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Theme: Mixology: Never Call a Mixologist a Bartender

This event occurred on
March 16, 2013
10:00am - 5:00pm AEDT
(UTC +11hrs)
Leura, NSW

Together students and staff have organized a TEDxBMIHMS event. The purpose of this event is to follow TED's concept of bringing people together to share ideas worth spreading. Our theme is Mixology: Never call a mixologist a bartender. The difference between a mixologist and a bartender is that the mixologist has ‘stepped up his game’. Mixologists are creative and willing to take risks, and this allows them to develop and master new skills.

We hope that our TEDxBMIHMS community will be filled with mixologists – those who recognise the importance of ideas, are excited to learn new things, and who seek out connections with each other.

BM International Hotel Management School
1 Chambers Road
Fitzroy Room (near Reception)
Leura, NSW, 2780
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Craig Billingham

Craig was born in the UK and migrated to Australia in 1987. He has a BA (Hons) with a major in Philosophy, and an MA in English. In 1996 Craig went overseas for 12 months and returned in 2003 - the intervening years were spent in Japan, Belgium, England and Germany. Since 2005 Craig has worked at BMIHMS, teaching ESL, Cross Cultural Issues, and Change Management. He is also a published poet and fiction writer. Craig is currently giving strong consideration to a research degree in Higher Education, and also to a MOOC in basic mathematics.

Katherine Strong

Katherine Strong's TEDx talk has the intriguing title, 'Do what you want, and get away with it' - it will be interesting to hear what she has in mind. Katherine finds inspiration in all aspects of life, and channels her drive into start-up businesses and concepts. Born in Wales, she now lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia, where she is currently developing and expanding businesses in the hospitality & tourism industries. Katherine has two Masters degrees (Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Management, from a French and a British university) though she decided to ‘come out’ as an entrepreneur after working for a time in aerospace and the Italian fashion industry. Katherine initially gained business systems experience through the purchase of the American franchise, Subway, based in Sydney, and was awarded the franchisee with the highest increased turnover within the first year of trading. She has also set up smaller on-line companies in retail & fashion. Her current focus is to create an on-line database of positive ideas and lifestyle beliefs encouraging people to follow their dreams to success. So - a fairly quiet life until this point, but now racing towards TEDxBMIHMS. If you want to hear how Katherine connects aerospace and fashion - wings? extra large collars? - be sure to ask her over lunch.

Mark O'Flynn

Mark has published four collections of poetry, most recently Untested Cures. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in many Australian journals as well as overseas. His novels include Grassdogs and The Forgotten World, a fictionalised history of Katoomba, published by Harper Collins in 2013. This year he also published the comic memoir False Start. He has also written for the theatre, including the popular play Eleanor and Eve. He lives in the Blue Mountains.

Organizing team


Portland, OR, United States
  • Craig Billingham
    Creative Director (Manager Integrated Learning Support)
  • Hector Reyes
    Student Host (Year 2 Event Student)
  • Mauricio Soto
    Entertainment Manager (Year 2 Event Student)
  • Christina Zelaya
    Marketing Manager (Year 2 Event Student)
  • Jesus Hernandez
    F&B Manager (Year 2 Event Student)
  • Danny Orozco
    F&B Manager (Year 2 Event Student)
  • JoAnna Gonzalez
    Operations Manager (Year 2 Event Student)
  • Robert McCann
    IT Director (ITC Help Desk Manager)