Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw CSPDr Irena Yashin-Shaw CSP


Dr. Irena Yashin-Shaw PhD is an innovation, creativity and communication specialist with a Doctorate in creative problem-solving and a Masters Degree in Adult Education. Prior to starting her consultancy in the private sector she was a Senior Research Fellow and academic at Griffith University where she worked on a number of university-wide strategic improvement initiatives while lecturing in various academic programs.

Now working across the public and private sector, Irena has a rare combination of deep academic knowledge and real world business entrepreneurial experience. With her high-level skills in communication, innovation and creativity she is well placed to help organisations develop strategic approaches to innovation, continuous improvement and creative leadership. The result? Increased productivity, creative thinking and innovative outcomes.


My X Year Journey to Becoming an Overnight Success (and a CSP)

For the pre-session delegates participating in the Speakers on the Journey stream of our Pre-Convention Friday... how about we start this professional learning long weekend, as we mean to go on?

If you are in this session, you are keen and aspiring to progress your speaking career. So in your opening session, you get to meet and hear from five recently accredited Certified Speaking Professionals.

And you’ve probably heard the quip before... it only took me X years to become an overnight success! Well your five CSP’s are going to offer their own true answer as to how long the journey to CSP really took them. Learn what strategies helped them accelerate towards the goal... learn too what instructive moments of failure they experienced. Kerrie Mullins-Gunst will facilitate this experience for you in fireside chat mode. Each CSP will join you for fifteen minutes and answer the same seven questions that they will speak on and then open up for you to ask your own questions. Each presenter has prepared a two page summary with their answers to the questions about how they got to CSP. At the end of the session you will have five documents with the similar and different ways that they got their accreditation. That’s a great resource and the perfect way to start your 2016 Convention.

With Bill Jennings CSP, Steve Francis CSP, Julie Garland McLellan CSP, and Ailsa Page CSP.