Strategic networking with impact: A+ Influencers

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We all hear about the need to network in order to get ahead, so we attend functions and events to get to know people, sometimes having meaningless conversations that lead nowhere. How do you turn your networks into valuable contacts that can help you create the impact you desire? This session is about methods that enable you to network with people strategically and genuinely that can help you achieve your goals.


Note that this session assumes that you already do a some version of networking and seeking to advance your impact.

This session will help you:

  • understand networking
  • develop impactful strategies to network effectively with people
  • Tips on how best to develop a relationship

About the faciliators

Christine Yeung

Christine Yeung is CEO and Founder of Beyond Story and a registered psychologist. She has extensive experience in organisational psychology to design and deliver scientific best practice development programs for leaders and staff to support strategies for organisations.

She has worked with top tier banks and international aid not-for-profit providing coaching to a range of people from students to senior executives, designed and delivered an ideal role profiling and benchmarking project for a large State government department, designed and implemented a data-driven insights project for a large mining organisation. She also deliver training workshops for various recruitment and development purposes.

In addition to that, Christine has established a professional mentoring program for culturally diverse women, as well as facilitated workshops for young people interested to work in large corporations.

Jieh-Yung Lo

Jieh-Yung Lo is the inaugural Director of the newly established Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership at the Australian National University (ANU), which aims to address the significant under-representation of Asian-Australians in leadership positions within Australian public institutions and major private sector corporations.

For three years, Jieh-Yung worked as the Executive Officer to Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC the former Chancellor of the ANU. Before joining the ANU, Jieh-Yung spent years in various policy and project roles for a number of not for profit and advocacy organisations. A highly sought after writer and commentator, Jieh-Yung provides regular analysis and commentary on the topics of cultural diversity representation and leadership, Asian-Australian identity, issues concerning Chinese-Australians, Australia-China relations and multiculturalism in Australia.

Jieh-Yung honed his strategic networking skills in the world of politics. He previously served two consecutive terms as a local government councillor with the City of Monash in Melbourne including two years as Deputy Mayor. In this role he led a series of reforms in the areas of cultural diversity and multiculturalism, environmental sustainability, community infrastructure, anti-gambling, community development, planning, affordable and social housing. Another career highlight where his networking and diplomacy skills were on full display was when he successfully co-initiated and co-facilitated the Hobart-Xi’an friendship/sister city relationship.


From the conversations at the recent Asian-Australian Leadership Summit co-convened by ANU, PwC and Asialink, we see an reoccurring theme that Asian-Australians are not seen at senior positions of leadership and influence within Australian institutions. Additionally from our own recent research titled Asian-Australian Leadership in Australia, the results show that Asian-Australians have complimentary skills compared to Australians. The problem is, however, Australian workplaces do not always recognise such skills as "leadership skills".

Many Asian-Australians desire to contribute to leadership in Australian institutions, and yet maintain their authenticity in doing so. To change Australian institutions will take decades and so in the interim, how do we equip Asian-Australians with the skills to contribute and play a leadership role to that change?

The A+ Influencers workshop series is created at an affordable price aim to help Asian-Australians to master leadership skills in an Australian context the authentic way and allow Asian-Australian natural behavioural preferences to shine at the same time.


Whilst this program has been designed specifically to target Asian-Australians, it is NOT exclusive. Non Asian-Australians who are drawn to the program are welcome to join.

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