Branding professionals discuss finding business inspiration and embarking on the quest to build a successful global brand.
Laura Chambers is senior director of PayPal Mobile with overall responsibilities focused on “mobilizing PayPal” and bringing outstanding PayPal applications and features onto the mobile platform. Chambers leads the design and development of PayPal mobile ensuring excellent end-to-end mobile experiences for all PayPal customers. She also directs the development of mobile Web technologies and helps to develop and communicate PayPal strategy and financial plans across the organization.
Throughout her five year career at PayPal and eBay, Chambers has held numerous strategic roles in PayPal, Marketplaces, Skype and eBay Inc. Chambers headed PayPal’s funding mix product team and was a member of the strategy team, where she developed new product ideas and led several strategy projects for merchant services. Most recently, as the chief of staff at eBay Inc., Chambers developed and shaped executive communications and events and led critical business projects including customer retention and corporate strategy.
Prior to PayPal, Chambers worked for McKinsey & Company, focusing on strategy, financial performance improvement and organizational design/governance for the telecommunications/technology, financial services, airlines and retail industries.
Chambers received a master’s degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in arts/commerce from the University of Melbourne.
Adam was one of the founders of Movember and has been CEO since the organisation was formed. Adam has an extensive corporate background in developing, managing and marketing emerging web and mobile technologies. Prior to Adam’s corporate experience he served for 9 years as an officer in the Australian Army where he was selected to join the special forces. Adam’s military career taught him the art of leadership and intricacies of operations management.
Adam's corporate experience and military service has given him the perfect skill set for his role as CEO of Movember. In 2008 Adam was awarded the Ernst & Young, Australian Entrepreneur of The Year and in 2009 awarded the Melbourne Business School Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award for his role in leading the Movember Foundation. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Marketing from Melbourne Business School.
Anthony is the founder and CEO of Kaggle. Before founding Kaggle, Anthony worked in the macroeconomic modeling areas of the Reserve Bank of Australia and before that the Australian Treasury.
He holds a first class honours degree in economics and econometrics from the University of Melbourne and has published in The Economist magazine and the Australian Economic Review.
In 2011, Forbes Magazine cited Anthony as one of the 30 under 30 in technology and Fast Company featured him as one of the innovative thinkers who are changing the future of business.
Raised on the beaches of Australia’s East Coast, Samantha Wills moved to Sydney and established her self titled accessories company when she was just 21 years old.. After displaying her debut collection at Australian Fashion Week in 2004, samantha wills jewellery became the ‘must have’ item in the Australian accessories market. In 2008 Wills was a finalist in the prestigious ‘Telstra Business Women’s Awards’ and her fast rise has been referenced in many design and business publications including the widely distributed book ‘Women in Business’.
Samantha’s Creative talent, media profile, modelling background & media training have made her bankable property with other brands outside of the Fashion arena approaching her to collaborate on a variety of projects including a Brand Ambassador for TONI&GUY and Tourism NSW for which she was one of the ambassadors for the ‘City Of Inspiration’ Campaign.
Tipped by fashion writer Inez Mendoza to be “Australia’s biggest export since vegemite’, Wills is Inspired by world travels, culture & life experiences, Samantha travels to different parts of the world 8 months of the year & also divides her time between her homes in Sydney & New York City.
Adam Garone, founder of Movember - a non-profit raising awareness for men's health - talks about recruiting NHL and NFL athletes to promote the campaign and the challenge of changing your appearance for a cure.