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Cracking the Cultural Ceiling for the Atypical Leader

Professional Development Forum

Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST)

Cracking the Cultural Ceiling for the Atypical Leader

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*Doors open at 6 pm for Casual Networking | Event formally commences at 6.30 pm*

“Cracking the Cultural Ceiling for the Atypical Leader” - The practical, candid advice that you were never told

Do you ever feel like your career has been out of focus? Regardless of whether or not the “cultural ceiling” exists, the old 80-20 rule suggests that 80% of what happens to us as individuals, is within our control.  We welcome an expert panel to share pragmatic, candid and honest advice that you can put into action today.

Moderated by Ky Chow, the PDF team is bringing you a Q&A style panel to tackle your career challenges head-on.  This forum is aimed at aspiring leaders with a positive attitude, good work ethic, and takes responsibility for your own career - helping you develop professionally regardless of, and even capitalising on your gender, cultural background, personality, and workplace style.

Please submit your questions in advance to  We will be answering from a selection of the best questions.

Meet our Panellists

Brad Chan

Brad Chan (Panellist)

Brad Chan is CEO of Banna Property Group, a 3rd generation family business with a vision to transform its shopping centres into community hubs. Brad is also the founder of HaymarketHQ, a startup hub with a particular focus on helping startups grow into Asian markets. The hub also provides space for events and talks around subjects such as innovation, business in Asia and promoting culturally diverse leadership.

Dai Le

Dai Le (Panellist)

Named one of AFR-Westpac’s Top 100 Influential Women in Australia, Dai’s mission is to help build an inclusive society where mainstreams institutions and organisations truly reflect the diverse society we live in. As a former award-winning journalist, film-maker and broadcaster with the ABC, and through her social enterprise, DAWN, an organisation that champions diverse leadership in the Australian workspace, Dai is challenging the status quo by harnessing the potential of Australians of culturally diverse backgrounds and unlocking their potential to be leaders in their field.

Andrew Walsh

Andrew Walsh (Panellist)

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant, former CFO and mentor/coach. He has worked in public practice for Ernst and Young and for commercial giants like Lend Lease. His experience spans stints in Australia, Asia, and London. Andrew is obsessed with getting real results through practical solutions that can be deployed NOW and uses this to help people find and create careers and lives that they can love.

Nevash Pillay

Nevash Pillay (Panellist)

As a Member of the Telstra Executive Team, Nevash has played an integral role in driving forward strategic alliances and transforming the business go-to-market strategy.  With a 20-year career within the ICT space and 15 years in a leadership capacity, Nevash has earned a reputation for crafting a vision and culture that steers customer engagement and growth. Nevash has a passion for mentoring and coaching teams and feels a deep satisfaction when she inspires others to be the best they can be.

Ky Chow

Ky Chow (Moderator)

With a decade of experience across radio, television, digital and written journalism at Sky News and SBS Radio, Ky offers journalism, insights, ideas and training for the new media world.  Before journalism, Ky worked in business for five years, in a variety of roles from tax consulting to marketing communications, at industry leaders KPMG, CommSec and Macquarie.


Our Venue Sponsor –  Haymarket HQ

Haymarket HQ is Australia's first dedicated co-working space with a strategic focus on Asia and the opportunities presented by the region's economic and technological renaissance. A not-for-profit dedicated to showcasing and harnessing Asian-Australian talent, innovation, and leadership.

Haymarket HQ is located in the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown and has around 70 desks spaces as well as meeting, workshop, and function spaces.


Who Are We? – Professional Development Forum

Driven by individuals who love to help others, the Professional Development Forum aims to enrich the professional and interpersonal skills of budding professionals; through workshops, seminars, networking events and more.

Find out more about us at our website:

Have questions about Cracking the Cultural Ceiling for the Atypical Leader? Contact Professional Development Forum

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Haymarket HQ
63 Dixon Street
Haymarket, NSW 2000

Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST)

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Professional Development Forum

Our Vision
We want people to reach their full potential.
If we are at our best, the world is a better place.

Our Mission
To help diverse professionals reach their full potential in the Australian workplace.
Our Objectives

  • Inform - PDF shares honest advice and practical wisdom that can’t be learnt from a textbook.
  • Connect - PDF connects you with other aspiring professionals who share a focus on personal professional development.
  • Inspire - PDF inspires you with presentations by successful professionals who have overcome great challenges, seized opportunities, and discovered their purpose. 

Who We Are
We are a voluntary network of working professionals helping our peers achieve practical career success.

What We Do
We organise seminars, networking events and social media discussion consistent with our objectives. Our forums discuss challenging workplace issues and opportunities in an open and candid environment.

What We Believe

  • The success of our diverse workforce is not just about technical expertise, but insight, relationships, emotional and cultural intelligence.
  • We need to focus on the diversity of thought, an inclusive culture and honest dialogue to best realise the true value of our diverse workforce.
  • With the global competition intensifying, we cannot maintain our quality of life unless our workforce can become more productive.
  • Australia’s workforce is still some way from realising its potential.
  • We all need to prepare for the future by investing in our ourselves and others today

Who We Do It For

  • Are you an aspiring but atypical leader?
  • Do you have a strong desire to contribute more?
  • Are you prepared to work hard and take responsibility for your own

If you answered yes to all of the above, we are keen to help you develop professionally regardless of, and even capitalising on your gender, cultural background, personality and workplace style.

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