2023 Chief Executives and Emerging Leaders Breakfast

Emergent leadership: Harnessing the power of the collective to future proof our organisations

registrations now open!


IPAA Queensland is delighted to invite the public purpose sector once again to our annual flagship event, the Chief Executives and Emerging Leaders Breakfast.

Formally known as the Chief Executives and Young Professionals Breakfast, this event will see hundreds of public purpose leaders (both current and emerging) come together to hear the latest insights in the field of public purpose practice.

There is an inter-generational shift currently taking place in our world, and Holly Ransom will take to the stage to share the latest on this shift, and how it will apply to the public purpose sector.

Did you know that millennials comprise 37% of the Australian workforce and are likely to occupy nearly 75% of it by 2025?

Yet – currently 6 out of 10 are disengaged, costing the economy about $20 billion annually. From a consumer standpoint, millennials have a current spending power of US $10 trillion and will control 28% of the world’s financial assets by 2030 and more than $59 trillion worth of wealth transfers between generations.

The numbers around the importance of the emerging generation cannot be denied.

However, when expertly utilised and engaged, emerging leadership can harness the power of the collective to anticipate, understand and action new information.


Holly will break open the power we all have in our emerging leaders, our teams, our organisations and our communities to catalyse change.

This talk will examine the driving forces behind this emerging generation: what motivates and engages them, and what leads them to make a purchase, become a brand advocate and develop brand or employer loyalty. Importantly, this talk will deal with key intergenerational differences and tensions: feedback, expectations, communication and key decision-making factors; allowing leaders to understand the subtle but significant changes they can make to drive greater employee and customer outcomes.

Supporting emerging leadership is key to future proofing our organisations, but it also requires curiosity and creativity – the capacity to benefit from diverse perspectives and embed them into our systems and mindsets.

These topics and more will be shared and more importantly, discussed, at this must-attend event.

This renowned event provides a perfect opportunity for chief and senior executives from across the Queensland public purpose sector to invest in the talent of the future and recognise young professionals in their organisation by hosting a table 10 and leading thought-provoking and challenging conversation.

At IPAA, we think of emerging leaders as those who new to public service, or in the early stages of their public purpose career and are vital in progressing an innovative and transformational response to complex and evolving community needs.

The event is a fantastic opportunity for young professionals to engage with senior leaders, share ideas and build their professional networks.


Date:    Thursday 20th April, 2023

Time:   Breakfast, 7am for a 7.15am start

Place:  Brisbane City Hall

Ticket prices

Individual tickets
IPAA members                                                      $105
Organisational member employees                 $119
General admission                                               $140

Tables of 10
General admission                                               $1,370
Organisational member additional tables       $1,090 (first table is complimentary*)

Prices include GST. A credit card surcharge of 0.99% will be applied at checkout.

*Member organisations of IPAA Queensland are entitled to a complimentary table. Not sure if your organisation is a member? View the list here, or contact the IPAA team.

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Holly Ransom

Holly Ransom is a globally renowned content curator, powerful speaker and master interviewer with the belief that if you walk past it, you tell the world it’s okay.

Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, she has delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List’ of Future Game Changers to watch and was awarded the US Embassy’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Leadership Excellence in 2019.

Having interviewed the likes of Barack Obama, Malcolm Gladwell, Richard Branson, Billie Jean-King, Condoleezza Rice, Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and the world’s first humanoid robot Sophia, Holly fights complexity with curiosity, apathy with empowerment and fear with fact.

As a Fulbright scholar and Harvard Kennedy School Class of ’21 fellow, Holly is a recipient of the prestigious Anne Wexler Public Policy Scholarship, allowing her to action social and economic inclusion by connecting people with the decisions that affect their lives. Having released her book, The Leading Edge, Holly helps people harness their own potential to lead by asking better questions, thinking beyond biased answers and building collective momentum for change. The Leading Edge is part of Holly’s broader belief that we need to democratise leadership learning and break open elite leadership discourse to fire up every individual to catalyse change.

Holly was identified early as a dynamic thought leader, asked to Co- Chair the G20 Youth Summit in 2014, the United Nations Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs in 2016, and becoming the youngest Director ever appointed to an Australian Football Club, the mighty Port Adelaide.

Holly’s podcast ‘Coffee Pods’ was named in the top ten business podcasts to listen to by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2018, and Holly has been recognised as a LinkedIn Influencer and a must-read content producer by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Herself an accomplished company director, Holly has compressed a power-packed career into a decade, spanning corporate, non-profit and public sectors. As founder and CEO of consulting firm Emergent, Holly has led real-world results with clients such as P&G, Microsoft, Virgin, Cisco and KPMG.

Holly has also been a regular on the likes of The Drum and QandA.

As a proud champion for diversity and inclusion, Holly is Chair of Pride Cup Australia, a non-profit organisation (and movement) devoted to challenging LGBTI+ discrimination within sporting clubs – and create welcoming and supportive environments for LGBTI participation and fans. A two-time Ironwoman, Holly loves to cook, dance and sing… despite her complete lack of talent at all three.


Our Emerging Leaders Working Group

IPAA Queensland’s Emerging Leaders Working Group was formed as part of IPAA Queensland’s priority for delivering initiatives that meet the needs of emerging leaders engaged in public purpose work.

IPAA Queensland recognises that emerging leaders are the future leaders of our public service and public purpose organisations and have an important role to play as public service and public purpose work stewards of the future.

The working group provides an important opportunity for emerging leaders from IPAA Queensland member organisations and IPAA individual members to contribute to our vision, direction and activities. This cadre of emerging public servants and public purpose workers are well positioned to provide guidance and advice to ensure that IPAA Queensland’s  activities are relevant and engaging to new professionals and up-and-coming leaders.

IPAA Queensland Council Vice President and Secretary Tanya Hornick (Strategic Partnership Manager, Queensland, Australian Bureau of Statistics) and President Deidre Mulkerin (Director-General, Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs) provide stewardship and mentoring to the group.


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