YP Gold Coast invites you to the fourth annual City Leaders Forum on Friday 16 November for our not-to-be-missed event of the year.
The City Leaders Forum was created by YP Gold Coast to showcase the people in our city who are driving innovation and change within the business community. This year, we are introducing a new format for the event which will see urban futurist and former Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Stephen Yarwood, deliver a keynote address on Embracing Change for a Prosperous Gold Coast.
Stephen’s keynote address will be followed by an interactive panel discussion that discusses how we evolve the Gold Coast’s brand to reflect the dynamic nature of the city, including the following key topics:
The panel discussion will be hosted by the President of YP Gold Coast, Flynn McFarlane.
Date: Friday 16 November 2018
Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm start
Location: The Star Gold Coast Pavilion Marquee
Cost: Limited release of early bird tickets available for $139 per person or $1,250 for a table of 10 | Price increases to $149 per person from 1 November
Parking: Venue parking is available and the G:Link stops outside The Star
RSVP: Early bird release on sale until 31 October | Final ticket release closes 9 November
Guests will enjoy a two-course lunch and beverage package, as well as networking with fellow forward-thinking professionals.
Previous City Leaders Forum panellists include Sunland Chairman Soheil Abedian, entertainment entrepreneurs Billy and Jackie Cross, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, Mantra Group CEO Bob East, Gold Coast Airport COO Marion Charlton, and Griffith University Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor.
Join us for an inspiring afternoon of lively discussion, valuable networking and exceptional hospitality.
Elected Lord Mayor of Adelaide at 39 years old, Stephen became the youngest Lord Mayor of any Australian capital city in 2010. He oversaw city-shaping projects including implementation of a city-wide Wi-Fi network, Adelaide’s first sister city agreement in 30 years with Qingdao, China, a carbon neutral action plan, and an integrated transport vision that included significant walking and cycling infrastructure.
Now, Stephen consults to cities, states and nations on transformative strategic planning and urban development. He has lectured at several universities in Australia and Asia and has spoken at numerous conferences around the world about innovation in cities.
Rachel Hancock is the newly-appointed editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin, moving her family to the Coast from Brisbane where she was deputy editor of The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail.
She was also the first female editor of one of the country's most quirky and successful tabloids, the NT News, where she quickly learnt crocs were readership gold, but they had to share the spotlight with award-winning investigative journalism.
Professor Martin Betts oversees a diverse and growing engagement agenda at Griffith University spanning student, staff, alumni, donor and industry stakeholders.
In September 2016 the new Be Remarkable positioning campaign for the University was unveiled, signalling a fresh approach to student recruitment and stakeholder engagement. Professor Betts led the creation of interactive Red Zones at the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses which have attracted more than 60,000 visitors.
Ken Petty is a lawyer and the Managing Partner of MinterEllison Gold Coast, one of the Gold Coast’s largest advisory firms. Ken has over 20 years' experience in solving problems and growing organisations in the corporate and not-for profit sectors.
Ken is passionate about the success of the Gold Coast and been involved in some the city’s biggest projects including the establishment of the Gold Coast Suns, the expansion of the Gold Coast Airport, Metricon Stadium, the development of the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.