Leadership | Business | Entrepreneurship
Building a Resilient Future

How do you keep up to date with new and different opportunities for your business? REALtalk is a business forum that incorporates speakers, panels and industry specialist all sharing ways to future proof our industry.   

Attending the REALtalk Business Forum will help you understand the importance of staff team building, feedback and communication. Gain ideas on handling staff wellbeing, staff management, culture and mental health. With the importance of sustainability at the forefront, this will be discussed along with waste reduction and new technology. Embracing and understanding the digital world and it’s ever changing landscape will be a major topic which will included social media best practices. Reviewing an approach to a holistic salon will certainly be a highlight of the session. Looking into what the consumer is thinking and understanding trends will be another element for this information packed session.

REALtalk Business Forum creates authentic, inspirational and unbranded conversations on what matters to our industry, with usable ways to grow your business, inspire your salon staff and review your service offering.

With a significant line up of Internationally and locally renowned keynote speakers, discussion will focus on many important aspects of running a business today. There are three key panels with industry leaders and innovators who will discuss trends that are affecting you.

REALtalk Business Forum creates a more connected conversation to build a more resilient future and is scheduled to take place on Sunday 30 June 2024 from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

Take a look at the 2023 REALtalk Business Forum program below.

2023 Realtalk


2023 Realtalk Program

9:00am- 9:20am Coffee and registration
9:20am – 9:25am Welcome by Lisa Conway, The Zing Project (emcee)
9:25am – 10:00am Valuing Our WorkLisa Conway, The Zing Project
10:00am 10:30am Panel: Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace
Paloma Garcia, Paloma Salon; Chris Hunter, Willomina; Jake Putan, Legacy Education; Michael Kelly, Salon Her; Jose Bryce-Smith, O&M
10:30am – 10:50pm The Power of EducationJane Barrett, Pivot Point
10:50am – 11:10am Morning Tea
11:10am – 11:40am Panel: Salon Improvement through Technology
Emma Winen, Shortcuts; Paul Frasca, Sustainable Salons; Adam Ciaccia, L’Oreal ACCESS; Helen Flaherty, Ezidebit – A Global Payments Company; Tamara Reid, Timely; Kate Henderson, Elysium Hair
11:40am – 12:00pm Facing the Global CommunityStephanie Mason, Showpony
12:00pm – 1:00pm Closing Keynote: Re-Imagining a Sustainable Customer Journey Fit for the Future – Anders Sörman-Nilsson, Thinque
1:00pm – 1:30pm Closing Keynote Q & A
1:30pm Recap End of REALtalk followed by buffet lunch

*Program subject to change 

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