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How Play With Purpose Can Create a Revolution in Your Organisation


Museum of Contemporary Art
2000 NSW

Play with purpose


Melissa Browne

Melissa Browne

Melissa Browne is a serial entrepreneur, business strategist, author and money expert. She is the founder and CEO of the award-winning accounting and advisory firm A&TA (Accounting & Taxation Advantage, CEO of the financial planning firm The Money Barre & co-founder and Director of Business at the innovative, long-day early learning school for 3-5 year olds, Thinkers.inq.)

Mel knows that accountants are not viewed as innovative change-agents and is challenging that notion by proving that understanding the numbers balanced with the ability to think creatively and critically can be the key to success in business. She is adept at making the complex simple and using innovative techniques and approaches so that her audience and clients don’t just kind of understand but actually get it.

Melissa’s first book was the illustrated business book, More Money for Shoes, which compares building a business to building a wardrobe and shows you how to build a profitable, successful business. Her second book, Fabulous but Broke, is another illustrated business book and uses financial fairytales to challenge money messages that readers may have and question the notion that you need a fairy godmother or knight in shining armour to financially save you.

Melissa is regularly asked to speak and comment on money, business and occasionally shoes. She writes a fortnightly column for the Money Section in the Sydney Morning Herald (The Age and affiliates), is a monthly contributor to Gloss Magazine and has made regular TV appearances including the Today Show, Weekend Today and The Daily Edition. She has also been featured in or written for Latte Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Renegade Collective, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Cleo, Cosmopolitan and in 2013 was featured as one of Australia’s 100 most inspiring women in Madison magazine.

Rod Soper

Rod Soper

Rod has more than fifteen years in the field of leadership development. He has held a range positions including; educational specialist, head of school and casual lecturer at Macquarie University.

Rod’s expertise in leaderships design includes research into ontological and interpersonal development, critical thinking, pedagogy and transformational learning environments. He has conducted numerous research projects and published papers within the field of thought leadership, pedagogical practice, leadership design and organisational culture.

Rod is passionate about helping leaders to realise their full potential through personal work and personal leadership vision building and design. Through his work, he aims to build a network of transformational leaders by facilitating change through personal growth, creative, critical and reflective thinking and innovation.

The establishment of Thinkers.inq Consulting is a culmination of Rod’s commitment and vision to foster a community of creative and enquiring leaders who can go forward into the world with deep personal confidence, open-mindedness for innovation and passionate curiosity to develop teams.

Event Details

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Research shows the industrial method of business & education and our desire to relentlessly motivate people is killing innovation and creativity in our workplaces. CEOs say they have more 'doers' than 'thinkers' and yet in business, we need to become both.

In this workshop, Melissa Browne and Rod Soper will show how you can support your people to move from rules-based, glass-half-full conformists to engaged, creative and critical thinkers. They'll discuss, share and play with the concept of building a successful organisation through a culture of purposeful play by looking at rules, stories, psychological safety, how to play, perfectionism and failure. 

You'll spend time playing during the workshop so you can discover for yourselves just why play with purpose is so important for a healthy, vibrant, successful organisation.The aim is for you to  walk away not just excited by a new concept but equipped with new tools so you can become the protagonist who starts a revolution through play in your organisation.

This event is perfect for leaders, managers, business owners, educators and creatives.

Mel and Rod bring their unique skillset of creativity, business acumen, entrepreneurship, educational change and research to this discussion. Mel is a serial entrepreneur, owning an accounting firm (A&TA), financial planning business (The Money Barre) and is co-founder with Rod of Thinkers.inq the first early years school of its kind in Australia and Thinkers.inq consulting, a play-based consulting firm.  She also writes a fortnightly column on money for the SMH well & has two innovative business & finance books, More Money for Shoes & Fabulous but Broke.

Rod is a lead educationalist, a thought leader, a leadership design consultant and has written a number of research papers around pedagogy and leadership redesign. Through their own businesses & their work with SME's, educators and large corporations they are uniquely positioned to discuss why purposeful play is so important today - both from an ROI, research and leadership platform.

This event is presented by Thinkers.inq Consulting and A&TA.


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