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The Business Excellence Series in the Tropics ('BEST') is brought to you by JCU.

'BEST' features a series of presentations by prominent community, industry and government leaders who share their knowledge and experience on a range of topical themes, issues, challenges and trends.

'BEST' engages a high calibre of speakers, recognised both nationally and internationally. 'BEST' provides a unique opportunity for business networking and keeps you up to date with the latest developments at JCU.


Daring & Disruptive: Unleashing the Entrepreneur
In conversation with Lisa Messenger

Tuesday 19 June 2018 | 7am - 9am | Pavilion, The Ville Resort-Casino

Tickets: $85 per person or $810 for table of 10
Breakfast included 

Save your seat here

First 100 ticket purchases will receive a FREE copy of Lisa's book 'Daring & Disruptive'

About Lisa Messenger

Lisa Messenger is the vibrant, game-changing founder and CEO of Collective Hub. Lisa launched Collective Hub as a print magazine in 2013 with no experience, and grew it into an international multimedia business and lifestyle platform going across print, digital, events and education – all of which serve to ignite human potential.

Lisa is an international speaker, best-selling author, and an authority on disruption in both the corporate sector and start-up scene. Her passion is to challenge individuals and corporations to get out of their comfort zones, find their purpose and change the way they think. She encourages creativity, innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit and lives life to the absolute max.

Join Lisa over breakfast as she shares invaluable insights into her world and what it truly takes to be a disruptive entrepreneur. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, seasoned game-changer or a corporate ladder-climber dreaming of creating your own venture, this session will help you dig deep, stay on purpose, back yourself, be true to your ideals, and ensure that if you’re thrown to the wolves, you’ll have the strength to come out leading the pack.

Who attends 'BEST'?

These events are always well attended by prominent regional business leaders, high ranking Defense personnel, regional political and public figures and interested members of the general public, business community and education sector.

Features and format

Each 'BEST' event is held over breakfast and features a keynote presentation, followed by a panel discussion with the guest speaker and local industry leaders. 'BEST' events are held twice a year in Townsville with events held around May/June and October/November each year.

Previous speakers


  • Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett – Co-founders, Orange Sky Laundry
  • Holly Ransom – CEO, Emergent


  • Mia Freedman – Co-founder of Mamamia Women's Network
  • Lieutenant General David Morrison AO – Australian of the Year 2016


  • The Hon. Tim Fischer AC – Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister
  • Ita Buttrose – Australian journalist, businesswoman, television personality and author


  • Kristina Keneally – former Australian politician
  • Phil Ruthven – founder and director of IBISWorld, an international corporation providing online business information, forecasting and strategic services


  • Jeff Kennett – former Australian politician who was the 43rd Premier of Victoria and a current media commentator
  • Tom Potter – founder of pizza chain Eagle Boys


  • Bob Ansett – founded the Budget Rent A Car System


For more information about 'BEST' please contact the JCU Events Team by emailing or calling (07) 4781 6838.

*James Cook University reserves the right to alter venue locations without notice.

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