Laura is Chairman of SVI Global Pty Ltd, Chairman of the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival – one of the largest consumer fashion festivals in the world, Chairman of The Good Foundation and a Chairman of the CEO Circle. Laura is on the Board of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and serves on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Marketing Committee. Laura is on the Board of the Joint Education and Training Advisory Board (“JET”) of the Australian Department of Defence and is a member of the Victorian Defence Industry Advisory Council (“VDIAC”). Laura is a selected member of Women Chiefs of Enterprises International (WCEI) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the National Association of Corporate Directors in Washington D.C. She is a Director of several private investment companies and actively supports philanthropic causes including the Jigsaw Foundation, Aardvaark, The Hunger Project, Red Dust, FAST, Kids for Kids and Life’s Little Treasures. Laura is an Australia Day Ambassador Laura is the founding Chairman of the Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Schools. Laura is the immediate past Chairman/President of the Starlight Children’s Foundation – Victoria. She is a Governor and was previously a member of the Victorian Board of the American Chamber of Commerce.
Laura was a Non-Executive Director of the Just Group (840 retail locations) and Chairman of the Risk Committee. She was a member of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee. Laura was a Director of Eastern Health (55 hospitals and facilities) and served on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Quality Committee. Laura was the National Partner in Charge of Strategy and Development for KPMG Australia from 2001–2004 and was the founding Partner of KPMG Australia’s Risk and Advisory Services for Industry Practice.
Laura is an active member of many professional associations including the international Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP/CLM) where she served as the founding President of the Australasian Roundtable from 2000-2003 and the Chartered Institute of Transport serving in the role of Chairman of the Victorian Section for two years from 1997-1999. She was a key advisor on Industry and Strategy to the Australian Department of Defence 1993-2004. Laura was also a principal advisor on industry structure, enabling technologies and supply chains to the US National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) in Washington DC 2001 – 2004. She is a guest lecturer at Melbourne Business School’s Executive Development Program on Strategy, Risk Management and Corporate Governance.
Laura has worked extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. She has received many awards for her contributions to industry including transport, manufacturing, defence, and high technology industries. She has earned an international reputation for her innovative contributions in the areas of scenario analysis, strategic planning, risk management and capability development.
Laura’s advisory clients included Motorola, Texas Instruments, Johnson and Johnson, Hewlett Packard, United Laboratories, Coca-Cola, 3M, NEC, AT&T, American Airlines, Apple Computer, Dell Computer, Sara Lee, General Electric, US Postal Service, Coles Myer, Mayne Nickless, Volvo, National Rail, WMC, The U.S. Department of Defence, The Australian Defence Forces, The Royal Australian Air Force, The Australian Government, The Victorian Government, Carlton & United Breweries (Fosters), Pacific Dunlop, Woolworths, Normandy Mining and Australia Post – where she focussed on leveraging the human asset to maximise sustainable performance.
Laura is a highly respected public speaker and advisor to business groups, charitable organisations, professional societies, government and academia.
The L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival is one the world's leading festivals . I require people with strong language skills and cultural understanding who travel the world and bring us the finest fashions. Languages gives you a window into the world. I encourage students to seriously consider continuing on with the learning of a language.
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Daniel Ednie-Lockett is the founder of Language Connection, a not for profit which runs language exchanges and conferences for native speakers and learners of English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Daniel speaks fluent Japanese and Mandarin and has worked as a TV presenter in Mandarin in China for the last two years.
I began my career as a reporter on ABC Radio in Newcastle in 1994 before moving to SBS after winning a national scholarship. In 2001, I was approached to join the Nine Network as a reporter on National Nine News where I covered breaking news events such as the Waterfall train disaster and the historic Sydney Gang rape trial. I played a key role in the 2004 Athens Olympics coverage, where I reported for several news and current affairs programs from the Greek capital and across Europe. Upon my return I was appointed host of the Late News program Nightline. In addition to that role, I presented a weekly news segment on the Network's flagship current affairs program Sunday, alongside host Jana Wendt.
Maintaining language culture is very important not just to me but to all the diversity communities as well as the wider community of Australia, English is my second language, I understand the importance of it, not just in our everyday life but also in connecting with the world politicly, economically and other aspects, but to most of us this wouldn't slow us in maintaining our main language, the world of today is about creating and sharing we should all be proud of who we are and share our cultural across the world, but it all start with your own identity of where you come from, I believe maintaining language is important to achieve all the desire of making this world a better place.