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30 – 31 March 2017
Early Bird Discount!  Book before 28 Feb 2017


position yourself for future success


Young Guns Workshop

Designed for emerging managers, supervisors and accounting team members to develop their leadership skills & knowledge of the business of accounting firms.

Our 2017 Young Guns Workshop features leading thinkers in the profession including:

Mandy Holloway of Courageous Leaders will work with your emerging leaders to leverage their personal network and become the driver of change in their firm.

Michelle Blewett of Workforce Guardian will show you how to attract and retain talented employees by helping young leaders create a preferred employment workplace.

Wayne Schmidt of Karbon will take you through how to build a successful online sales plan using the latest strategies available to accounting firms.

Samantha Dean of BlueprintHQ will look to the future and discuss what accounting practices will be like in 2025.

…and our own Mark Holton and David Smith who will tackle other issues affecting emerging leaders including unlocking value added service opportunities, technology challenges, managing and acquiring equity and exceptional customer service and their own personal stories on how they changed from introverts to becoming leaders in the accounting industry.


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At the Smithink Young Guns workshop, you will spend two exciting days developing the skills and knowledge that will help you become a future leader

Thursday 30 March 2017

9am – 10.30am: Strategies for Transitioning to Leadership.
Mandy Holloway, Courageous Leaders

10.30am – 11am: Morning tea

11am – 12pm: Business Advisory Services – Unlocking your Practice’s Potential.
Mark Holton, Smithink

12pm – 1pm: The Accounting firm in 2025.
Samantha Dean, BlueprintHQ

1pm – 2pm: Lunch

2pm – 3pm: Your Accessorial Liability: Risks for Key Advisors and How to Avoid Being Held Personally Liable When Your Client’s Breach the Fair Work Act
Michelle Blewett, Workforce Guardian

3pm – 3.30pm: Afternoon tea

3.30pm – 4.30pm: Buying into the firm – successfully making the move.
David Smith, Smithink

4.30pm – 5.30pm: Debate the challenges of people and practice management.
Mark Holton, Smithink

5.30pm – 6.30pm: Drinks and canapes

Friday 31 March 2017

9.00 – 10.30am: Becoming the “initiator” and “enabler” of change in your firm.
Mandy Holloway, Courageous Leaders

10.30 – 11.00am: Morning tea

11.00am – 12.00pm: Creating an online sales strategy
Wayne Schmidt, Karbon

12.00pm – 1.00pm: Building exceptional customer service.
Mark Holton, Smithink

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch.

2.00 – 3.00pm: Leveraging cloud and new technologies.
David Smith, Smithink

3.00pm – 4.00pm: Debate the challenges of technology and new innovative advisory services.
Mark Holton, Smithink

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Early Bird Discount!
Book before 28 Feb 2017

HILTON SURFERS PARADISE  |  30 – 31 March 2017

Hilton Surfers Paradise

Hilton Surfers Paradise
6 Orchid Avenue
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217


Rates start at $219 at the Hilton Surfers Paradise. We recommend booking as soon as you can and prior to 27 January; after this date rooms and rates will be subject to availability.



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All sessions will also be available via

Sessions will be broadcast live and sold in blocks between each break. Those that attend and those that buy the webcast will have access to the webcast content for 12 months after the event.

Visit for a free demonstration of our webcast material or to register for this conference or to purchase sessions from our earlier events.


Early Bird Pricing
before 28 February, 2017

Smithink Members (25% Discount)

$1050.00 First Attendee

$825.00 Additional Attendees
(from the same firm)


$1450.00 First Attendee

$1100.00 Additional Attendees
(from the same firm)

Standard Pricing
after 28 February, 2017

Smithink Members (25% Discount)

$1450.00 First Attendee
$1100.00 Additional Attendees from the same firm


$1812.50 First Attendee
$1618.75 Additional Attendees from the same firm

Webcast Pricing

Smithink Members (10% discount)

All sessions $535.50
Individual blocks $85.50


All sessions $595.00
Individual blocks $95.00

*webcast registrations are online only: insert link

I had done manager training in the past and thought this would be the same. I was wrong. All young current and aspiring partners should attend the workshop as the content and presenters were second to none.

Clint Bourke

Roberts & Morrow

As a young manager, Mandy Holloway’s very practical presentation about the mistakes young managers make, was challenging and very useful for me personally.

Susan Manns

Baker Affleck Moffrey

Very informative, interactive and relatable! Such an eye opener into the changes my role as a manager and accounting industry! Makes me excited for the future.

Rebecca Smith

Harris Black Chartered Accountants



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