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The AAPO 2014 Waves of Change Conference and Trade Exposition has been organised, sorted, utilised, packed up and put away for another year.  It may be over but the learnings, connections and friendships forged during our time on the beautiful Gold Coast will ripple through our lives and businesses for many years to come.

As AAPO grows in numbers of members and the experience levels of those members, catering for all at the conference becomes increasingly challenging.

With almost 12 months of organisation by the Conference Subcommittee behind them, we can celebrate not only a successful conference that met those challenges but also one that exceeded all expectations. 

2014 was the biggest and best conference yet!

Some facts:

• 102 Delegates

• 4 days

• 18 speakers

• 2 Pre conference workshops

• 1 post conference workshop

• 5 sat the ICD Examinations

• 5 breakout sessions

• 3 Master classes

• 2 Diamond Sponsors

• 4 Platinum, 1 Gold and 2 Bronze Sponsors

• 3 social events

• 1 public entertainment and education event 

With none other than the most internationally recognised Professional Organiser, Mr Peter Walsh as our guest, the conference kicked off with two thought provoking workshops. Practical ways to communicate with our clients; moving them forward towards the vision they have for their life and how we as professional organisers might embrace the world of social and traditional media in order to grow our businesses.

As our Keynote speaker, Peter challenged our delegates to recognise ourselves as visionary leaders, creating Waves of Change in the lives of our clients, in the public perception of our industry and how we take on the challenges of growing our businesses into the future.

Our fabulous MC Kerrie Phipps kept us on track and ensured we not only heard the messages of our wonderful speakers but wired them into our thoughts and actions following conference.

Two days of inspiring presentations from some of the best in their field, not only motivated but gave tangible strategies to take forward. Listen, learn, plan and implement was the call but we also learned that openness and vulnerability has a place in our industry too.

A mix of plenary and break out sessions, start up and higher level topics was appreciated by attendees, with all taking valuable tools home in their goody bags from conference.

To read the complete 2014 Conference Program click here.

But it wasn’t all work. 

Our Delegate Welcome reception, sponsored by PROFESSIONAL ORGANISER TRAINING by Heavenly Order, and our AAPO Gala Dinner and Awards night, presented by 1800-GOT-JUNK?, provided plenty of opportunity to mix, mingle, network and kick up our heels. Confident in their systems at home, AAPO members celebrated and enjoyed the company of their tribe.

We are proud to recognise those within our membership who have made special contributions and we applaud our winners of:

                              The President’s Award - Angela Esnouf  

                              The People’s Choice Award - Robyn Schultz 

                              Membership Portfolio Award – Janet Symes

                              PR Portfolio Award – Melissa Sleegers

                              Events Portfolio Award – MaryAnne Bennie

For the first time ever AAPO presented a special event for the public with Peter Walsh live at the QT Hotel. 

An Evening with Peter Walsh drew more than 300 people from all over the country who experienced the unique way Peter connects and helps those struggling with ‘stuff’. 

Joined by Barry Du Bois this event, which supported the work of dress for Success, gave a fantastic perspective on the vision we have for the spaces we live in and how we best utilise our space and stuff to create an environment that makes our heart sing.

Our members assist all types of clients to be organised, more efficient, productive and happy. On the final day of Conference two of our Expert members, Angela Esnouf and Wendy Hanes presented a training day, teaching those working with Hoarders some techniques and strategies to assist in this specialised field of our industry.

Presenting such a fantastic Conference would be extremely difficult without the support of sponsors and this year we had the best!

Our 2 Diamond sponsors, 1800-GOT-JUNK? and PROFESSIONAL ORGANISER TRAINING by Heavenly Order have not only assisted in bringing us conference and all the Peter Walsh events but continue to support AAPO in National Organising Week (Sept 8 -14).

We were excited to have a host of new Platinum Sponsors this year and appreciate the support of

Clutter Rescue

Avery Products

Garage Tek


Our fabulous sponsor levels were rounded out by 

• Howards Storage World 

• Your Insurance Broker and 

• Wardrobe World

Find out more about our great sponsors- click here.

Thank you to our tremendously dedicated Conference Subcommittee, lead by Conference Chair - Debbie Buckley

Gala Dinner Team – Vivienne Lewis, Anna Gibson, Karen Morgan

Speaker Team – Helen Butler, Louise D’Allura, Amanda Howard, Simone Dora

Local and Venue Team – Tracy Malkin, Debbie Caspers

Invaluable team members – Denise da Costa, Noela Collins

Advisory Past Chair – MaryAnne Bennie

And Events Portfolio Manager – Robyn Schultz

The 2014 Conference has been one of the biggest and most exciting professional development and profile raising events in AAPO’s history; thank you to all those who attended and we can only imagine how amazing 2015 will be.

See you in Melbourne!

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