Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Melinda Tankard Reist
Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is author/editor of five books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls (Spinifex Press, 2009), now in its 9th printing, Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry (Spinifex Press, 2011, co-edited with Dr Abigail Bray) and her new release (Spinifex Press, co-edited with Dr Caroline Norma) Prostitution Narratives: Stories of survival in the sex trade.
A newspaper columnist, Melinda is a regular guest on Channel 7’s Sunrise and Morning Show, and has also appeared on ABC Q&A and The Gruen Sessions as well as many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation, exposing corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services. An ambassador for World Vision Australia, Compassion Australia and the Raise Foundation, Melinda is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.
Sharon Witt has been a secondary teacher for over 23 years, as well as a media commentator on issues impacting young people, parenting and educational topics. She appears in print and television media as well as having two weekly parenting segments on radio in Melbourne and the Gold Coast. She is regularly called upon by journalists in relation to parenting and education topics. Sharon also writes for a range of publications including the ‘Parenting Ideas’ magazine.
Sharon is the author of 13 books written for young people to help guide them through many of the issues they face in early years and help them build resilience. Her books include the best selling Teen Talk, Girlwise and Wiseguys series.
Hugh Van Cuylenburg
Hugh has been working in education for over 13 years. Starting out as a primary school teacher, he then moved into a position working in a secondary setting with disengaged adolescents.
The highlight of his teaching career was the year he spent in the far north of India volunteering and living at an underprivileged school in the Himalayas. It was here that he discovered resilience in its purest form.
Inspired by this experience Hugh returned to Melbourne and commenced working on his own programs for schools. ‘The Resilience Project’ was born.
Since completing his post-graduate studies in mental health and resilience, Hugh has developed and facilitated programs for over 300 schools Australia wide.
In 2015, the National Rugby League asked Hugh to design and implement a program for every club in the competition. Off the back of the success of the NRL program, Cricket Australia were quick to follow for all their professional sides. Hugh has also worked closely with the Australian Netball team and 11 of the AFL sides.