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David Smorgon, a lawyer by profession, is a well-known, successful and respected businessman who has a reputation as a force in the business and sporting worlds.
For 25 years David Smorgon was a senior executive at Smorgon Consolidated Industries, the $1 billion family business that spanned meat, paper, glass, plastics and steel industries. When the business was sold off in 1995 in a staged divestment it ended a 70-year family history and marked one of the lowest points of David's life. He and others were bitterly disappointed when their efforts to save the family business failed.
Shortly afterwards, David - a lifetime supporter of the Footscray Football Club (now the Western Bulldogs) - was invited to head the taskforce that reviewed the club. Newly fired up by the many challenges the club was facing, David became president. Under his leadership, where business perspective and professionalism are paramount, the club has experienced great success on and off the field. David will end his 16-year reign as president in December 2012. He will be the second-longest serving president in the AFL.
In 1996 David and his three sons established Generation Investments focusing on business opportunities, equity and property investments. His most recent business venture is PointMade, where he assists senior executives to professionalise their pitch and speaking skills. Drawing on his own business acumen and astuteness, he enjoys imparting his own rules for success to inspire others.
In 1997 David was named the inaugural chairman of Family Business Australia, established to provide guidance to family businesses nationally. Eminently qualified with his insight into family businesses, he held this position for six years.
In 2000, David Smorgon was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the Western Bulldogs and for his contribution to the community through health, social welfare and education.
In 2008, David accepted the role of Ambassador for' Ochre - Supporting Indigenous health through art', an auction of spectacular Indigenous art to raise funds for research into Indigenous child health at Charles Darwin University's Menzies School of Health Research.
David Smorgon is a fascinating presenter who knows the requirements for success and generously imparts his wisdom born of experience. Refreshingly honest, there is arguably no one better equipped to talk about business, success, adversity, teamwork and resilience

Kevin Sheedy is one of the Australian Football League’s most enduring coaches, and arguably the most imaginative in the history of the craft. A player and coach for 40 years, Kevin Sheedy has an unsurpassed record of involvement in eight Premierships and in 1998 Kevin broke the record for coaching more professional AFL games than anyone else in history. He now holds the AFL record
for the most games combined as a player and coach with 886 games. Kevin Sheedy has been a catalyst for many changes in AFL: respect for interstate football during the 1980’s, an expanded interchange bench at the state and club level, a new level of versatility among players, the growing influence
and confidence of Aboriginal players, clever manipulation of the draft and apprenticeships in football.
Kevin Sheedy has been a success as a player and coach and is unrivalled when it comes to engaging new communities in the game. As an ambassador to the AFL, he was heavily involved in developing the Greater Western Sydney side.

For over twenty-five years Tommy Hafey has motivated thousands of individuals and teams to greater levels of personal performance. As a legendary football coach, his reputation for developing winning teams is unparalleled.
Tom provides sales directors, managers, teams and individuals with necessary tools to become successful winners. Tom Hafey is known as one of the super coaches of the AFL. After coaching Richmond Football Club to four Premierships, Tom Hafey was able to motivate Collingwood from the bottom of the ladder, to several Grand Final appearances.
In fact in his first year at Collingwood he took the team from wooden spooners to a tie in the Grand Final. Tom’s honesty and ability with people has been a major reason as to why he was successful at these clubs and also at both the Geelong and Sydney Football Clubs.

One of the most successful and inspirational coaches of the post-war era, Tom Hafey began his senior football life as a tough, relentless back pocket specialist who played 67 VFL games for Richmond between 1953 and 1958. It is as a coach that he is better remembered, however, and his total of 522 games (for a 64.75% success rate) as a senior VFL coach was only ever bettered by three others.

Michael 'Mick' Malthouse is an AFL coaching legend, the former coach of three Australian Football League (AFL) clubs including Footscray, West Coast Eagles and Collingwood.

After 28 years of coaching at the highest level, Mick has coached the most 'AFL' games of all time. More than most, Mick understands the importance of resilience, leadership and team building: stay positive, work smart and work hard, and others will follow.

Mick is an inspiring, entertaining speaker who applies his wealth of experience on the playing field to motivational presentations and leadership workshops, achieving results in the business arena to equal the performances he coaxed from his players.

After nearly 40 years involvement in the AFL, both as a player and a coach, Mick Malthouse has hundreds of stories and experiences to captivate and motivate any audience.

He began his football career at Wendouree West, then North Ballarat and in 1972 was taken by St Kilda, playing 3 finals in his debut season. He played 53 games for the Saints before being told by then-coach Allan Jeans that he would struggle to get a game in the senior side due to an abundance of similar-sized players. He left for Richmond half way through the 1976 season and never looked back.

The 1980 Richmond Premiership win over Collingwood was one of six finals Mick Malthouse played for the Tigers in 1221 senior games (including the 1980 Premiership). After retiring in 1983 due to injury, Mick became Footscray's senior coach from 1984 to 1989 (135 games) where he became known for his tough stance on many players.

From 1990 until 1999, Mick was senior coach for the West Coast Eagles, and the most successful coach in their history. His coaching records including the most grand final appearances (1991, 1992, 1994), most premierships (1992 and 1994 against Geelong), most games coached (243) and won (146) as well as the highest win ratio. The 1992 Grand Final win was the first AFL premiership won by a team from outside Victoria, and was the West Coast Eagles first ever senior premiership.

Mick was recruited to the Magpies in 2000 by Collingwood President Eddie McGuire, going on to coach Collingwood to the finals in six out of his ten seasons, including grand final appearances in 2002, 2003, 2010 (twice) and 2011. In 2010, after the first drawn AFL/VFL grand final since 1977, Collingwood claimed premiership success with a resounding 56-point win over St Kilda in the replay. This was the club's biggest ever win in a grand final and the first since 1990.

Mick stepped down as senior coach of Collingwood in late 2011, handing over to Nathan Buckley.

His many awards include: 1992, 1994 and 2010 Jock McHale Medal, 2008 and 2010 Australian Coach - International Rule Series, AFL Life Member, Weat Coast Eagles Life Member, 2010 AFL Coaches Association Coach of the Year, and West Coast Eagles Club Hall of Fame.

At the age of 25 with only $50 to his name, Justin Herald set about changing the course of his life.

Justin created Attitude Inc, a clothing brand that became an international licensing success with a turnover of more than $20 million per year.

Justin was so successful in such a short period that he was named the 'International Entrepreneur of the Year' in 2005.

Justin was also awarded the Future Leaders Award, which recognised him as being one of the 50 most influential leaders of the next generation in Australia. Justin has his own column in numerous magazines and in papers nationally in Australia, attracting weekly readership of over 5.5 million people.

His website justinherald.com receives over 30,000 hits a day. He is the author of eight international bestselling books and personally mentors over 100 business owners each year. Justin is regarded as one of Australia's most sought after speakers and we are fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to hear him speak here in Shepparton.

Ita Buttrose's extensive and impressive career in print, radio, and television has turned her into a household name.

A businesswoman, journalist, and author, at 33 she became the youngest-ever Editor of The Australian Women's Weekly. When Rupert Murdoch appointed her Editor-in-Chief of Sydney's Daily & Sunday Telegraphs, she became the first woman to edit a major metropolitan daily newspaper in Australia. She was also the first woman appointed to the board of News Ltd. Australia.

Currently, Ita appears weekly on Channel 7's Sunrise as a social ommentator, hosts Ita's Broadway on Foxtel's Ovation Channel and is Editor-at-Large for OK! Magazine. Her 10th book, Eating for Eye Health – The Macular Degeneration Cookbook which she co-authored with Sydney chef, Vanessa Jones, was published by New Holland Publishers in March 2009.

She is patron of The Macular Degeneration Foundation and also Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA). She is Ambassador for Salvos Stores (Salvation Army) Southern Territory and Ambassador for NSW Seniors Week 2009.

Ita gives generously of her time to charitable and community causes. She is a member of a new initiative, the Global Pacific Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – set up in 2009 with the support of the Lowy Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She chaired the National Advisory Committee on AIDS (NACAIDS) from 1984-1988 and spearheaded Australia's National AIDS Education Program.

From 1989-1994 she chaired the AIDS Trust of Australia. She served as President of Arthritis Australia from 2003-2006 having acting as the organisation's spokesperson for several years.

Twice voted Australia's most admired woman, she was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership in 2003. In 1988, Ita was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the community, in the fields of medical education and health care. She received an OBE for services to journalism in 1977.

She was the first woman to be awarded the Hartnett Medal for community service and achievements in publishing, journalism, radio and television.