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Functions Guest Speaker Series – Sharlene Gunatilake

Screen Shot 2020-10-27 at 11.10.47 am (1)We are currently studying the stage 1 Diploma of Events Management. On the 27th October 2020, the team from Elite Events consisting of Rhonda (Administrator), Caitlin (Front of House), Saman (Food and Beverage), Emily (Stylist) and Keir (Protocols), had an opportunity of hosting Sharlene Gunatilake as part of the virtual Guest Speaker Series conducted via Zoom.

Sharlene is an ex-student of William Angliss Institute and now has over 12 years’ experience within the Events Industry. 

Sharlene first started her career in Events as an Events Coordinator for Right Angle Management where she worked on events such as the Moomba Parade and Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. 

From there she moved to the UK working with Variety, Children’s Charity who raised funds for the sick, disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK, before moving back to Australia to work in the STEM and Health Care sectors as an Events Coordinator and Events Manager, which she is very passionate about.

Today she is leading the Event’s Department at the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, as the Conference and Events Director. The Institute is Australasia’s peak body for digital health both nationally and globally.

Sharlene presented a really insightful presentation with her history after being a student, her journey through the events world leading to where she is now is definitely incredible. All the students were really impressed and amazed what we can do after the course, it gave us all hope especially during these times when the events industry is quiet from the pandemic.

Sharlene also took the time to go through everyone’s questions and clearly explained everything also providing the advice so that Students can understand and realise what they can achieve after the course.

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Our functions team Exclusively Unique Events hosted the guest speaker series for our  guest speaker Sandra Grima. The series was conducted over Zoom on the 20th of October 2020. The team at Exclusively Unique Events from the stage 1 Diploma of Event Management consists of Tyler Burton (Admin), Maddie Davies (Front of House), Julia Coates (Beverage), Mary Saad (Stylist) and Kana Sakurai (Protocols).

Our guest speaker Sandra started her career in the tourism industry managing corporate and retail events having many dealings with large corporate clients within a travel agency. Sandra has moved industries multiple times over the past 15 years and has now brought her skills to the education sector, where she shares her life skills and teaches students leadership skills. Being an event management teacher her role is to provide a “hands-on” experience which directly and indirectly supports learning through the delivery of educational programs.

Her presentation was about world leaders and how they have inspired others to be leaders. Sandra discussed the qualities of a leader and the 5 keys to being an effective leader; face challenges, winning trust, be authentic, earn respect and stay curious. Sandra provided the students with a very engaging presentation and all attendees enjoyed the advice and leadership knowledge that she shared. 

Overall, our team worked really well together to plan a successful virtual event that provided all students with leadership knowledge. The students really enjoyed our beverage and food options that were provided for the morning tea which included savory and sweet options for food. This also included beverage options as coffee, juice, water and a ranges of tea.