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2018's World Class Speakers

Janine Allis

Janine is not your everyday self-made businesswoman. She grew her juice and smoothie empire in 2000 from her kitchen bench, to an international success story (Boost Juice Bars are now in 13 countries with two new brands of Salsas Fresh Mex Grill and Cibo espresso totaling over 500 stores). 

But her path has been anything but ordinary.

“I’ve had no formal business training, just a simple common sense approach to business.  I did not know what the traditional path looked like so I made it up along the way” she admits.

For most people, the formula for achieving success in life is to study hard, get good grades, get into a good business school or university and work your way up the ladder…  Janine’s way was to work 3 jobs so that she could fulfil her dream of travelling the world and let life take her on a journey.  This journey took Janine around the world where she took on roles from a nanny in a little village in France to working for rock and movie stars on a yacht in the South of France and the Caribbean.

She has a great passion and love for business which has translated from inception into sales of over 2 billion dollars globally. These sales squeezes and blends their way through thousands of tons of fresh fruit and veg every year.

Janine’s business approach has made her a leader in her field, with BRW listing Janine as one of the top 15 people who have changed the way business is done in the last 25 years.

Janine is now sharing her knowledge with others, including through her a role as a “Shark” and mentor on Channel Ten’s Shark Tank, and as an Honorary Professor with the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Apart from her Directorship with Retail Zoo, Janine is a Director on the publicly-listed Michael Hill Jewellers, and was the first female director on the board of the Hawthorn Football Club. She is also the Best-selling author of The Accidental Entrepreneur, which is the story of Janine’s journey with Boost Juice.

Janine’s philosophy is simple – if she can do it, anyone can. “I still love getting up every morning and being a part of this great adventure. I’ll keep doing it as long as I love it and who knows where we could end up next!”

www.boostjuice.com.au  |  www.janineallis.com.au  |  Twitter : @janineboost

Victoria Crone

Victoria is a highly collaborative Marketing and Sales Executive, with extensive experience in the communications and IT sector. Her experience spans from start-ups to mature products, across Consumer, Small Business and Enterprise sectors.

Victoria joined Xero in 2017 as Managing Director for NZ and Rest of World, after 18 years with Telecom and Chorus - most recently as Chorus General Manager, Marketing and Sales.

She is a Director of Aura Information Security and CreativeHQ, and a Trustee of NZ Hi-Tech Trust and Wiki NZ.

Victoria is a tech enthusiast, Mum and wanna be long distance sports freak.

She is a passionate kiwi and a member of NZ Global Women.


Debbie Phillips

Debbie is the inspiring founder of Women on Fire® and a pioneer in the field of executive and life coaching. She is known for her work in transforming women’s lives. Her gift is her ability to see and nurture the strengths, gifts and talents of the women she works with. She is also an author, speaker and producer.

Her credits include the book Women on Fire: 20 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!) Volume 1 and Women on Fire: 21 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!) Volume 2.

In 1995, Debbie created a service for leaders and women in transition that previously didn’t exist but that she had wished for earlier in her career. Executive and life coaching were all but unheard of in professional circles at the time, and she was among the first trained coaches in the world.

After several years of coaching individuals and teams, in 2003 she founded Women on Fire®. It is a membership community for women that features gatherings, retreats and coaching circles – as well as expert interviews, broadcasts and coaching support to extend the outreach of inspiration, strategies and support for women’s successes.

Debbie also created and co-developed Vision Day®, a strategic planning day that has helped thousands of people live the lives they’ve dreamed of. Prior to becoming a coach, she was a reporter for the Columbus (Ohio) Citizen-Journal; a deputy press secretary to former U.S. Senator John Glenn during his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination; press secretary to former Ohio Governor Richard F. Celeste; and executive-in-charge of U.S. Health Productions Company, which featured the internationally syndicated television health and lifestyle show “Life Choices.”

Debbie has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

She considers, however, her greatest education to be the pain, joy and growth from the ups and downs of life, love and loss. She and her husband and business partner, Rob Berkley, live with their big white cat, Wilber, on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and in Naples, Fla.

Dr Emily Splichal

Dr Splichal has over 16 years in the fitness industry and has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to barefoot science, neuroplasticity and sensory-motor sequencing. She is the inventor of Naboso Barefoot Technology.

Dr Splichal actively sees patients out of her office in Manhattan in NYC with a specialty in sports medicine, functional medicine and regenerative medicine. She takes great pride in approaching all patients through a functional approach with integration of systemic function, diet, vitamin supplementation and corrective exercise.

Dr Splichal is actively involved in barefoot research and the application of barefoot science as it relates to athletic performance, cognitive development and movement longevity.  She has presented her research and barefoot education to over 20,000 professionals in 35 countries, making her one of the most sought after professionals in Functional Podiatry and human movement. 

www.ebfaglobal.com  |  www.nabosotechnology.com  |  www.dremilysplichal.com 

Rahaf Harfoush

The Obama campaign is widely credited for its unprecedented use of New Media for everything from fundraising to volunteer coordination. After intensively researching the campaign, Rahaf had the opportunity to witness the innovation firsthand when she joined the New Media team, using collaborative technologies including blogs, social networks, twitter and SMS messaging, empowered a formidable online community to elect the world’s first “digital” President.

These days, Rahaf is a Strategist, Digital Anthropologist, and Best-Selling Author who focuses on the intersections between emerging technology, innovation, and digital culture. She is currently working on her third book entitled “Hustle & Float,” about our contemporary work culture and the realities of a post-work society. Her second book, “The Decoded Company: Know Your Talent Better Than You Know Your Customers,” was a NYT and USA Today Best Seller, and winner of a Gold Axiom Award.

Formerly, Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Programme at the World Economic Forum in Geneva where she helped identify disruptive-startups that were improving the state of the world.

Rahaf is the founder of Red Thread Inc., Think Tank and Special Projects Agency that supports organizations in transforming digital trends into strategic opportunities. She teaches “Innovation & Emerging Business Models” at Sciences Po’s MBA program in Paris. She was recognized a top future thinker by the Hay Literary Festival and as a Young Global Shaper by the G20 Think Tank Summit. Rahaf is also named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and a Rising Talent  by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.

Twitter: @rahafharfoush

Zac de Silva

You’d think being the principal of a thriving business coaching business (Business Changing) and developing and running a virtual coaching software (AccMe.co) would be enough to keep anyone busy, but Zac couldn’t resist co-founding Nurture Change too. He says running 3 businesses gives him great on-the-ground experience so that his 100+ business coaching clients know that he can walk the talk and better help them. Zac has worked for several very successful and well-known businesses, including being CFO of Flight Centre and running FCM Travel and Barkers Menswear, but what makes him happiest is seeing his clients increase their profitability and grow. You’ll meet many of his awesome Business Changing clients on this Retreat and experience his game-changing AccMe software, too.

Shelley Laslett

Shelley is the CEO and Co-Founder of Vitae.Coach (Vitae). Vitae is a startup which combines technology with neuroscience to help individuals create the career and life they want, and startup founders, to thrive not just survive the startup journey. Shelley is also a startup advisor, mentor, board member and brain-based coach.
Some of the brands and people Shelley has worked with include; Techstars, The5th, The Walt Disney Company, Salesforce, Diageo, FrankBody, MuruD, Tech Ready Women, Motherhood, Tank Stream Labs,  Plannthat, Springboard Enterprises, Founders Intelligence, SKY PLC, Bupa, Qantas, ANZ Bank, Dentsu Aegis Network, Fonterra, KPMG, Accenture, IBM and EY.

LinkedIn: shelleyclaslett

Sarah Holloway

Sarah began her working life as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at a leading international law firm. While she enjoyed several years building strong professional foundations and invaluable business acumen, she found it increasingly challenging to reconcile the all-consuming corporate lifestyle with her personal passions for health, wellbeing, creativity and adventure. In pursuit of balance, Sarah and her partner started a creative side project in late 2014 capitalising on a gap they discovered in the health food market for matcha green tea powder. Three years on, this vibrant green superfood is one of the world's premier health food trends and Matcha Maiden is leading the way with a growing community of over 1000 stockists, 80,000 social media followers and a very bright (green) future. Sarah has now hung up the suits and heels to step into the business full time. In April last year, the matcha mission developed into a physical venue and cutting edge cafe, Matcha Mylkbar, which is taking the food world by storm. Sarah now splits her time between the two businesses and is thoroughly enjoying life as a full time funtrepreneur.

spoonfulofsarah.com  |  Instagram: @spoonful_of_sarah

Sarah Roocroft

Sarah is obsessed with wonder, productivity, creativity, innovation and curious about all things, the weirder the better. She's extremely passionate about normalising flexibility, mumpreneurs and women in business and has a reputation for producing mind-altering events. Sarah is the founder of The Wonder Tribe, a creative consultancy to create the kind of culture you want to be famous for. She's also the Producer, Creative Director and Curator for CommBank’s Wired for Wonder - an open architecture event dreamed up to create a space for truly innovative thinking, Sarah was one of CommBank’s first intrapreneurs when she founded this program. Sarah also owns a baby shoe company called Sienna Baby and is a Design Thinking Coach, Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner with a Bbus Human Resource Management and Psychology.

Linkedin: @missnally

Libby Babet

For Libby, what began as a life-changing diagnosis of malignant hypertension in her early 20s, turned into a life-long mission to inspire women to be happy, healthy, empowered and active. The newest trainer to hit our screens on Channel TEN’s “The Biggest Loser: Transformed” believes she was put on this planet to help people be happier, feel good about themselves and live life to the full by creating a positive life culture they live and breathe. Health and fitness turned out to be the most impactful way for her to do that, so Libby set out to create some unique businesses including female only training community BUF Girls, Bondi based athletic group training studio AGOGA, as well as healthy food businesses Chief Bar and This Natural Life.

Libby is also an author and journalist dedicated to writing on topics that inspire women and shift the way the way they think about their health. Her new book, Totally BUF, has just been published by Hachette.

Instagram: @libbybabet

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