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Inspiring Women of EO Fireside Chat

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Level 7, Waterfront Place

1 Eagle Street

Brisbane, QLD 4000


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Event Type: Inspirational Learning


  • Hear how mothers have developed a mindset to handle parenting and competing demands and priorities.
  • Receive takeaway tools and personal approaches to handle stress, make decisions and plan your future.

Be inspired and inspire your daughters, sons and friends to back themselves and live an inspired life.

Come and share a great evening with three women at the helms (or successfully sold) of multi-million-dollar organisations that span the globe.

Be inspired by their journeys, challenges and triumphs so far, as they share their stories from the heart, and then open up to a Q&A fireside chat.

  • Karen Winfield – Mother of three, Co-Founder and Global Operations Director of PD Training, Partner in Leading Psychometric Solutions, OrgDev Institute.
  • Sue-Ellen Watts – Mother of three, based between New York & Gold Coast, Founder wattsnext (AUS), wattsnextpx (NYC), Co-Founder Your Secret Sauce and zzoota. Living a #noplanb life!
  • Jo Hurley – Speaker & Celebrant, Mother of four, Founder Love Skript, Engage (sold to Deloitte), Non-Executive Director Baseball Australia.


Date: Monday, 18 March 2019

5:30pm - 6:00pm - Registration
6:00pm - 8:00pm - Fireside Chat

Venue: HopgoodGanim - Level 7, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Parking: https://www.wilsonparking.com.au/park/4063_Waterfront-Place-Car-Park_1-Eagle-Street-Brisbane

Who can attend this event? EO Members | Accelerators | Strategic Alliance Partners | Guests | Potential Members (current prospects recognised by the board)

How much is the Registration Fee?

$ 0.00 for Members

$ 0.00 for Accelerators

$ 0.00 for Strategic Alliance Members

$ 0.00 for Potential Members (approved by Membership Chair)

$ 49.00 for Guests

Registrations close by 11 March or when full booked.

Karen Winfield

Karen Winfield: Co-founder of PD Training, a global business skills training company; mum to three gorgeous children, including a crazy set of identical twins; and an avid traveller that likes to incorporate adventure wherever she goes.

PD Training was born with a desire to inspire others to be motivated to reach their potential – to always be hungry to do and be more. Karen’s journey started as a corporate facilitator herself and thrived when at the end of her training sessions, when participants would ask ‘what do I need to do, to do what you do?’ She knew she had ignited a thirst for learning and wanted to be able to do this on a global scale – everyone should have the opportunity to excel at being themselves.

PD Training is now in eight countries and has inspired more than 100,000 individuals across the globe - and Karen still has three happy kids intact.

Sel Watts

Known to many simply as Sel, I am Sue-Ellen Watts. I have disrupted the HR business pretty much since my career began over 15 years ago. I match vision with action to enable my small to medium-sized (SMB) clients to bring the power of HR into their boardrooms, to their lunch rooms and beyond. I love to deliver results with gusty honesty married with commercial prowess.

Launching my Brisbane-based HR business wattsnext in 2007, it has been a steep learning curve to say the least. I started my Brisbane office at age 30 just months before the 2008 global financial crisis with no business plan, no financial backing, no local connections and no family support – and a newborn baby.

Never one to let the odds defeat me, I am proud of the past decade and all its big lessons.

Fast forward to today, my Founder and CEO role at wattsnext is backed up by solid expertise in leading high-performance teams, a true understanding of what it takes to grow a business and a love and passion for entrepreneurialism.

I am open about my shortcomings when it comes to official qualifications, having dropped out of university three times. Needless to say, there is power in admitting that traditional education and traditional paths to fulfilment and success are not my forte.

In spite of this, I have a deep love of learning and that is what I offer my clients and those around me in spades. As a self-confessed personal and professional development addict, I have gained my knowledge from hundreds of external sources including many hours of coaching, mentoring, courses, workshops, and travel, reading, conferences and networking gatherings.

With the current celebration of the modern day ‘entrepreneur’, it is my view that we need to debunk the glamour and myths around what this buzz word really means. Some entrepreneurs are born and some, like me, are made, and neither is better or worse.

For me, being an entrepreneur has meant always carving my own path and making a positive ‘dent’ in the world. It is about living life on my own terms and always exploring the new, never giving up and staying hungry in every aspect of my career and beyond.

Over nearly a decade, I have opened offices in Brisbane and Sydney and service clients all over Australia, and my big dream is to give to New York someday in some way, a place where I find inner calm, crystal clear focus and a strong sense of belonging every time I visit the city (which is a lot!).

Staying curious drives me to always strive for more – from harnessing new technology and innovations in the future of work, I am forever embracing forward thinking and inspired ways to work and live.

I also am a proud mother to three sons who are learning a lot about resilience, gratitude, visualising dreams, never settling and striving for a dream with everything they have!

Jo Hurley

Jo is best known for her success as CEO and founder of self-managed superfund audit business ENGAGE.

In 2015, she realised every entrepreneur’s dream by achieving a highly-publicised sale of her business to the Big 4 Firm Deloitte.

Recently retiring from a partner role at Deloitte, Jo is a non-executive director (NED) and has also realised a personal passion project by becoming a registered wedding celebrant.

Her qualifications and memberships are extensive and include being a Chartered Accountant and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Jo’s the proud recipient of the 2011 Telstra Australian Young Business Woman of the Year and also won Women in Finance 'Woman of the Year', Innovator, Accountant, Auditor and SMSF excellence awards in 2017.

As a mum of four children, Jo is passionate about inspiring young, professional women to believe that anything is possible.

In her spare time, Jo loves live music, classic cars and getting outside to enjoy the amazing Gold Coast weather.

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Level 7, Waterfront Place

1 Eagle Street

Brisbane, QLD 4000


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