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The Advisory Board

Robert Masters

Robert Masters is the Chair of the Centre for Optimism and its Advisory Board.  

Robert Masters has been advising the corporate and government sectors for more than 30 years. His experience covers industrial and consumer markets, issues and crisis management, employee relations and investor relations.

He is a former senior political journalist, covering Federal and State Parliaments and he lectures widely in Australia, Asia, the United States and the UK on public relations, communication strategies, and issues and crisis management. He is a Life Fellow and a Past President of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and an Industry Fellow of Swinburne University.


Eloise Grace

Eloise Grace is a presenter, actor and model.   She is an experienced TV news reporter and presenter experience, starting in Australian country towns like Griffith and Mildura and later with at Sky News Australia in Sydney.

To top it off, Eloise is an expert lawyer in intellectual property and other commercial law fields.  


John Hagel

John Hagel is the Founder and co-chairman of Deloitte LLP‘s Center for the Edge, a research center based in Silicon Valley with branches in Amsterdam and Melbourne. The charter of the Center for the Edge is to identify emerging business opportunities that are not yet on the CEO’s agenda, but should be, and to do the research required to persuade them to put it on their agenda.

John has spent over 40 years in Silicon Valley and has experience as a management consultant, entrepreneur, speaker and author. He is driven by a desire to help individuals and institutions around the world to increase their impact in a rapidly changing world.


James Strock

James Strock is an independent entrepreneur and reformer in business, government, and politics. He’s a bestselling author and professional speaker.  James founded the Serve to Lead Group in 1997. 

Strock has written four books: Serve to Lead 2.0: 21st Century Leaders Manual; Disrupt Politics: Reset Washington; Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Bully Pulpit; and Reagan on Leadership:Executive Lessons from the GreatCommunicator. 



Shawn Callahan

Shawn is the Founder of Anecdote International a global business storytelling enterprise that operates in 22 countries and in 11 languages. He's an award winning author of Putting Stories to Work and helps leaders and sellers of Global 1000 companies engage, influence and inspire their employees and customers.”


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