Venture Melton Business Summit

It was a fine winter’s day that greeted the 200 or so guests arriving at Eynesbury Homestead on Friday 22 June. The historic surrounds of the homestead formed a wonderful backdrop and indeed, somewhat of a contrast to the content of the business summit which had a strong focus on what the future may hold and how businesses can best prepare for change.

Presentations can be downloaded here:

Bernadette Schwerdt - The Power of Story: How to get people's attention(PDF, 2MB)

Steve TigheSteve Tighe Planning and Innovating for the Future(PDF, 2MB)


The lineup for 2018 was:

Todd Sampson Chairman of Leo Burnett, Television Presenter, Documentary-Maker, Businessman

Todd is an adventurer, award-winning documentary-maker, television presenter (Gruen; Redesign my Brain; Bodyhack etc.) and businessman. 

The Financial Review and News Limited ranked him as one of the most influential executives in Australia. He is the former national CEO of award winning creative solutions company Leo Burnett and currently sits on the Board of Directors of both Fairfax and Qantas. He is also the co-creator of the Earth Hour initiative, one of the largest environmental movements in history reaching over 1 billion people in 5,500 cities worldwide.

Presentation Topic: Brain Power

The premise of Todd’s award-winning Discovery Science series Redesign My Brain was simple. For over 70 years, science has told us that our brains are fixed. You are born with the brain you have, which develops rapidly until the age of seven, and then it starts a steady decline from age 30 until you die and there was nothing you could do about it. But science has now proven that to be false. In fact, modern science has shown that our brain is plastic and that we all have the ability to improve it at any age and at any time. This presentation will show you how to boost your brain power.

Bernadette Schwerdt Author, Speaker, Coach

Bernadette is the founder of the Australian School of Copywriting, a former account director with Young & Rubicam Advertising and a popular TEDx speaker. 

She is the author of the best-selling books Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs, and How to Build an Online Business, and is a contributor to BRW, The Australian Financial Review, The Age and the Huff Post. 

Bernadette is the event MC and will share key learnings from her best-selling books.

Stephen Yarwood Urban Futurist, Former Lord Mayor of Adelaide

Passionate about cities and innovation, Stephen is one of Australia’s best-known and respected contemporary Urban Planners who consults internationally on future city trends, urban innovation, leadership and creating positive change. He is considered an international specialist on the future citizen and the relationships between people, technology, infrastructure, society, cities and quality urbanism. 

Stephen will explore global trends to give insights into what the future may hold.

Steve Tighe

Steve Tighe is a leading advisor to business on the future, strategy and innovation. 

He is the former Foresight Manager at Foster’s, has a Masters in Strategic Foresight from Swinburne University, and has completed the Oxford Scenarios Programme at Oxford University. 

Steve has worked with some of the world’s leading organisations, looking at the future of their industry and the strategic and innovation options for their business.

Steve will provide practical tools and strategies to help your business prepare for future scenarios.