“Never give up. And never under any circumstances face the facts.”
Ruth Gordon, Writer & Actress

Sandra Sdraulig AM is an certified Executive Coach focused on supporting women at Through The Roof Executive Coaching Women. She is also a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience as an executive in the Australian film, TV and digital media industry developing a reputation for innovation, leadership and delivering exceptional results within complex, diverse and ever changing companies.

As well as being an Executive Coach for women, Sandra currently consults to the screen industry, is the Chair of the Adelaide Film Festival, Chair of Hybrid World Adelaide and Vice President of The Natalie Miller Fellowship and Deputy Chair of Screen Canberra. She was formerly Chair of the Festival of Ideas and Producer and Presenter of Friday On My Mind.

In 2012 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her leadership and service to the Australian film industry. In the Australian Honours system, appointments to the Order of Australia confer recognition for outstanding achievement.

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Sandra Sdraulig AM is Vice President of The Natalie Miller Fellowship. The Natalie Miller Fellowship is about recognising and nurturing the next generation of female leaders in the Australian screen community and inspiring them to reach the very top of their fields. By urging more women to take on positions of leadership it not only addresses the gender imbalance that’s still evident at the top, but also drives better company performance and greater innovation. And that means a more dynamic, diverse and robust screen industry for everyone. The Natalie Miller Fellowship aims to equip our future female leaders with the skills, knowledge and insight to take on bigger and more challenging opportunities. The Fellowship awards a grant annually to a woman working in the industry and hosts forums and events to further professional development.

In 2017 Sandra was the Program Director of the NMF Brilliant Careers Program. The Brilliant Careers Leadership Program included a conference attended by over 200 women; strategic networking dinners in each state and territory and a mentorship program delivered Australia-wide linking 56 women from the screen industry to key decision makers in film and television from Australia, UK and US. Click to visit the Natalie Miller Fellowship website.

THROUGH THE ROOF, under the direction of Sandra Sdraulig AM, offers one on one executive coaching tailored specifically for women to improve leadership skills, communication, confidence & wellbeing. Simply put, Through the Roof provides women with strategic planning, professional development training and performance improvement in a confidential and trusting environment. Sandra is a certified Executive Coach through the Institute of Executive Coaching Australia, part of the International Coach Federation. For further details go to www.throughtheroof.com.au

Hybrid World Adelaide is an exciting new technology festival and a first. Across five days, a myriad of public activities, a conference and a development lab for new projects and inventions, explore the many ways the real and digital worlds are intertwined.

The Festival looks at what lies ahead, from a multitude of angles; from space and biotech; drones and robots; games and esports; blockchain and cybersecurity; agritech and artificial intelligence. Sandra is the Chair of Hybrid World Adelaide. See active link here.

Friday on My Mind is a highly respected weekly live audience event where practitioners across film, television & new media discuss their work & ideas with host Sandra Sdraulig. Presented by the Australian Film Television and Radio School in association with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. See Activities.

Sandra is the Chair of the Adelaide Film Festival. Winner of the IF Award for Best Film Festival & listed in Variety’s Top 50 Unmissable Film Festivals around the world, the biennial Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) is a celebration of new films as well as art & interactive projects from Aust & the world. In addition, AFF was the first Australian film festival to offer an investment fund & has commissioned a staggering array of creatively ambitious work. AFF also offers the HIVE lab & fund, in partnership with Australia Council, ABC Arts & Screen Australia, which encourages screen collaborations between artists & filmmakers & introduces filmmakers to collaborators from other art forms inspiring artists, choreographers, theatre practitioners & musicians to consider film as a creative outlet. AFF also presents major commissions with the Samstag Museum & other key galleries as part of the Art & the Moving Image program. Sandra has a long standing association with AFF having developed the plan for its establishment in 2001. See Links.

Screen Canberra supports the growth of the ACT screen industry through development, production opportunities and providing a voice for the local screen industry. It delivers its screen programs on behalf of the ACT government through the ACT Screen Industry Association (ACTSIA). ACTSIA is a not for profit membership based organisation that is governed by a board of highly regarded and diverse practitioners from the Australian film industry.

Screen Canberra manages the Screen Production Fund, which co-funds the production of high quality feature films, television series and other screen projects. It also manages the ACT Screen Arts Fund, which focuses on developing screen artists. Sandra is Deputy Chair of Screen Canberra.

The Adelaide Festival of Ideas draws together leading thinkers from around the world to celebrate ideas through lectures, ‘actions’, conversations and debates. It is a heady mix of sciences, technology, the humanities, politics, economics and futurology where some of the great issues of our time are exposed, debated and analysed. Focusing on current research, big thinking and creative exchange, the Adelaide Festival of Ideas hopes to inspire light bulb moments that come from bringing together diverse thinkers. In 2013 the program involved 132 speakers, 88 events and exclusive appearances by major international guests. Sandra was the Chair of the Festival of Ideas from 2012 to 2015.

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