ICON connects members with other members, with experts and thought leaders at a range of events across the regions.

Through the events program, members are exposed to new ways of thinking, new information and insights. Events provide the opportunity to connect, collaborate and initiate relationships which support business objectives and also personal career development.

Events include seminars, workshops and social networking functions, as well as the annual ICON conference.

To identify future events of interest on the specific regional events page.

ICON is grateful to member firms who regularly host our events. If you would like to bring ICON’s members to your office, please contact your Regional Committee or the ICON head office.


Upcoming events

    • 30 May 2018
    • 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Ashurst – Level 11, 5 Martin Place, Sydney

    Feedback is an essential part of learning and development in the workplace. Most firms have formal feedback mechanisms and programs in place, but are we really listening to what managers and colleagues are telling us on a day-to-day basis? How do we give feedback to senior stakeholders without impacting our personal brand or affecting the relationships we are building? How can we coach others to give and solicit feedback?

    We've assembled a panel of experts to explore these questions and workshop some examples to give us the confidence to give and receive feedback.

    This session will assist with upcoming performance review conversations as well as provide guiding principles for feedback as your career takes you towards management roles.

    A little about each of our panellists:

    Fiona Tilden is a Senior HR Manager at Ashurst and works directly with the global business support functions. Fiona has provided HR support to the BD, Marketing and Communications teams in law firms for over 12 years. Her HR experience includes performance management, career coaching and staff engagement.
    Kate Potter is the Head of CRM and Client Insights at Gilbert + Tobin. She has 15 years of experience in and around law firms focusing on winning work, retaining clients and assisting partners and lawyers to achieve their business development goals.
      Carmen Wearne is Head of Deloitte’s Strategic Clients Team at Deloitte Australia. She is a senior marketing and business development professional with over 15 years’ experience specialising in customer experience, marketing, account management, digital and strategic communications and leadership.

    Event details:

     Date:  Wednesday, 30 May 2018
     Time:  7:45 am for 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    A light breakfast will be served. Please advise dietary requirements during registration.
     Venue:  Ashurst – Level 11, 5 Martin Place, Sydney

    ICON Members: $77 AUD (inc GST)
    Non-Members: $99 AUD (inc GST)

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Upcoming sessions in 2018

    • June – Next Step session 3: Presenting with impact
    • August – Next Step session 4: Communicating value and effective storytelling
    • September – Next Step session 5: The Power of Human Connection to create Resilience, to coincide with RUOK day.

    Further details on each of the above events, including date, venue, presenters and individual event registration will be circulated leading up to each event.

    ICON thanks event sponsor: 

    • 31 May 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

    It’s time to reimagine yourself, rearrange priorities, and break old habits expecting new results. It’s time to RESET!

    Our speakers will challenge you to build resilience and flexibility to face down your fears, build habits of happiness, and adopt design thinking approaches to apply practical innovation to your organisation.

    • 05 June 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Aurecon, Level 14, 32 Turbot Street, Brisbane
    • 15

    Video content is one of the most effective ways to reach and engage with B2B audiences. The issue of cost versus production quality can often hold us back, but it is possible to create engaging video content with little more than the phone in your pocket.

    Back by popular demand after a standout session in 2017, Jeff Licence, Director at Tigermonkey Productions, will run a four-hour video masterclass focussing on camera work and editing. Good storytelling skills are assumed.

    Attendees will grow their video productions skills and gain confidence to make their own videos.

    Attendance numbers will be limited to maximise the learning and interaction. A further workshop may be scheduled if demand exists.

    What to bring:

    A fully charged smartphone with enough hard drive space to shoot several minutes of video.

    Make sure your phone has editing software:

    • If on an iPhone, you may already have the iMovie app. If not download it from here.
    • If on an Android phone, install Premiere Clip from here.
    Presenter Details:

    Jeff Licence

    With a career spanning 25 years in media and education industries, Jeff brings a wealth of skills, experience and knowledge across the media and video production fields.

    Jeff’s documentaries have been screened at various film festivals and events and won him the 2017 Gold Coast Media Award for Best TV Feature story.

    Between January 2014 and March 2017 Jeff was employed by the ABC as an Open Producer, creating video, photographic, audio and written content for ABC TV, Radio and Online. In this role, he also presented community workshops, teaching people how to create and publish their own stories.

    In 2018, Jeff has been working with Bond University teaching their Documentary course and with Queensland College of Art teaching a new course - Digital Video and Content Production.

    You can follow Jeff on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-licence-3ab27b54/

    Event details:

    Date: Tuesday, 5 June 2018
    Time: 8:30 am for 9:00 am start, with session to end by 1:00 pm
    Location: Aurecon, Level 14, 32 Turbot Street, Brisbane
    Price: ICON Members: $120
    Non-Members: $150

    ICON thanks Digital Decoded Series global sponsor:

    and event sponsor:

    • 05 June 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow 8 Marina Boulevard #05-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1 Singapore 018981

    Social networks are an often untapped resource in the B2B space. ICON is pleased to have Tom Skotidas from iCumulus for a discussion on how professional services firms can leverage their respective social networks in order to identify prospects, build relationships and generate leads which ultimately result in increased revenue.

    The topics which Tom will cover include:

    • Why social selling should be a key sales and marketing channel for B2B firms
    • The 5 biggest social selling mistakes
    • 5 quick-win social selling tactics for B2B firms
    • Live examples that worked
    Presenter details:

    Tom Skotidas

    Tom has been the General Manager, B2B at iCumulus since 2016, where he helps B2B brands identify, engage and convert business prospects into qualified sales leads using social and digital channels.

    Prior to joining iCumulus, Tom served as Managing Director at self-founded Skotidas Consulting Group, where he assisted with the design and implementation of hundreds of Social Selling and Digital Demand Generation programs for some of the world's leading B2B brands including Oracle, Cisco, Google, SAS, QBE, SingTel, HPE, Sage, Lenovo, Schneider Electric and Dell.

    Tom also spent about five years lecturing on Social Media Marketing with the University of Auckland and the Australian Direct Marketing Association.

    Event details:

     Date:  Tuesday, 5 June 2018
     Time:  12:30 pm for 2:00 pm
     Venue:  Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow 8 Marina Boulevard #05-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1 Singapore 018981

    ICON Members: Complimentary
    Non-Members: AU$70 | SG$70

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    ICON thanks event sponsor:

    • 05 June 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+08:00)
    • Nexia, Level 3, 88 William Street Perth
    • Have you ever sat in meetings where partners or business leaders were throwing around jargon or complex financial concepts that left you scratching your head?
    • Ever wondered the real impact that effective pricing - or more importantly spur of the moment discounting - can have on profitability?
    • Would you like to better understand business and financial essentials, in an environment where it’s safe to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to around financial management, business planning and profitability?

    To help address these gaps, ICON WA invites you to our 5 June session to participate in a business simulation workshop that will bring unique insights into how cash circulates through a business and affects teams working across various functions.

    Program Details:

    This business simulation, run by experts from Nexia, will immerse you in a hands-on, interactive environment that brings financial statements and the art of business to life. Working in teams, participants will form the management board of an established company facing some typical market challenges. Working together you’ll make changes to the business operations to improve your financial and market position. Collectively we’ll see how to make more profit without extra sales and the impact one person’s actions can really make on business performance.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to accelerate your 'learning by doing’ in a simulation that has already helped scores of teams and individuals in a wide range of professional and B2B firms better understand how their businesses really tick. Places are limited to 30 participants so register to attend without delay.


    4:30 pm: Registration / Tea & Coffee
    4:45 pm: Simulation starts
    6:45 pm: Workshop ends followed by drinks, nibbles & networking
    7:30 pm: Close

    Presenter Details:

    Solvita Bleiere, Director - Human Capital Solutions, Nexia Australia

    Solvita is an experienced talent leader dedicated to building high performing teams and driving change. With international experience gained as an external consultant and internal practitioner, she designs, leads and delivers strategic, leadership and human capital development projects. Combining a broad understanding of business with knowledge of organisational dynamics, human capital development and qualifications in coaching, Solvita is furthermore a Celemi accredited facilitator, focused on delivering organisational success through simulation-based action learning.

    Brenton Lawrence, Associate Director – Business Advisory, Nexia Australia

    Brenton’s focus is to provide an integrated service for his client’s individual and business needs whilst developing long term client relationships. Brenton has over 10 years experience in accounting and taxation, with particular expertise in management accounting, live accounting, and helping businesses realise their full potential through business simulations.

    Event details:

    Date: Tuesday, 5 June 2018
    Time: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Location: Nexia, Level 3, 88 William Street Perth
    Price: ICON Members: $25
    Non-Members: $40

    ICON thanks event host:

    • 21 June 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Red Spice Road, 27 McKillop St, Melbourne
    • 8

    Connect Networking Lunches – are an informal lunch providing the opportunity to network with peers in similar roles discussing topics that people have a shared interest in.

    To ensure guests receive the greatest value from the experience, lunches are restricted to those specialising in the area of business, or those with a keen interest in the topic. Attendance will be kept to a maximum of 8 people.

    Here is what is on this month.

    'An event for events people'

    Seminar, webinar, boardroom lunch, conference, cocktails with extraordinary expectations, limited budgets, complex logistics, challenging stakeholders is business-as-usual for event managers. 

    This lunch provides the opportunity for you to enjoy being a guest instead of a host. Learn from others who work in this space, share ideas and connect.

    Below is a schedule for the remaining Connect Lunches for 2018

    • Thursday 23 August | "Be one with the customer" – for client relationship managers and people involved in client development programs
    • Thursday 20 September | "Pivoting the pursuit"– for pursuit & bid leaders
    • Thursday 18 October | "2018 Election Year" – for business development professionals in the government sector
    • Thursday 22 November | "Coordinate and Advise" – for all of our coordinators and advisors

    We hope you can join us.

    Event details:

     Date: Thursday, 21 June 2018 
     Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
     Location: Red Spice Road, 27 McKillop St, Melbourne
     Price: ICON Members: $60
    Non-Members: $80
    • 25 June 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC+12:00)
    • Russell McVeagh, Vero Centre, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland

    The voice of the client is usually sought by businesses at two main listening posts: at the end of a transaction and as part of an ongoing relationship management plan. While many businesses devote a lot of effort to their client feedback programs, they can be hard to sustain, expensive to conduct, elaborate in their execution and slow to yield results. In this session, you’ll discover alternative ways to gather meaningful insights from clients without busting your budget. In addition, you’ll find out how to use client experience mapping and empathy mapping to guide your approach.

    Topics include:

    • A practical five-stage client experience framework that will re-frame marketing, sales and client loyalty actions
    • How to install at least six more ”listening posts” throughout a client journey
    • How to move feedback to the front line of client engagement
    • How to use empathy mapping to inform the questions you ask
    Presenter Details:

    Sue-Ella Prodonovich has more than 20 years senior level experience winning and growing business in the professional services and B2B sectors. Over that time she has helped many of the Asia Pacific’s most recognised legal and professional services firms sharpen their business development practices, attract and retain clients, and become more profitable. https://www.prodonovich.com/about-sue-ella/

    Event details:
    Date:  Monday, 25 June 2018 
    Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Location: Russell McVeagh, Vero Centre, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland
    Price:  ICON Member: NZD $30 | AUD $28
    Non-Member: NZD $55 | AUD $53

    ICON thanks event sponsor:

    • 18 October 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 19 October 2018
    • Ovolo Woolloomooloo

    We're excited to announce the 2018 ICON Australia & New Zealand Conference will be held at Sydney's award-winning boutique hotel, Ovolo Woolloomooloo on 18-19 October.

    Our annual conference offers a unique opportunity for marketers, sales leaders, business developers, client engagement specialists and communicators working across Asia Pacific’s B2B market to come together to connect, learn, collaborate and discover over two days.

    Excitingly, we are introducing a new format to this year’s conference to enhance your learning and networking experience. Together with a luxury venue and breathtaking harbour views, the annual conference promises to deliver an unforgettable event, unlike anything you’ve seen from us before.

    We look forward to sharing more details, including ticket purchase options and an inspiring speaker line-up, with you soon. In the meantime please save the date and if you’re not already, follow us on our social media channels where we’ll be sharing conference updates regularly.

    Event details:

    Date: 18 and 19 October 2018
    Time: Full Day
    Location: Ovolo Hotel: 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo, Sydney


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