Make Me A Leader

A feature-length documentary on how leaders can optimise brain and body performance to thrive in the 21st Century.

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Grand Opening
July 25, 2018

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Expecting people in leadership positions to solve all the challenges we face in the world today is largely futile. That is why we firmly believe that expanding our leadership abilities is critical in this new era - no matter who you are.

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Grand Opening Premiere

Sydney - July 25, 2018

Chauvel Cinema • Palace Cinemas
Wednesday July 25
6:00pm - 9:00pm
249 Oxford St, Paddington
NSW, Australia

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About the Premiere

A Cocktail Function & A Night Of Celebration

Join us on July 25th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm in Sydney for our Grand Opening Premiere! A night of red carpet greetings, inspirational conversations, good food & wine, speeches and a private screening of the ‘Make Me A Leader’ documentary.

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Silvia Damiano

Silvia Damiano

Film Director & Producer

Silvia Damiano founded The About my Brain Institute in 2009, with the purpose of democratising leadership & neuroscience. She has a passionately held belief, that leaders in our 21st century global economy and their organisations must radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership. In her ground-breaking book ‘Leadership Is Upside Down’ and the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’, Silvia provides both compelling evidence and explores the importance of leadership in our personal and professional lives and what it takes to develop the human behind the leader.

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Dr. Kim Ellis

Kim Ellis

Opening Speech for the Sydney Opening Premiere

Kim Ellis is the Executive Director of Sydney Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands (Australia), responsible for the management of 1,100 hectares of botanical gardens, public parklands and world heritage bushland. These sites host over 30 million visits a year, and operate with a budget of AUD100 million, of which more than 70% is self-funded through commercial operations. Kim has extensive experience in leading diverse, high profile public organisations, including significant public and private airports. He has worked throughout Australia and in the USA, and has spent time in the Australian Antarctic, supporting science operations.

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Touring Globally

To witness this cutting-edge leadership perspective and methodology in person, we invite you to attend one of our ‘Make Me A Leader’ events in our 2018 global tour.

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Many use the word leadership, but only a few understand what it truly takes to become a leader. Based on the latest research, this documentary explores how developing our mind & brain can help us achieve leadership greatness.
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About the film

Developing the human behind the leader

Produced by the About my Brain Institute, Make Me A Leader sheds a new light into how to develop the leaders of the future. It suggests a new mindset based on science that integrates our entire biological system from the brain down.

Leadership expert Silvia Damiano and her team traveled the globe to discover how to adapt our brains in a changing world - where ‘creativity’ replaces ‘knowledge’ as our most valuable leadership quality.

Silvia proposes the idea of everyone embracing their own leadership to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities that the Imagination Age presents.

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  • Exploring the connection between brain & body

  • The science of meditation

  • Sleep, performance and leadership

  • Developing resilience and facing your fears

  • Fighting sedentarism

  • Creating more compassionate societies

Featured Scientists

Make Me A Leader features interviews with business leaders, academics, various leadership specialists and world-renowned scientists.

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Dr. Fred Travis

Dr. Fred Travis

Centre for Brain, Consciousness & Cognition
Maharishi University of Management, USA

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Dr. Harald Harung

Dr. Harald Harung

Associate Professor
College of Applied Science
Oslo & Akerahus University, Norway

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Judith Glaser

Judith Glaser

Author ‘Conversational Intelligence’
New York, USA

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Jay Vidyarthi

Jay Vidyarthi

Head of User Experience
Toronto, Canada

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Dr. Carmel Harrington

Dr. Carmel Harrington

Sleep Expert & Author ‘The Sleep Diet’
Sydney, Australia

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Dr. Robert Schneider

Dr. Robert Schneider

College of Integrative Medicine
Maharishi University of Management, USA

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Chris Berka

Chris Berka

CEO & Co-Founder
Advanced Brain Monitoring
Carlsbad, USA

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Dr. Robert Johnson

Dr. Robert Johnson

Medical Director
Amen Clinics, USA

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Dr. Emeran Mayer

Dr. Emeran Mayer

G Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress & Resilience, UCLA, USA

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Dr. Dr. Kaushik Ram

Dr. Kaushik Ram

Movement Expert & Author ‘Hidden World’
Sydney, Australia

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Business Experts

Our featured business leaders and leadership experts are listed below. Click on the links to read their related articles.

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Alison Pate • Executive Coach & Mentor
Anna Bligh • Former Premier, Queensland Government
Bradley Andrews • President, Advisian Digital
Helen Lyons • Executive Director, Executive Development Public Service
Juan Carlos Cubeiro • Head of Talent, Manpower Group
Misti Melville • Global Human Resources Director, BuroHappold Engineering
Yvonne Coburn • Leadership Development and Executive Coach
Sue Langley • Founder & CEO, The Langley Group
Sylvie Minot • Co-Founder & Director, Syzygy Dance Project

Skander Malcolm • Managing Director & CEO, OFX
Shree Paradkar • Journalist, The Toronto Star
Troy Roberts • Founder, RAW Impact
Brooke Schiller • Leadership Consultant & Coach
Grant Soosalu • Author ‘mBraining’
Bruce Cryer • Former CEO, Heart Math
Karina Reggenesier • Student of Business & Management, Zeppelin University
Kim Pate • Senator, Ottawa - Canada
Maurizio Floris • Program Director, John Grill Centre

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Keep up to date with this production by following our social channels and the #MakeMeALeader hashtag.

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“Imagining the future starts in your brain, having the courage to implement what you imagine resides in your gut, making it happen is only possible with the passion of your heart.”

Silvia Damiano
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The Dream Team

Thank you to all the incredible souls who helped us make this production happen. As a team anything is possible!

Below we have listed the contributions of all the talented professionals who worked countless hours on this project as well as those who assisted along the way.

Silvia Damiano • Director, Executive Producer & Writer
Simon Martin • Director of Photography, Camera & Editor
Relmi Damiano • Creative Director, Writer & Production Designer
Dave Agius • Production Designer
Lajla Mostic • Assistant Editor & 3D Artist
Damian Hood • Assistant Editor & 3D Artist
Emma Newman • Assistant Editor & 3D Artist
Max Takacs-Gal • 3D Artist
Nicole Lyons • Writer
Elise Cociuban • Music Composer
Roberto Benech Arnold • Music Composer
Kearon de Clouet • Sound Design

Douglas Lam • Web Developer & Production Assistant
Ayeesha Mukerjee • Designer & Production Assistant
Madelyn Beaufils • Production Assistant
Su Jung Kim • Designer & Production Assistant
Nick Simpson • Production Assistant
Santina Malacarne • Production Assistant
Salin Kong • Camera & Drone Operator, RAW Impact Cambodia
Heng Sary • Camera & Drone Operator, RAW Impact Cambodia
Leang Hour Kim • Camera & Drone Operator, RAW Impact Cambodia
Abraham Saikley • Photography Assistant
Robert Davy • Designer & Camera Assistant
Jason Capizzi • Camera Assistant


Antonio Vargas Ricardo • Kamala Tully • Ann Jackson • Lisa Gray • Jarman Massie • Jonathan Walker • Ben Nachmani • Melina Maini • Joaquin Besga • Ricardo Gonzalez Escobar • Gonzalo Rossi • Sacha Damiano • Melinda Hills • Geoff Heber • Mark Hodgson • Amber Jenner • Joshua Landua • Jorge Plaza • Blythe Rowe • Sharon Taylor • Phillip Baker • Caroline Monzon • Katie Hancock • Angus Rickard • Lisa Gorman • Santiago Puebla Sanz • Hayley Melrose • Isaac Herbert • Grant Herbert • Ben McNevin • Lucy Le Messurier Scott • Gail-Eaton Briggs • Deborah Pascoe • Jenny Vulcan


Troy & Nicole Roberts • Holly Day • Monique Sleight • Liz Wills • Dany Sruy • Joshua Shayer • Jethro Boyd • Tessa Dorotich • Blake Hale • Renee Keating • Peter Fitzgerald • Sor Petra (Mr Petra) • Lee David (Mr David) • Hen Very (Mr Vey) • Peng Tre (Mr Tre)

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David McCubbin • Tony Coburn • Katharine McLennan
Ken Chawkin • Cristina Wilson Porter • Florian Zdzidlaw

Advanced Brain Monitoring • Carlsbad, United States
Roxanna Geiger

Interaxon • Toronto, Canada
Ariel Garten • Chris Aimone • Ben Nachmani

WorleyParsons & Advisian Digital • Melbourne, Australia
Syzygy Dance Project • Sausalito, CA, USA
Amen Clinics • Los Angeles, USA
Herbert Smith Freehills • Sydney, Australia
Billy Blue College of Design, Torrens University • Sydney, Australia
Cesar Diaz, On Hair Boutique • Buenos Aires, Argentina
Violeta Brown • Ipswich, Australia
Bathers’ Pavillion Balmoral Beach • Sydney, Australia
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences University of Buenos Aires • Argentina
Escuela Superior de Comercio “Carlos Pellegrini” • Buenos Aires, Argentina
BuroHappold Engineering • London, UK
John Grill Centre, University of Sydney • Australia
Cafe La Biela • Buenos Aires, Argentina
Parque de la Memoria • Buenos Aires, Argentina
Scandic Holmenkollen Park • Oslo, Norway
Maharishi University • Fairfield, USA
Oslo & Akerahus University College • Oslo, Norway
G Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress & Resilience, UCLA • Los Angeles, USA
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Produced by the About my Brain Institute

Sydney Premiere Sponsor

Thank you to the following organisations for supporting our Sydney event!

Advisian Worley Parsons

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Sydney July 25, 2018 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm


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