Sinead Connolly

Director & Co-Founder, Lotus People

Sinead Connolly arrived in Sydney from Ireland in 2010 and, with a business degree and only 6 months work experience, started working in recruitment. At 26, with four years’ recruitment experience, Sinead and her colleague/friend saw an opportunity in the market to start a dynamic and fresh office support agency, with a sincere focus on treating people well. Sinead uses her experience within the industry and her passion for people to run Lotus People and to create a supportive, collaborative and hardworking team culture. The Lotus flower signifies a rebirth of ideas and a different way of doing things, which was the motivation behind starting the agency. A winner of a Young Entrepreneur award at 28 and a leader focused on balance and culture, Sinead has led Lotus People from strength to strength.

Speaker Sessions

8:00 - 8:50

Women in Leadership Breakfast - Registrations required

Hart Room

Start the day with a peer discussion on some of the unique challenges and opportunities often faced by women in recruitment: closing the confidence gap, navigating difficult work/life balance choices, imposter syndrome, and more. Leah McKelvey, VP of Global Enterprise Strategy & Operations, will kick off the session with a Q&A with Abbie Morris, Director of Organisational Development at Allegis Group, about some of the experiences and initiatives from the Allegis team across APAC, and how they’ve focused on enabling their current and future leaders. After this short introduction, industry leaders will lead a discussion at each table before asking one person from each group to share the lessons back with the entire team. Limited spots available, to register your interest in attending please email