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News: Scout Event Panel Announced

The superstar lineup has been finalised for Scout's event this Thursday evening at General Assembly Melbourne.

Looking to hire but struggling to find someone with the right skill set and experience? You’re not alone. There is a significant skill shortage in Australia, across a number of key industries.

Fortunately though, there are things you can do to improve your chances of finding that person and keeping them on board.

To help educate business owners, managers and hiring personnel on these, this month we’re presenting Bridging the Talent Gap – Lightning Talks and Mixer – a General Assembly Melbourne event on how to recruit and retain staff.

The panelled session will primarily focus on the hospitality, retail and tech industries, although those across other industries can benefit attending, too.

It will be moderated by The Plato Project co-founder Omar de Silva and include Vinomofo head of culture Michael Ellis, Worksmith co-founder and Bar Liberty owner Michael Bascetta, and our very own Scout editor Nick Melin.

The panel will be followed by a Vinomofo wine tasting and a chance to chat with panellists and other attendees.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry leaders and improve the way you recruit.


Scout Presents: Bridging the Talent Gap – Lightning Talks and Mixer, is a free event on Thursday June 28 at General Assembly, 12A/45 William Street, Melbourne from 6pm to 8pm.


Michael Ellis

Vinomofo Head of Culture

Michael is the Head of Culture at Vinomofo, one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies and a leader in innovation, disruption and values-based company culture.

Michael wants to live in a world where companies engage and empower people to express their unique talents, strengths and creativity as they contribute to a more productive and loving workplace. He believes companies, regardless of size, have a unique opportunity to teach and promote self-awareness and empathy, and in doing so contribute positively to society beyond the workplace.

Previous roles have included; family business owner, expedition leader, teacher, wine writer and educator, personal development coach, and currently Head of Culture at Vinomofo. Michael is fascinated by human behaviour and is committed to helping companies identify and bring out the best in their people.

Joey Scandizzo

Bec Covington

Envato Organisational Development Advisor

Bec Covington is the Organisational Development Advisor at Envato, the world's leading community for creative assets and creative people.

Bec has extensive experience in OD, Diversity & Inclusion and leadership across Tech, not-for-profit and government industries. She's relentless in her pursuit of fostering a work environment where people can thrive.

Outside of work, Bec co-founded SheRace; a community initiative inspiring and empowering women to race bikes (of the pedal variety)!

Michael Buscetta

Worksmith Co-Founder and CEO, Grow Assembly Co-Founder and Bar Liberty Co-Owner

Michael is currently the Venue Manager and Co-Owner behind Bar Liberty in Fitzroy, named Best Bar and Best Wine Bar by Time Out in 2018.

In 2016, together with friends in the industry, Michael was inspired to launch Grow Assembly; a series of food and wine talks from some of the most forward-thinking minds in the industry.

Previous to this he spent 3.5 years working at Attica Restaurant, which culminated in him becoming Assistant Restaurant Manager.

Michael acknowledges the value that mentorship, collaboration and learning from the people around him, has had in propelling his career forward. Worksmith, a co-working space for the food and beverage industry is the embodiment of these ideals.

Joey Scandizzo

Jericho Cleary

#CorporateAdvice Head of Strategy

Jericho is the founder of an early-stage startup, Bountie, and Head of Strategy for #CorporateAdvice. Before making the leap into startup world, Jericho spent seven years pursuing an international marketing career with Red Bull where she headed up national departments across Asia, Europe and ANZ.

Jericho is especially skilled in the identification, management & development of young talent, with nearly a decade of experience leading large national teams across a multitude of cultures.

Jericho is particularly passionate about helping high-potential talent grow, and continues to actively support in the career development of many past team members around the globe.

Nick Melin

Scout Jobs Editor

Nick Melin is the current editor of Scout Jobs – Broadsheet’s job board and news platform for the hospitality, retail, design, media, advertising and marketing industries.

Nick acknowledges the challenges of finding and retaining top talent and believes an employee-centric management approach is the best way to do it. He also encourages businesses to recognise the importance of their “employer brand”.

Previous to Scout, Nick worked as an international publisher and arts marketer, and has more than 10 years experience managing teams in Australia and abroad.

Omar de Silva (Moderator)

The Plato Project Co-founder and Executive Director

Omar has a proven track record of venture development and investment through a variety of sectors, including education, property and professional services. Most recently Omar’s focus has been on education and the entrepreneurial eco-system of Australia.

In 2014–15, working with education startup Ducere, Omar developed and launched Australia’s first degrees in Applied Entrepreneurship and Applied Social Entrepreneurship, which gave students the chance to build their own businesses with every assignment.

In 2015 Omar became an ambassador of the G20 Global Entrepreneurship Week and in 2016 is working as a Sherpa with the G20 Australian Young Entrepreneur Alliance.


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