ACT Young Chartered Accountants (YCA) are committed to helping the next generation industry professionals excel in their future endeavours. On Tuesday, 20th March, Callida Consulting partnered with YCA to host a very successful professional development and networking event, ‘Navigating your Career through Challenges and Change’.


The room was filled with over 70 young professionals represented from different industries. Colin Thirkette proudly represented Callida and our commitment to helping professional colleagues succeed through personal empowerment and community support. The night included a variety of inspiring speakers talking about their personal journeys and overcoming challenges to achieve success.


  • Lindy Hou: A Paralympic gold medallist who has undertaken many adventurous feats both in her sporting career and personal life. Lindy discussed her achievements from qualified IT consultant to champion cyclist, despite being totally blind. Lindy shared her insights about having respect for yourself and believing in your own ability to achieve, no matter the odds.


  • Shashi Kaul: Shashi is currently the Senior Manager at Ernst and Young. Shashi has navigated serious life and physical challenges, including reaching the summit of Mount Everest in 2017. His strong mind set and ‘never say die’ attitude have helped him successfully change careers multiple times. This has translated into a wealth of knowledge and experience for young professionals looking to take on their next career or life challenge.


  • Dean Ward: Dean is senior finance leader with over 20 years-experience since becoming a Chartered Accountant. Being in the industry for over two decades, Dean knows the challenges and rewards of becoming a leader within the financial industry. Dean’s passion for exploring the future of the accounting profession, sees him providing useful insights to young professionals wanting to know more about the industry landscape.


Callida would like to thank the ACT YCA team for giving us the opportunity to partner with them to host this very successful professional development event. The event was a great opportunity to hear from successful professionals and, also explore their journey in more detail through smaller discussion groups. It was an empowering evening that focused on resilience, determination and how to overcome challenges not only in your career but also in your personal life.

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