Public Speaking and Conferences


“I would like to say a huge thank you for your involvement in our conference.  You did an excellent job as chair, tying together the key themes of the day and keeping the audience engaged.

Your presentation was very informative and I believe our delegates could have listened to you all day.  As for your workshop, the feedback has been truly excellent!

We had a very successful two days, so I thank you again for your involvement and adding value for our delegates.”

“It was fantastic having you confirm your availability to participate in the Conference.”

 “…loved your presentation at the ITAB conference in Sydney yesterday – well done Wendy!”Best of 

“Great day at the ITAB conference today.  Loved Wendy @waperry – inspirational”

“95.5% of delegates rated your session good to excellent”

“Your session was most inspiring and tackled key elements of workforce development in an insightful way.”

“It was great to have you there and I thought your presentation really touched the right mark.”

“Your keynote presentation provided an excellent overview of many of the policy issues currently confronting the industry and received strong ratings from the delegates in the evaluations.

Personally, I appreciated the time and effort you put into both the preparation and delivery of your presentation, plus your willingness to be in involved in other aspects of the Conference.”

Speaking Topics

With over 22 years of speaking and presenting experience, pick and choose the topics, workshops and webinars or blog posts that you are interested in, to build a transformational conference program and get the bonus of a key note speaker, MC and workshop facilitator.

Read these testimonials outlining a track record of success and a high level of generosity in sharing what we know.

The main speaking topics that we address include:

  • Addressing Youth Unemployment and Disengagement with Entrepreneurship and Inspiration
  • Best of Skills and Workforce Development in Australia
  • Develop a Workforce Plan in 5 Easy Steps
  • Developing a 21st Century Workforce and World-class TVET system
  • Digital Disruption
  • Economic Development achieved through Workforce Development
  • Engage Effectively with Employers and Industry
  • How to Develop Powerful Partnerships
  • How to Fast-Track Training Needs Analysis
  • How do you Really Know that you are Successful with your International Clients?
  • Improving Business Productivity through School Based Apprenticeships
  • Maximising Industry Workforce Productivity through Planning
  • Regional Workforce Planning and Development Strategies
  • RTO & Employer Partnerships for Workforce Development
  • School Based Apprenticeships – who benefits more?  The apprentice or employer?
  • Successful Partnerships for Employment, Growth and Workforce Development
  • Transforming your Future: flip risks into opportunities and build new capabilities for future growth
  • The Art of Engaging Employers and Enterprises in Workforce Planning and Development
  • The Future Registered Training Organisation
  • The State of VET Reform in Australia
  • TVET – collaboration, innovation and partnerships
  • VET Reform – What’s happening now and what’s likely into the future?
  • Workforce Planning in Practice
  • Working Collaboratively and Thinking Outside the Box

If you have an audience interested in Vocational Education and Training (VET) consider these professional development topics or current industry issues outlined in the WPAA blog.

Recent Presentations/Guest Speaking/Webinars/Workshops

  • VET over the horizon – what you need to know to be resilient, Community Colleges Australia 2016 Conference
  • An evidence based approach to Skills and Employment Regional Profiles, Department of State Development, September 2016
  • Future Industries, Jobs and VET, GOTAFE Professional Development Day, September 2016
  • Future Jobs, Monash Tech School Summit, September 2016
  • Key note presentation on The key to Employer and Industry TVET Partnerships, World TVET Conference 2016, Suva, Fiji, August 2016
  • VET over the horizon – What you need to know to be resilient, Criterion Conferences, July 2016
  • Optimising your resources in an era of digital disruption, Akolade, July 2016
  • 21st Century Capabilities and Careers, ASMS Staff Professional Development, June 2016
  • Engaging Employers in Skills Development for the 21st Century: Joint Australian Government and OECD Workshop, June 2016
  • EduTECH 2016 – VET Leaders Congress and Workplace Learning Congress, May 2016
  • The future of VET in Australia and Overseas webinar, May 2016
  • 21st Century Capabilities and Careers, ASMS Open Nights, May 2016
  • Budget 2016 webinar, May 2016
  • Adelaide City Council deputation on Austin, Texas and SXSW trip, May 2016
  • Talent Planning and Pipelining, Grow Wellington, February 2016
  • Take your Business to the World, Unley Business Breakfast, February 2016
  • Venture Dorm Summer School, February 2016
  • VET Predictions for 2016 webinar, December 2015
  • How to develop a World-class TVET system and RTO webinar, December 2015
  • How Micro-Learning is making its way into the VET market webinar, December 2015
  • How to facilitate learning using advanced methodologies webinar, December 2015
  • How to help your students gain real life work experience webinar, November 2015
  • How to engage effectively with employers and industry webinar, November 2015
  • How to confidently assess RPL webinar, November 2015
  • What are the skills RTOs need to be compliant webinar, November 2015
  • RPL made Simple workshop, November 2015
  • Training: Market Design and Reform presentation, Workforce Development Conversation Café and Clinic facilitation, Jobs Australia National Conference, October 2015
  • The Entrepreneurial Spirit: Women’s Leadership in Business, Trade and Economic Development, 2 hour tour and panel for a delegation of women from Mongolia and Indonesia, October 2015
  • Engage effectively with employers and industry webinar, ACPET, October 2015
  • What are the international opportunities for individuals and organisations webinar, September 2015
  • Economic Development Australia National Conference, Redcliffe, Queensland, September 2015
  • Keynote at the World TVET Conference, Borneo Convention Centre, Sarawak, Malaysia – see presentation, August 2015
  • SXSW Meet n Greet Adelaide, Panel member, August 2015
  • Uncovering market opportunities, Akolade Conferences, Sydney, July 2015
  • Youth entrepreneurship in economic development forum, Melbourne, July 2015
  • Engaging employers in regional workforce development, NCVER Conference, July 2015
  • Future Models of Assessment Validation workshop, Service Skills Australia, June 2015
  • Effective Industry Engagement workshop, Service Skills Australia, June 2015
  • How to set up a successful Partnership Agreement webinar, ACPET, June 2015
  • Australian Consumer Law – what every RTO should know webinar, June 2015
  • EduTECH National Congress and Expo, June 2015
  • Best of Skills, Workforce Planning and Development, Skills Tasmania Conference, May 2015
  • Workforce Planners and Developers Network with the delegation from Bhutan, May 2015
  • Working models of industry partnerships beyond government funding webinar, ACPET, April 2015