2017 Events


Past Events

Dan Haesler - Teaching Kids To Stretch and Future Proofing Our Kids
Melbourne, Australia
17 August 2016

Educator Session - Teaching Kids to Stretch: The power of a Growth Mindset

Too many people believe they don’t need to learn, or that they can’t learn. Professor Carol Dweck contends that this is due to individuals developing a Fixed Mindset with regard to their capabilities. Dweck argues that learning is stunted and many social issues can arise by having a Fixed Mindset. She says in order to us to flourish, we need a Growth Mindset – a disposition that embraces challenge, seeks out feedback and values effort as the pathway to mastery. Dan’s presentations tackle issues like:

  1. Could a Growth Mindset be the key to unlocking our potential?
  2. What are some of the self-sabotaging behaviours that come about as a result of a Fixed Mindset?
  3. What are some of the cultural forces within our organisations and communities that can impact mindset?
  4. How can you develop a Growth Mindset?

Parent Session - Future Proofing Our Kids

As parents we want what's best for our children.  But what if our best intentions could actually be undermining their potential to succeed in an ever-changing economy, workplace and society?  What if our attempts to boost our kids' self esteem were actually having the opposite effect?  In this talk, Dan Haesler will share with you some compelling research that suggests we should rethink our attitudes towards success, failure, self esteem and how we talk to our kids. 


To view Dan Haesler's Educator's presentation, visit
To view Dan Haesler's Parent's presentation, visit


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Professor Yong Zhao - Cultivating Global Competencies
Melbourne, Australia
1 June 2016

Endorsed by Independent Schools Victoria (ISV), the Centre for Educational Enterprise presented international scholar, author and speaker, Professor Yong Zhao and will present at two sessions, one educator session and one parent session.  He will speak on educational issues, particularly on issues related to globalization and education, creativity, global competitiveness, educational reforms, and educational technology. His main messages were:

  • Education should focus on developing children’s strengths, not ‘fixing their deficiencies.’
  • Education is much more than the addition of instruction of course content, especially in a number of limited subjects.
  • National standards/standardisation have serious negative consequences.
  • What makes a nation, a community strong is diversity of talents and creative citizens.
  • To succeed in the globalized world, we need to cultivate global competences.


To view Zhao's presentation content, visit



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Julie Lythcott-Haims - How To Raise An Adult
Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
24 May 2016

Endorsed by Independent Schools Victoria (ISV), the Centre for Educational Enterprise presented American author, former Stanford University Dean, Graduate of Stanford and Harvard Law, Julie Lythcott-Haims.  She spoke on on the harms of helicopter parenting. Her main messages were:

  • The importance of resilience
  • An alternative way of parenting
  • Strategies to prepare children for success

Julie's presentation was followed by a Q&A Session facilitated by Margie Warrell and panellists, Paul Roos, Denice Scala, and Margot Franklin-Hensler.

Radio Interviews

Click Here to listen to the radio interview with ABC Life Matters reporter Cassie McCullagh - Tuesday 24 May 2016

Click Here to view the interview with presenter Ros Childs from the ABC 24's lunchtime news - Thursday 26 May 2016


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Richard Gerver - Tomorrow Belongs To Those Who Prepare For It
Melbourne, Australia
24 February 2016

CEE was delighted to host the first of our Director’s Lecture Series with, Richard Gerver.  Described as one of the most inspirational thought-leaders of his generation, Richard delivered an insightful address on Tomorrow Belongs To Those Who Prepare For It.

Attended by over 100 delegates from our community, local schools and universities, the lecture was received with much enthusiasm giving our audience much to reflect on.  Gerver’s contention is that, given there is not one education system or syllabus which will work for all our students, educators have the responsibility to continually review their practices and “re-professionalise” their profession.

 Effecting this change isn’t about working harder, it’s about working differently.”


Reflecting on the significant movement underway by global companies such as PWC and Apple to not require their staff to have tertiary qualifications, Gerver stated that a university degree is no longer the only measure for success. “Technical skills can be taught, soft skills - the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, interpersonalskills, managing people, and leadership - are scarce skills.” Gerver particularly emphasised curiosity as a key attribute of successful people.


Richard’s address certainly reinforced the journey we have embarked on as a community.  Let’s trust our girls, allow them to take risks, and become effective self-managers. Our focus on developing enterprising mindsets for girls and teachers is a trailblazing approach to contemporary educational practice, and emphasises our commitment to design teaching and learning environments and experiences that meet the needs of our girls for the world they will have to navigate and thrive within.  

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‘Just a quick email to voice a huge 'thank you' for the Richard Gerver session last night. He's a fantastic orator with real insights to share. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and really appreciate all the work that must have gone into securing him for a presentation.’

Cleo Westhorpe, Teacher


'Wow – I just loved the first lecture series last night – he was excellent and so inspiring! I have ordered his book – change – online! What a great start to the series – I can’t wait for the others.’ 

Rebecca Glenton, Teacher

Women's Entrepreneurship Day (WED)
Melbourne, Australia
19 November 2015

A movement to empower, celebrate and support women entrepreneurs worldwide.

“The total number of women on the planet since 2013 is almost 3.6 Billion! Yet, the World Economic Forum reports that no nation has yet to achieve gender equality - depending on where we live, women only have access to 58-70% of the economic, educational, health and political resources and opportunities available to men.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       



In 2014, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), a Non-Governmental Organisation, was launched to annually commemorate, one day, to celebrate, support, and empower women entrepreneurs world-wide. WED accomplishes this with its Student and Worldwide Ambassador program, educating both men and women about the importance of supporting women and women-owned businesses and causes.

In November 2014 Sonya Karras and Sacha Kaluri, founders and Directors of Teenage Expo, became Australia’s official Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Ambassadors for the United Nations. With great honor they accepted this role and to celebrate they took eleven of Australia’s Top Female entrepreneurs to climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge as a symbol of the hurdles a female entrepreneur has to climb. They interviewed each female on top of the bridge to discuss the challenges they have faced in their careers.

On Thursday November 19, 2015, CEE will host WED an event simultaneously celebrated in 152 other countries, where a selected panel of women will present their success stories. This event will be professionally filmed with the footage submitted at the United Nations as part of a worldwide event on Wednesday December 2, 2015, to identify and support women-owned or women-led businesses that help empower women and girls globally.


Professor Guy Claxton - Helping Our Children Become Better Learners Both In and Out of School
Melbourne, Australia
28 October 2015



Professor Yong Zhao - Cultivating Diverse, Creative and Entrepreneurial Talents
May 25 and 27, 2015

Professor Yong Zhao, an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker delivers presentation to educators and parents.

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Professor Yong Zhao

An internationally known scholar, author, and speaker.

His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World, Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech & Learn Magazine. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education. His latest book World Class Learners has won several awards including the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2013), Association of Education Publishers’ (AEP) Judges’ Award and Distinguished Achievement Award in Education Leadership (2013).

He currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership.

Until December, 2010, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He received his A.M. in Education in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.



 All participants of the MGGS Middle Years Science and Enterprise Tour will not only attend this conference but they will have the opportunity to contribute to all elements of the execution of this conference.

Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker Pamela Fox, loves to learn, teach, create, and every combination of those. During the day, she creates the programming curriculum for Khan Academy, to teach the next generation of programmers. On the side, she teaches web development classes for the GirlDevelopIt San Francisco chapter. Before that, she was a frontend engineer at Coursera, a developer advocate at Google, and a graduate from USC’s Computer Science Department.

For students it's a wonderful opportunity to practise teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving. Delegates and presenters will join us from a variety of organisations to help us to understand the current career pathways and opportunities that exist in the areas of science and enterprise and to help our students see the ways in which they can engage in scientific and entrepreneurial endeavours as they journey through the Senior Years and life beyond school.


Future Fusion - The Confluence of Education & Health Conference
NAB, Melbourne, Australia
March 20, 2015

Keynote Speaker Mark McCrindle - Video

Keynote Speaker Mark McCrindle - Presentation


 Keynote Speaker Suzie Boss - Video

 Keynote Speaker Suzie Boss - Presentation

 Panel 1: International Education Leaders - Video

 Panel 2: World Health Leaders - Video

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'Please accept my thanks and sincere congratulations on the CEE conference yesterday.  I was impressed by the professionalism of every aspect of the day and would like to thank everyone involved.  It's going to take me a while to process all the wonderful insights offered by the speakers!'  

Masters Student
University of Melbourner


'I wanted to thank you both for extending an invitation to Simon, Vicky and I to attend your inaugural Future Fusion Conference last week.

It was one of the most enjoyable conferences I have been to for some time and I congratulate you both on securing such high calibre speakers. Days later I am still reflecting on the words of Suzie Boss and intend to use the Gallup Hope Index (that she referenced a number of times) in some of my own work in Corporate Responsibility at NAB.

Once again, thank you and well done on what you've achieved.'

Jade Moffat
Education Consultant, NAB


'Thank you for a wonderful day. It was fabulous to see the excitement and energy in the room about preparing for the future health, wellbeing and educational needs of our young people.'

Professor Katie Allen
Director, Population Health Research Theme
Director, Centre of Food and Allergy Research
Paediatric Gastroenterologist/Allergist

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
University of Melbourne
The Royal Children’s Hospital


'The CEE 2015 conference was a forum of intriguing conversations that not only engaged every attending educator, but also provoked thinking beyond the conference venue. It has drawn my attention to contemporary issues around education both in Australia and around the world. This valuable experience has provided refreshed angles for me to reflect on my own role as an educator.'

Vicky Lu
Senior Educator
Melbourne Girls Grammar