Marketplaces For Directors: Step-Up 4 Start-Up
Date Monday, 05 June 2017
Time 05 Jun 15:30 - 05 Jun 20:00
Venue Aon Level 33, 201 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Pricing Subscribed Member
$ 165 Per Subscribed Member
Corporate Member
$ 165 Per Corporate Member
Global Member
$ 165 Per Global Member
$ 165 Per Champion
$ 275 Per non Subscriber
Guests Allowed
Register by Monday, 05 June 2017
  • Are you someone with an interest in Start-Ups and Early Stage Innovation Companies?
  • Do you have an interest in new and evolving business models?
  • Are you an innovator? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions then our new Step-Up 4 Start-Up event is the place for you to be on 5th June at 3:30pm. Held in partnership with AON, the event is part of our Start-Up & ESIC Marketplace for Directors initiative. 

At this event you will:

  • Find out more about serving on the boards of Start-Up & ESIC companies.
  • Connect with founders and board members of Early Stage Innovation Companies (ESICs) and Start-Ups
  • Be introduced to these companies to improve their understanding of these sectors, including:
    • Needs, requirements and challenges
    • Funding and capital raising
    • IP and patents
    • The range of business models being used
    • Opportunities for independent board members

The event is open to all WOB subscribers and members and their guests. Following short presentations from three speakers, participants will have the opportunity to take part in two table mentoring sessions with the speakers and people invited for their particular expertise.


Rhonda Brighton-Hall

Rhonda is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost experts in human resources and specifically in leadership, diversity and work design. Her fundamental belief is that inclusion and good leadership are not only the foundation stones of good people practices in organisations, but equally of more equitable and prosperous economies and communities. 

A former HR Leader of the Year and Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Rhonda’s career and experience have spanned senior roles in four large multi-nationals (including BHP, Sara Lee, Luxottica and CBA), across four continents (Europe, Asia, USA and Australia).

Rhonda comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has recently co-founded her own business mwah.live (Making Work Absolutely Human) and chairs Flexcareers, a 2015 Start-Up that connects talented women with Australian and New Zealand progressive employers offering flexible hours, attractive pay and career advancement. She is also a Director of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a member of the Board of Advisers for non-profit, Feel the Magic.

Fred Schilling

Fred was a patent and trade-mark attorney for his 42-year working life – from 1971 to 2013. During this time, he worked primarily at the leading independent intellectual property firm, FB Rice & Co, and one of Australia’s largest intellectual property (IP) firm. Davies Collison Cave.

Now a self-funded retiree in the tropics of Cape Gloucester, Fred says he does not miss corporate life for 'more than a moment.' Instead he is more than content keeping his excellent wine cellar from the ravages of tropical cyclones and being an active investor in the Mission Beach start-up, Charley's Chocolate Factory, along with WOB Director, Ruth Medd.

Fred will speak on the types of IP, why you might or might not apply for a patent / trademark and how others have gone about the process using some case studies from his long career.

He will bring all this to the mentoring table PLUS an encyclopaedic knowledge of French wine!

Lynn Wood

Lynn is a highly experienced board member. Over the past 25 years she has served on private and public company boards, including listed, in the financial, property and retail sectors. She has also served on Government boards, both state and federal, as well as not-for-profit boards. She's currently a trustee of the IFRS Foundation. She's also a mentor on the AICD Chair's mentoring program and the ON innovation program at the CSIRO, as well as an ambassador for Pledge1%.

Lynn's startup experience is longstanding. She was one of the original members of the startup team for American Express Cards in Australia and NZ as well as later in HK. She was also part of the team that established the first international property fund in Australia (Schroders International Property Fund) as well a private wholesale property fund (Schroders Private Property Syndicate) and a managed fund investment group (United Funds Management).

Her current startup is an ideas platform called IdeaSpies.

Her previous board positions include the Financial Reporting Council (Chairman), Noni B (Chairman), Save the Children Australia, Good Beginnings Australia (Chairman), the External Reporting Board-NZ, GPT Funds Management, HSBC Bank Australia, Macquarie Goodman Group, the Foreign Investment Review Board, NSW Lotteries, Schroders Australia, MS Australia and CEDA. 

Lynn's career has also included positions as an executive coach, consultant, a compliance committee member for three major fund managers and chairman of a CEO syndicate.

Table Mentors

Our three speakers will also mentor tables of eight (8) along with the following people:

  • David Rickards – Farmer, co-founder & head of Investor Relations at Social Enterprise Finance Australia Ltd, formerly the Head of Research and an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank.
  • Emma Weston –  Co-founder & CEO AgriDigital, lawyer, agribusiness executive, start-up mentor and executive coach.
  • Sonja Ankucic - Commercial HR and business leader and co-founder of mwah.live
  • Dan LiszkaCEO of NSW Leaders, an investment banking infrastructure that provides access to knowledge, networks and capital for high growth companies in the $2m to $100m range. 

This event is proudly sponsored by our corporate partner