What's on this Week - 24 October 2016

Monday 24 October 2016
Nic Crowther's picture
Co Editor
The Shaker

As we limp our way through a wet Canberra spring, there’s no need to stay at home.
There is plenty on offer this week, from arts to awards to business development.

Here we go…

Award-winning CEO, John Heer


Secrets of a successful leader: getting culture right
6.30pm Tuesday 25 October
Weston Room, JG Crawford Building
Australian National University

John Heer, a recently retired CEO from the United States healthcare sector, is an advocate of the Servant Leader philosophy. His success in applying it in the organisations he led resulted in many awards including appearing in Fortune Magazine’s 'Best 100 companies to work for' three times.

John argues that if you get the culture and employee engagement right, all else will follow. The success of his approach is illustrated by the results achieved in his last organisation which achieved 99% employee engagement, 90% physician satisfaction and 99% customer satisfaction – a remarkable achievement in a hospital setting. In this talk John will share his experiences in creating engaging organisational cultures.

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Canberra BusinessPoint: Business Fundamentals Workshop
8.45am to 4.00pm Thursday 27 October
Canberra Business Chamber
216 Northbourne Avenue

Business Fundamentals is the perfect workshop for those thinking about going into business, or even those who are in the early stages of business. It will give you a basic outline of everything you need to know - from Tax and Legal obligations to marketing your business successfully!

This full day workshop is divided into three sessions:

1. TAX - Compliance, simplified accounting and strategic planning.

2. LEGAL - Business structures, branding and IP, premises, insurance, employment and privacy.

3. MARKETING - Knowing your target market, creating marketing goals, budgeting and evaluating.

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Canberra Business Chamber Gala Awards
7.00pm Thursday 27 October
National Convention Centre
$195.00 (members) $220.00 (non-members)

It’s the biggest night of the year for the local peak body. Now into its second year as an amalgamation of the Canberra Business Council and the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, it’s time to recognise the achievements of the local business community

Attendees will hear from Daniel Flynn, one of Australia’s most innovative and inspiring social entrepreneurs and co-founder of Thankyou Water (now Thankyou) – a social enterprise that exists to empower Australians to change the world through simple everyday purchases.

Through Thankyou’s range of over 34 consumer products across the water, body care and food ranges, Thankyou funds safe water access, hygiene and sanitation programs and food aid respectively. Under Daniel’s leadership, the social enterprise has given over $3 million to projects spanning 16 countries.

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Canberra International Film Festival
From Thursday 27 October - 6 November 2016
National Film & Sound Archive
McCoy Circuit
$17.00 (adults) $14.50 (concession)

Canberra International Film Festival is a celebration of international cinema and screen arts with a decidedly Canberran touch. This year marks the 20th year anniversary of the festival.

The 2016 program will be packed with a score of acclaimed international films, special events and workshops. According to Festival direcor, Alice Taylor, . 

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Nara Candle Festival
From 4.30pm Saturday 29 October
Nara Peace Park & Lennox Gardens
Yarralumla (behind The Hyatt Hotel)

Enjoy the spectacular visual of 2,000 shimmering candles at the 14th annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival on Saturday 29 October, as we celebrate the 23rd year of the Sister City relationship shared between Canberra and Nara, Japan.

Visitors will be mesmerised by the sounds of Japanese music and enchanting lighting that highlights the features of the beautiful Peace Park. The festival brings a wide variety of Japanese and Australian culture with arts and crafts such as calligraphy, lantern making, origami, ikebana and kite flying.

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