Lord Mayor's Small Business Forum speakers

The Lord Mayor's Small Business Forums are a series of free forums held across Brisbane for businesses. Learn from local business leaders as they share their own experiences and insights and connect with like-minded people. You can also hear some of Brisbane’s business leaders speaking at previous forums in our Business Masterclass series.

Cat Matson, Chief Digital Officer, Brisbane

Cat Matson is the Chief Digital Officer for Brisbane, overseeing the Digital Brisbane Strategy. She is also the co-host of the Social Media for Small Business podcast and the panel chair for Brisbane's Networx Events for Marketers. Through these roles she regularly connects with some of the best minds and ideas in the marketing, interactive and online spaces.

Named in the Sydney Morning Herald as a rising female star in the technology sector, Cat is considered an industry leader when it comes to digital media, with a savvy business mind and a broad understanding of the wider business context.

Cat will present on a variety of digital marketing and social media topics at each Lord Mayor's Small Business Forum.

Other speakers

Cat Matson is a regular speaker at these forums. Find out about the other guest speakers who will join her to present at the next forums on:

Wednesday 21 February - Red Hill

Jared Fullinfaw, Founder and Managing Director, The Print Bar
Topic: Growing a business by creating a culture that your staff and clients want to be a part of

Jared founded Print Bar in Brisbane in 2011 from a garage in the suburbs of Brisbane. It has grown to become an award winning business and one of Australia's leading innovative textile printing and creative companies that disrupted the traditional t-shirt printing market. The Print Bar won the Optus Platinum Business Award at the Lord Mayor's Business Awards in 2017 and was a finalist in the 2015 awards. The company was one of BRW magazine's 100 fastest growing companies in 2014 and in 2015 Jared won Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards and The Print Bar also collected an Australian Small Business Champion Award.

The Print Bar currently employs 18 talented creatives in Brisbane, and is a creative space that is evolving into more than a print shop.

There are three parts to Print Bar. The first is an innovative website that enables people to easily design, create and order their own high quality custom t shirts for businesses, promotions, events, festivals, gifts and bands. The second is the corporate side of the business which offers traditional screen printing on textiles, paper and signage to many companies and political leaders such as Brisbane Festival, Spotify, Nudie Jeans, Queensland Art Gallery, Epilepsy Queensland and Kevin Rudd. The third part is Print Bar’s creative space for workshops and programmes that encourages creativity in the community.

Wednesday 28 February - Creative Industries Forum

Fiona Maxwell, Brisbane Powerhouse CEO
Topic: Innovation in the arts in a changing Brisbane

Fiona Maxwell’s career has spanned the non-profit, government and university sectors in Australia and the USA.

Prior to becoming CEO of Brisbane Powerhouse, Fiona was Queensland Manager for Philanthropy Australia, establishing the Brisbane office and supporting philanthropists and non-profits alike to grow the sector.

Fiona’s role as Queensland Manager, Artsupport Australia encompassed growing cultural philanthropy – working with local philanthropists, advisors and intermediaries – as well as supporting the non-profit sector to build stronger and more sustainable relationships with its’ supporters.

Prior to this role, Fiona was Executive Director of the Next Wave Festival. She has been Chair and board member of organisations including industry service and peak bodies, internet start-up and philanthropic grant-making committees, including Women and change, Queensland women’s giving circle. Fiona currently sits on the board of domestic violence support organisation, DV Connect.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts from QUT, a Masters from the University of New South Wales and recently completed the Executive Program for Non-profit Leaders at Stanford University.

Joel Edmondson, QMusic CEO
Topic: Leading change - How your creative business can co-design our future city

Joel Edmondson has been the QMusic CEO since January 2015. QMusic is Queensland's music industry development association, best known for delivering Australia's international music industry conference and festival of new music, BIGSOUND, as well as a range of programs and partnerships designed to develop a more sustainable music industry in Queensland.

Joel's career has spanned a diverse range of music industry roles, as well as over a decade in change management and change leadership roles in the government and non-profit sectors. Joel is a distinction alumni of Griffith University, RMIT and the University of Edinburgh, and has tertiary qualifications in management, digital media production, music in the community, and cultural studies. He specialises in leading the evolution of cultural and community institutions by developing innovative partnerships and services, and transforming organisational culture.

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19 January 2018