Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture

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About the Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture

The Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture is held annually to honour Shadforths Civil Contractors co-director Geoff Shadforth by continuing his passion for creating growth and opportunities for the Sunshine Coast.

Geoff passed away in 2013 at the age of 35 while preparing for a charity motorcycle ride in Cambodia.

Now in its sixth year, this hugely successful lecture series has seen high-profile Australians share their personal stories, challenges and triumphs right here on the Sunshine Coast.

It is a rare opportunity to hear what inspires some of our most successful politicians, CEOs and entrepreneurs, along with everyday Australians who have achieved something extraordinary.

100% profits from the Lecture go towards USC student scholarships and bursaries.

For more information on this event, please contact USC Development:

Previous speakers

Steve Baxter
Steve Baxter

Steve Baxter delivered the annual Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture in 2018.

Steve told the audience what can and should happen to unleash the potential of Queensland’s entrepreneurs and innovators.

Lachie Smart
Lachie Smart

Lachie Smart, an entrepreneur and world record breaking aviator, delivered the 2017 Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture.

In August 2016, at just 18 years of age, Lachie returned from an epic around-the-world aviation adventure that made him the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a single engine aircraft. His story shows what can be achieved when you aim high and have the courage to back yourself.

Hon Julie Bishop MP
Hon Julie Bishop MP

The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, delivered the annual Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture in 2016.

Her address described how Australia can better position the domestic economy to take advantage of the enormous opportunities in an evolving Asia.

Gerry Harvey
Gerry Harvey

Mr Gerry Harvey, Chairman of retail giant Harvey Norman was guest speaker in 2015.

An audience of 340 joined luminary and entrepreneur, Gerry Harvey as he shared what he had learnt over a lifetime of building an iconic business.

Wal King
Wal King AO

Wal King AO, former CEO of Leighton Holdings Ltd, drew on over 40 years’ experience within the construction industry to share insights into the industry and the opportunities and challenges it will face in the future in the inaugural Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture.

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