THE GROUNDS OF THE CITY AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESENT:
The ASK ME ANYTHING Series
The Grounds of the City is all about building a community hub in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. In an exclusive partnership with General Assembly, during our monthly events we’ll invite you in after hours to pull up a chair and join the conversation.
The Grounds of the City & GA: ‘Ask me Anything’ series
In an exclusive partnership with General Assembly, each month, The Grounds of the City are hosting an engaging fireside chat with industry experts (sans the fireplace) to answer all of your burning questions.
Creating the chance to gain valuable leading industry knowledge from experts in the field, these sessions are designed to offer targeted advice catered to you in a friendly discussion, helping you grow and excel in your career.
Set in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, our AMA’s will provide you with the necessary education to boost your skills and expertise while meeting like-minded people and enjoying a glass of wine while you’re at it.
Please note, spaces are strictly limited for each session so we advise booking in advance.
20.0 per person, offering canapés on arrival and wine from Lark Hill Winery.
Monday 16th APRIL, 6.30pm
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, Canva
Cameron Adams is Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Canva, an online design and publishing tool which makes graphic design simple for everyone.
Since launching in 2013, Canva has grown to over 10 million users across 190 countries, with more than 400 million designs created – that’s 13 designs per second! Today Canva is growing from strength to strength, with over 250 team members working together on a mission to empower everyone to create beautiful designs.
Cameron is responsible for heading up the design and product teams, as well as playing a key role on future product directions and innovations.
Prior to joining Canva, Cameron ran his own successful design consultancy, before joining Google, where he found himself working closely with Lars and Jens Rasmussen (co-founders of Google Maps) to realise the design vision for Google Wave.
He then moved on to build email startup Fluent, before meeting Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht and deciding to bring Canva to the world.
With a strong design background, Cameron has also authored five books on web design and regularly speaks at conferences around the globe.
Monday 14th May, 6.30pm
Jack Hanna and Andrew Hunt
Co-Founder & Head of Coffee, and Training & Wholesale Account Manager, The Grounds
With 27 years combined experience in the coffee industry, Jack and Andrew put a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion into producing The Grounds coffee and leading our wholesale coffee division. Join their Ask Me Anything session to pick their brains on all things coffee, where the future of the coffee industry is headed, running a coffee roastery business, and more.
Jack, one of The Grounds co-founders and our head of coffee earned his stripes in 2007 for creating a perfect rosetta behind his back to win the World Latte Art Championship.
Jack began his own coffee roasting brand before opening The Grounds business in 2012 and leading it to become one of Australia’s most successful hospitality companies.
Andrew, our head training & wholesale account manager, is an avid coffee enthusiast and a licensed Q-grader (read: an accredited coffee professional who is certified to evaluate the quality of coffee.. and can identify all 36 common aromatic scents found in the aroma of coffee!). Andrew cups daily for green bean purchasing & quality control, recently spent time in Colombia building relationships with specialty coffee producers & sourcing new coffees, and in April will travel to the Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle to represent The Grounds Roastery.
Jack and Andrew together lead ongoing coffee workshops at The Grounds of Alexandria, teaching the art of cupping, how to be an expert at-home barista, and how to create latte art.
Charlotte Crivelli – Growth Strategy Specialist
Charlotte Crivelli is an award-winning entrepreneur, expert in growth marketing and teacher at General Assembly and Academy Xi. In the U.S. she was awarded “business woman of the year” and “women in business making a difference.” [Los Angeles Business Journal]
Prior to working at Josephmark, Charlotte founded two companies in the U.S. before moving back home to Australia. Charlotte specialises in helping established brands and startups with their go-to-market strategies and growth methods for cross-industry ventures. Passionate about growth marketing she helps companies to prioritise resources and implement growth thinking, processes and strategies in order to develop high-growth sustainable ventures.
Vince Alafaci and Caroline Choker, ACME – Architect and Interior Designer
Architect Vince Alafaci and Interior Designer Caroline Choker are the founders of acclaimed Sydney-based studio Acme. This dynamic duo are the brains behind some of Sydney’s most beautiful restaurants including The Grounds of Alexandria and The Grounds of the City.
Acme have numerous awards to their name including “best restaurant design-high commendation” for Fr e d’s and “interior design excellence awards” for Charlie Parker’s, j&m and The Grounds of Alexandria. Vince & Caroline specialise in creating holistic design solutions, adopting and exploring the fundamentals of environment, sustainability, space, proportion, light and materials in their work.
About our partners:
General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specialising in today’s most in-demand skills. The leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions, we foster a flourishing community of professionals pursuing careers they love.
What began as a co-working space in 2011 has since grown into a global learning experience with campuses in 20 cities and over 35,000 graduates worldwide.
LARK HILL WINES
Lark Hill was established in 1978 by Sue & Dave Carpenter, high on the escarpment above Bungendore, 30km North East of Canberra. Lark Hill is a cold vineyard and at 860m elevation, is one of the highest plantings in the Canberra District. The soils are shallow depleted shale over clay, and vineyard receives ~600mm of rainfall annually.
In 2002, their son Chris joined the winemaking team at Lark Hill.