Affinity Education Group enjoys Annual Leadership Conference on the Gold Coast

Affinity Education Group enjoys Annual Leadership Conference on the Gold Coast

by Freya Lucas

June 23, 2022

Centre managers, assistant centre managers, area managers, state managers and the centre support office team from across Affinity Education Group recently attended the Affinity Way Annual Leadership Conference, held on 17,18 and 19 June at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

 

More than 200 attendees gathered at the event, the first opportunity to collaborate in person since 2019, with the program designed around exploring the idea of The Affinity Way, how to lead using Affinity’s values, and weaving together opportunities for educators and staff to explore this further and what this meant to them and their teams. 

 

“Our Centre Managers are business leaders and inspiring professionals in the early education and care (ECEC) sector,” said Affinity Education Group CEO Tim Hickey. 

 

“They directly influence the careers of more than 4,000 early childhood educators and teachers and more than 18,000 Australian children. This (event) provided the perfect opportunity for them to recharge and refresh and to have serious fun!”

 

To reinforce his commitment to the value of serious fun, Mr Hickey gave an impromptu air guitar performance to support Team NSW’s surprise ‘Flash Mob’ dance. 

 

During the conference program delegates participated in a gala dinner, a team building ‘Flat Pack’ building challenge in support of The Pyjama Foundation and a yoga session hosted by corporate partners FLG.

 

Keynote speakers at the event included actor and children’s entertainer Jay Laga’aia, author Lucy Bloom, Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston AM, Australian Institute of Management Business Leader of the Year 2016 Dr Neil Carrington, Semann and Slattery Senior Associate Philip Butler and Dr Ali Walker, founder of Ality and nationally accredited mediator.

 

“We were so excited to be able to meet in person again,” said Linda Carroll, Chief People Officer at Affinity Education.

 

“Our Affinity Centre Managers Conference has been a highlight on our annual calendar but celebrating via zoom wasn’t quite the same. We  went above and beyond to plan an incredible weekend of recognition and relaxation to reward our people for their hard work across Australia.” 

 

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