i4 Tales Conference Creating Brain Friendly Communities & Cultures

An intimate half day event featuring expert presenters with facilitated conversations and tales from the community which are informative, inspirational and follow a story-telling style.

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About the Conference

The i4 Tales Conference is designed to explore and discuss how to develop brain-friendly leaders, teams and workplaces in a community setting.

This event is based on the teachings of the i4 Neuroleader Model, a framework that provides a pathway for people to understand how to apply the latest neuroscience findings to leadership, wellness and innovation. This gathering features high calibre speakers and facilitators, as well as selected members of the community who are invited to share their inspirational tales! Our theme for 2017 is on ‘Developing a Resilient Brain’

i4 Tales 2017, took place on June 3rd. We will be back in 2018! Stay tuned via our newsletter.

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A community affair

While this event is directed to business leaders, entrepreneurs, consultants and educators, the concepts can be applied by any person from any industry.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about how to optimise their brains, free their imagination to augment creativity, tap into their intuition for better decision making and unleash their inspirational power. Learning how to improve these abilities can increase anyone’s potential to become more productive and experience a more fulfilling life personally and professionally.

i4 Tales 2017, took place on June 3rd. We will be back in 2018! Stay tuned via our newsletter.

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  • Listen to our knowledgeable speakers

  • Tantalise your senses with a brain-friendly lunch

  • Network with people from diverse disciplines

  • Share your own story of how to lead more creatively

Learning the latest findings from brain science and related fields is a not a luxury but a necessity, if we want to affect change and create healthier workplace environments.

The i4 Brain-Friendly Organisation Award

Recognising dedication and commitment

Every year at our annual i4 Tales Conference we award an organisation that has made a significant effort in implementing ‘brain-friendly’ practices.

Being more ‘brain-friendly’ means understanding why we behave the way we do and taking accountability, making changes personally and at an organisational level to improve the overall culture and the way people work together.

If you want to enhance the 'employee experience' and get involved in our i4 Brain Friendly Awards, get in touch!

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Food for thought

Nurturing your second brain

The gut has 100 million neurons and it is connected to our nervous system. When the gut is not working well, it affects the brain’s cognitive capabilities.

Part of the i4 Tales Conference is to bring to light how important it is to keep our guts healthy in order to perform better.

As part of this experience, a scrumptious brain friendly lunch and refreshing smoothie bar will be waiting for you on arrival!


The Speakers & Topics

i4 Tales 2017 featured a variety of incredible speakers, who will shared their knowledge and stories about how to optimise your brain, nurture your imagination, inspiration and intuition. Their stories focused on how to develop a resilient brain.


Read more about them below, explore their articles on our blog or watch the 2017 recording!

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silvia damiano

Silvia Damiano

A Resilient Brain In A Digital Economy

In the past 10 years, educational institutions have shifted the focus to build digital skills to better prepare the next generation workforce. Building our digital capability is not only about knowing how to live surrounded by technology but also about how to develop our internal resourcefulness and adaptability so we can face a world that constantly changes. Shrugging off the uncertainty caused by the speed of change requires knowing how to maintain a healthy state of mind and how to truly connect with those who can support us through the up’s and down’s of this digital economy.

Silvia Damiano, Founder & CEO of the About my Brain Institute spoke at i4 Tales 2017!

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Grant Herbert

Grant Herbert

Creating The Bond

Ordinary guy, with an outstanding wife and 5 amazing kids, who has a passionate message to share about being authentic and living the life you were created to live. Grant uses the practical experience from his own journey of imperfection to coach you to escape the performance trap, cut yourself some slack, learn from your experiences and enjoy being whoever it is you are called to be in your life. Whether it is in the corporate boardroom, the business seminar, the conference venue or as a coach, Grant will inspire positive changes in mindset and behaviour that are sabotaging results. Grant will be creating the bond at this year's event as our official MC.

Grant Herbert, Founder of People Builders spoke at i4 Tales 2017!

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Joanne Keen

Joanne Keen

Courage From Within

When things do not got so well in our lives, it is easy to get our brain to notice all the difficulties, the negative situations and the obstacles. Learning to recognise how to turn our thoughts around and retrain our brain to focus on the positive aspects of a situation is a skill that we can all learn and apply in our personal and professional lives. In this incredible session, Joanne Keen will share her strategies to build the courage we need to face the adverse events in our lives so we can shine as brightly as we can.

Joanne Keen, Executive General Counsel & Company Secretary at CS Energy spoke at i4 Tales 2017!

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Gus Rickard

Gus Rickard

Fighting Sedentarism

The modern world is not well catered for a body that evolved largely on the african savannah. The potential and ease at which lifestyle becomes sedentary has become a plaster cast for a brain and body that is dependant on movement nutrition for health and optimal function. Join Gus Rickard to learn the tricks that can help our bodies maintain the flexibility and mobility we need to function effectively.

Gus Rickard, CHEK Practitioner & Holistic Personal Trainer spoke at i4 Tales 2017!

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Bernadette McClelland

Bernadette McClelland

The Power of the Reframe

Resilience is a quality we all have in spades. We all grew up on resilience and then somewhere along the path we opted for different answers to the way we viewed our vulnerabilities, to how we handled the uncertainty of those curved balls life decided to throw our way, to how we coped with the complexities of relationships and to how the ambiguous interpretations we placed on people, things and events has potentially clouded our vision for a better world. This inspirational and informative presentation teaches us to practise ‘The Power of The Reframe’. Doing this can help us refocus, regroup and reimagine all that our lives can become.

Bernadette McClelland, CEO of Sales Leaders Global spoke at i4 Tales 2017!

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Dr. Kaushik Ram

Dr. Kaushik Ram

The Heart of Co-Creation

As a child I often asked - where do our thoughts come from? After studying neuroscience, I still don't know the answer to this question. However, I have learnt that scientists have forgotten that science is a toolkit to contemplate possibility rather than formulate truth. Science is the craftsmanship of ideas and allows us to awaken possibilities that we never thought we'd imagine. In this talk, we will learn how to align our hearts and minds and bring our dreams to life.

Dr. Kaushik Ram, Neuroscientist, Author and Speaker spoke at i4 Tales 2017!

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Katie Hancock

Katie Hancock

Stronger After The Storm

Personal resilience is built not only by understanding how to stay strong in the face of adversity but also by learning how to be vulnerable and share our stories. In this inspirational talk, Katie Hancock will share how by sharing her own story, she has been able to heal and move forward while helping others do the same.

Katie Hancock, Senior Consultant at Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection spoke at i4 Tales 2017!

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Dr. Carmel Harrington

Dr. Carmel Harrington

Sleeping for Resilience

Many perceive resilience as an individual trait, basic to one's personality type. However research suggests differently, indicating that resilience is a process, a result of individuals interacting with their environments and the processes that promote well-being. In short, resilience is learnt and can be developed. But can resilience be lost once acquired? Join Dr. Carmel Harrington in this fascinating talk to explore the link between sleep and a resilient brain.

Dr. Carmel Harrington, Sleep Researcher spoke at i4 Tales 2017!

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Lisa Gorman

Lisa Gorman

Outreach & An Ego’s Retreat

Within two months of Lisa’s father becoming seriously ill, her mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia. She quickly adopted the carer’s role and divested herself of her workplace commitments. Her father passed first, then her mother joined him some 4 years later and all the while her children grew up, completing their schooling without her support. In her darkest times, when she thought she could not go on, it was the outreach of people that kept her going and a quieting of her ego that helped her to live fully again.

Lisa Gorman, Founder of Life Learning Co. spoke at i4 Tales 2017!

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Mark Hodgson

Mark Hodgson

Equipping Ourselves For Adversity

In our crazy world, it’s easy to become over-stretched. The gravity of ‘busy’ drags us away from nurturing vital parts of our lives. We need to regain balance. It’s about building strengths in five areas – Physical, Family, Social, Emotional and Spiritual – and developing the perspective to know what’s really important.

Mark Hodgson, Head of Consulting at the About my Brain Institute spoke at i4 Tales 2017!

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Alison Pate

The Advantages Of Adversity

Everyone has or will experience adversity at some point in their lives. Adversity is part of life and accepting it will help us better prepare for it and overcome it. How we deal with it depends on a myriad of aspects. Our sense of self and the strength of our internal resources - determination, resilience and persistence as well as the external resources in terms of our support system of family and friends all play a part. There are learning opportunities in every adverse situation. Depending on how we choose to perceive adversity, can significantly alter the outcome.

Alison Pate, Executive Coach & Mentor spoke at i4 Tales 2017!

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