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

    • 11 July 2018
    • 12:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • 31 December 2018
    • 12:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Queensland

    The ICON Queensland committee is excited to invite you to be part of the 2018 Mentoring Program. The program will facilitate mentoring relationships with B2B BD, marketing and communications professionals resulting in a mutually beneficial professional development relationship.

    Our aim is to enhance a mentees ability in their current role, with mentors providing guidance and strategies that will allow them to improve performance and confidence. Mentors will benefit from developing their leadership skills and shaping the careers of marketers within B2B organisations.

    We would like to stress that the program seeks to cater for all career stages. We will go through a process of matching mentees with mentors according to career stage and personal requirements detailed on the registration form.

    Program overview

    The program will officially run from July to December 2018, with one scheduled meeting each month, or more if mutually agreed between the mentor and mentee. The suggested length of each meeting is one hour, and can be arranged at a time, date and location suitable for the mentor and mentee. We suggest catching up at a café over coffee. Additional communication may include phone or email interaction, depending what is agreed by both parties.

    There will be a casual launch event towards the end of June to provide participants with the opportunity to meet their program pairing and other participants. Details to be confirmed upon registration. A summary of the details and how to register is below:

    Program details:

    Duration: July - December 2018 
    Fees for mentees: ICON Members: $78 (inc. GST) 
    Non-Members: $99 (inc. GST) An invoice will be issued to mentees by the ICON accounts team.
    Fees for mentors: You pay only with your time and knowledge
    Registration: Please complete the relevant form and return to Karen Kalkaus by 11 July 2018. Mentoring program application pack

    If you have questions on the program please contact Karen Kalkaus

    We look forward to welcoming you to the Queensland ICON Mentoring Program!

    • 01 August 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Boardroom, Norton Rose Fulbright Level 21, 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane

    When marketing budgets are tightening and stakeholders are looking for more return on dollars spent, are sponsorships a good option? How do you turn a sponsorship into a partnership and what benefits should be part of the package?

    At this highly anticipated panel discussion, our experienced panellists from both sides of the table will provide you with practical tips and guidance on how sponsorships and partnership can bring real value and benefits to all involved.

    Topics considered include:

    • How do you find sponsorship and partnership opportunities in your market?
    • How do you measure the value of an arrangement?
    • How do you sell the opportunity to your stakeholders?
    • What is the difference between a sponsorship and a partnership, and what are the benefits of both?
    • You’ve signed up but how do you use the opportunity to raise your profile?
    • How do you build relationships with your sponsor to ensure these arrangements are mutually beneficial and have longevity?


    Kristie FankhauserPartner, FifthEagle – Next Generation Business Advisory; Principal Consultant - Kanvas4 Consulting

    Kristie is a partner at corporate advisory firm Fifth Eagle and owner of boutique marketing consultancy, Kanvas4. 

    Prior to embarking on a portfolio career, she held senior marketing and business development roles with Davidson, McCullough Robertson, DibbsBarker (RIP) and the former Australian arm of NortonRose Fulbright, Deacons.

    With over 20 years’ experience, Kristie has managed, developed and curated a range of sponsorship and partnership programmes covering sport, creative industries, corporate programs and awards. Through her consulting business she has also worked with theatre companies, charities and other profit for purpose organisations to help develop their corporate partnership and development strategy.


    Michelle Connery, Commercial Partnerships and Development Director, Brisbane Powerhouse

    Michelle is a committed partnership management professional with significant experience in marketing, business development and growth strategy.

    Commencing her career in relationship management at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Michelle has worked in a range of events, marketing and partnership management roles - locally, nationally and internationally.  Her eighteen years of experience gives her the ability to recognise, develop and pursue unusual opportunities and business development strategies.

    Experienced in both sides of partnership management, Michelle has a reputation for developing business relationships that are highly respected and valued by all parties involved.  Michelle has managed partnership strategy for Brisbane Festival, Mission Australia, The Mater Foundation, QPAC, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, and has recently taken on the role of Commercial Partnerships and Development Director at Brisbane Powerhouse.

    Paula RobinsonPartner, MinterEllison Gold Coast

    In 2017 Paula Robinson was named Australian Sports and Entertainment Lawyer of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards and her team was named Sports and Entertainment Legal Team of the Year.  Over the last few years alone, Paula has advised on at least 85 sponsorship agreements worth close to $100 million dollars.  She is one of Australia’s most highly credentialed and regarded sponsorship advisors and has acted for both sponsors and rights holders alike. 

    Paula has also been a sponsor herself with her firm MinterEllison sponsoring both the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Sydney 2018 Invictus Games.  Paula is known for her ability to ‘help get the deal done’ and her commercial approach to negotiations is what sets her apart from other lawyers in the field. 

    Nick VincentMarketing and Executive Management

    Nick has worked with many of Australia’s great brands including McDonald’s, The Coffee Club, IGA and Eagle Boys Pizza. With foundations in consumer marketing, Nick has developed a full general management skill set and held leadership roles covering Operations, Technology, Supply Chain, Commercial and People Management. 

    Within these roles Nick has developed and curated different sponsorships and partnerships with corporates and not for profits always seeking to add value to the business and key stakeholders. 

    Now working with different organisations in a consulting capacity Nick advises them to help solve critical business issues with a focus on developing marketing strategy that closely measures and drives return on investment.

      Toni PalmerDevelopment Manager, Queensland Performing Arts Complex

    Toni currently leads the Development team at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. The team focuses on both corporate and philanthropic relationships to assist QPAC with the delivery of performing arts in Queensland. She has extensive experience in the startup and corporate environments, working in the media, ecommerce, consumer products, manufacturing, fashion and agricultural sectors n Australia, Europe and Asia. Toni’s business background creates successful partnerships that deliver a meaningful and commercial return on investment to partners.

    Event details: 

    Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2018
    Time: 12:00 pm for registration and networking lunch
    12:30 pm to 2:00 pm presentation
    Location: Boardroom, Norton Rose Fulbright, Level 21, 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane
    Price: ICON Members: $66
    Non-Members: $99 

    ICON thanks event sponsor:

    • 08 August 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+12:00)
    • Middleton Cafe, QBE Centre, 123 Queen Street, Auckland

    It’s getting cold outside so it’s only fair to take a break and connect with your fellow professionals over a relaxing drink and nibbles.

    This is a great opportunity to meet other professionals in similar industries, broaden your networks as well as catch up with those you haven’t seen in a while.

    Come by yourself or bring friends and colleagues with you, there will be plenty of friendly faces to strike up a conversation with!

    We really hope you can join us.

    Event details:

    Date: Wednesday, 8 August 2018 
    Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm 
    Location: Middleton Cafe, QBE Centre, 123 Queen Street, Auckland
    Price: Members $20
    Non-Members $30
    includes nibbles and two drinks 
    • 17 August 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC+08:00)
    • Baker McKenzie, 8 Marina Boulevard, #05-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1 Singapore

    How are you driving innovation within your organisation?

    In this lunchtime session, Melanie will explore:

    • Why innovation is important for the future
    • How to drive innovation through design thinking
    • Fostering innovation through an entrepreneurial mindset
    • How professional services firms are adapting to change
    • What we can be doing in our current roles to help drive innovation
    Presenter details:

      Melanie Osborne is a seasoned APAC integrated marketing strategist. With over 20 years’ experience, she has devised in-house marketing campaigns for global brands and led multi-discipline agency teams to deliver award winning work for start-ups and MNC clients alike. Melanie has also advised senior executives within financial and professional services organisations on their corporate brand, integrated marketing and digital transformation strategies to help grow their businesses. She is currently the founder of Legato Asia; a full-service marketing agency working with clients in the financial services, professional services and technology sectors throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

    Event details:

    Date: Friday, 17 August 2018
    Time: Registration - 12:30 pm
    Presentation - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Location: Baker McKenzie, 8 Marina Boulevard, #05-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981
    Price: ICON Members: Free
    Non-Members: SG$70 | AUD$72 *Invoices will be in AUD

    ICON thanks event sponsor:

    • 23 August 2018
    • 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
    • MinterEllison, Level 23, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne
    • 30

    So, let’s connect – human to human and share our point of view in a clear way that is easy for our audience to understand, remember and act on.

    By understanding the rules we can truly make a difference and build a human to human connection with emotional appeal that persuades and motivates your audience.

    It is Emma’s mission is to help others see the value of presentations. That is why company’s like Telstra, Commonwealth Bank, Yahoo!7, EY, Microsoft, VISA and Qantas turn to Presentation Studio for the perfect mix of storytelling, visual communication, and presentation skills.

    Emma’s innovative approach to integrating story and visual design transforms lacklustre presentations into engaging, powerful and successful communication tools.


    • How to stay relevant and keep being needed
    • Essential components of presentations
    • Practical ways to differentiate, stand out and get noticed
    • How to be heard above the noise, build trust
    • To share your point of view and be remembered

    Presenter details:


    Emma Bannister thinks in pictures and stories. She is an expert at transforming the written word into visual masterpieces that matter more.

    As a highly sought-after creative, workshop facilitator and keynote speaker, she is passionate about presentations and presenting big and beautiful ideas.

    She started her career designing PowerPoints for banks that traded in high standards and fast deadlines. Their expectations set fire to her ambition, and lead her to bigger and bluer skies outside of her little hometown north of London, UK.

    Emma arrived in Australia in 2002 with a suitcase full of bright ideas. She unpacked her powerful visual punch when she launched Presentation Studio from her humble kitchen table in 2006.

    Fast-forward a decade and Presentation Studio has grown to over 25 staff – all equally passionate about using visual thinking to transform the way people and companies communicate. Their practical tools have helped transform multi-million-dollar pitch presentations for companies such as Telstra, Westfield, Microsoft, Hyundai, Yahoo!7, Commonwealth Bank and PepsiCo.

    Event details:

    Date:  Thursday, 23 August 2018
    Time: 7:45 am for 8:00 am start
    Location: MinterEllison, Level 23, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne
    Price: ICON Members: $66
    Non-Members: $99

    ICON thanks event sponsor:

    • 23 August 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC+09:30)
    • HLB Mann Judd, 169 Fullarton Road Dulwich

    Want to learn more about how to use LinkedIn in a B2B environment and leverage from it?

    ICON SA is pleased to invite you to hear from Simone Douglas, CEO of Social Media AOK who will take us through a robust, interactive and insightful session on B2B marketing. Simone will share with us how to be ahead of the game with your Social Media Strategy.

    Presenter details:


    Simone Douglas, CEO, Social Media AOK
    Simone is a social media specialist, trainer, keynote speaker and strategist.

    She is a highly sought-after speaker and consultant on all aspects of social media and business. Her strong practical focus on tangible outcomes combined with an extensive background in business, change management, and process improvement has seen Simone and her team work with all types of businesses from the local hairdresser, through to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, and everything in between.

    Combining a wealth of marketing knowledge, strategies and experience, Simone is well placed to take you through the social media minefield that is the modern age of marketing.

    She is the Area Director Consultant for BNI Adelaide and the publican for the Duke of Brunswick hotel.

    Simone has staggering 8,000 connections on linked In profile and is ranked in the top 1% of her industry for Social Selling!

    Event details:

    Date: Thursday, 23 August 2018
    Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Location: HLB Mann Judd, 169 Fullarton Road Dulwich
    Price: ICON Members: $35
    Non-Members: $50

    ICON thanks event sponsor:

    • 18 October 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 19 October 2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Ovolo Hotel: 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

    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


    Early bird practitioner member  $1,403
    Early bird practitioner non-member $1,658
    Group booking member (5+ registrants) $1,403
    Group booking non-member (5+ registrants) $1,658
    Practitioner member standard $1,650
    Practitioner non-member standard $1950
    Early bird leader member (CMO's) $425
    Early bird leader non-member (CMO's) $506
    Leader member $500
    Leader non-member $595
    Cocktail party only member $150
    Cocktail party only non-member $195

    Registration categories

    Practitioner registration

    Practitioner registration is suitable for attendees whose roles are technically focused. The practitioner registration provides access to all practitioner stream sessions and other conference activities however this ticket will not provide access to the leadership stream and its sessions.

    Leader registration

    Leader registration is suitable for attendees who hold senior roles within their organisation. Best suited to chief marketing officers, senior managers and discipline leaders, this ticket provides access to all conference activities including the exclusive leadership focused sessions, as well as the more technical practitioner focused sessions.

    Cocktail only registration

    Cocktail party registration is suitable for attendees who can’t make the conference, but would still like to take the opportunity to connect and network with their peers. This registration will provide access to the conference cocktail party on the evening of 18 October but does not provide access to any of the conference’s other components.

    ICON thanks our conference sponsors:



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