Courage Month

Make November your Courage Month – exclusive online events on sale

Following on from the success of our 2019 Courage Conference, the Leading with Courage team invites you to participate in our ‘Courage Month’ this November.

Across the month, Leading with Courage’s Dina Pozzo and courageous media personality Vanessa O’Hanlon will host a series of virtual Courage Couches with leading women from around the world. These will be followed by an exclusive Courage Class with limited places.

Online events

Each Thursday from 10-11am, Vanessa O’Hanlon will chat with a different group of courageous women:

Courage Couch #1: November 12th, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:00am Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Courage Couch #2: November 19th, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:00am AEDT

Courage Couch #3: November 26th, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:00am AEDT

Courage Class: November 26th, 2020 | 11:30am – 1:30pm AEDT

Run by Australian courage researcher and leadership consultant Dina Pozzo, the Courage Class is designed to equip you with the knowledge and courage to represent yourself, organisations and your community. The class will delve deeper into courage and aid in action plans to implement courage within workplaces, and in everyday life.

The Courage Class will draw on Brené Brown’s world renowned Dare to Lead™ program, and the Leading with Courage™ program developed by Dina Pozzo

Courageous partners

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Courage Month

Our Hosts

Dina Pozzo is a highly skilled facilitator, coach and speaker with more than 25 years’ experience in learning and organisational development both locally and internationally. Having completed a Master of Applied Positive Psychology her keen interest in building the courage reserves of our leaders was piqued; she launched “Leading with Courage” at the 5th World Congress of Positive Psychology (WCPP) in Montreal, and has been certified by Dr. Brené Brown in Dare to Lead™, an empirically based courage-building program.

Vanessa O’Hanlon is an Australian television presenter with an extensive background in TV news and weather stemming from an insatiable passion for radio. Vanessa graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Public Relations. She has also studied with the Bureau of Meteorology. Away from the camera or microphone Vanessa has an insatiable sense of adventure, travel and photography.

Our speakers

Lisa Alexander is Consulting Specialist at Leading Teams, and is the immediate past Head Coach of the Australian Diamonds Netball Team, a position she held for almost nine years. Lisa is skilled in Management, Social Media, Public Speaking, Sponsorship, and Public Relations. She is a strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Teaching) focused in Physical Education and Mathematics from Victoria College, Rusden Campus.

Emily Angwin is a news anchor and host of The World Today with China Global Television Network in Beijing, China. Well known to Australian television audiences, Emily was a reporter and presenter for Seven News for more than eight years. Emily reported on a range of topics from crime & court stories to state and federal politics, for both the local and national news services. She also covered many sporting events, including the Australian Open and the Rio Olympic Games. She left Seven to take up her new role at the end of 2019. Emily has also worked extensively in radio, where she began her broadcast career in 2009.

Lisa Gray is Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation (VFMC), the investment manager for the State of Victoria. VFMC’s role is to provide investment and funds management services to Victoria and Victorian public authorities such as TAC, WorkSafe, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Royal Children’s Hospital and The University of Melbourne. Lisa has over 30 years’ experience leading services businesses with an enviable track record across the private and public sector.

Michelle Lock is an Honorary Ambassador for the Greater Zurich area, and is a former Senior Vice President & Head of Europe with Sage Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing novel therapies to transform the lives of people with debilitating brain disorders. Michelle has more than 20 years of life science leadership with a track record of growing and reestablishing pharmaceutical and biotechnology businesses, brands, and organisations in Europe, US, Australia and Asia.

Arlinda McIntosh is the creative director and founder of The Sofistafunk label. A slow fashioned lifestyle collection of versatile minimum and zero-waste skirts. 99% of cuttings are re-purposed into other useable fashion moments, so they never reach the already overflowing landfills. Arlinda turned her hobby into a full-time career as a designer in the 80s when her husband left her to raise three children as a single mum. In recent years, she has also gained a reputation as a leader in the global ‘Advanced Style’ community and is now helping other women embrace the power of social media.

Danya Sterling is Manager of Education Enterprises at The Big Issue. The Big Issue is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and creating job opportunities for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people. It runs social enterprises to create work opportunities for people who are unable to access mainstream jobs. These enterprises operate much like traditional businesses, except all revenue is put back into the enterprises for the benefit of the individuals involved and broader community. Their social enterprises not only provide opportunities for people to earn an income, but importantly, to build confidence and their capacity to help themselves.

Do you have the courage to lead?

Join Australian leadership consultant Dina Pozzo, a courage researcher and certified facilitator of Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead™ program, for Australia’s 2020 Courage Month.

Answering the call for greater courage at all levels within Australian organisations, Dina will draw on her own work and the work of University of Houston Professor and best-selling author Brené Brown to provide a range of interactive online events and activities.

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Why should you attend?

  • Build your courage reserves and learn how courage can be applied in the workplace
  • Connect with and learn from other leaders interested in leading with courage
  • Hear stories of courage from business, education, government and community sectors.

Who should attend?

If you’re looking for smart strategies, actionable tactics, eye-opening inspiration, and real connections with people who are seeking to bring more courage to all levels of their organisations, then Courage Month is for you.

Courageous partnerships

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 Courage Month, please contact Jack Walden, Courage Conference Manager via or call 0428 300 090.