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Cracking the Cultural Ceiling for the Atypical Leader

August 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm AEST



*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 ky@professionaldevelopmentforum.org.  We will be answering from a selection of the best questions.

Meet our Panel and Moderator

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 (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.

Shane Bywater (Panellist)

Shane has worked in highly successful roles for over twenty-five years, in sales, service, product management, leadership and learning and development functions. He enjoyed a successful corporate career over 25 years before starting his own consultancy. Shane’s engaging, energetic yet uncomplicated style are key ingredients to his unique brand, highly recognised and valued in the industry.

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 (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.

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August 31
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Haymarket HQ
63 Dixon Street #2
Haymarket, NSW 2000 Australia


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