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2018 RCSA International Conference Wrap-Up

A world surfing champion, Shark Tank investor and some of the world’s leading business thinkers joined recruitment and staffing professionals at the RCSA Noosa conference.

Seven time World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley, presenting at last week’s sellout RCSA conference in Noosa, had everyone gripped by her incredible story of resilience and determination in overcoming her personal setbacks to become a success.

The theme of this year’s conference was the Art of Work and having made the art form of surfing her career Beachley joined a host of incredible and thought-provoking speakers to look at how loving what we do and being creative about it can lead to fulfilling careers.

The conference was attended by 350 recruitment and staffing industry professionals from around Australia and New Zealand.

Jazz musician Mykel Dixon and innovative thinker and motivational speaker Dr Jason Fox were tasked with keeping the creative influence flowing throughout the two-day conference and they didn’t disappoint.

Mykel launched the 2018 conference with his moving keynote speech (who is still thinking of those handmade croissants in Melbourne?) on how to stay relevant in a world where money follows meaning, thinking needs feeling and the maker matters as much as that which is being made.

Joined by a fantastic band including renowned guitarist Phil Ceberano, Mykel and Dr Fox, like true cruise ship directors, kept conference attendees walking a fine line between learning new ways of thinking and letting their hair down while busting out moves on the dance floor.

If artistic and creative endeavours were the overarching theme, sharing quickly became the sub theme of the conference as industry stalwart, Andrew Banks from Channel 10’s The Shark Attack and founder of HR/recruitment firm Morgan & Banks, delved into the biggest lessons he has learnt from his time as a recruitment leader, high biller and investor.

Likewise, global recruitment leader and trainer Greg Savage, had the audience in stitches as he told of the many mistakes he had made during his 35 year career and the lessons that prevailed.

Andrew and Greg were joined by a host of top industry names including Australia’s leading social analyst David Chalke and the president of Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) Barry Asin who provided a global perspective on trends within the staffing and contingent labour space and what this means for today’s emerging leaders.

Outside of the conference room, attendees were treated to surfing lessons with Beachely, walks and bike rides around stunning Noosa and a taste of the world famous Eumundi Markets with celebrity chef Matt Golinski who oversaw the culinary treats throughout the conference.

This year’s conference was wrapped up with an artistic rap involving CEO Charles Cameron, Mykel, Phil, Dr Fox and Layne Beachley along with the announcement that the 2019 conference, in conjunction with WEC, will be held on the beach at Gold Coast.

Click here to view all the colour and photos from the conference. Make sure you don’t miss the upcoming The Brief magazine for full coverage of the conference and a feature on Layne Beachley.

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