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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 love to spend my time reading, researching and building relationships with authors and thinkers and offering them a platform to share their ideas directly with our members and community. I’m passionate about curating unique learning opportunities for business owners and leaders and offering them ideas to change the way they work. When these two connect, everybody wins. My work and my personal time merge. I love travel and adventure and exploring new places and spend time on the weekends with my family making the most of where we live on the northern beaches, exploring, hiking and hanging out with friends. I have a ridiculous number of photos of the sunrise which is my favourite time of the day. My personal motto is 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

Hi, I'm Jess, 
I'm so proud of the incredible calibre of our speakers, best-selling authors and future thinkers. My job is to make sure you know about them.

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

Bucket List: Olympic length triathlon
Personal Motto: No regrets 

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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 work with The Growth Faculty’s High Value Clients. When you know that the company you work for has the very best content coming for the world best minds, it makes my job easy. I love to hear success stories from our clients about how they have grown their companies because of something they have learnt from any of these amazing people we have introduced them to. Your success 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

As a former TV newsreader and ABC presenter on The New Inventors, I'm insatiably curious. Also, I've got 20 years' business ownership experience, as I founded a company to commercialise my invention Belly Belt. So, I understand well the very real hardships of leadership, sales, innovation, execution and strategy. When I'm not reading business books for The Growth Faculty, I spend my time.....reading. My favourite book is A.B.Facey's A Fortunate Life; favourite business books:The E-Myth and Exponential Organisations. Bucket list is just a list of more books...to read while holidaying with the family!

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Jillian Kirwan Lee

Head of Strategic Partnerships

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Jillian Kirwan Lee

Head of Strategic Partnerships

My number one focus at The Growth Faculty is to identify client needs and to provide targeted solutions to improve their competitive advantage. I am 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 can’t wait to extend this further afield when the time is right!

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Tamara Louis

Speaker and Program Coordinator

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Tamara Louis

Speaker and Program Coordinator

Hey there I'm Tamara, Speaker and Program Coordinator bringing the energy behind The Growth Faculty On Demand. I look after our business book club 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 hanging in cafes, shopping for interiors and getting out in nature with my hubs and french bulldog named Lloyd. I'm also an Australian Marriage Celebrant, delivering ceremonies for couples in destinations all over NSW.

Bucket List: Run our own bed & breakfast in a coastal location

Personal Motto: Take risks

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Lesley Scott

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

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Lesley Scott

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

With experience as a Marketing Coordinator/PA, my main joy has always been variety. I only started in July 2018 but I’m already loving the mix of tasks in this role. No two days are the same! I will be supporting the team to bring top speakers to Australian businesses. I’ve always wanted to ‘make a difference’ and feel our motto could be “Do you want to know how successful your business could be?” How exciting is that?

As I am a member of Toastmasters I find it a huge ‘buzz’ listening to such amazing international speakers.

I also love dancing, skiing, meeting people and animals – not necessarily in that order

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Eliza Stanley

Community Manager

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Eliza Stanley

Community Manager

I have been with The Growth Faculty since July 2016 and bring 12 years’ experience in customer service to my role as Community Manager. I am the first point of contact for most of our customers and work closely with The Growth Faculty team offering training and support. I bring a positive attitude, salesforce expertise, helpfulness and I am also the office DJ!

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

Bucket list item: The Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, Austria

Personal Motto: Find the silver lining

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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