Breakfast briefing: Resilience and wellbeing in entrepreneurs

Friday 13th October
RMIT Activator, 102-104 Victoria Street, Carlton, 3053

Breakfast briefing: Resilience and wellbeing in entrepreneurs

Come along to an RMIT Activator SmartCompany business briefing that looks at resilience and wellbeing in organisations. Coinciding with National Mental Health week this free briefing will discuss the findings of RMIT Activator Enterprise Insights’ survey Resilience and wellbeing in organisations: unpacking what matters.  

In this event we will provide you with expert insights and commentary on how to strengthen resilience in yourself and your organisation or startup.



Dr Sarah Cotton, co-founder/director/psychologist at Transitioning Well
Dr. Sarah Cotton is a registered and endorsed Organisational Psychologist who specialises in best-practice strategies to help individuals and organisations navigate the challenges of modern work. In light of demographic shifts and committed to supporting work-life change, Sarah co-founded Transitioning Well™ in 2011. Drawing upon over 15 years of coaching, training and consulting, Sarah brings a comprehensive background across the university, corporate and not for profit sectors in addition to private practice. Providing the space to get out of ‘automatic pilot’, Sarah’s facilitation provides the opportunity to unpack both the practical and emotional elements of transition.

Sarah’s academic background includes a PhD in the area of work-stress. Further trained in the areas of political psychology and Participatory Action Research (PAR), Sarah’s point of reference is to work collaboratively to meet unique organisational challenges. Committed to harnessing the pipeline of female talent, Sarah has also been involved in the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Board Women program as well as a facilitator for the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Superfriend Mentally Healthy Retirement Program. Finally, having both published and presented widely, Sarah’s research experience strengthens her profile and motivates her to get research to where it is needed most – real life! Sarah lives in Melbourne with her husband and their 9‐year old son and 5‐year old daughter.

Sarah Moran, CEO of Girl Geek Academy
Sarah Moran is co-founder and CEO of Girl Geek Academy, with a mission to teach 1 million women to get into tech and launch their own startups by 2025. Girl Geek Academy is behind Australia’s first all-women hackathon, #SheHacks, Australia’s first all-women makerfest, #SheMakes, and the world’s first hackathon for girls aged five to eight, #MissMakesCode.

Sarah learned to code when she was just five years old and believes that you’re never too young – or old – to learn coding. Alongside her four fellow Girl Geek Academy co-founders, Sarah is on a mission to create a lifelong community of women who love to learn tech. Sarah has worked across Australia and Silicon Valley, and has witnessed first-hand the issues faced by women in the industry.

Currently, with only 12 per cent of those “building the internet” being women, Sarah and her team are dedicated to levelling the playing field so that future generations will have the same leadership and salary opportunities as their male counterparts.

In 2017, Sarah joined the Channel Ten and FOXTEL LifeStyle channel television series, Common Sense, where she is having her say on what’s happening in the world, while showing the nation it’s cool to be a smart chick.

Kate Cornick, CEO of LaunchVic
Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government’s $60 million startup initiative. Kate is deeply passionate about the role of innovation in our economy and society more broadly, and has considerable experience in technology innovation across start-ups, academia, corporates and government.

Most recently, Kate led the development of human resources technology start-up Rision Ltd, creating new products, partnerships, sales and ultimately a listing on the ASX.

Kate previously held positions at the University of Melbourne including Director of Industry Engagement and Innovation, Executive Director of the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES). She also co-led the establishment the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications – a joint venture between the University of Melbourne, Victorian State Government and global telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent.

Kate Cornick undertook her PhD in optical telecommunications at the University of Melbourne and, as part of her studies, spent time at AT&T Research Laboratories, USA.