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WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

​The story begins, like many start-ups, with a stint working overseas.

It was a chance offer to help organise an Anthony Robbins event in London where Karen Beattie first felt the impact on audiences of a world-class speaker… and a spark was ignited that would later become The Growth Faculty.  

Back in Australia, Karen settled into events management for the Certified Practising Accountants Association (CPA) before accounting software firm MYOB in 1999 placed their trust in her to organise a national roadshow explaining the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) to thousands of small and medium businesses.

“I met so many business owners and managers who were time poor, and personally and professionally stretched,” she remembers. “I saw first- hand how calming and empowering it was for them to know about change before it happened.”

Helping these businesses, no matter what their size, access the world’s greatest business minds became Karen’s goal, and so she began The Growth Faculty, initially called Business Connect.  Today, The Growth Faculty is a leading provider of world class education for executives and leadership teams, with speaker events featuring Jim Collins, Simon Sinek, Hillary Clinton, George Clooney, Malcom Gladwell, Patrick Lencioni, John Maxwell and Liz Wiseman to name a few.  In addition, a new and improved online business book club is offered to members, with event discounts, and unique content from bestselling business book authors.

“Our goal is to provoke ideas, stimulate action and drive profitable growth
Karen Beattie


WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT DELIVERING POWERFUL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERS AND TEAMS
TGF Team With Hillary

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

​The story begins, like many start-ups, with a stint working overseas.

It was a chance offer to help organise an Anthony Robbins event in London where Karen Beattie first felt the impact on audiences of a world-class speaker… and a spark was ignited that would later become The Growth Faculty.  

Back in Australia, Karen settled into events management for the Certified Practising Accountants Association (CPA) before accounting software firm MYOB in 1999 placed their trust in her to organise a national roadshow explaining the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) to thousands of small and medium businesses.

“I met so many business owners and managers who were time poor, and personally and professionally stretched,” she remembers. “I saw first- hand how calming and empowering it was for them to know about change before it happened.”

Helping these businesses, no matter what their size, access the world’s greatest business minds became Karen’s goal, and so she began The Growth Faculty, initially called Business Connect.  Today, The Growth Faculty is a leading provider of world class education for executives and leadership teams, with speaker events featuring Jim Collins, Simon Sinek, Hillary Clinton, George Clooney, Malcom Gladwell, Patrick Lencioni, John Maxwell and Liz Wiseman to name a few.  In addition, a new and improved online business book club is offered to members, with event discounts, and unique content from bestselling business book authors.

“Our goal is to provoke ideas, stimulate action and drive profitable growth
Karen Beattie

Our Team

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Karen Beattie

Founder and Managing Director

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Karen Beattie

Founder and Managing Director

I'm Karen, Founder and Managing Director of The Growth Faculty. I love to spend my time reading, researching and building relationships with authors and thinkers, offering them a platform to share their ideas with the members of our community. I'm passionate about curating unique learning opportunities for business owners and leaders, offering them ideas to change the way they work. When these forces connect, everybody wins.

My work and company time often merge, and on weekends I love to travel, go on adventures, explore new places and enjoy time with friends and family on the Northern Beaches. I have a ridiculous number of photos of the sunrise which is my favourite time of the day.

Personal Motto: Never, never, never give up!

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Jessica De Rooy

National Marketing Manager

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Jessica De Rooy

National Marketing Manager

I'm Jess, National Marketing Manager for The Growth Faculty. I'm so proud of the incredible speakers, best-selling authors and future thinkers that make up our live and on demand events, and it's my job to make sure you know about them, too.

When I'm not at work, you'll find me surfing, running or catching up with friends. I've recently taken up tennis and what I lack in natural talent I make up for in enthusiasm! I love an early night and an activity-filled day.

Personal Motto: No regrets.
Bucket List Item: Olympic length triathlon.

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Michelle Eckles

EVENT MANAGER

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Michelle Eckles

EVENT MANAGER

I'm Michelle, Event Manager for The Growth Faculty. I began working with Karen back in 2003 BC (Business Connect/Before Children), starting as a PA and eventually moving into my current role. I've worked in the events industry for almost two decades, not including my experience running neighbourhood concerts at the age of 10.

I've got excellent attention to detail and am committed to making all TGF events run as smoothly as possible for our stakeholders, suppliers, sponsors and clients, enabling them to walk away ready to inspire, motivate and create.

I'm a passionate advocate for mindfulness meditation, and enjoy teaching people of all ages how to still their busy minds.

Personal Motto: It is in the stillness that we find peace, acceptance, compassion, clarity, wisdom and ourselves.
Bucket List Item: Find the fountain of youth so I have an excuse for not acting my age.

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Sean Hayes-Scott

High Value Clients & Executive Programs

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Sean Hayes-Scott

High Value Clients & Executive Programs

I'm Sean, and I work with The Growth Faculty's High Value Clients. My job is made easy by the high-quality content our team curates from the world's best minds, and I love hearing success stories from our clients about how they've grown their companies as a result of our efforts. The success of our community is my why.

My three great passions are my family, motorsport and great movies.

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Christine Kininmonth

Presenter of Business Book Club

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Christine Kininmonth

Presenter of Business Book Club

I'm Christine and I'm the Presenter of the Business Book Club. As a former TV newsreader and ABC presenter on The New Inventors, I'm insatiably curious. I've got 20 years' business ownership experience and founded a company commercialising my my own invention, the Belly Belt. My experience means I understand the very real hardships of leadership, sales, innovation, execution and strategy.

When I'm not reading business books for The Growth Faculty I'm usually... still reading. My favourite book is A.B.Facey's A Fortunate Life, and my favourite business books are The E-Myth and Exponential Organisations.

Personal Motto: Manners maketh the man/woman
Bucket List Item: A list of more books to read while holidaying with my family!

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Jillian Kirwan Lee

Head of Strategic Partnerships

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Jillian Kirwan Lee

Head of Strategic Partnerships

I'm Jillian, and my number one focus at The Growth Faculty is to identify each client's needs and provide targeted solutions to improve their competitive advantage. I'm passionate about developing relationships, over-delivering on our objectives and constantly learning and growing along the way. My greatest love is adventuring with my family in The Great Outdoors, and I can't wait to extend this futher afield when the time is right!

Personal Motto: Life is full of give and take. Give thanks, give your all and take nothing for granted.
Bucket List Item: (one of the many!) would be to travel across the States with my husband and 4 kids, hiking and camping all the major national parks along the way.
 


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Tamara Louis

Speaker and Program Coordinator

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Tamara Louis

Speaker and Program Coordinator


I'm Tamara, Speaker and Program Coordinator bringing the energy behind The Growth Faculty On Demand. I produce digital video content and help organise, coordinate and build relationships with the authors and speakers who share their great ideas with you.

On the weekends you'll find me brunching in cafes, shopping for interiors and getting out in nature with my husband and French bulldog, Lloyd. I'm also a marriage celebrant, creating ceremonies for loved-up couples in destinations all over NSW.

Personal Motto: Take risks
Bucket List Item: Visit New York (my favourite city) as many times as possible

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Lesley Scott

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

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Lesley Scott

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

I'm Lesley, Sales and Marketing Coordinator for The Growth Faculty. As a marketing coordinator and PA, I've always enjoyed variety, and since starting this role in July 2018 have enjoyed that no two days here are the same! I support the team in bringing the top speakers to Australia businesses, and feel an appropriate motto for the TGF team could be, 'Do you want to know how successful your business could be?' How exciting is that?!

I love dancing, skiing, meeting people and animals (not necessarily in that order), and am a member of Toastmasters.

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Eliza Stanley

Community Manager

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Eliza Stanley

Community Manager

I'm Eliza, and have worked as Community Manager for The Growth Faculty since July 2016. I bring 12 years' experience to the role, and am the first point of contact for most of our customers. I work closely with the team offering training and support, and bring with me a positive attitude, Salesforce expertise, helpfulness and excellent taste in music as the office DJ!

Outside of work I love spending time with my friends and family, most of whom still live in my small home town of Port Stephens. I also love travelling and all things music.

Personal Motto: Find the silver lining
Bucket List Item: The Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, Austria

Our Members

Our Members are knowledge seekers keen to be inspired by the best, crave new ideas, are passionate about learning and strive to keep a step ahead of their competition.

They invest in the development of their leadership team because they know culture is the new competitive advantage. Whether time poor with only 5 minutes to spare, or seeking a full day immersion for their team, our members get ideas that change the way they work and lead.

"THE GROWTH FACULTY REALLY KNOW WHAT LEADERS NEED."

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