Hon. Prof. Mike Conway (UOW) is the Founder and CEO of XVenture, a unique learning, leadership and media group. He is a TV Director, writer, business leader, clinician and mental coach for organisations, teams and elite sports stars, senior executives and entertainers. He is known for his “can do” unconventional and passionate approach in creating cutting- edge “Winning Minds” individual and team learning programs globally in business, sport and education.
In 2016 he was appointed as Emotional Intelligence, Resilience & Leadership Advisor to Sydney FC, and in the three years the team broke every record in soccer in Australia. In 2018/2019 they once again won the A-League Championship. This work has since translated into working with many of the national team players individually including EPL goalkeeper Matt Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Awer Mabil, Matt Jurman and Matilda, Amy Harrison. In July 2018, Mike was appointed as the Emotional Agility and Mind Coach for Australia's National Football team, the Caltex Socceroos.
Mike commenced his career in the UK working in organisational, behavioural and management sciences in health and is clinically-trained in a number of disciplines including strategic psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. He has professional memberships in positive psychology, neuroscience and behavioural science.
Mike’s global career has seen him work as a strategist, leader and consultant at executive level with Deloitte, EY, Standards Australia, The Wiggles Pty Ltd and he has held Board positions Central Coast Mariners and Australian Children’s Music Foundation.
His qualifications include: BA Hons Pub Admin (health) (UK) Diploma in Health Services Management (UK). MBA (UK) Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy. Certified Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.
His health and clinical memberships include: Member of the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine; Member of the Australian Hypnotherapy Association; Member of Institute of Positive Psychology Association; Member of Australasian Neuroscience Society. He is also a member of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research and a member of the Neuroleadership Institute.