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7:00 am - 8:00 am
Natalie Brennan is the FCA Franchise Woman of the Year 2016.
Natalie Brennan started her career in the Franchise sector at 15 years old. Now some 3 decades later she runs one of Australia’s most loved and iconic brands. Along the way she has held Operational Training roles with multi-unit operations including Collins Foods, Power House Hotels and the Billabong Group. She has trained, lead and mentored thousands of people, including 3500 for Spotless during the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Natalie will share stories of not only her success, but the success of Muffin Break particularly over the 17 years that she has been part of building this brand. She is passionate about franchising and paving the way for other women in this sector. With her current title of FCA Franchise Woman of the Year, Natalie is committed to influencing the improvement of gender equality on industry panels.
8:30 am - 8:40 amFind Out More
8:30 am - 8:40 am
Andrew is one of Australia’s leading Professional MC’s and presentation skills / pitching skills trainers.
A reformed corporate lawyer, for the last 20 years he has worked around the world as a Conference MC and speaker for companies including BT, QBE, McDonalds, KPMG, Westpac, Hotondo Homes, Aon, Howards Storage World, Dymocks Books, ANZ….and his daughter Lucy’s Year 5 school class.
Andrew is also one of Australia’s leading authorities in the area of presentation Skills and pitching for business, running keynotes and workshops in these areas, writing prolifically on these topics and helping his kids give kick-ass ‘Show and Tell’ presentations at school.
His hobbies include coaching basketball, walking his dog Pebbles, getting sunburnt and trying to convince his wife and 3 young kids that he has a real job.
9:00 am - 10:00 amFind Out More
9:00 am - 10:00 am
National Store Operations Manager, Sigma Healthcare
MD, The Cheesecake Shop
CEO, Hire A Hubby
Fair Work Ombudsman
A Q&A on the impact of the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act and how franchisors are dealing with the potential changes.
10:00 am - 10:30 amFind Out More
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Michael McCormack is Australia’s Small Business Minister, as well as being the Federal Member for Riverina, one of the country’s largest electorates.
Mr McCormack has ministerial responsibility for the nation’s 3.2 small businesses. More than 5½ million Australians – half of the nation’s workforce – are employed in the small business sector which contributes more than $380 billion annually to Australia’s gross domestic product.
Born and educated in Wagga Wagga, Mr McCormack owned and operated a local small business after more than a decade editing The Daily Advertiser newspaper.
Mr McCormack is married to Catherine and they have three children.