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Wollongong Masterclass

The Employment Relationship – A New Deal

Tuesday 9th April, 2024| 7.30am - 9.30 am

University of Wollongong Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522

Join Verve Partners for an informative Masterclass: “The Employment Relationship – A New Deal,” where you’ll gain invaluable insights under the expert guidance of our Keynote Speaker Nicki Bowman and host Melanie Silburn.

Nicki is a Wollongong local, whose leadership career has seen her roam from the skyscrapers of Sydney to the onion fields of New Zealand, and even to the deserts of Burkina Faso. She has worked at executive and board levels in industries diverse in mining, finance, manufacturing, sports and IT services.

Nicki will deep-dive into how the pandemic disruption which started in 2020 has amplified – and accelerated – major changes in the relationship between employers and employees. These changes have significant implications for recruiting and retaining talent – and how we think about and organise work and workplaces into the future.

Our event host is Melanie, the Regional Recruitment Manager, the face of Wollongong and the Illawarra region and one of the best consultants in the area. She’s worked in boutique and Tier One recruitment agencies in Australia and the UK. However, she’s now had firm roots in Wollongong for many years. As a local, she knows the market, has strong connections and is personally invested in growing the region’s potential by creating a vibrant workforce.

Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your understanding and prepare your organisation for the challenges and opportunities of the future of work.

Key Learnings

  • The societal and economic shifts that are impacting employees’ expectations of work
  • The key differentiators that employees are looking for in their current or potential employers; and
  • Actions you can take to position your organisation to be an employer of choice.

Please arrive at the venue at 7.30am to register, for breakfast and networking as the Masterclass will commence at 7.50am. The Masterclass will be held at The University of Wollongong, Building 24 on the ground floor.

Verve Partners Leadership Masterclass


Meet your Keynote Speaker | Nicki Bowman

Nicki is a Wollongong local whose leadership career has seen her roam from the skyscrapers of Sydney to the onion fields of New Zealand, to the deserts of Burkina Faso. She has worked at executive and Board levels in industries as diverse as mining, finance, manufacturing, sports and IT services.

Closer to home, Nicki was the inaugural Deputy Chair of Football South Coast, and (for something completely different!) is also the founder of the Illawarra Branch of Dress for Success and a former director of its parent organisation, Dress for Success NSW& ACT.

Her passion for leadership saw her leave her corporate career in 2019 to establish her boutique leadership practice. At the heart of her leadership training and coaching lies a comprehensive, unique leadership program designed by Nicki. Her program has the goal of equipping current and emerging leaders with the tools and insights they need to build a psychologically safe, innovative and energised culture – with the ultimate goal of delivering sustainable high performance.



Meet your hosts | Verve Partners, Wollongong

Verve Partners is a recruitment agency building vibrant careers, cultures and communities in Wollongong and the Illawarra region.

Whether you’re looking for exceptional talent or a positive job move, it’s time to give it some verve. We do things a little differently from other recruitment agencies. By getting to know our clients and candidates, embracing diversity and ensuring everything clicks, we deliver vibrant culture and roles people love and thrive in, igniting the sparks of business and career success.

From mining and manufacturing to education, construction, and technology, Wollongong and the Illawarra have diverse industries and a strong, growing economy and market. There are just so many employment opportunities for everyone—and we have the specialist knowledge and experience to align the right businesses and talent.

If you’re looking for winning candidates for your business or are ready to get excited about going to work, contact Melanie and start a conversation.



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