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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