The Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce and Women in Business and Regional Development (WiBRD) filled community members with knowledge at a breakfast and masterclass by award winning speaker and transformative facilitator Dr Gemma Munro last week.
Dr Munro has a PhD in performance psychology and experience in management consulting and, leadership and people development.
She spoke for eight years about lifting gender balance at a leadership level and is now working with leaders more broadly to light them and their team up, help them embrace change and spark courage.
Dr Munro spoke at the breakfast about making brave choices in the midst of change and focused on lighting up leaders at her masterclass.
“I think we are built biologically to shy away from making brave choices and embracing change yet the things we are most proud of always involve making a brave choice or a big change,” she said.
“It is about learning how to work with our biology to apply some really practical, meaningful, fun tips to embrace change and to make positive choices with ease and enjoyment.
“I believe in creating a measurable return on investment, so we always do free surveys at the pre-program service and post program.
“This has shown 60% of people get a promotion within six months of working with me and confidence lifts by 73%.”
Chamber of Commerce president Hayley Neumann said she was thrilled with the event’s attendance.
“So much has been happening in the world so we were looking for someone to inspire us and Gemma’s ideals really spoke to both organisations,” she said.
“We all walked away with three things to think about which was really rewarding because it allowed us to reflect and learn from the experience.
“It was really great to partner with WiBRD to bring elite people to the region.
“Dr Munro really opened our eyes and hopefully we can bring more events like this to the region.”
WIBRD chair Jacinta Jones echoed Ms Neumann’s thoughts, stating she enjoyed the partnership and hoped to bring more high-profile guests to the area.
Dr Munro also stated she would be returning to the region as she loved speaking to such a warm and welcoming crowd.