Inside INSPIRE19: The Real Business Leadership Summit

On Monday October 14 at Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf Wonderland Media and Wedded Wonderland held INSPIRE19: The Real Business Leadership SummitHow To Future Proof Your Business.

Successful business leaders from across the creative, event and lifestyle industries were brought together in a mix of keynote presentations, panels and breakout sessions where they shared their knowledge and expertise with our hundreds of guests.

The day was hosted by Bahar Etminan who is no stranger to reinvention.. Born in France, she emigrated to Australia when she was 7 having left war torn and revolutionary Iran. By the time she was 11 she was representing Australia as a public speaking champion in a language she couldn’t speak 4 years prior. By the time she was 21 she had already completed a Bachelor of Commerce and become the youngest MBA in Australia. By 27 she had already had a stellar career as GM of Gucci Timepieces aged just 24, and was headhunted GM of two Estee Lauder Brands. By 28 She had moved to Paris to start her first business Brandmakers a multi brand distribution business for beauty products. Bahar believes that the only way to soar like a phoenix is to own your ugly duckling. Watch her keynote presentation below.

Bahar Etminan

“What a day! I am so grateful and glad that I decided to come to Sydney for the INSPIRE19 event to learn from my inspirations and from the absolutely business powerhouses who I look up to and utilise as motivation,” one guest who travelled interstate shared.

“Thank you Wonderland Media for putting on today’s incredible event at Doltone House and for all the incredible connections I have made.”

John Alten, Bruce Keebaugh, Steven Khalil, Diane Khoury and Bahar Etminan

Another said, “Yesterday I had the privilege of attending INSPIRE19 hosted by Wonderland Media at Doltone House. It was a superb event with phenomenal and inspiring speeches by Sydney’s top creatives in the fashion, food, events, hair, beauty marketing and social media fields.”

Natalie Anne

Not only did guests receive tangible business insights and knowledge like how to properly engage influencers and make them a successful part of your marketing strategy, the tools needed to shoot the best social content, how to generate leads and so much more, but they had the opportunity to network and make connections with peers from across multiple industries.

Alison Egan, Dr. Joseph Hkeik, Kristin Fisher and Bahar Etminan

And it wasn’t just our guests who were inspired, but our speakers too.

“I could have listened to our panellists all day! Thanks so much for having me as part of this lineup, & for attracting such a diverse & inspiring audience too,” Katherine Sabbath said. “A huge amount of talent & creativity in one room”.

Taryn Williams

Keynote presentations by:
Bahar Etminan, Founder of and Rescu Me Academy
Natalie Anne, Owner of Natalie Anne Salon and Haircare, Digital Influencer and Educator
Taryn Williams, Founder of
Lisa Messenger, Founder of Collective Hub and Collective Retreat
Wendy El-Khoury, Founder and Director of Wedded Wonderland and Wonderland Media

Lisa Messenger
Wendy El-Khoury

#1 Growth Strategies for Entrepreneurial Business- John Alten, Bruce Keebaugh, Diane Khoury & Steven Khalil
#2 Opportunities in a Saturated Market – Alison Egan, Dr. Joseph Hkeik and Kristin Fisher
#3 Unique Concepts That Make You Money – Aaron Favaloro, Jeanine Bribosia, Katherine Sabbath and Jason James
#4 Does evolution equal money? – John Emmanuel, Daniella Boutros and Melissa Sassine

Aaron Favaloro, Jeanine Bribosia, Katherine Sabbath and Jason James

John Emmanuel, Daniella Boutros, Melissa Sassine and Bahar Etminan

Breakout sessions:
Rita Agoulian, Co-Founder of Lick Your Phone
Sandra El-Ayoubi, Photography by Sandra
George Pappas, Red Search
Ameer El-Issa, Knafeh Bakery

Rita Agoulian and Wendy El-Khoury
Wendy El-Khoury and Sandra El-Ayoubi
Wendy El-Khoury and George Pappas
Wendy El-Khoury and Ameer El-Issa

A special thank you to our MC John Alten, our host Bahar Etminan and event sponsors:
Doltone House
Splendid Photo & Video
John Emmanuel Floral Event Stylist
John Alten
Red Search
Edge House Design
Starlight Chandeliers
Sydney Fireworks & Pyrotechnics
Pink Mix Events
Renee Touma Makeup and Crown Cosmetics
Wonderland Media
Wedded Wonderland

And another huge thank you to the following for their help on the day:

Edge House Design – Agenda, feedback form, badges and crowns
Jonathan Madanat – Event Coordinator
Mary Ronis Events – Style Coordinator
Event Dancefloors – Stage wrap
Rent A Garden – Lemon trees
Tiny Tots Event Hire – Ball pit and media wall crates
Letters by Lou Lou – Media wall signage
John Emmanuel Floral Event Stylist – Media wall, Centrepieces and stage backdrop
Limelight Letters – Neon INSPIRE19 sign on stage backdrop
Pink Mix Parties – Balloons
Splendid Photo and Video – Event photography
In a Maze films – Event videography
Handle Branding – Social media graphics

Bring on INSPIRE20!

All photos by: Splendid Photos and Video

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