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YP Gold Coast aims to motivate, inspire and connect future city leaders. With a strong focus on growing the city’s corporate culture, the leading advocacy group offers access to exclusive networking events and opportunities for mentorship and business development.

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Meet Thea Jeanes-Cochrane, Panellist at our 2020 City Leaders Forum

Thea Jeanes-Cochrane is a leading originator in entertainment projects and touring exhibitions that has delivered highly acclaimed events and experiences for globally renowned clients recently including The Rolling Stones, Real Madrid C.F, The AFL, The Commonwealth Games and the Nelson...

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Meet Criena Gehrke, Panellist at our 2020 City Leaders Forum

She has a diverse and eclectic background in arts management and a particular passion for the role of arts and culture in building strong and connected communities.

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Meet Dr Sarah Gardiner, Panellist at our 2020 City Leaders Forum

Sarah Gardiner has a PhD in Marketing and is the Deputy Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism. She has worked in the private and public sectors of the Australian tourism industry.

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Meet Angie Bell MP, panellist at our 2020 City Leaders Forum

Prior to entering Parliament, Angie worked across Australia in every State and Territory as a retail consultant and business development specialist. She is an author in the area of rebranding and marketing.

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YP Connect is Live

Series 1 of the YP Connect podcast is now live on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. 

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YP Gold Coast backs call for border certainty

An announcement this week on a July reopening of the Queensland border would put the Gold Coast in the best position for economic recovery, says leading advocacy group YP Gold Coast. 

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2019 City Leaders Forum Wrap-Up

The YP Gold Coast City Leaders Forum 2019 sparked conversation on how the Gold Coast can be the most liveable, innovative, and business friendly city in the world.

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A City of Future Leaders

The Gold Coast is quickly maturing into a place of broad opportunity and rich experiences. The city is at a turning point in its evolution, providing a rare opportunity to reimagine the future, where the unique lifestyle and coastal vibe...

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One person cannot build a highly skilled city (Opinion Piece)

As a Griffith University student, I am in a unique position to meet and be able to write about the next generation of professionals and leaders. My friends are I are out there working and studying hard to get ourselves ready for the next stage of our lives...

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2019 City Leaders Forum welcomes keynote guest speaker Sean Braybrook

Sean is a former president of YP Gold Coast and is passionate about the city, its people and its potential.

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Meet Jessica Mellor, panellist at our 2019 City Leaders Forum

Jessica Mellor is The Star Gold Coast’s youngest and first female Chief Operating Officer (COO), appointed to the position in June 2019.

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Future in Focus for New YP Gold Coast Leaders

A new committee is at the helm of leading advocacy group YP Gold Coast.                        

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2019 City Leaders Forum welcomes Mayor Tom Tate to the panel

Since being elected in 2012, Mayor Tom Tate has led the message that the Gold Coast is ‘open for business’, encouraging locals to dream big and embrace change to create a stronger economy and more jobs, while protecting the City’s...

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Meet Paul Jaffar

Paul Jaffar is a born and bred Gold Coaster, passionate city advocate and community pharmacist. After completing his pharmacy studies at James Cook University, Paul returned to the Gold Coast and worked in a number of local chemists.

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Meet Professor Carolyn Evans

Professor Carolyn Evans commenced her appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University in February 2019, leading one of Australia’s fastest-growing and most progressive tertiary institutions, ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

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Why We Need A Creative Gold Coast

The emerging arts and culture sector has the potential to diversify the Gold Coast economy and create jobs.

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Meet Libby Lincoln, the woman leading arts and cultural transformation for the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast's arts and creative community is leading a cultural revolution, but what initiatives are in place to help it thrive?

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Meet Criena Gehrke, CEO of HOTA - Home of the Arts

There are a lot of exciting things brewing at HOTA, Home of the Arts. With news of a brand new $60.5 million gallery to be built at HOTA by 2021, as part of Stage 1b of the City of Gold...

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Meet Gold Coast Film Festival Director Lucy Fisher

As the city's flagship film event, the Gold Coast Film Festival brings film to life in a distinctly Gold Coast way for local and visiting audiences, and helps grow and support Queensland’s screen industry from one of Australia's top filmmaking...

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Meet Lynne Benzie, President of Village Roadshow Studios

The Gold Coast is proving itself as the perfect playground for filmmakers to anchor their productions in our city, with blockbuster films Aquaman, Thor: Ragnarok and Kong: Skull Island shot right here on the Coast.

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Aimee Engelmann - CEO & Founder Beepo

An increasing need to outsource elements of her own work to Asia is what encouraged Aimee Engelmann to start Beepo – a premium outsourcing business that connects local companies to offshore providers, who deliver everything from payroll services to graphic design.

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From pub crawl salesman to millionaire: meet Mike Kellett from Macro Mike

From bodybuilder and local pub crawl salesman, to founder and owner of a thriving multi-million-dollar business, Mike Kellett of Macro Mike is undeniably a local success story.

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Markets to millionaire: meet Simon Beard from Culture Kings

Fresh out of high school and working at Carrara Markets, Simon Beard probably wouldn’t have believed you if you said his future customers would include Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Meet Michelle Doherty – Founder of Alpha-H Skincare

After struggling with chronic cystic acne throughout most of her teenage years and 20s, Michelle Doherty was introduced to Alpha-H when the brand was in its infancy. Within days of using the range she saw immediate and sustained visible improvements.

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Meet Rachel Hancock

Introducing 2018 City Leaders Forum panellist, Rachel Hancock - incoming editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin. 

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