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Professional Development Day in Hobart, Tasmania

The VIC/TAS Chapter would like to invite you to join this in-person Professional Development Opportunity.

Event details

Date:  Monday, 23 October 2023

Time:  10.30am – 3.00pm

Venue: University of Tasmania Podium Building, 40 Melville St, Hobart TAS 7000

Costs: $75 (plus GST) for members, $85 (plus gst) for non-members


10.30: Arrival

11.00: Keynote Amanda French, CEO and Founder, Dress for Success

12.00: Networking Lunch

12:50: DMC Group Presentation, Craig Rodda Managing Director, DMC Group Marketing & Branding (Q&A) 

1.00: Advancement in an Era of AI: Travis Smith, Education Industry Lead, Microsoft Australia / New Zealand

With significant developments in the Artificial Intelligence space in the past year, there will be inevitable changes in the way we work, and the work we do. While change can be scary at times, there are some transformation technologies on the way that will be explored in this workshop.

2.00: Panel Discussion: Leveraging international and interstate alumni for good

John Groom, Director of Advancement and Alumni Engagement, The Hutchins School

 Rob Blandford, Associate Director, Alumni Relations, Advancement Office, University of Tasmania

3.00: Close

Note: Delegates are welcome to attend The Hutchins School for a school tour, 10am Tuesday 24 October, to register your interest in attending please contact Anna Beattie

Thank you to our Professional Development Partner, DMC Group


Amanda French, CEO and Founder,
Dress for Success

Amanda has worked in the not-for-profit sector her entire career. Passionate about finding community based solutions to support participation in the community, she set up Dress for Success in 2019 to support women to achieve economic independence through employment.

Dress for Success is powered by volunteers and supports women to build confidence, develop the right skills – and have the right clothes – to succeed at job interviews and ultimately, find work.

While the initiative helps these women achieve employment and financial independence, its broader goal is to empower women to overcome the barriers that prevent them from participating fully in their community.

Throughout her career, Amanda has had roles focused on business development and fundraising across numerous community based organisations and also contributed to the growth of the suicide prevention initiative SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY. She has been a volunteer with Make-A-Wish Australia for 10 years and is a Non-Executive Director of the national Board.

Travis Smith, Education Industry Lead, Microsoft Australia / New Zealand

Travis Smith is a seasoned educator and leader with over 12 years of experience in the classroom and in educational leadership. He was one of the pioneers of the 1-to-1 technology programs in the mid 1990s and served as an Assistant Principal and taught in Monash University’s Faculty of Education.

Travis is passionate about the role of technology in education, and how it can transform teaching and learning practices and the role of educators in the future. He has delivered keynotes at global conferences on topics including data-driven decision making, personalized learning, and AI in education. He has also co-facilitated events such as the Worldwide Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum in Washington DC and Prague, where he shared his insights and expertise with educators and leaders from over 70 countries. Travis is currently the Education Industry Lead for Microsoft Australia and New Zealand, where he provides advice and support to large education jurisdictions on how to leverage technology for education innovation and excellence.

John Groom, Director of Advancement &
Alumni Engagement, The Hutchins School

John oversees the multi award-winning advancement program at The Hutchins School in Hobart, Tasmania.

John is a data-driven and results-focused fundraising professional who has built a very successful program from the ground. Hutchins has run 3 successful Giving Days, rolled out an online wills service and is currently in capital campaign mode, having raised in excess of $15.2M.

John is very internationally focused having secured multiple gifts in the US, UK and in South East Asia.

 Rob Blandford, Associate Director,
Alumni Relations, Advancement Office,
University of Tasmania

Rob Blandford is currently the Associate Director (Alumni Relations) of the University of Tasmania.

In collaboration with various alumni networks, Rob helps in shaping the future of the University and the state of Tasmania. He is a builder of relationships, a team motivator, and an activist for human rights.

He was previously a member of the University of Western Australia and spent 13 years as Alumni Relations Officer and as a Team Leader.

Craig Rodda, founding Director & CEO
DMC Group

Craig is the founding Director and CEO of DMC Group. He has over 30 years of Sales, Marketing and Business Management experience. As DMC’s CEO, he oversees the strategy, growth, operations and marketing of the company.

Craig has an extensive network of school business managers and marketing managers and currently works with over 50 schools around their strategy, marketing, communications and branding.

He has overseen a number of strategic initiatives within the education sector and has established a level of trust with what he and his team can deliver to their schools.

We thank our Strategic Partners