23 - 24 July - holiday inn warwick farm, nsw
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Keynote Speakers

Luke S. Kennedy

For eight years of his life, Luke was an obese alcoholic and drug addicted thug. Leading a violent street fighting crew, he was stabbed on two separate occasions; once in the lung, the other time in the head. On the outside he looked strong and confident, on the inside his thoughts would come to haunt him. He was incredibly scared, depressed, anxious, and awkward in social situations. Luke always worried what other people thought about him which led to him committing some harsh acts and missing out on many positive opportunities.

​Becoming a successful business owner, mental health advocate, and one of Australia's top motivational speakers, his purpose is to now use his experience to inspire, motivate, and enlighten others. To stop worrying what other people think. To develop personally & professionally. To shed the labels. To be free. To be happy.


Kathryn Berkett

Kathryn has her Masters in Educational Psychology.  She is also a certified Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics practitioner - a qualification gained via the Child Trauma Academy (Dr Bruce Perry).

Kathryn has been training audiences since 2007.  Kathryn has a unique ability to engage audiences, convey complex information in an easy-to-listen to, easy-to-understand way.  

Her intense passion for what she does comes across when she presents.  Audiences constantly comment on how easy it was to listen to a session from Kathryn (even those who often struggle to concentrate!)

Many have returned years later to a session - telling of how they have used the information learnt from ENGAGE in their lives every day since...  

Don't miss your opportunity to benefit from the knowledge that Kathryn can impart. 


Dr Stephen Brown

Dr Stephen Brown has more than 30 years of education experience in Australia and internationally. He was the Regional Director of Hume Region in Victoria for four years and acted in the position of Deputy Secretary, Office of Government School Education (OGSE). Dr Brown was Executive Director of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat in the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and a member of the departmental leadership team. Stephen was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Queensland Education Leadership Institute (QELi) Ltd from December 2010 to April 2016.

Currently Dr Brown undertakes a portfolio career nationally and internationally as an academic; consultant, international advisor to governments, schooling sectors and business; Board roles and director of a global services company.

Dr Brown has a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern Queensland and a Master of Arts from the University of London. He was awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Nganakarra Award in 2007 and a presidential citation from the same organisation in 2009. Dr Brown is also a National and State fellow of ACEL. In 2009, he was nominated for membership of the Global Education Leaders Program—a coalition of leading system thinkers. Stephen was identified as a participant in the Victorian Leadership Development Centre’s 2009 program for future Deputy Secretaries in the Victorian Public Sector. In August 2013, Dr Brown was awarded by ACEL (Qld) the prestigious Miller-Grassie Award for outstanding leadership in education.

He is a national Fellow of ACEL (FACEL), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM) and in 2014 graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors program (GAICD). Currently Dr Brown undertakes a number of significant of national and international roles:
1. Scholar - Practitioner Fellow Asia Centre for Leadership and Change (ACLC) Hong Kong University of Education.
2. Global Executive Chair of the National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI).

Until June 2017 Dr Brown was an International Advisory Board Member of the Scottish College of Educational Leadership (SECL).

In 2016 Stephen established the global professional services company, ‘The Brown Collective’ –
a company that specialises in providing customised responses to enhance individual, team and organisational performance. The Collective is a professional community of world experts in the school sector connected by common values and a strong ethical base. Dr Brown has an international and national reputation as an outstanding CEO and leader, having completed his doctoral studies in organisational redesign in the public sector.

Dr Brown has undertaken consultancies in a range of settings and contexts within Australia and internationally including the Philippines, Nauru, Scotland, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Tonga, Cambodia, China and Saudi Arabia. He is a highly regarded expert in the areas of leadership development, organisational renewal and redesign, strategy, policy development, change management and capability development.

As the author of research papers on public sector change, leadership and organisational redesign,
Dr Brown is frequently invited to address national and international conferences on leadership, organisational change, school improvement and policy.



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