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Hire Purpose

Hire Purpose is a series of meetups focused on upskilling both professionally and personally. You'll learn hard and soft skills, and gain practical takeaways.

Practical Takeaways Direct from Industry Experts

Attend our meetups focused on upskilling both professionally and personally. Topics vary but will always include hard or soft skills, with plenty of practical takeaways for attendees.

Upcoming Meetups
Learn Hard and Soft Skills

From using neuroscience to develop your leadership skills, to being a better developer.

Gain Practical Takeaways

All our sessions are kept small and personal, and include plenty of practical takeaways.

Appetizers, Wine and Beer

If you needed an additional incentive to join in, now you have three. Appetizers, wine and beer.

Digitising HR with Merivale’s Kate Tones #

Merivale is driven to deliver unique and memorable experiences to every guest who steps into one of their 70+ brands and venues. To reflect this, Kate Tones and the People Team at Merivale have invested in digitising HR to reflect the organisation’s focus on providing unforgettable guest experiences.

Join Kate to discover lessons learnt, as well as a snapshot of their journey that began with a completely manual approach, to now working on revolutionary Technology and Transformation initiatives to improve Merivale's people and business outcomes dramatically.

Key elements to the successful transformation include: the importance of partnering with the business to achieve shared outcomes; the role People Team has in helping Merivale build for the future; and the importance of using technology to drive results.

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Kate Tones
People Experience Manager

Thursday, 30 August


  • Upskill from an industry expert
  • Gain practical takeaways
  • Intimate learning environment
  • Completely free
  • Appetisers, wine and beer included!
  • Only 30 spaces available

Neuroscience Meets Creative Development: The Power of Human Potential #

Join neuroscientist, Dr Kaushik Ram and breakthrough strategist, Kirsty Carr for an imaginative evening where neuroscience meets creative development to unlock the power of human potential.

You'll discover how to: futureproof your organisation in the age of technology; tap into unique and diverse human capital; and unlock your emotional intelligence, creativity and communication to allow your ideas to flourish.

The results being: More time, more engagement and more meaning.

The nature of work is changing so rapidly it's hard to keep up. Don’t become extinct. Learn how to harness competitive advantage through your most valuable asset - your people!

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Dr Kaushik Ram
PhD Neuroimaging, M.Sc Neuroscience, B.Sc Animal Behaviour
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Kirsty Carr
Breakthrough Strategist, B.A Hons Population Health, B.A Population Health

Thursday, 12 July


  • Upskill from an industry expert
  • Gain practical takeaways
  • Intimate learning environment
  • Completely free
  • Pizza, wine and beer included!
  • Only 30 spaces available

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Expecting a Raise? Get Your Money Sorted with Ben Nash #

Negotiated a raise? Or expecting one? You won't want to miss this session.

Financial Adviser and founder of Pivot Wealth, Ben Nash will educate you on tried and tested frameworks you can use to get better results with you newly increased income. Financial education is normally dry, confusing, and sometimes just plain boring... Not this session.

Get practical takeaways you can understand and implement straight away.

Taking action is the most powerful thing you can do when it comes to money, but first you need to know the rules of the game. As a self-confessed finance geek, I'll show you how to make the most of your money.

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Ben Nash
Founder and Financial Adviser at Pivot Wealth

Thursday, 28 June


  • Upskill from an industry expert
  • Gain practical takeaways
  • Intimate learning environment
  • Completely free
  • Pizza, wine and beer included!
  • Only 30 spaces available

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An Evening with Cultural Transformation Expert, Elsa Pahnke #

Elsa Pahnke has over 20 years organisational development experience, leading cultural transformation across Customer Service for the likes of Commbank.

Join Elsa for a practical, information packed session how to begin a cultural transformation with yourself. Learn effective cultural transformation techniques and how to apply these to your life.

This 60-minute session will draw on her extensive research of positive psychology, neuroscience, Voice of the Customer data analytics, mindfulness and organisational psychology.

A cultural transformation starts with yourself. Join us for an informative hour on how you can get started immediately.

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Elsa Pahnke
Cultural Transformation Expert

Thursday, 31 May


  • Upskill from an industry expert
  • Gain practical takeaways
  • Intimate learning environment
  • Completely free
  • Pizza, wine and beer included!
  • Only 30 spaces available

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Frequently Asked Questions

I missed a meetup, are they recorded?

Yes, all of our sessions are recorded and pushed to our Hire Purpose Podcast which is available on iTunes.

Is this for jobseekers?

Absolutely. We've found the most successful individuals we work with are always looking to improve themselves both professionally and personally. Hire Purpose is designed for them.

Who should I contact about being a speaker?

The best person to contact would be our CEO, Joseph Merz. You can contact Joseph by emailing him on joseph.merz@sterning.com or contact his PA, Claudia Koh on +61 402 735 373.

Will it cost me anything?

As mentioned above, we aim to keep all meetups free. The only time it will cost is when we've gone significantly over budget. In this case we'll bring it to you at cost.

I have an idea for a topic, who should I contact?

We're all ears! Any ideas you have can be emailed to Claudia Koh on claudia.koh@sterning.com or you can call her on +61 402 735 373.