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Gold Partner with

Central Queensland University

It is with great pleasure that the Outstanding Leadership Awards announce Central Queensland University (CQU) as a Gold Partner. CQU is a highly established university, with more than 30,000 students across 70 countries. A university that dares to be different, CQU prioritises leadership at its core to serve the needs of countless staff, students and alumni.

Recognised as one of the world’s leading universities under 50 years by Times Higher Education, CQU is a front-runner in creating accessible, world-class tertiary education. Chairman and Vice-Chancellor of CQU, Alastair Dawson prioritises the university’s commitment to collaboration between students, stakeholders, industry and communities. Likewise, we are proud to partner with CQU because of the standards they uphold; bold, honest, inclusive and courageous leadership underpin the university’s executive team.

CQU is one of Australia’s most accessible and engaged universities and globally recognised for innovative teaching and research excellence. In 2020 CQU will be undertaking a new curriculum endeavour as they launch their Master of Business Administration (Leadership) program. Designed for the entrepreneur, business owner or corporate manager it will allow students to gain insights into the strategies, practices and key communication skills that underpin successful business leadership.

Moreover, CQU has a rich university history, strong indigenous engagement and a comprehensive strategic plan to remove education barriers amongst under-represented groups and underserviced communities. With a team of courageous, inclusive and authentic leaders, CQU is a beacon for positive change amongst Queensland communities and the education sector.

Welcome Central Queensland University, we are proud to partner with you in 2020.


At Specialists in Communications, we are the trusted adviser and reliable communications team for businesses and government entities across Australia.

We provide frank and fearless advice that supports you to see the whole picture and achieve lasting results.

Connecting with an audience requires empathy and a willingness to recognise difference. We help our clients understand their audiences and develop strategies and activities to connect and succeed.

There is no one-size-fits all in communication, we are guided by our knowledge and experience, and we apply this alongside true compassion for your unique circumstance. From campaigns and events, to stakeholder engagement and leadership, our experts are passionate about meeting your objectives and seeing you soar.

We’re honoured to partner with the Outstanding Leadership Awards. As advocates for the importance of kindness, listening and empathy in all communications efforts, we are passionate about the work of the Awards and the team at Leadership HQ.

We know that supporting organisations to understand the role that empathy and connection play in leadership and communications, can help them to identify ways to apply empathy and kindness to help remove stigma, improve culture, and build resilient and productive workplaces.


McDonald Inc. creates sustainable change through compelling leadership journeys. We will empower 1 million women to have the courage to step in, step up and start up, making a significant difference globally in women’s leadership.

Their Mission – To help women across the globe be courageous in their lives, careers and leadership.

Their Vision 0To lead 1 million women to courage and step in, step up and start up.

What Makes Them Different – McDonald Inc. is a leader in helping women and organisations achieve results that require lasting changes in leadership and talent which are often the most difficult challenges of any organisation. When accomplished, they are also the most notable competitive advantage.

We provide leadership programs and services, all based on a foundation of unshakeable principles and proven practices.

Our ultimate aim is to deliver transformational results. Our expanding reach now extends across Australia and the Globe with associates working toward our common mission of enabling courage, opportunities and greatness in women and organisations everywhere.

Seymour Whyte brings the expertise of a Tier 1, the agility and personal connection of a Tier 2 and the enhanced resources of a global construction expert – in VINCI – giving our clients the best of three worlds.

When it comes to the value we provide to our clients, we believe being smarter is more important than being bigger. Seymour Whyte achieves success by finding innovative ways to always work collaboratively – resulting in new and smarter partnerships.

It is because of our partnerships, we are confidently taking on the most challenging, complex projects and finding the most sustainable and creative solutions for our clients.

It is because of our high performing, collaborative, experienced and agile teams that Seymour Whyte is confidently bidding and winning work in diverse sectors.

C3Talent is an organization that combines 60 years of Talent identification, attraction and development expertise in one company. We create value through Talent. We pride ourselves in assisting our clients to attract and identify the right talent to ensure their hiring decisions are the right one. We also advise Talent and assist them to make informed career choices that meet their long-term objectives. Our consultative, genuine approach is unique in a sector driven by achieving sales at any cost. We treat every person with honesty, integrity and genuine empathy which sets us apart from others.

Clients work with us exclusively for their Talent requirements as they value our expertise, transparency and a consistently high-quality service. We are committed to exceeding your expectations, whether it is helping you recruit talent, planning your next career or providing advice on the local employment market.  We pride ourselves on always acting professionally. Above all, we deliver on our promises.

O.C. Tanner, the global leader in engaging workplace cultures, helps thousands of top companies create peak moments that inspire people to achieve, appreciate, and connect to purpose and each other. From Salt Lake City to Sydney to Singapore, clients use O.C. Tanner’s Culture Cloud™ to retain, engage, and attract talent, bond teams, drive innovation, and communicate company values.

With apps for recognition, service awards, wellbeing, leadership, and celebrations, Culture Cloud gives you a single, modular suite of integrated tools for crafting a world-class workplace culture. Because when your apps work together, your people do, too.

Culture is elusive, but powerful. And worth getting right. That’s why great companies create great experiences. Because experiences fuel connections, and connections are what great culture, and great work, is all about. Learn how you can influence greatness and help people thrive at work with O.C. Tanner’s Culture Cloud.


VeriSkills™ is owned by Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre Limited (QTAC™), a registered educational charity owned by Australian universities. As part of Australia’s qualifications ecosystem QTAC™ is powering VeriSkills™ to ensure courses and training programs continue to provide meaning to a person’s skills, credentials and experience allowing them to be better matched for future opportunities.

VeriSkills™ is equipped to assess courses and programs to evaluate the human capability outcomes of each course. VeriSkills™ will assess your course, training or professional development program to determine the human capability outcomes upon completion of the qualification and their corresponding level of achievement against the human capabilities framework. This makes programs more attractive to attendees and organisations, as the standardised, measurable outcomes mean that the skills gained through your course or program are easily communicated and integrated into the individual’s overall qualifications and skills matrix.

Once a course is assessed, each human capability and its corresponding level of achievement on completion of the course is detailed so participants can assess the suitability of your course and communicate these outcomes to potential employers.


We are Brisbane’s premier digital transformation experts delivering cutting edge digital solutions for businesses and organisations to get to the forefront of their industry.

We offer an enjoyable, seamless development where you are able to lean on the experience we have of delivering hundreds of projects across a vast range of industries.

We think outside the box, provide efficient solutions for projects and maintain a healthy sense of humour and fun work culture.

Digital8 focus on world-class digital solutions and results-driven inbound marketing strategy as two equal mediums that support each other. The Digital8 personnel specialise in deploying the most sophisticated technologies and marketing tools to shape results-driven digital strategy for enterprises of almost all industries.

When you make brands that put smiles on people’s faces and create better moments for millions, you feel a sense of pride in your work. Today, our iconic products like M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, ORBIT®, EXTRA® and Skittles® are enjoyed in more than 180 countries.

We’re not just committed to our consumers, we’re focused on positively impacting the planet and the population. From chocolate to chewing gum, we have more than 34,000 Associates working hard to improve the way we source, make and market our products, so our consumers can enjoy them even more. Some of our commitments include:

  • Investing $1 billion to build a new cocoa supply chain model centered on smallholder farmers.
  • Creating more sustainable and resilient mint through plant science and investing in communities.
  • Reducing our carbon footprint by using enough renewable energy to create all M&Ms® sold.
  • Following our Nourishing Wellbeing commitment to advance science, innovation and marketing in ways that help billions of people and their pets lead healthier, happier lives.

With rigorous testing for the safety, taste and quality of our treats, we ensure that the world of tomorrow will have even more smiles, and that we’re still making candy the same way Frank C. Mars did: one piece at a time.


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