Speaker profile

An award-winning CEO, Colleen Callander has a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record in building brands, establishing winning cultures and creating environments that allow people to be inspired, empowered and shine. 

Colleen had her first taste of retail at the age of 16 and unbeknownst to her at the time, this summer job would be the start of an extraordinary retail career spanning over 30 years. She is now sharing not only her 13 years’ experience as the CEO of two of Australian Iconic fashion brands: Sportsgirl and Sussan, but also her incredible industry and leadership knowledge.

However, the path wasn’t always smooth sailing. Juggling three small children and a high-profile career, Colleen suffered burnout and decided to throw it away. The job, the career, the leadership, before chance stepped in, and she continued her road towards inspirational leadership and incredible success. After implementing boundaries and self-care into her life, she discovered the powerful, yet simple and effective ways to prevent burnout and create high performance living in business and in life.

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An inspiration to all generations, Colleen is a highly respected influential leader and encourages leaders and organisations globally to change the leadership rules, lead with kindness, self-awareness, authenticity, real confidence, share their voice and be the game changers for not only this generation, but future generations.

Colleen has been listed as ’10 Most Inspiring Business Women 2022’ by CXO Outlook and has shared her journey as a Keynote Speaker at multiple conferences and events, including CBA Women in Focus, CWC International Women Lunch 2022, CEO Symposium, Business Chicks Movers and Breakers, Inside Retail ‘Live’ for Ragtrader, Liquid Learning Events and many more.

In April 2021, Colleen launched her book ‘Leader By Design’ which has been met with rave reviews and immense success, including being nominated as a finalist in the 2021 Australian Business Book Awards.

Meet Colleen Callander at

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Foundations of Great Leadership

Join us for a powerful keynote from an award-winning CEO as she shares the foundations of great leadership and how to unleash the potential in yourself and your team. Learn how to start with self, lead with kindness, build confidence, and align people, purpose, and passion for maximum profits.

  • Discover the key components of great leadership
  • Learn how to lead from within and unlock your true potential
  • Explore the power of kindness and how it can transform your leadership style
  • Gain confidence in your leadership abilities and inspire others to do the same
  • Understand why a focus on people, purpose, and passion is the key to long-term profitability

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