May 2017

Energise Latrobe -
What is our new energy?

A thought provoking keynote presentation, followed by interactive workshop to consider what is our new energy?

Meet our speakers

Martine LettsKeynote: Martine Letts
Current CEO for the committee for Melbourne

Martine Letts is a senior executive with 30 years’ experience as an Australian diplomat and international policy advisor and negotiator, CEO and COO in the non-profit and international policy and service delivery sectors. From 2005-2013, as the inaugural Deputy Director of the Lowy Institute of International Policy (LIIP), Ms Letts led the business and organisational development strategy of the Institute, successfully diversifying its income and reach, and building its corporate membership program from scratch. She managed the Institute’s vibrant and highly successful outreach program. 10 years after its foundation, the LIIP is ranked by the Global Go-To Think Tanks Rating in the top fifty think tanks world-wide and number one in Australia, South East and South Asia.

Mary AldredMary Aldred
CEO for the committee for Gippsland

Mary commenced as the CEO of the Committee for Gippsland in 2011.  Having worked in business, industry and government, Mary’s career in the energy sector included a position as Corporate & Regulatory Manager for an energy efficiency business, in a policy role for the retail arm of International Power, and at the Energy Supply Association.  Mary serves on a number of boards including as Chair of the Hawks Young Executive Committee and Latrobe Regional Hospital.

Mary has also worked in government including for a United States Senator in Washington, DC.

Mary has a BA (Hons) from Monash University, and a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne. Mary is currently studying for an MBA at Federation University.  In July 2016 Mary studied Infrastructure in a Market Economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Boston, MA. Mary is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Melina Bath MPMelina Bath MP

Melina Bath grew up in Fish Creek, South Gippsland, the daughter of a dairy farmer her family were pioneers in the area.
A love of politics is a family trait with Melina’s great, great, great grandfather, Richard Richardson, serving as a conservative Member for Creswick in the late 1800s and both her parents Stan and Maree long-time National Party stalwarts.

Melina attended Foster and District Secondary College and later took her love for learning and interest in the scientific world on to the University of Melbourne, where she completed a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in chemistry, botany and zoology. She then studied a Diploma in Education. During this time she joined the Melbourne Branch of the Young Nationals and attended meetings, forums and social events.

Her years of study, travel, owning and running her own small business, growing a family, and educating young minds have given Melina the skills, determination and passion to direct her energy into the future prosperity of the Eastern Victorian region.

John CalabroJohn Calabro

John is Founder/Director, The View From Here Design Studio and Founder/Publisher, Gippslandia magazine, and father of four young children.

John completed an honours degree in Communication Design at the nationally renowned school of design at Swinburne University in 2004 and established The View From Here design studio in Traralgon in 2010 after spending the best part of 10 years as an active member of Melbourne’s thriving design community, working with some Australia’s most respected and exciting boutique design studios.

John is a big thinker who actively engages his studio’s talents in community activities, firmly believing that design thinking can be a catalyst for driving significant improvements and positive change in areas of need. With the support of a highly talented and capable team The View From Here puts thought and relevance to the forefront of all design solutions. His studio’s mission ‘to build the region through meaningful design’ made giant leaps forward in late 2016 with the launch of ‘Gippslandia’, a quarterly publication in newspaper format the focuses on bringing positivity and progressive ideas for the advancement and unity of the wider Gippsland region.

Lynne SmithMC: Lynn Smith

Lynne has worked in the media sector throughout her working life. This has involved both journalism and public relations in both hands-on and management roles, including acting as a media advisor to several state politicians.

After editing Gippsland’s largest newspaper for 12 years, she has spent the last eight years as general manager of a bi-weekly Gippsland newspaper, overseeing a large staff of journalists, salespeople, production staff and administration staff.

For the last two years, she has headed a training committee for the Victorian newspaper industry organisation, Victorian Country Press, running and speaking at a broad range of workshops and seminars for newspaper staff.

Her Gippsland community interests have included serving 10 years as a member of the Monash University Gippsland Council, a member of various State Government initiated committees and mentoring young journalists.

Event details

Date and time
Friday 12 May 2017
11.00am to 2.00pm

Century Inn
5 Airfield Road, Traralgon

Event cost
$55.00 per person for dinner. All prices include GST
(Includes networking lunch and morning tea).

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