Posted by Jim Lyons JD, CPC on Aug 25, 2022

The Essence of NPA—A term I plan to popularize during my tenure as your Chair is simply, the personal and endearing relationships between NPA members that come by and are renewed by in person meetings. Well, the Essence of NPA was alive and well at our meeting in Manly, Australia.

This week’s Chairman’s Corner features my dear friend and NPA Board Member (Immediate Past Chair), Jason Elias’ summary of the event.

ANZ members had their first conference since Covid at the beautiful seaside resort of Manly on Sydney's northern beaches. Guests came from across Australia and New Zealand as well as international speaker Mike "Batman" Cohen and NPAworldwide President Dave Nerz from the US.

The conference was jam-packed with great content including topics on differentiating your brand, understanding the talent market and immigration, facilitating diversity and inclusion, the latest legal issues affecting recruiters and some very handy tips on online sourcing.

It was lovely to be able to socialise and catch up with old friends and welcome some new ones. We had two new members join just a few days before the conference. It was also a chance to reconnect with our sponsors and partners.

The highlight for me was the NPA Spirit. Last year Simone Allan from Mondo Search (who lives near Manly) won NPAworldwide's Community Service Award for her work founding the Women's Resilience Centre.

We spontaneously decided to auction off prizes and sell clues at our trivia night in support of this great cause. Thanks to the generosity of several sponsors and members, we raised $10,000 for the Women's Resilience Centre in just a few hours.  

Great job to those who organised the conference- especially Kristen who had to deal with some major last minute changes, Veronica Blatt at HQ, ANZ Director Andrew Thoseby and NSW Area Leader, James Harman. Check out some photos here.