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Virtual ViSC #2020



ViSC 2020 is going to Broaden Your Horizons with a plethora of amazing speakers

Virtual ViSC will be using state of the art, custom built software to host our #ViSC2020. This will not be your regular zoom call with, interactive Polls, live Q & A sessions and ready to download resources. This is a ViSC like no other and we can’t wait to see you there.

Similar to ‘normal’ ViSC, your virtual attendance at #ViSC2020 will satisfy: Semester 2, 2020 Industry and VET PD required for your Binnacle Profile


Aaron Bulow
8:30 AM – 9:30 AMKEY NOTE
Ali Hill
9:30 AM – 9:45 AMBREAK
10:45 AM -10:55 AM BREAK
10:55 AM – 11:40 AMBUSINESS
Gen Windley
Andrew ‘Pap’ Papadopoulos
11:40 AM – 11:50 AMBREAK
Chelsea Roffey
Karen Jacobsen
12:35 PM – 12:45 PM BREAK
12:45 PM – 12:55 PMCOMEDIAN
Mel Buttle
12:55 PM – 1:45 PMKEY NOTE
Jacqui Bell



Not only have we got a day full of world-class speakers for Virtual ViSC 2020 but we will also be offering a range of bonus content, speakers and information in our On-Demand section. The ViSC On-Demand section will be available before and after Virtual ViSC, they won’t be available during the live sessions.



Ali is a registered Psychologist and CEO of three-time AFR Fast 100 company, Pragmatic Thinking. A culmination of her expertise across leadership, culture and psychology, Pragmatic Thinking is a behaviour and motivation strategy company that helps organisations build better leaders by building better people.

Awarded Educator of the Year in 2018, as business woman and international keynote speaker, Ali’s work has made its way into businesses you may have heard of… Virgin Australia, Suncorp, PepsiCo, Siemens, McDonalds, Bond University and Heritage Bank to name a few. 

On top of all this, Ali’s found the time to author two best-selling books; ‘Dealing with the Tough Stuff: How to achieve results from key conversations and Stand Out: A real world guide to get clear, find purpose and become the boss of busy. She’s also the host and producer of one of Australia’s top podcasts, Stand Out Life where she digs into the stories behind some of the world’s greatest thought leaders and talents who lead truly awe-inspiring lives. 


Karen is one of the most recognised voices in the world as the Australian GPS Voice. Hailing from Mackay Karen has been living in New York, during the global pandemic, she decided to return home and has just been named as the voice of a Major $1 million Whitsundays campaign launch.

At the age of seven in small town Australia, Karen Jacobsen saw Olivia Newton- John on television and knew what she wanted to do with her life. She wanted to become a professional singer and move to America.

Following her dream, Karen moved to New York City with one suitcase and became an award-winning Singer and Songwriter. Musical career highlights include: sharing the stage with Norah Jones, Neil Sedaka and Christopher Cross, singing the national anthem at major sporting events (Madison Square Garden, Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium, for 80, 000 at Giants Stadium for a New York Jets game, Queensland’s Suncorp Stadium for an Australia vs South Africa TriNations International Rugby Game for 52, 000) and licensing her songs to network television.

Unexpectedly, it was her speaking voice that has brought a unique pop culture status. Karen Jacobsen is heard in over a billion GPS and smartphone devices around the world.

Perhaps her speaking voice has given you directions in your car or phone as the
Original Australian Voice of “Siri”. From that one voice-over booking Karen created her empowerment brand The GPS Girl®, giving directions for life and business and showing how to navigate change powerfully with the 5 Directions for “Recalculating”.

An International Speaker and Concert Performer, TEDx speaker and Global Artist in Residence at High Point University, Karen has also enjoyed wide international media coverage, including the NBC Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, NY Daily News, Glamour magazine and was named one of People Magazine’s Most Intriguing People. She was told she had made it when named as a clue in The New York Times crossword puzzle, but particularly enjoyed Harry Connick Jr calling her “hypnotic” on his national US talk show.

Karen speaks and sings internationally, opening and closing conferences and events, can be found in the studio as a Voice-Over artist recording customized voice systems and advertising campaigns, and is a prolific songwriter and Recording Artist, currently working on her 10th studio album, and as Composer for musical theatre productions of “Perfectly Imperfect”, “Before Time”, and her one woman musical memoir “Mackay to Manhattan.”

An Author, she has written two books; The GPS Girl’s Road Map for Your Future, and Recalculate – Directions for Driving Performance Success. Along with her creative projects, her husband, young son, business and global travel schedule, she knows exactly what it is like to Recalculate daily.


When COVID struck, creativity flowed through many businesses to ensure survival. Scenic Rim Farm Box was born after the Scenic Rim Local Food Week was cancelled.

Gen Windley, has spearheaded the new home delivery farm box initiative – Scenic Rim Farm Box. The concept was a partnership between Kalfresh and the Scenic Rim Regional Council. Some background here

The idea was born out of COVID and went from idea to delivery in 3 weeks.
The Farm Box concept was ‘if the city can’t come to the Scenic Rim we will take the region to them’.

Scenic Rim Farm Box now home deliver produce from more than 50 suppliers around the region direct to people’s homes throughout South East Queensland – Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba and the Scenic Rim.

Gen lives and breathes local food. She is married to a vegetable farmer, and her background includes being a solicitor, project manager, enthusiastic photographer and an all-round-get-things-done kinda gal.


Andrew ‘Pap’ Papadopoulos is seen to be one of Australia’s leading trainers with many publications, magazine covers and numerous television appearances and series. His experience has earned him to be an athlete representative for multiple respected brands in the fitness and wellbeing space. Andrew leans on years of experience within the industry and his time in the military. To which has led him to own his own gym and consult for various others. Between jet setting across the globe with Active Escapes as the head trainer leading international fitness retreats in numerous exotic locations including Maldives, Hawaii, Bali and Barbados he has co-founded the charity ‘Trek4Vets’ designed to raise awareness and funding for current and military veterans. 

Andrew is known throughout the community for his online training program the ‘Everyday 365’ to which houses members from across the globe focusing on improving them across their mindset, training and nutrition. Andrew is an avid ultra marathon runner who recently completed a 275km multi day race across four countries in the European Alps.


Jacqui is a 25 year old ultra runner from Brisbane, Australia.  An Inspirational Speaker and Mental Health Ambassador. Jacqui has battled a number of physical and mental health issues to become the Youngest Person in the world to run an ultra marathon on all 7 continents.

Conquering 1000km’s across some of the harshest deserts and terrain in the world from the hottest desert in Africa to the Coldest in Antarctica. In 2019 she became The Youngest Person in History to run an Ultra Marathon on all 7 continents. Whilst completing this as a personal ambition Jacqui also raised just under $25,000 for the White Cloud Foundation. Jacqui continues to step out of her comfort zone and leads by example through her actions in showing others that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.


A refreshing change to the day, local Brisbane comedian and ex-teacher Mel Buttle will be breaking up the afternoon with her hilarious antidotes and quick wit, the perfect addition to help close out our massive year.

Mel Buttle is a hilarious bundle of contradictions, and she’s a package that is rapidly making herself felt in all mediums, right across the country.

Since her first solo show in 2010 which scored her a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Mel has been performing on the live comedy circuit across the country going from strength to strength including in 2019, touring her brand-new comedy show, Welcome Aboard.

As well as live performance, Mel is a sought-after writer with a weekly column in The Courier Mail, having written for ABC’s Ronny Cheing International StudentThe Drum, ABC3’s You’re Skitting MePlease Like Me, and being a full-time writer on Network Ten’s This Week Live.

You may have seen Mel on ABC TV’s The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Tractor MonkeysBack Seat Drivers or It’s A Date as well as Network Ten’s The ProjectThis Week Live, Hughesy We Have a Problem and NZ’s TV3 weekly program 7Days.

In 2015, Mel found out she can have her cake and eat it too, scoring the job of co-host on The Great Australian Bake Off for Foxtel’s Lifestyle channel alongside her friend Claire Hooper and judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran. The fourth season of Bake Off aired in 2019.

This year Mel performed her new Solo Show Hands on Heads at the Brisbane Powerhouse and a recording of that show has since been released and is available to download as a podcast by ABC Comedy Presents.


In 2012 Chelsea became the first woman to umpire an AFL Grand Final. But the true breakthrough was becoming the first umpire in history to be cheered (yes, cheered!) by the crowd ahead of that epic battle between Sydney and Hawthorn.

Chelsea Roffey is a speaker, author, researcher and Winston Churchill Fellow who has travelled the globe examining the barriers and opportunities of diversity. Coupling her unique narrative as the AFL’s first female Grand Final umpire with world’s best practice, her insights are backed by evidence-based data brought to life by real stories.

Chelsea has umpired 264 AFL games including 16 finals and the 2012 Grand Final, and has been named Sports Official of the Year in Queensland and Victoria. Holding bachelor degrees in music and journalism, she applies diverse and critical thinking to help organisations explore approaches that drive performance.



Taj Pabari is one of Australia’s youngest and most successful social entrepreneurs.

He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian School of Entrepreneurship (ASE) – a social enterprise that helps develop the entrepreneurial skills of school students, young entrepreneurs and anyone aged 5 to 21 years with a passion for innovation. ASE has partnered with Government, the Private Sector and Educational Institutions to deliver real and authentic entrepreneurial education for more than 30,000 students.

Taj was named The Australian Young Innovator of the Year for 2014, an award given to Australia’s most exciting innovator and emerging talent. In 2017, Taj was awarded Young Australian of the Year for Queensland. He is the youngest recipient of the award since its formation in 1979.

Taj has presented to the Former US Vice President, Al Gore in Brisbane, joked with Hollywood Tycoon, Will Smith in Hong Kong and sipped tea with the Prime Minister of Australia in Canberra. His story has been featured by Sunrise, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, National Geographic, ABC, Nickelodeon and CNBC.

Taj work in education and background in youth entrepreneurship have led him to speak at schools, conferences, festivals and corporate functions around the world. He has appeared as an education commentator on Channel 9 and Channel 10. He has given two TEDx talks and has been a keynote speaker at the World Science Festival alongside Nobel Laureate, Brian Schmidt. 


“When I started my business, I wanted to offer something different and I wanted to be different in an industry that often promoted an unrealistic mage of health.”

In 2000, Naomi started as a PT for Fernwood Women’s Health Clubs, while she was completing her dual degrees in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Education. In 2009 she graduated (for a second time) and subsequently started teaching high school science.  In 2011 she started her own business, delivering professional development to personal trainers, while on maternity leave with her twins.

Since 2011, Naomi completed her post-graduate studies in nutrition through Deakin University and the business has continued to evolve and grow. Currently, she is undertaking additional studies as she works towards achieving her PhD.

Naomi currently offers a number of education-based services to individuals, the corporate sector and allied health, medical and fitness professionals.



Renee brings rich experience gained researching and working along the coastlines to the arid zone, but always with a strong focus on the conservation of Australia’s unique flora and fauna. She joined the ecology team at QTFN in 2018 and maintains her research and education positions at the University of Queensland and Griffith University. If she’s not in the office she’ll be out chasing snails around desert springs, adventuring around the islands of Quandamooka country, or meandering through the forests of south-east Queensland.


Director SBB People

HR strategy, leadership and behavioural learning.

Brendan has spent more than a decade working with some of Australia’s biggest brands in HR strategy, leadership and behavioural learning.

He works with business owners and senior managers to build workforce capability that links strategy with execution, and help teams work more collaboratively and effectively together through strong communication and ways of working to achieve results.


The Adventure Traveller is an institution in the Brisbane travel industry.  A boutique travel agency established in 2000, we have built a reputation for service and providing our clients with the correct advice & recommendations for their particular trip.

Whilst we have withstood challenges such as 9/11, The Bali bombings, SARS & the GFC, undoubtedly 2020 has been a year like no other.  In February we celebrated our 20 year anniversary and by mid-March the world was in disarray, with the travel industry affected like few others.  In the early days of the pandemic we worked tirelessly to bring hundreds of travellers home in the midst of countries closing borders & changing travel regulations and airlines changing or cancelling flights with little or no notice.  Since, we have been managing trips that have been cancelled and obtaining refunds where possible.  As our many clients would attest, it is when things go wrong that you are happy you are dealing with experienced professionals.

Contrary to popular belief, it generally costs no more to book with a travel agency and quite often we have access to deals that are not readily available to the public.  All this while providing ideas & travel tips and ensuring that your trip is booked correctly and runs smoothly.  I have been involved in retail travel since 1989 and take pride in providing an outstanding customer experience.  I derive enormous satisfaction from surprising my clients with what may be possible on their budget and encouraging them to enjoy the benefits a well planned trip can provide.  From my many years of experience with the intricacies of the travel industry, I specialise in constructing innovative itineraries and obtaining the best deals for my clients. If it cost no more for an experienced accountant to manage your tax return you wouldn’t do it yourself would you?

If this crisis has taught us anything, it is that businesses must be nimble and adapt so we have expanded our domestic division, updated our phone & computer systems and all staff are now working remotely.  Whilst it is exciting that some travel restrictions are easing, they can still change rapidly.  Please support small business in these toughest of times and contact The Adventure Traveller for your travel requirements large or small.


In this session, Andrew Rickertt, discusses employability and what that means for jobseekers when moving into 2021.

Andrew Rickertt owns and operates Job Skills Queensland. He has been delivering employability workshops for the past five years to skilling Queenslanders for work programs across south-east QLD.

With a background in recruitment and management experience in industrial and fitness industries, Andrew is highly knowledgable in the fitness sector and is passionate about helping people increase their chances on getting the perfect job that suits them. He uses this professional and personal experience coupled with his HR degree and membership in Human Resources (AHRI) to deliver content to Job Seekers and organisations wanting to improve their soft skills in employability.