March 12, 2018

Melbourne Speakers 2018

Dr Justin Coulson

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s most respected relationships speakers, authors, and researchers.

Obsessed with what makes relationships flourish, Justin has spoken to tens of thousands of people about relationships in leadership, education, and especially in family life. He is the author of two best-selling books: 21 Days to a Happier Family, and 9 Ways to a Resilient Child. Justin has worked with The Commonwealth Bank, American Express, the Office of the Children’s E-safety Commissioner, The Federal Government's Department of Social Services, Life Education, and dozens, if not hundreds, of schools. Justin is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, and a Senior Associate at the Positive Psychology Institute.

In addition, Dr Coulson writes a weekly parenting advice column for Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, appears regularly on The TODAY show and he is the parenting expert at – Australia’s #1 parenting website.

Most importantly, Justin is an expert in wrestling (his) children, reading Dr Seuss, sliding down steep hills on cardboard boxes, and teaching his children to ride bikes. He and his wife Kylie are the parents of six children and live in Brisbane.

Dannielle Miller

Dannielle Miller is the co-founder and CEO of Enlighten Education, Australia’s leading provider of in-school workshops for girls. Enlighten conducts workshops with more than 20,000 girls each year in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia. She is also the founder of Goodfellas, whose presenters deliver empowering workshops to boys.

Dannielle is the author of five books including the best-selling The Butterfly Effect: A Positive New Approach to Raising Happy, Confident Teen Girls and Gratitude: A Positive New Approach to Raising Thankful Kids with Vanessa Mickan. She regularly writes for leading Australian print and online publications including RendezView and Women’s Agenda, has a bi-weekly Opinion column in the Saturday edition of the Daily Telegraph, and writes features for Stellar magazine.

Dannielle has been named the NSW/ACT Small Business Champion Entrepreneur and received an Australian Leadership Award. The media has named her one of Australia’s emerging leaders (The Australian), one of Sydney’s most influential people (The Sydney Morning Herald) and one of the most inspiring women over 40 (Prevention); and she was a Finalist for InStyle’s Women of Style Awards.

This year she was one of four Finalists for the NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year.

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson is the Founder and Director of Spectrum Journeys Inc, a not for profit Autism service that equips and empowers families, educators and future professionals as they support children on the Autism Spectrum to flourish.  Spectrum Journeys Inc is a volunteer based positive and practical service that provides low cost workshops across Melbourne with leading professionals, Blessing Bags to mums/carers of children on the Spectrum, an App to help support families through diagnosis, therapy and funding applications, a newly released book on Sensory Defensiveness by team member Hannah Gamble and innovative projects to encourage the community to embrace difference. Kate is married to Joel and together they have 4 amazing children, with their eldest on the Autism Spectrum.  Kate is passionate about seeing families supported, educators equipped and for children on the Autism Spectrum to see themselves as valuable and wonderful!

Wendy Mason & Lisa Maravelis

Wendy is the Director of Early Learning at an Independent School in Melbourne. An early childhood specialist, she is the driving force who conceptualised and develops the early years programs.She has been an educator in early childhood settings, TAFE and Primary school for over 30 years.

Wendy is passionate about developing resilience, social skills, and building a strong sense of wonder and curiosity about the world we live in. She loves connecting children with nature and inspiring sustainability practises. She values the uniqueness of childhood and encourages hands on learning through exploration, discovery and play.

Lisa Maravelis is a youth worker and counsellor with over 25 year’s experience supporting children, young people and families. She has worked in schools as a counsellor supporting students, parents and teachers, as well as pioneering programs for primary and secondary students.

She assisted and advocated for homeless and disadvantaged children, young people and families when she was a case worker in the community sector. She runs a private practice in counselling

Lisa is married and has an amazing son.She intimately understands the joys and challenges of raising a child on the Autism Spectrum.

Susan Mclean

Susan Mclean is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of Cybersafety and young people. She is a mother of three and was the first Victorian Police Officer appointed to a position involving Cybersafety and young people. She took her first report of cyberbullying in 1994 and since then she has conducted extensive research and has completed advanced training in this area in both the USA and UK and is a sought after presenter and advisor to Schools, elite sporting bodies such as the AFL, GP’s, and both State and Federal Governments. She is a member of the National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB)Cybersafety Committee and is afforded ‘expert’ status on the Safer Internet Programme Database. She is also a member of the Australian Government’s Cybersafety working group and a published author. Her book Sext’s Texts & Selfies, is the definitive parents guide to helping their children stay safe online.

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