SA Event - Leading Women AND How to Tame a Hostile Crowd

  • 11 Sep 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+09:30)
  • Sage Hotel, 208 South Terrace, Adelaide


  • Early Bird discount closes Monday 9 September (login to activate member rate)
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Join us this month as Anneli Blundell CSP presents two fantastic sessions.

Session One: Leading women - the invisible forces that shape women in leadership

Gender equality is a tricky topic. Organisations and leaders know the conversation is important, but healthy discussion can be mired by political correctness, kneejerk responses or a hesitancy to engage at all.

It’s time to talk about this issue. It’s time to review the data, share the research and encourage robust discussions that lead to real action.

Anneli has written a whitepaper (download the whitepaper here) which explores the issue of gender equality in the working world by looking at the 5 invisible forces that shape women in leadership:

  1. The system is stuck: Bias, babies and boys' club
  2. Social backlash and double-binds: Women are damned if they do and damned if they don’t
  3. Waiting for permission, perfection and a tap on the shoulder 
  4. Women against women: the enemy within
  5. Men don’t feel the effects: How power blinds us

It is a paper without blame and without favour, that takes a practical look at women in the workforce and offers points for discussion that seek to open up perspectives, challenge assumptions, and draw us all in to an active stance on moving the needle forward.

Join Anneli as we explore further.  Let’s discuss; let’s debate; let’s bring this topic to life in a room of your peers, and learn from each other.

Let's explore practical solutions and have a real conversation about what is happening, what’s not happening and what we can all do individually, and collectively, to shift the dial on gender equity in the workplace.

Join the conversation, so we can have a practical discussion that will lead to real action, the minute you leave the session.

Session Two: How to tame a hostile crowd - Advanced connection strategies for speakers and presenters

In session two, Anneli will shares some strategies on how to handle a hostile crowd. Hostility is not just heckling or verbal pushback, hostility as far as the brain is concerned can be something as simple as blank faces, side comments or people on their phones. 

As a professional speaker, there comes a time when you will present to a less than engaged audience (or audience member). Whether the audience is mandated to attend your session or just not impressed by your content, or whether they are simply having a bad day, not everyone will engage with you and your message all of the time. For the most part, this is par for the course as a public speaker (or for anyone making a work presentation or sharing an idea in a meeting), but some audience responses can throw us off our game.

In this session Anneli will explain the three types of hostile crowds you need to be aware of and the strategies for effectively winning them over or neutralizing their impact on others. 

About Anneli Blundell CSP

Recently voted as one of YMag’s Top Ten Women to Watch in 2019, Anneli’s passion for decoding people and performance dynamics make her a sought after speaker, mentor and leadership expert. She makes the complex job of understanding why people do what they do (and how to get the best out of them), both accessible and entertaining.

As a Professional People Whisperer, Anneli works with leaders to increase their influence, engagement and interpersonal impact for better business results. She also runs a flagship masterclass for Women in leadership, focused on building presence, improving visibility and strategically managing the right professional impact, in male-dominated industries.

Anneli’s client list includes Mercedes-Benz, Ernst and Young, Telstra, Victoria Police, NAB, JB HiFi, The Good Guys, and many more. She has been featured as an expert across multi media publications.


Liana Taylor is a Mindfulness Speaker, Clinical Psychologist and creator of the Mindfulness Tango approach to Leadership Development.

At a Glance:

5.30 - Registration Opens - Connect with Speaker buddies in the bar or patio

6:00 - Meeting starts including Special Announcements

6.15 - Session One: Women in Leadership with Anneli Blundell CSP

7:10 - Dinner

7:40 - Session Two: How to Tame a Hostile Crowd with  Anneli Blundell 

8:50 - Wrap up, next steps & conclusion

9:00 - The after party in the bar