2013 Day of Inspiration - Secrets of Achievement - Sydney
Many people said it was the best ever. The 2013 Day of Inspiration - Secrets of Achievement in Sydney, was held this year at the Westin Hotel in the centre of the city. A terrific venue in the heart of a great city, a massive crowd of almost 450 people were inspired, entertained, moved and challenged by what was said to be our strongest line up of speakers and special guests yet.
The day opened with a special address from Channel 7's sports personality Jim Wilson. As is tradition at a Day of Inspiration, we started by focussing on why we were in the room. Jim shared a very heart felt story and message about the loss of his son, Sam, who lost his battle with cancer at a young age. Articulate, passionate, strong and inspirational, Jim set the scene for what was going to be a great day that not only saw us hear the secrets of achievement from some outstanding speakers, but ultimately went towards helping the Tour de Cure to find a cure for Cancer in men, women and children.
The day opened with the inspirational Sam Cawthorn. Sam shared his story of resilience and bouncing forward after a car crash where he was pronounced dead, only to survive, albeit without his arm, and has gone on to create an inspiring career, speaking to audiences around the world and doing some incredible work with disabled children in under-poverished areas of India. Sam was followed on stage by Dale Elliott. Today Dale is restricted to a wheelchair after an accident left him a paraplegic, but this has not stopped his determination, passion and drive to live life to the fullest. Dale's down to earth, witty, engaging and humorous approach to life was the perfect antidote to get our day away to a great start.
After a break, we interviewed the Executive Director of the Children's Cancer Institute of Australia, Professor Michelle Haber. Michelle brought us up to date with the latest news in the research and prevention of cancers in children and gave us the hope and courage to push forward. An inspiring Professor who leads a team of researchers to cure cancers in children, Michelle is a great leader who is able to bring together business and science and reaffirms why she was named in the Financial Review's Boss Magazine, Top 25 leaders in our country.
The highlight for many was our high-powered CEO panel, facilitated by Channel 7 Sunrise host David Koch, where he interviewed former CBA CEO Ralph Norris, and legendary Australian businessman, Aussie John Symond, the founder of Aussie Home Loans. The panel focussed on today's business issues, reflected on the success of our panelists and gave views on where they thought the economy was heading and tips and tools on capitalising on today's business world.
Carrying on the business theme, Dan Gregory, better known as a regular
on the ABC's Gruen Transfer, speaker, author and innovator, Dan took business by the scruff of the neck and showed the audience some of the secrets of achievement for today's great brands. Insightful, humorous and straight to the point, Dan is one of Australia's great business speakers and he showed why.
The Day of Inspiration in Sydney had a number of special guests including Australian Paralympic golden girl Kelly Cartwright. Kelly shared her story of winning gold in the 2012 Paralympics in London and spoke about her journey, her insights and how she dealt with the dark moments of not only dealing with a disability, but also chasing a dream. Another of our special guests was Olympian Matt Welsh. A winner in every aspect of the pool, this outstanding Australian role model shared his thoughts on success and left us with his secrets of achievement.
Every Day of Inspiration has an entertainment surprise and this year the surprise act rocked the roof off the Westin. The bad boy of Australian rock, Angry Anderson not only played his iconic Australian rock anthems like We Can't Be Beaten, Bad Boys and Outlaw, but in between songs, told great stories of his journey which cleverly related to today's business world and our busy lives. Our final two keynotes of the day finished off what our best ever event.
After leading an expedition to Antarctica and living inside a bunker in darkness for 3 months, Rachael Robertson is definitely someone qualified to speak about leadership. The audience loved Rachael's easy-going manner and her three key points for successful leadership.
For many the highlight of the day was our closing speaker Pat Farmer. Ultra marathoner, ultra sportsman and humanitarian, Pat Farmer without doubt is one of Australia's great ambassadors. Pat shared many stories about his career, the good the bad and the ugly, and specifically, shared the highs and lows of his run from the North Pole to the South Pole.
The whole day was an outstanding success and was captured in illustration by mind mapper Guy Downes. The mind maps are a visual representation of every speaker or special guest who hit the stage at this year's event and you can download them via the Day of Inspiration website. The 2013 Day of Inspiration left us with just one question - how do we beat it in 2014?!