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Irena's Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University)
Master of Adult Education (Griffith University)
Bachelor of Arts (Qld University)
Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL)
Diploma of Teaching (QUT)
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Facilitators (FAIPF)
Certified Learning and Development Professional (CLDP)

Professional Speaking Involvements

Professional Member of the National Speakers Association of Australia
Past President of Qld National Speakers Association
National Board Member of NSAA
National Professional Development Manager NSAA


Bio #1

Dr. Irena Yashin-Shaw PhD, Director of Speaking Edge and Innovation Edge is an accomplished speaker, educator, and workshop leader with an amazing breadth of experience across academia, government and business. With a PhD in Educational Psychology and a Masters degree in Adult Education, Irena understands what works and why when it comes to helping people learn and develop. Clients consistently confirm that she has a talent for bringing out the best in people.

As a speaker Irena delivers potent keynotes that fuse together deep learning, inspiration and insight with an interactive and humorous delivery designed to motivate, stimulate and challenge audience members.

As an educator, Irena is expert in teaching people how to acquire excellence in thinking, speaking and presenting. Through her innovative and unique methods she effectively guides people towards a sense of mastery with their skills, content and communication. An award winning entrepreneur, prize winning professional speaker and learning and development professional, Irena is a Past President of the Queensland Chapter of the National Speakers Association of Australia and is the current National Professional Development Manager for NSAA.

Bio #2

Dr. Irena Yashin-Shaw PhD, Managing Director of Speaking Edge and Innovation Edge describes herself as an academic in recovery as prior to starting her own business Irena was a lecturer and research at Brisbane’s Griffith University. With a background in instructional design, workplace learning and human development, Irena creates unique and enjoyable learning experiences for her clients.

Irena is an expert in teaching people how to acquire excellence in thinking and communicating. Through her innovative and interactive methods, Irena shows how mastering some basic yet powerful principles can transform an individual’s sense of personal power, a business’s bottom line profit or a company’s corporate image.

When you engage Irena you can be completely confident that you are working with a total professional who delivers deep and significant learning, packaged in an interesting and enjoyable way.

Bio #3

Dr. Irena Yashin-Shaw PhD is an innovator and an entrepreneur with a unique blend of academic and business experience which makes her the ideal partner for organisations seeking to improve their productivity and effectiveness through innovation. Recognising that innovation and creativity are the key drivers of the Twenty-First Century global economy she has developed a suite of programs designed to assist organisations to increase their innovation capacity by developing a culture of innovation and creative leadership. Using a ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ approach, Irena enables organisations to achieve their innovation goals by engaging all levels of staff. Creator of the patented StrateGEE® process for enabling creative-problem-solving and innovation, she has methods for maximising opportunities for cross pollination of ideas, harnessing tacit knowledge, enhancing collaboration and networking, and creating the channels through which information and innovation can flow. A highly respected international expert in her field, Irena has delivered presentations and workshops on the topics of creative problem-solving for innovation, in the UK, Russia, China, India, New Zealand, Malaysia and Australia. Her expertise has been recognized by the Commonwealth Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research who in 2010 and 2011 awarded her competitive grants to work with Australian manufacturers, SMEs and businesses to improve their competitiveness and sustainability through innovation.


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