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Ms Yassmin Abdel-Magied speaking at Young Minds 2013
Ms Yassmin Abdel-Magied
inspiring young woman, blogger and mechanical engineer who was named Young Queenslander of the Year in 2010; founder and President
Youth Without Borders

At the age of 16, Yassmin Abdel-Magied founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that enables young people to work together for the implementation of positive change within their communities. Born in Sudan and moving to Australia at the age of two, she recently graduated valedictorian of her class in 2011, with a Bachelor of Mechanical...

9.45am Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Geneviève Bailey speaking at Young Minds 2013
Geneviève Bailey
documentary filmmaker; founder Darlingheart Foundation which works to empower and inspire women and children from disadvantaged communities
Proud Mother Pictures

Geneviève grew up shooting video in Melbourne in the late 1980s. Not many people have seen her first films because they are pretty weird - she was only 8. Regardless of how primitive and eccentric these early works are, they confirm Genevieve's love of capturing moving images from an early age. Since then Genevieve has remained consistently...

4.50pm Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
SAEA BANYANA speaking at Young Minds 2013
SAEA BANYANA
African Dance Crew
SAEA BANYANA

'SAEA' stands for South Africa, Ethiopia and Angola, the beautiful countries that our girls represent. 'BANYANA' from Nguni meaning the girls. SAEA BANYANA boasts African Australian women who through their performances encourage women to be strong, independent and unafraid of their inner power. The group bring to you, their unique blend of...

5.10pm Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Dominic Brook speaking at Young Minds 2013
Dominic Brook
MMAD CEO, Founder
Musicians Making a Difference

Dominic Brook is the founder of Musicians Making A Difference a charity that inspires and mentors young people through music and dance to make their lives remarkable. There are hundreds of organisations that brighten the lives of people facing hardship but not many use music. Musicians' Making a Difference is a charity that works to...

2.50pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Ehon Chan speaking at Young Minds 2013
Ehon Chan
social entrepreneur, innovator and digital branding professional; started the men's mental health campaign, 'Soften the Fck Up'; Founder
Spur Projects

Ehon Chan has passion for emerging technologies and new medias for social impact. He's the Community Catalyst at Hub Melbourne, and the Founder & misChief Executive of Spur Projects, the organisation behind men's mental health campaign, 'Soften the Fck Up'. He's been named the Top 100 Most Influential People in Melbourne by The Age, 'Young and...

2.05pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Marita Cheng speaking at Young Minds 2013
Marita Cheng
Young Australian of the Year 2012: Founder
Robogals

Young Australian of the Year 2012, Marita Cheng, has demonstrated vision and leadership well beyond her years and is dedicated to encouraging young women to become interested in a career in engineering. The daughter of Chinese parents, Marita was born and raised in far north Queensland and now studies at the University of Melbourne. She founded...

9am Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Bravo Child speaking at Young Minds 2013
Bravo Child
Storyteller, Game Developer, Spatial Designer, Youth Worker, Creative Workshop Facilitator

Bravo Child is a creative catalyst, bringing about change through art and design. Creating virtual worlds to house his characters and stories, Bravo uses technology and human interaction to create an accessable dreamscape for us all to share in and aspire to. Having a passion for language and the innate aesthetics of human expression, Bravo has...

5.10pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Telaine Cowdrey speaking at Young Minds 2013
Telaine Cowdrey
facilitates programs for disengaged young people, Ambassador
The Reach Foundation

Growing up Sydney Telaine learnt the meaning of adversity at a young age, being raised by her grandparents as her Mum and Dad were not around. Telaine would describe her young self as the typical angry teenager finding herself in trouble with the law and expelled from 7 high schools . A defining moment was when Telaine became involved with a youth ...

2.05pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Matthew Cowdrey speaking at Young Minds 2013
Matthew Cowdrey
swimming champion, 23-time Paralympic medallist and Australia's most successful Paralympian

Matt Cowdrey returned home from the 2012 Paralympics in London as Australia's greatest ever Olympian. With 13 gold medals, Matt surpassed Australian runner Tim Sullivan's previous record of 10 gold. He finished the Games with 23 medals, an incredible achievement from just three Paralympics. Born with a congenital amputation to his lower left...

9.20am Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Kirk Docker speaking at Young Minds 2013
Kirk Docker
independent media producer, co-founder maverick online broadcaster vivecoolcity.com; Walkley award nominated reporter Hungry Beast

Kirk is a Walkley nominated video journalist & producer and founder of maverick on-line publisher vivecoolcity.com. He was a reporter for 3 seasons of Hungry Beast, ABC1 where he developed his acclaimed vox pop series. This street interview style has since been adapted and presented at TEDx Sydney (2010-2012) and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas...

2.05pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Professor Carol Dweck speaking at Young Minds 2013
Professor Carol Dweck
leading researcher in the field of motivation; author: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success; Professor of Psychology,
Stanford University

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her research focuses on how to foster the motivation and resilience that people need to reach their goals. She has lectured to education, business, and sports leaders all over the world, has won numerous awards for her...

10am Sunday 16 June 2013: Pre-conference workshop: Changing mindsets
1pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Rachael Fisher speaking at Young Minds 2013
Rachael Fisher
teacher and founder, KindKids Project, pilot program at Waverly Primary School
KindKids Project

KindKids Project was founded in 2010 by Rachael Fisher to empower young people, teachers and parents with scientifically validated tools for wellbeing. Rachael is passionate about teaching kindness as an essential skill for young people to live with more courage, confidence and resilience. She uses creative and enjoyable exercises to help young...

12.20pm Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Mia Freedman speaking at Young Minds 2013
Mia Freedman
editor and publisher of Australia's fastest growing women's website; former Editor in Chief of Cosmo, Cleo & Dolly magazines
mamamia.com.au

Mia Freedman is the editor and publisher of Australia's fastest growing women's website Mamamia.com.au. Having built her career around creating communities of women in magazines (as Editor of Cosmo and then Editor in Chief of Cosmo, Cleo & Dolly), Mia began Mamamia in her lounge room in 2007 and today it employs 20 people and has 500,000 readers...

4.30pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso speaking at Young Minds 2013
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, is the leader of Tibetan Buddhism and a spiritual leader revered worldwide. His travels in the cause of peace and a free Tibet have made him an international celebrity. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1989 for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet, His Holiness is universally respected as a...

9.15am Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Professor Deborah Harcourt speaking at Young Minds 2013
Professor Deborah Harcourt
leading early childhood researcher; Professor of Early Childhood Education, Australian Catholic University; Director, Early Learning and Research
Goodstart Early Learning

Dr Deborah Harcourt is the Director, Early Learning and Research at Goodstart Early Learning and Professor of Early Childhood at the Australian Catholic University. She has been working in the field of early childhood since 1984 as a classroom teacher, tertiary educator, researcher, consultant and advisor in Australia, Asia, Middle East and...

9.45am Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Tom Harkin speaking at Young Minds 2013
Tom Harkin
senior learning and development facilitator
The Reach Foundation

Tom Harkin is Senior Facilitator and Board member with The Reach Foundation where for more than 10 years he has worked with tens of thousands of young people, delivering Reach's school and community-based programs. Through connection and positive affirmation, Tom encourages young people to discover their unique value and voice, and creates a place ...

9am Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Jack Heath speaking at Young Minds 2013
Jack Heath
CEO
Sane Australia

Jack Heath is the CEO of SANE Australia - a national charity advancing the wellbeing of people affected by mental illness. In 1997, following on from the suicide of his 20 year old cousin, Jack founded the Inspire Foundation with the idea of using the Internet to prevent youth suicide. Jack then helped establish Inspire in Ireland and the United...

11.30am Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Carl Honoré speaking at Young Minds 2013
Carl Honoré
leading proponent of the Slow Movement, award winning journalist and best-selling author In Praise of Slow, Under Pressure and The Slow Fix

Carl Honoré is an award-winning journalist and author. After graduating from Edinburgh University with a degree in Modern History and Italian, he spent time working with street children in Brazil. He has covered Europe and South America for the Economist, Observer, Guardian, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Time Magazine, and the National Post...

1.45pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Natalie Houghton speaking at Young Minds 2013
Natalie Houghton
CEO
Jane Goodall Institute Australia

CEO of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia, Natalie has had a diverse and rich life from teaching indigenous children in the Northern Territory, co-owning and operating sheep and cattle stations in outback Queensland to running whale-watching eco-tourism adventures in NSW. With an unyielding desire to help animals, Natalie completed a post...

2pm Wednesday 19 June 2013: Post-conference workshop 6: Humane education - 'the world becomes what you teach', Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots
2.50pm Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Chris Johnston speaking at Young Minds 2013
Chris Johnston
Senior Writer
The Age

Chris Johnston: I am a senior writer with The Age newspaper in Melbourne interested in social issues, Australian culture, youth culture, suburban culture and regional culture. I like to write about the hidden stories in society whether they are perceived to be 'good' (ordinary people doing extraordinary things) or 'bad'...

11.30am Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Professor Todd Kashdan speaking at Young Minds 2013
Professor Todd Kashdan
clinical psychologist and pioneering researcher into curiosity, resilience and happiness, Professor of Psychology
George Mason University

Dr. Todd Kashdan is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Senior Scientist at the Center for Consciousness and Transformation at George Mason University, where he was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year. Kashdan is one of the leading authorities on happiness, meaning and purpose in life, mindfulness, psychological strength ...

1.25pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Gretel Killeen speaking at Young Minds 2013
Gretel Killeen
popular media presenter and author of The Night My Bum Dropped

Gretel Killeen is the author of more than twenty books. She has hosted radio and television programs across the country, worked as a journalist, stand-up comic and voice artist and written and directed works to raise awareness of AIDS orphans in Zambia, unexploded ordinance in Laos, poverty in Bangladesh and animal welfare programs in India. She...

10am Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Dr Simon Longstaff speaking at Young Minds 2013
Dr Simon Longstaff
Executive Director
St James Ethics Centre

Dr Simon Longstaff's distinguished career includes being named as one of the AFR Boss True Leaders for the first decade of the 21st century. He has a PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge and prior to becoming the inaugural Executive Director of St James Ethics Centre in 1991, he worked in the Northern Territory in the Safety Department of BHP...

9.15am Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Professor Patrick McGorry speaking at Young Minds 2013
Professor Patrick McGorry
Professor of Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne; Executive Director
Orygen Youth Health

Professor Patrick McGorry is Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health (OYH), a world-renowned youth mental health organisation. He is also Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and founding member of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (headspace) board. Professor McGorry and OYH have put Australia at the...

11.30am Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Cleo Mees speaking at Young Minds 2013
Cleo Mees
young filmmaker and poet

Cleo Mees is a writer, filmmaker and contemporary dancer. Dutch by birth, she has been living in Sydney for the past 13 years, as well as spending some time abroad in Thailand. Cleo is involved in several local arts projects based around poetry, music and dance, including the Caravan Slam monthly open mic night and a dance/music improvisation...

8.55am Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Doug Millen speaking at Young Minds 2013
Doug Millen
Communications Officer
The Inspire Foundation

Doug Millen believes in the power of effective communications for enabling non-profits to achieve their goals. He has worked and volunteered in online communications production, workshop facilitation, research, and community advocacy, and now focuses on improving mental health and wellbeing for young people and sex, sexuality and gender diverse...

11.30am Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
4.50pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Dr Wendy Mogel speaking at Young Minds 2013
Dr Wendy Mogel
acclaimed clinical psychologist, parenting expert and bestselling author: The Blessing of a B Minus and The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Dr Wendy Mogel is an internationally acclaimed clinical psychologist and author. She frequently appears on national US television programs as a guest expert and is regularly interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and NPR. She serves on the advisory boards of Parents Magazine and Challenge Success, a program of the Stanford ...

11am Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
2pm Wednesday 19 June 2013: Post-conference workshop 4: The blessing of a skinned knee - raising resilient children and teenagers
Professor Toni Noble speaking at Young Minds 2013
Professor Toni Noble
leading educator and educational psychologist with expertise in student wellbeing and positive school communities; Adjunct Professor, School of Educational Leadership,
Australian Catholic University

Toni is Adjunct Professor at ACU and is widely known in education as co-author of the award winning BOUNCE BACK! Program and HITS & HOTS on student engagement & other books. Her Government projects include the National Safe Schools Framework and Scoping Study on Student Wellbeing. She has a Carrick citation for her outstanding contributions to...

10am Sunday 16 June 2013: Pre-conference workshop: Changing mindsets
12pm Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Phil Nunn speaking at Young Minds 2013
Phil Nunn
psychologist and educator with over 15 years experience working with marginalised and 'At Risk' youth
P&P Training & Consultancy

Phil Nunn is a psychologist, counsellor and educator with over 20 years experience working primarily with marginalised and 'at risk' young people. Phil offers counselling to adolescents and families and provides consultation and training to government and community service agencies, supervises counsellors and youthworkers, runs groups for...

2.50pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Bronte O’Brien speaking at Young Minds 2013
Bronte O’Brien
mental health advocate and prolific scribbler
Bronte O'Brien

Bronte O'Brien is a mental health advocate, often melding her experiences with bipolar disorder together with her interests in writing and speaking. Her advocacy has extended to presentations, television, radio, mental health service considerations and research. She is affiliated with headspace Central Sydney, The Brain & Mind Research...

4.10pm Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Bianca Orsini speaking at Young Minds 2013
Bianca Orsini
School Liaison
The Salvation Army's OASIS project

Bianca Orsini experienced homelessness at 20 years old. She lived a double life staying in crisis refuges, couches and whatever she could find whilst maintaining a job as a Legal Team Leader. When her dream was achieved to work for the organisation that changed her life, she realised the potential outcomes of getting at risk young people...

2.30pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Marc Prensky speaking at Young Minds 2013
Marc Prensky
internationally acclaimed writer, innovator and visionary on education and learning; author: BRAIN GAIN: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom

Marc Prensky, coiner of the terms “Digital Native” and “Digital Immigrant", is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, innovator and visionary on education and learning. His focus is on understanding students and their future needs in our dramatically-changing times, and on how we can adapt both our content and teaching methods...

2pm Wednesday 19 June 2013: Post-conference workshop 5: Brain gain - technology and the quest for digital wisdom
3.50pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
4.10pm Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
Professor Carla Rinaldi speaking at Young Minds 2013
Professor Carla Rinaldi
internationally renowned advocate for children and childhood; Professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; Adelaide Thinker in Residence 2012; President,
Reggio Children

Professor Carla Rinaldi is an internationally-renowned advocate for children and childhood. Her expertise, work and experience continue to influence and inspire children's learning and growing around the world. Carla is the President of Reggio Children and the Foundation "Reggio Children - Loris Malaguzzi Centre" in Reggio Emilia, Italy. She is...

9am Wednesday 19 June 2013: Post-conference workshop 1: Visions of creativity in education
9.45am Conference Day 1: Monday 17 June 2013
2pm Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Ms Sue Roffey speaking at Young Minds 2013
Ms Sue Roffey
Director
Wellbeing Australia

Dr Sue Roffey FRSA was a teacher and educational psychologist and is now Associate Professor at UWS. She is a passionate advocate for the wellbeing and inclusion of vulnerable children and has developed the Circle Solutions initiative to promote resilience, responsibility and healthy relationships in schools and communities. Sue is the Founder of...

9am Wednesday 19 June 2013: Post-conference workshop 2: Kids need connection - learning and living positive relationships
Benson Saulo speaking at Young Minds 2013
Benson Saulo
2011 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations; NAIDOC Youth of the Year 2012; Director
National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy

The first Indigenous Australian to be appointed as the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations, Benson Saulo was Australia’s lead negotiator in 2011 on the Rights of the Child Resolution and the Youth Resolution which had a focus on the financial and economic crisis impact on young people. Benson has recently taken up the position of ...

9am Wednesday 19 June 2013: Post-conference workshop 3: LIFE LAB - join the experiment! A workshop for and by young people
2.30pm Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Dr Tim Sharp speaking at Young Minds 2013
Dr Tim Sharp
leading psychologist whose focus is on enhancing happiness in individuals, families and organisations ;founder and Chief Happiness Officer,
The Happiness Institute

The Happiness Diet was developed by Prof. Tim Sharp who has three degrees in psychology (including a Ph.D.) and an impressive record as an academic, clinician and coach. He runs one of Sydney's most respected clinical psychology practices, a highly regarded Executive Coaching practice, and is the founder & CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of The...

9.40am Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Madison Stewart speaking at Young Minds 2013
Madison Stewart
passionate young conservationist and shark advocate

Madison Stewart is a young woman with an unusual passion - a passion for a creature of the deep that normally strikes fear in the hearts of most people. Madi lived on a yacht in the Great Barrier Reef when she was two and grew up free diving and sharing her childhood with sharks. Horrified at the destruction caused by shark fishing, she resolved...

3.10pm Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Ms Rosie Swanton speaking at Young Minds 2013
Ms Rosie Swanton
Youth Involvement Officer
Inspire Foundation

As the Youth Involvement Coordinator at the Inspire foundation, Rosie manages to incorporate her biggest passions - promoting good health, having fun, and engaging young people in decisions that impact them - into her work. Also a part time health psych student at Sydney University, she spends a lot of time convincing her peers that mental health...

11.30am Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Ven Freeman Trebilcock speaking at Young Minds 2013
Ven Freeman Trebilcock
Director, Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth (LKPY); co-founder and CEO
InterAction

Freeman Trebilcock is the CEO of InterAction (www.InterAction.org.au), Australia's leading organisation for culturally and religiously diverse young people. In this role Freeman has gained extensive experience facilitating small groups to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their world. Freeman feels that his calling is to enact...

9am Wednesday 19 June 2013: Post-conference workshop 3: LIFE LAB - join the experiment! A workshop for and by young people
Dr Mathew White speaking at Young Minds 2013
Dr Mathew White
Director of Wellbeing & Positive Education
St Peters College, SA

Dr Mathew White is Director of Wellbeing at St Peter's College, Adelaide, where he is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. He was Director of Leadership of the social enterprise Teach For Australia specialising in strategy development and management and the first Head of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School. A Fellow at Melbourne...

4.30pm Conference Day 2: Tuesday 18 June 2013