant, who has trained many people at all levels to improve their cyber security.

Network Building


We are constantly told it is not what you know but who you know. How do you build your network when you don’t think you currently have one? We’ll figure out how to beat the nerves and get your point across in an interview or meeting, and be memorable in a good way.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Employability – how to develop networks here and overseas and put your best self forward
  • Resilience – taking feedback the good, the bad and the ugly and use that feedback to grow
  • Rapport and trust cannot be learnt from a textbook. How do you find these qualities in yourself?


<strong>Samuel Wills</strong>
Samuel Wills

Macro/financial economist, 2020 Advance Awards Emerging Leader Category Finalist
Samuel completed a PhD in Economics at Oxford University in 2014 as a John Monash Scholar. He has advised the World Bank and has worked with the IMF, the Bank of England, the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and McKinsey & Co., among others.

<strong>Jacqueline Moth</strong>
Jacqueline Moth

Non Executive Director and Advisory Board member
With a passion for inspiring excellence in others – which has translated across many cultures and contexts, Jacqueline is a natural mentor, creating positive personal growth environments, and leading by example.

Big Ideas & Courage

2 MARCH 2022

Do you have an idea or a dream job? While you are at the start of your career journey, learn what can you do now to reach your short and long term goals.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The importance of believing in yourself and your idea
  • How to dig deep and find that courage
  • How to be creative and strategic in pursuing your goal


<strong>Kate Glazebrook</strong>
Kate Glazebrook

Co-founder and Chair at Applied and 2019 Advance awards winner for Science and Technology
Kate is Co-founder, Chair, and previous CEO of Applied, the essential platform for de-biased recruiting. Applied uses behavioural and data science to help organisations find the best person for the job regardless of their background. Through this platform, Kate aims to make hiring smart, fair, and easy.

Big goals & Aspirations


In this small group session we’ll reflect on the program so far, plus also find out some tips for:

  • networking success (and challenges along the way)
  • sharing big goals and aspirations, and
  • finding your passion.


<strong>Johanna Pitman</strong>
Johanna Pitman

Advance CEO
Johanna is a recognised authority on the changing workforce, and the implications for cities and communities.

Pitching your idea

9 MARCH 2022

In this session we’ll discuss:

  • How do you sell yourself, or your idea to decision-makers?
  • Can you avoid self-doubt, be bold and brave, and grow through feedback? And even rejection?
  • How to understand other people’s agendas and motivations, and tailor your pitch accordingly.


Career Trajectory

16 MARCH 2022

In this session we’ll find practical answers to how to pivot, get promoted, work abroad, or stay in Australia.

What is right for you and your career goals personally and professionally?


<strong>Khunapong Khunaraksa</strong>
Khunapong Khunaraksa

Director of Operations and Strategy at The Circulate Initiative
Khunapong is working to end ocean plastic in South and Southeast Asia. He is a recognised Regional Leader in the Indo-Pacific, where he was the first Community & Advocacy Winner of the 40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards. He has advised over 30 organisations to build and scale new initiatives across five geographies.

<strong>Sarah Strugnell</strong>
Sarah Strugnell

Project Manager, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Australian National University
Sarah is passionate about promoting academic exchange and developing the next generation of leaders committed to the Asia-Pacific region. She graduated with a Double Master of Public Policy from the Australian National University (Policy and Governance) and the University of Tokyo (Public Management & International Relations) in 2020.

<strong>Meira Chen</strong>
Meira Chen

Legal Division of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Meira works for the Department of Education. While studying a Bachelor of Laws and International Studies at the University of New South Wales, she was fortunate enough to also live, study and work across Asia. Some formative experiences include volunteering at the Educating Girls of Rural China MyLead Program and interning at a legal tech startup in Singapore. Inspired to share and amplify the benefits of cross-cultural youth exchange, Meira subsequently embarked on a “double gap year” to Tokyo. During this time as a Japanese Government (MEXT) research scholar, Meira produced an MA thesis on pathways to deliver sustainable and effective Indo-Pacific student mobility experiences for Australian undergraduates

Advance Gala Dinner

23 MARCH 2022 – 6:30PM

The Advance Gala Dinner will celebrate global Australians, while bringing together the Advance networks for a very special evening at The Star. NextGen participants who live around Sydney will be invited to attend the in-person Gala dinner and sit with leading decision-makers and global Australians.

Cohort Graduation

30 MARCH 2022

For our last session, we’ll bring together participants, facilitators, and the Advance people, to reflect on what we’ve learnt and post your wish lists.

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