2013 Day of Inspiration - Secrets of Achievement - Brisbane
The day opened with a very special guest. Only weeks ago Professor Adele Green had been nominated for Australian of the Year. As Head of Cancer and Populations Studies at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Professor Green is a world leader in melanoma research. Professor Green's opening address centred on the work that has been done to cure cancer, the ground we are making, the results we're seeing and why more is important. It set the scene for a terrific day and we were privileged to have such a well respected researcher open our proceedings.
An unexpected musical treat came from Scott Strachan and the students from Sheldon College, as they performed their rendition of the theme from the movie, Star Wars. Scott Strachan then shared his incredible story of serendipity, which has lead him from the world of music, orchestras, animation and Hollywood, to Sheldon College in Brisbane.
Our first keynote speaker, Terry Hawkins, is a great friend of the Tour de Cure. As an international speaker, author and creator of the well known Stickman Character, Terry's lively and passionate presentation was the perfect keynote start to the Brisbane event. Terry was followed on stage by Bali bombing survivor, the incredible Carren Smith. Carren's journey has been quite astonishing. Today Carren has a flourishing life and career and she shared her secrets of achievement that got her through the frightening ordeals she's faced in her life to where she is today.
Our first special guest of the day was David Ajala, the Managing Director of Supercheap Auto. In keeping with tradition, the centre of the day focussed specifically on business. As the leader of one of Australia's iconic motor sport brands, David shared his secrets of achievement in leadership, retail and customer service. For many, the highlight of the day was our next keynote speaker Tom Potter, the founder and creator of Eagle Boys Pizza. In what is a truly inspirational story, Tom showed how he went from having nothing to creating one of Australia's great retail brands, winning many awards along the way. His down to earth, straight-forward, simplistic approach was a huge hit with the crowd.
After being such a great success in the Day of Inspiration in Sydney, Dale Elliott brought himself north of the border to be our guest in Brisbane as well. It's fair to say the reaction was just as positive from the Brisbane crowd as it was in Sydney, relating to Dale's story and easy going manner and his great sense of humour. Our second special guest, Jessica Ainscough, took us on a journey of wellness. As the author of the popular blog the Wellness Warrior, Jessica is a cancer survivor, and lives to tell her incredible story of how she defied the advice of doctors to take on more natural therapies, to now have a thriving career, life and nature, cancer free and loving life.
In Sydney in 2012, Petrea King who formed the Quest for Life Foundation outside of Sydney, left our crowd spellbound by a message of love, life and giving. Petrea was our closing keynote in Brisbane and the reaction from the crowd was no different. This beautiful lady gives many secrets of achievement in life, in a heartfelt, purposeful and honest message that is impossible to ignore. Once again, illustrator Guy Downes captured all the action from the stage with his brilliant mind maps which are all downloadable from the Day of Inspiration website.
Many thanks must go to TEC, Australia's leading CEO group that brings together top CEOs to help them transform their leadership. This year, TEC once again partnered with the Tour de Cure at a Day of Inspiration to run the Future Leaders Programme in both Brisbane and Sydney. Ten of TEC's leading CEO's mentored ten young leaders, mostly out of high school, to discuss their dreams, aspirations and give them tips and tools on how to bring those dreams to life. A definite highlight was when corporate partners Huawei gave Trea from Nudgee College a trip to Canberra free of charge to train with the Canberra Raiders. This was in response to Trea sharing his story of wanting to have a future in rugby league. The team from Huawei stepped up and helped to provide one small block in the journey to his dream. It's moments like these that have made the Day of Inspiration so special and we look forward to raising the bar in 2014.