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Sydney Connect 2014 underway

Clifton L Taulbert at Connect 2014

International keynote speaker Clifton L Taulbert at the Connect 2014 yesterday

Supply Nation’s Connect 2014 event kicked off yesterday morning at the Royal Randwick Race Course with speakers from around the world, including its keynote speaker from the USA.

Clifton L Taulbert is Chief Executive Officer of The Freemount Corporation and The Building Institute. But not only is he a CEO, he is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur and author, who travelled all the way from Mississippi, USA to speak to a capacity crowd.

“This is about connect; you connect with the future by clearly understanding the power of the past,” Clifton says.

“I’m pleased to share with you a portion of my life and what it means to connect, what it really, truly means to connect. One word, very powerful and very unique; every one of us has the power to connect.

“When we connect, great things can happen, but it is a choice that we have and we can take that choice lightly, or we can take it seriously.”

A Welcome to Country performed by the Kunurri Dancers had the room clapping, smiling and laughing during their performance of the ‘Kangaroo Dance’ ahead of the commencement of the conference.

Ben Gray from D&C Workwear yarning with Clive Beitz from Australian Customs and Border Protection

Ben Gray from D&C Workwear with Clive Beitz from the Australian Customs and Border Protection at the Connect 2014 Tradeshow today

Welcoming speakers included CEO of Supply Nation, Charles Prouse, Chairperson of La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council, Marcia Ella Duncan and Deputy Secretary of Indigenous Affairs Richard Eccles.

The rest of the day launched into workshops for both Indigenous suppliers and Corporate and Government members of Supply Nation.

Topics discussed included; embedding supplier diversity in the business, best practice in supplier diversity, understanding the supplier diversity business and tackling the issues of a certified supplier.

The afternoon sessions included talks about connecting, converting and continuing, supplier lists and government policies in business, second tiering, and leading change in business.

The day was hugely successful and wrapped up with some late afternoon networking drinks, with the Sydney city skyline backdrop. This was an opportunity for the attendees to come together and discuss all that they had learned from the day, ahead of today’s tradeshow.

The tradeshow is being held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse and wraps up around 3pm. Tonight will see everyone let their hair down at Sydney’s Town Hall for the Gala Awards night. Business award winners will be announced later tonight.

For more information on Connect 2014, please click HERE.

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