REALtalk

LEARN

INSPIRE

CONNECT

LEARN

INSPIRE

CONNECT

REALtalk is a unique business education event that brings to you an opportunity to learn from a wide range of ambitious hairdressers, salon owners, brand representatives and business people.

This is an authentic, inspirational and unbranded conversation on what matters to our industry with usable ways to grow your business, inspire your salon staff and review your service offering.

You will witness a significant line up of speakers discussing every important aspect of the industry and motivating ways to manage your business. These are conversations that matter!

From business to creative, education plays a pivotal role in the hairdressing industry. On the Sunday 26 September, the esteemed REALtalk format will present various curated sessions with keynote speakers, panels and highly relevant topics in 2021.

Book your REALtalk tickets now for $245 (ex GST), or get the Hair Festival All-Event pass that includes REALtalk and everything else the festival has to offer for $595 (ex GST).

 

In a day that covers networking and high-powered learning, REALtalk works with some of the biggest names in the industry to invigorate its audience and truly create conversations that matter. This is a raw, informative and engaging event that aims to motivate change and spark dialogue. A platform that will help you take your business to the next level going beyond basic business advice; REALtalk will leave you with fresh ideas, actionable business plans and new connections.

REALtalk Program

 10:00am – 10:30am Registration & Morning Tea
 10:30am – 11:30am Terry Hawkins The Tough Talk
 11:30am – 12:00pm Panel: Salon of the Future 
Simone Abaron, Apotecari; Paul Frasca, Sustainable Salons; Lance Kalish, Salon Lane; Richard Kavanagh, piiq Digital
 12:00pm – 12:30pm Sandy Chong, AHC – A Changing Industry
 12:30pm – 1:30pm Networking Lunch
 1:30pm – 2:30pm Phill Nosworthy – Full Stack Resilience; Becoming anti-fragile in business and life
 2:30pm – 3:15pm Panel: Salon Culture and Leadership
Sharlene Lee, Circles of Hair; Jaye Edwards, EdwardsAndCo; Tom Donato, Xiang Hair; Rita Marcon, Goldwell; Chris Hunter, Willomina Salon
 3:15pm – 4:15pm James Fitzgerald Social Media Marketing Beyond Vanity
 4:15pm – 4:45pm  Afternoon Tea
 4:45pm – 5:15pm Panel: Technology and the Salon Experience
Renya Xydis, Dyson; James Shale, Dyson; Kristy Hines, Aveda; Brooke Jones, Beau-Tex
 5:15pm – 5:20pm Cameron Pine – The Final Wrap
 5:20pm  Finish

REALtalk Speakers

Terry Hawkins is an award-winning author and education architect, and globally recognised presenter. As a retail education pioneer with over 100,000 alumni through her programs, 100’s of companies have experienced the solid results from her renowned retail education systems (Progress Retail). Terry has built a reputation as one the greatest education influencers in the retail industry in the past 3 decades(strongly influencing brands such as SDS, Ella Bache and Optus, and with long-standing clients such as MECCA brands, SEED Heritage and many more); Her name is synonymous with sustainable and results-based education, and how-to’s that merge business and mindset.

Terry

Hawkins

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Terry

Hawkins

Terry Hawkins is an award-winning author and education architect, and globally recognised presenter. As a retail education pioneer with over 100,000 alumni through her programs, 100’s of companies have experienced the solid results from her renowned retail education systems (Progress Retail). Terry has built a reputation as one the greatest education influencers in the retail industry in the past 3 decades(strongly influencing brands such as SDS, Ella Bache and Optus, and with long-standing clients such as MECCA brands, SEED Heritage and many more); Her name is synonymous with sustainable and results-based education, and how-to’s that merge business and mindset.

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Richard
Kavanagh

Richard Kavanagh is a five-time Australian Session Stylist of the Year and has worked with many international fashion powerhouses, including Prada, Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier and Saint Laurent.

Simone
Abaron

Simone Abaron, Founder of Apotecari Bioactive Hair Care, is a master formulation naturopath and trichologist who takes the complexities out of nutrition and inner health to deliver high quality, potent, sustainable, and ethical health & wellness products to market. 

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Lance
Kalish

Lance Kalish, co-founder and executive director of Salon Lane, is a serial entrepreneur and recognised among Australia’s most accomplished international consumer product builders and social entrepreneurs. 

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Paul
Frasca

As Managing Director of Sustainable Salons Paul travels Australia and New Zealand to speak about waste management in hair, beauty, fashion, hospitality, medical and education industries, and how to adopt a more sustainable approach in their everyday lives and businesses.

Sandy Chong is a key influence in the Hairdressing Industry. Currently she is the CEO/Director of the Australian Hairdressing Council and Director of COSBOA (Council Of Small Business Organisations Of Australia) representing small business. She speaks on behalf of the industry to Government, creating relationships  to support an industry that is often overlooked.

Her role at the AHC has established better business practices, training and education and building sustainable careers for the future of the industry.

Sandy’s vision is to create an industry that has the highest possible standards in ethics, technical ability and workplace practices.

Sandy

Chong

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Sandy

Chong

Sandy Chong is a key influence in the Hairdressing Industry. Currently she is the CEO/Director of the Australian Hairdressing Council and Director of COSBOA (Council Of Small Business Organisations Of Australia) representing small business. She speaks on behalf of the industry to Government, creating relationships  to support an industry that is often overlooked.

Her role at the AHC has established better business practices, training and education and building sustainable careers for the future of the industry.

Sandy’s vision is to create an industry that has the highest possible standards in ethics, technical ability and workplace practices.

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Phill

Nosworthy

Phill Nosworthy is an executive advisor, speaker and writer in the subject areas of meaning, leadership and high performance. His insights into personal mastery and career acceleration have gained him a cult following among high performers in Fortune listed companies the world over. He has worked in more than 40 cities globally and counts Microsoft, AFL, Universal Music and GitHub amongst his clients. Additionally, he is the founder of Switch L+D, a bespoke learning and development partner for leading brands around the world.

Phill will help us uncover new levels of emotional resilience and how to become ‘anti-fragile’ in leadership and life. He will empower you to create a business that is resilient and can weather any challenge.

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Jaye
Edwards

Jaye Edwards reps a new breed of entrepreneur with 8 thriving salons, 1 killer haircare brand, a cult social media following and an internationally recognised team of educators.

Sharlene
Lee

Three time Salon Business of the Year winner and arguably hairdressing’s most energetic entrepreneur, Sharlene Lee has successfully expanded her Circles for Hair brand into two of Perth’s top salons.

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Tom
Donato

Xiang Hair first opened its doors in 1989 in a small suburban salon in Melbourne’s west. Founder Tom Donato set about building a strong creative force in Australian hairdressing and now has over 35 staff members and many industry accolades.

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Chris
Hunter

Chris frequently worked on editorial shoots & fashion weeks both in Australia and abroad with Wella, opened his own salon WILLOMINA in 2017 and recently launched CoMMMunity, an events company run by hairdressers for hairdressers.

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James

Fitzgerald

James is Executive Director of Programming at SMK, a specialist learning and development organisation which exists to help businesses use social media, mobile and digital channels more effectively. Responsible for devising and developing all blue chip and corporate education programs, James has trained over 10,000 senior decision-makers on how they can optimise and enhance their digital marketing and communications, including leaders from: Apple, Air NZ, Sanitarium, UNICEF and CBA. SMK trains and educates more professionals on the subjects of social media, content marketing, online video and digital than any other organisation in the region. 

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Brooke
Jones

BeauTex is a consciously designed clothing label providing Sustainable clothing and timeless foundations for the modern, urban worker.

Renya
Xydis

Renya Xydis is a Sydney-based hairstylist and salon owner. She’s also a hairdresser to the stars, having styled the likes of Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Naomi Watts — to name a few.

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Kristy
Hines

Kristy Hines, beauty industry guru, hairdresser, public speaker and co-owner at Element – Haus of Aveda, will join the Technology Panel to share her knowledge.

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James
Shale

James joined Dyson in 2015 and is now involved with monitoring Environmental Care and Airblade products in-market to ensure that globally, the products meet Dyson’s rigorous Quality and reliability standards.

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