IPAA Queensland’s annual and hugely popular signature event, the Chief Executives and Emerging Leaders Breakfast, is hosted annually at Brisbane’s iconic City Hall.


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.


Chief Executives are invited to host a table (10 places) of emerging leaders and young professionals from their organisation.

We think of emerging leaders as high-performing professionals in the early stages of their career in public purpose work – individuals with the potential to make a significant contribution to the sector over the years ahead. They are leading and influencing within their field, sector or organisation, regardless of the formal position they hold.

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


The breakfast has taken place annually since 2018 and featured an outstanding range of presenters. In 2023 we reimagined the event (from the previously named “Chief Executives and Young Professional Breakfast”) to contemporise its focus and to be more inclusive of current and future leaders in the sector.

  • Holly Ransom delivered her 2023 keynote on the topic of Emergent Leadership: Harnessing the Power of the Collective to Future Proof Our Organisations. Holly was followed by a discussion on public purpose leadership with three respected leaders – Jessica Hamilton, Stacey Giles and Andrew Harris.
  • In 2022 Dr David Rock of the Neuroleadership Institute delivered the keynote address on The neuroscience of leading through turbulent times. He later joined a panel discussion with Stephen Beckett, Rona McLean-Carmody and Naomi Bruton.
  • The 2021 breakfast featured four young entrepreneurs speaking to the theme Creating change: purpose, ethics, impact. Camille Socquet-Clerc, Will Smith-Stubbs, Sabrina Chakori and Taj Pabari, inspired the audience with personal stories of finding their purpose and passion to make the world a better place.
  • At the 2020 breakfast Professor Megan Davis delivered a powerful keynote It’s time. Keeping focused on reconciliation. This was followed by a panel discussion with Kerry O’Brien, Dr Chris Sarra and Lizzie Orley.
  • In 2019, Dr Angus Hervey of Future Crunch addressed the theme Reimagining the future of public purpose work in the next economy.
  • The inaugural breakfast in 2018 featured a panel of talented, up and coming Queensland Government professionals who discussed ways to build a diverse and inclusive sector that fosters young talent.

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