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    MQ Incubator Lunch & Learn | Leadership in a StartUp Environment: What Nobody Told Me

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    About The Session:

    In this candid presentation, Brett Fenton our guest speaker will share pivotal leadership experiences from his early days at a startup that scaled into a successful sale in 2014. Without traditional support structures, he navigated numerous challenges, learning invaluable lessons along the way. 

    Reflecting on these experiences, he'll discuss how he would approach things differently today. Emphasizing that effective leadership is not just crucial for initial success but is fundamental for the sustainable growth and long-term viability of a startup. 

    Join us for this insightful Lunch & Learn session as Brett delves into the essential dynamics of leadership in the fast-paced startup environment.

    About Brett: 

    Brett Fenton is the Chief Operating Officer of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS). He is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BSc Hons) where he majored in chemistry and geology, before working with heavy metals in natural systems at UNSW.

    In 2000 Brett moved away from a career in environmental science to join a technology start-up where he spent the next 15 years, most of that time as the Chief Operating Officer, before completing a successful sale to a larger ASX listed entity. He then worked as a generalist through several C-suite corporate roles.

    In late 2022 after reflecting on where he wanted to take his career in a post-covid world facing significant climate change related challenges, he made the decision to leave the corporate world behind and to join a ‘for purpose’ endeavour where he could bring extensive commercial experience to an organisation focussed on environmental conservation and restoration efforts. 

    This sea-change lead him to SIMS in April of 2023. When Brett isn’t on the clock, you’ll either find him on a motorbike, or with a guitar or camera in his hands.

    This is a hybrid event held in-person and online via Zoom. A Zoom meeting link will be sent the day before the event.

    Any questions please reach out to the Incubator team on

    Please BYO lunch.

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