Tuesday August 29, 2023 | Centrepiece Melbourne


Come and join us at Australia’s number-one wellness conference for real estate agents and property managers. 

We promise frank conversations, insightful topics, ideas to challenge, a good dose of inspiration and aha moments that will give you a totally new perspective on how you work, live and play.

Bring your entire team to RiSE 2023 for a day of inspiration, reflection and connection.

The conference will be held at CENTREPIECE, Melbourne Park, located just minutes away from the bustling CBD and within the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct. 



Wayne Schwass:
Resilience in champions

Wayne captured Australia’s attention as one of AFL’s most successful football players. Upon retirement in 2002 he went on to make his name as a broadcaster and passionate advocate for mental health awareness. He has launched both the Sunrise Foundation, which delivered preventative education programs to secondary school students between 2007 and 2010, and Puka Up – a social enterprise which focuses on mental health, emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention.

Shantelle Thompson:
Wominjeka - Here with Purpose

Barkindji Warrior Shantelle describes herself as a life weaver – bringing together with intention, courage and heart her roles as a First Nations woman, mother of six, storyteller, athlete, role model, Indigipreneur, founder, guide and teacher. After being diagnosed with crippling postnatal depression at the age of 33, Shantelle took up Brazilian jiu-jitsu to help her heal. Shantelle knew she had to help herself and be the writer of her own story.

Mitch Wallis:
Pretending is painful

Heart On My Sleeve was born on May 30, 2017, when founder Mitch Wallis shared a video of his story, describing his immense battles with anxiety, depression and a lifetime of mental illness. He spoke about the conflict he felt between having the “perfect” outside life on social media, while suffering deeply beneath the surface. The video went viral and saw people from around the world tattooing hearts on their arms and sharing their stories. From that day, a movement was born.

Michael Kirby:
A strong sense of self

As Australia’s longest-serving high court judge, Michael Kirby has needed to build a strong sense of self to thrive in a tough public position. His dissenting judgments are famous for being on the wrong side of the majority, but on the right side of history. As a highly decorated human rights champion, professor and international jurist with appointments across several UN missions, Michael brings wisdom and experience to inspire our industry professionals.

Nasir Sobhani:
Making a world of difference

Also known as The Streets’ Barber, Nasir earned his affectionate title by offering free haircuts and shaves to the homeless and less fortunate on the streets of Melbourne. His inspirational story of compassion and generosity has now received significant attention globally. Strongly spiritual, he believes in using your natural talents to be charitable and help those less privileged. Nasir is both a thought-provoking presenter and humanitarian, providing inspiration with his aspirational approach to charity and kindness.

Thomas Keneally:
The power of our words

Thomas Keneally was born in 1935 and his first novel was published in 1964. Since then he has written a considerable number of novels and non-fiction works including The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Schindler’s List and The People’s Train. His history books include The Great Shame, Australians and The Commonwealth of Thieves.


John Foong


John Cunningham

RiSE President

Emily Sim

Ray White

Sarah Bell


Lisa Jennings


Drew Ginn OAM

Marshall White

Jason Pellegrino


Dean Firth

Macquarie Bank

Samantha White

Ray White

David Bowie

MRI Software

Cathy Baker

Belle Property

Justin Miller


Suzanne Brown


Sadhana Smiles


James Bell


James Redfern


Madeline Kennedy


Laura Shooter

SJ Shooter Real Estate

Sam Shooter

SJ Shooter Real Estate

Michael Sheargold

RER Network

Tanja Lee

The Alchemic Way

Andrew Liddell

Bresic Whitney

Julie Davis

Agent Dynamics


In 2022, more than 1000 real estate agents, office owners and property managers gathered at last year’s RiSE Conference to find out how to balance head with heart. 

There were plenty of mental health and wellness tips shared on the day, with speakers offering meaningful ideas on how to strive for harmony in an often-stressful industry.