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Year in Review: More than 35,000 enjoy our live virtual leadership events

A look back at our extraordinary year in numbers, plus some of the top speakers and event highlights of 2021


Phew! What a year to look back on. This will be remembered as the year our Leadership Pass gained real momentum. By offering access to more world class speakers than ever before, we tripled the size of our community and saw record attendances at our live virtual events and masterclasses.

Here, we reflect on a very busy and successful year of learning and leadership development.

Growth Faculty – 2021 in numbers

Our line-up of the world's greatest business minds included the likes of Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni, Adam Grant, Liz Wiseman, Marcus Buckingham (pictured), Sir Richard Branson, Michael Dell, Tiffani Bova, and Victoria Medvec, plus dozens more exceptional global speakers. Thousands of leaders enjoyed access to the best.

  • 35,600 booked into our virtual events and masterclasses.
  • 2400 participants at Adam Grant masterclass on 'rethinking'.
  • 1000 at Liz Wiseman interview (author Multipliers, Impact Players).
  • 1000 at Michael Dell interview (founder and CEO of Dell Technologies).
  • 3000 attendees heard 13 speakers for our Mental Health and Wellbeing Week.
  • 28 world-class masterclasses (see what's coming up in 2022).
  • 10 live interviews with global authors in our business book club.  
  • 3x growth in take-up of our Leadership Pass featuring more membership benefits.
  • 100s of positive testimonials received: "It’s like Netflix for Leadership Development." - Karina Kerakova.
  • 2 x global headliners: Jim Collins (author Good to Great and originator of the Flywheel concept) and Patrick Lencioni (author The Five Dysfunctions of a Team).
  • 1 x Sir Richard Branson special event presented by AICPA & CPA in partnership with Growth Faculty.
  • 1 x Month of Mindfulness with accredited coach Chelsea Pottenger. 
  • 1 x new bespoke virtual venue created.
  • 1 x huge year planned for 2022 with Global Headliners Victoria Medvec and Patrick Lencioni plus a whole lot more. 

Growth and consolidation

Two words describe our year: growth and consolidation. As well as the tripling of our Leadership Pass community and doubling of the number of global speakers and masterclasses included in the Leadership Pass, we got to know our community better, doubled the size of Growth Faculty’s team to support our Leadership Pass holders, and streamlined our website to make it clearer and more user-friendly. 

Launch of global headliner series

To launch our global headliner series for 2021, our founder and Managing Director Karen Beattie invited Jim Collins to walk delegates through all 11 of his concepts in his framework The Map, a one-page sequential system for creating a great company. He returned in November to do a deep dive into the Flywheel, the concept he originated and taught to Amazon in 2001.

In March, thought leader and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team author Patrick Lencioni explained his new diagnostic tool The 6 Types of Working Genius at his global headliner event 4 Pillars of High Performing Teams.

More masterclasses than ever

Our first masterclass of the year was with Fortune10 executive coach John Spence on adaptability. He advised delegates that in a changing landscape you need to aim in a direction, not for a destination.

Other masterclasses in 2021 included:

  • Shannon Byrne Susko on her 3HAG Way strategy system.
  • Mark Bonchek, CEO of Shift Thinking, on customer relationships.
  • Multipliers master practitioner Deborah Keep on being a talent magnet.
  • Kyle Hermans on mastering creative problem solving.
  • Charlene Li on tips to accelerate your digital transformation.
  • Marcus Buckingham on the future of work and building resilience.
  • Kevin Lawrence on unlocking growth.
  • Erica Dhawan on digital body language.
  • Dr Stefanie Johnson on diversity and inclusion.
  • Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) CEO Kevin Oakes on productivity.
  • Amy Sandler on the leadership skills of feedback and radical candour.
  • Michael Bungay Stanier on staying curious.
  • Kylie Lewis, who trained with American professor Dr Brené Brown, on courageous cultures.
  • Robert Glazer on thriving in the virtual workplace.
  • Chris McChesney on execution.
  • Doug Conant, former Nabisco, Campbell Soup leader, on leadership in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world.
  • Stephen Covey on leading at the speed of trust.
  • Business & leadership growth coach Mark Green on accountability.
  • Tony Hughes on the new rules for sales success. 
Chelsea Pottenger mugshot

Special events and impact series

In June we were honoured to present an event with Sir Richard Branson. The founder of the Virgin Group was speaking to delegates of the AICPA & CIMA event in partnership with The Growth Faculty.

In September we hosted a Month of Mindfulness with R U OK? Day ambassador and accredited mindfulness and meditation coach Chelsea Pottenger (pictured). In October we followed up with Mental Health and Wellbeing Week. Around 3000 attendees heard 13 speakers share evidence-based methods that reduce workplace stress and improve mental health and wellbeing. Topics included resilience, burnout, sleep, workplace policies, and depression. John Brogden AM, Chair of Lifeline and CEO of Landcom, shared a personal story of depression. He said his objective is to have all Australians feel about mental health in the same way we feel about physical health.

Growth Faculty book club

Dr Norman Swan guest interviewed world-famous biographer Walter Isaacson for his exclusive Australian interview on his latest book The Code Breaker – Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and The Future of the Human Race. Later in the year we interviewed Dr Swan about his own book So You Think You Know What’s Good for You?. Olive oil, and having a feeling you have control over your life and work get some of the biggest ticks in his book.

Other books we featured this year included Why Simple Wins by Lisa Bodell, Restoring the Soul of Business by Rishad Tobaccowala, Undisruptable by Ian Whitworth, The Leading Edge by Holly Ransom, Negotiate Without Fear by Victoria Medvec, Effortless by Greg McKeown, Play Nice But Win by Michael Dell, and Impact Players by Liz Wiseman.

So, what can you expect in 2022...

  • Brand new website
  • New training series
  • New member portal
  • Week-long FREE Impact Series on
    • International Women’s Day
    • Mental health
    • Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance

Events in 2022

Already for 2022 we have a great line-up to launch you into a year of growth, hope, and prosperity.

Global headliner events include

  • Victoria Medvec – High Stakes Negotiation in March
  • Patrick Lencioni – Building High Performance Teams in April.

Masterclass presenters include

  • Alex Osterwalder, a world leader in business management, on innovation
  • Barry O’Reilly, author of Lean Enterprise (part of the Eric Ries series) and Unlearn

Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi will be an unmissable Book Club interview in February as she chats about her autobiography My Life In Full: Work, Family And Our Future.

So, as we look towards 2022 one thing is clear…we do all need a big holiday. Our office will be closed from Thursday 23rd December 2021, and reopen on Thursday 6th January 2022.

Until then, from Karen Beattie and all the team, we warmly thank our Growth Faculty community for sharing our year with us, and wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. 

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