Burleigh Heads
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Theme: Humans for Humans

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February 17, 2024
Burleigh Waters, Queensland

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming TEDxBurleighHeads event featuring the compelling theme, "Humans for Humans." This unique and immersive gathering aims to explore the immense potential of human collaboration and empathy in shaping a brighter future for all. Our fantastic speakers are set to dive deep into the aspects of human nature, offering inspiring insights, innovative perspectives, and transformative initiatives to address the pressing challenges we all face in our world today. Through captivating talks, invigorating presentations, and inclusive discussions, we will explore the essence of what it means to be human and highlight how we can leverage our unique qualities to create a world that is more inclusive, diverse, and sustainable. Join us for a thought-provoking journey of exploring the boundless potential of "Humans for Humans," where you will be stirred, challenged, and inspired to become a changemaker and make a positive impact in your sphere of influence.
Tickets on sale to the public from October 1 2023

Marymount College
333 Reedy Creek Road
Burleigh Waters, Queensland, 4220
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Brie Bostock

Speaker and Vocal Coach
Brie Bostock has been performing professionally for more than 20 years in Australia and overseas, including some of the largest arenas across America. Brie’s experience includes working as a singer, songwriter, choreographer, performer, session singer, author, motivational speaker, producer, spokesperson, presenter, writer, vocal, performance and life coach. Brie toured throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA for five years in a children’s entertainment group, Rocfish. After relocating to live in the USA, Brie spent three years singing, speaking and emceeing for a women’s conference whose events have been attended by more than five million people. In 2015 Brie started her own singing school called Brie Taylor Vocal & Performance. Brie has taught students from all ages to sing with confidence and vocal skill. Brie believes “everyone can sing” and is on a mission to help spread the word, so more people can enjoy this amazing gift we all share.

Chris Parsons

TV Presenter and Producer
Chris Parsons is an Australian television presenter and accomplished producer with a remarkable career spanning 18 years. His journey in the television industry has encompassed iconic shows such as 'Weekender,' 'Creek to Coast,' 'Great Aussie Road Trips,' and a pivotal role as the host of the national lottery program two nights every week. Chris's work is characterized by an intimate and profound connection with the tourism industry in Queensland. His unwavering passion and extensive knowledge are vividly evident in his numerous hosting endeavors throughout the state, where he delves into Queensland's natural wonders, from lush rainforests to coastal paradises. Beyond his on-screen presence, Chris contributes significantly to the industry. He serves as a director on the board of Southern Queensland Country Tourism, where he plays a pivotal role in shaping and advancing the tourism landscape.

Danny McCubbin

Social Entrepreneur
Mentor, food campaigner and social entrepreneur, Danny McCubbin has dedicated his career to promoting and running food-focussed social enterprises. In 2003 he started his long and successful career with the world renowned chef Jamie Oliver. In 2021 Danny launched The Good Kitchen, a community space in the centre of Mussomeli, a remote town in Sicily. Together with a brigade of local volunteers, Danny rescues food from local supermarkets and prepares nutritious meals for families who are struggling. In this compelling talk, Danny will share stories of how food transcends boundaries and unites us all.

David McCubbin

Corporate Dramatist
As COUP Founder and Managing Director, David has pioneered the adoption of skills and disciplines from dramatic art as effective learning and development mechanisms in dozens of blue-chip corporations across banking, professional services, retail, pharma, telecoms, tertiary education, social housing and government. He has designed and delivered countless development programs for senior leaders and provided executive coaching to C-suite execs, CEO's and senior academics. He founded COUP with Annie in 2001. Since then they have delivered programs across Australasia and abroad.

Dr Cher McGillivray

Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor
Dr Cher Jayne McGillivray is Assistant Professor at Bond University, Director of Seed of Hope Psychology, Keynote Speaker, Author, Researcher and Musician committed to helping individuals flourish for life. She is an advocate for children to be cared for and protected from violence, abuse, and neglect to develop in the best possible way. Dr Cher shares her voice to begin to rebuild the human disconnect from self to focus on the person you want to be than the person you are always trying to fix. Her work stems from a desire to help individuals rebuild their lives passed down from intergenerational brokenness to a generation of wholehearted courageous families. Communicating and connecting authentically with individuals is the key to breaking silence and suppression keeping many from living wholeheartedly if they keep safeguarding their self-authenticity rather than letting it transform them.

Dr Kaushik Ram

Dr Kaushik Ram is a distinguished Neuroscientist, Author and Board Member. Formerly based at Brain and Mind Institute, University of Sydney, Dr. Ram was the project lead for the implementation of AI in clinical workflow. He was responsible for the successful design and deployment of the MS Federated Imaging Repository (MSBIR) - an AI-assisted Neuroinfomatics Platform housing 75,000 multiple sclerosis patients. A sought after speaker, Dr Ram’s evidence-based research has been applied to leadership programs for enterprise and government. He gained international recognition for his pioneering work on the neuroscience of the heart. He is the Chief Scientific Advisor and Board Member at inTruth Technologies merging biometrics and AI for emotion regulation. He has been featured in multi-award winning documentaries and is the author of Hidden World, a book that pushes the boundaries of science and spirituality.

I Am Estelle

Artist and Singer
Estelle is a singer, songwriter, visual artist, teacher and transformational educator with a passion for sparking conversation and social change through the arts. Estelle enjoys living in Townsville with her husband and three children. Her art and videoclips celebrate the beauty and vibrant nature of her environment. Estelle invites us through her work, to connect to our future selves with hope, and to create a life we love through accessing the principles of creation. Everyone is born an artist. Discover why tapping into your creative genius, so often orphaned in childhood, will transform your life.

Katharine McLennan

CEO Confidante
Katharine is an executive, consultant, coach, and psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience with over 50 organisations across all sectors of the economy. Inside organisations, she has been the Chief People Officer of CBA and Cochlear. As a consultant, she has focused on the integration of strategy and psychology, working for consulting companies such as Booz, Allen & Hamilton and Heidrick & Struggles. Katharine has assessed and developed hundreds of executives in their ability to integrate strategy, implementation, culture, team leadership, and inner psychology. She proved her operational mettle in one of the largest projects in the world with her role as Head of Operational Planning for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, 1996-2000. Katharine has an undergraduate degree with highest honours in Neuroscience and History (Duke University), an MA degree in Political Science (UNSW) and an MBA with highest honours (Stanford University).

Maiya Blanks

Maiya is a 14 year old girl who has a strong passion for dance. She began her journey at the age of 4 and has continued growing her knowledge of the performing arts industry. Maiya has been trained by a variety of coaches and had many experiences throughout the years such as ambassador positions, competitive dancing, assistant coaching and dance conventions aimed at advancing technical and commercial dance skills. Maiya’s dance journey has been locally based in Queensland, Australia. Growing up as a competitive dancer Maiya has taken part in many competitions, scored very highly and winning regional titles. Also qualifying for national championships and being eligible to compete for the title “teen dancer of the year” (Doty) at national finals.

Relmi Damiano

Creative Director
Embarking on her career in 2005 as a young artist and photographer, Relmi gained recognition, winning multiple awards and exhibiting her work in prestigious shows such as the Melbourne and Sydney Art Shows. With formal training in digital media, graphic and brand design, Relmi has worked with clients in Australia, Europe, and the USA. Relmi has played a pivotal role in the Creative Direction of the About my Brain Institute, specializing in leadership and personal development training, empowering individuals to lead with confidence, compassion, and purpose by harnessing the potential of their brain, body, and spirit, also producing the award-winning documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’. Relmi has lectured at Billy Blue College of Design and most recently at The University of Sydney, in Design Innovation & Creativity, UX Design and MVP. Relmi possesses a deep passion for creativity, intuitive development and biohacking techniques to nurture creativity and enhance overall well-being.

Samantha Dzabic

Executive Consultant
Samantha Dzabic is an experienced Human Resources professional, passionate about organisational transformation with a main focus on the people side of change, especially stakeholder and risk management. She has worked for both public and private organisations as the Head of Transformation. Her interests and research are in leadership development, neuroscience and the impact of technological, political and environmental changes on organisational behaviour. Samantha is currently conducting a project on Ageism with high-profile clients and organisations.

Stan Yarramunua

Stan Dryden (Yarramunua) is passionate about Aboriginal culture. Throughout his life, he has worked to raise awareness of his culture with painting, art and craft making, story-telling, didgeridoo performing, traditional dancing, acting, clothing design, public speaking and healing. An entrepreneur and humanitarian, he is the founder of the Yarramunua Foundation for disadvantaged children. Yarramunua’s indigenous art, didgeridoo playing and storytelling, captivate many people both within Australia and around the world, and have resulted in him playing with Stevie Wonder on his Australia Tour in Sydney (Oct 2008); Van Halen; Porno for Pyro’s; WOMAD concert other and Gala/Award Openings.

The Blenders Chorus

Performance Group
The Blenders Chorus has been entertaining corporate galas, civic receptions, and sporting and commemorative events for over 35 years. Formed in 1988 and originally an all-male chorus called ‘Banana Blenders’, the club became a mixed chorus in 2022. An icon of the Gold Coast, The Blenders have provided outstanding service to the community through mentoring young leaders, inter-generational outreach, establishing choruses and bringing cheer and celebration to the Gold Coast, Australia and internationally.

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