2019 City Leaders Forum

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's theme will be driven from YP Gold Coast's 'Highly Skilled' Gold Coast' idea, published in our Great Ideas for the Gold Coast advocacy report. 

The long-term success of the Gold Coast relies on retaining talent and establishing knowledge based sectors as a key part of the Gold Coast economy. A highly skilled city is not just about the education experience, it’s also built on our global connections, employability, striving for job self-containment and leading digital infrastructure.

The afternoon will focus on exploring talent retention on the Gold Coast and lead discussions around:

  • How do we leverage two of the city's best assets to attract and retain talent: the quality of our education and training providers and the Gold Coast lifestyle
  • What is the importance of our investment in both physical and digital connection to attract and retain talent
  • How does the liveability of our city play a role in stimulating organic, long-term job growth

The afternoon’s discussion will commence with a keynote address by Sean Braybrook, Director of Gold Coast Leaders and former YP Gold Coast President, followed by a panel discussion with four key Gold Coast city leaders.

Join us for an inspiring afternoon of lively discussion, valuable networking and exceptional hospitality for our fifth annual City Leaders Forum Luncheon. 

Guests will enjoy a two-course lunch and beverage package, as well as live entertainment and networking with fellow forward-thinking professionals. 

Event details:

Date: Friday, September 27
Time: 12pm for 12:30pm start 
Location: The Star Gold Coast Pavilion Marquee 
Cost: Limited release of early bird tickets available for $142.50 (inc booking fee) or $1,352.50 (inc book fee) for a table of 10 | Price increases from September 1. 
Parking: Venue parking is available and the G:Link stops outside The Star Gold Coast
RSVP: Early bird release on sale until Friday, August 30 | Final ticket release closes Friday, September 20

2019 Speaking panel: 

  • Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate
  • Paul Jaffar, Partner at Chempro Chemists and Vice President of Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce
  • Professor Carolyn Evans, Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University 
  • Jessica Mellor, Chief Operating Officer at Star Gold Coast

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, Griffith University Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor, Urban Futurist and Former Lord Mayor, Stephen Yarwood, Griffith University Professor Martin Betts and Managing Partner at Minter Ellison, Ken Petty. 

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