Strength in Diversity - API National Leadership Series Table of 6 (Z190927)

7:30am Friday, 27 September 2019
9:30am Friday, 27 September 2019
Novotel Darwin CBD
100 The Esplanade
Darwin, Northern Territory 0800

In 2019 the National Leadership Series will focus on the theme Strength in Diversity. The API aims to support and encourage diversity, growth and leadership within the property industry by exploring the fascinating journeys of professionals in a range of industries and across business models and sectors. Presented as a breakfast panel discussion, speakers will share the stories of their career paths and what diversity means to them. 

Northern Territory Presenters

  • Tracey Hayes - Chairperson, Darwin Waterfront Corporate Board
  • Karen Sheldon - Director, Karen Sheldon Catering
  • Karinda Gill - Director, Abode Homes

Charity Partner: Project Independence

As part of our National Leadership Series and our ongoing commitment to supporting our local community, we will once again be supporting a charity partner for this event. Our 2019 charity partner is Project Independence, and $5 per ticket sold will be donated towards this important cause.

Project Independence (PI) is an innovative social housing development for people with an Intellectual Disability (ID). It represents a new and unique model of homeownership, not only in Australia but also internationally. PI was developed and rolled out in Canberra and provides people with an ID the opportunity to acquire equity in a property, using just their government Disability Support Pension (DSP), whilst learning the life skills and Supported Decision-Making abilities to live as independently as possible. It empowers them to use PI as a stepping stone to move to truly independent living in the broader community and grow beyond social housing as they move up the homeownership ladder.


7:00amRegistration opens 
7:30amBreakfast commences
9:30amExpected finish

About the Speakers


Karinda Gill - Director, Abode Homes

Born into a financially challenged family in Victoria, Karinda dreamt about achieving financial freedom from a young age.

In her early 20’s, Karinda and her husband Justin moved to Darwin in 1996, with an old car, a very old caravan, a dog, one child and $1,000 in the bank; they were off to create a new life.

Karinda’s focus on self-development and education has helped her to create a $50 million empire.

Her primary business, Abode New Homes, is a residential construction company focused on helping first home buyers succeed within the property market. By supporting clients in every aspect of creating their dream home, from obtaining finance through to selecting the finishes, Karinda believes everyone should be able to live in a beautiful home that doesn’t cost a fortune.

Karinda is an entrepreneur, investor, developer, mentor, wife and mother of three. She is a director of seven companies.

Tracey Hayes - Chairperson, Darwin Waterfront Corporate Board

Former pastoralist Tracey Hayes is a senior industry leader and business executive and has spent her lifetime living and working in Northern Australia. Tracey was the first female Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association. In this role, Tracey led the billion-dollar NT pastoral industry at a time when the northern cattle industry was still recovering from the 2011 Indonesia live export suspension.

Tracey is a board member for the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency, is a member of the Council for the Order of Australia and serves as a Director on the Board of the Australia Indonesia Institute, and the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia. Tracey also Chairs a Northern Territory Government Statutory Authority.

With a Global Executive Master of Business, Tracey is a passionate industry advocate with a strong interest in agribusiness, agri-politics and championing women in leadership.

Karen Sheldon AM - Director, Karen Sheldon Catering

Karen Sheldon is a renowned and highly respected entrepreneur around the Territory. As a young Cook at the Barrow Creek Pub, Karen first became interested in Aboriginal culture and Territory flavours whilst being mentored by local Indigenous women. She has devoted much of her life to helping others.

“My fulfilment comes from being able to use my career and life experiences to provide practical solutions that are assisting some of the people who first welcomed me to their country.” – Karen Sheldon AM

Karen is the Managing Director of the award-winning Karen Sheldon Group, and Executive Director of not-for-profit, Saltbush Social Enterprises. Both organisations are focused on creating prosperity parity opportunities for First Australians in the NT through employment, training, youth services, counselling & mentoring.

Among her many accolades, Karen has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, and the winner of the 2016 NT Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award in the Entrepreneur Category.

Registration Fees

Table of 6$250.80 - 5% discount
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