‘PABF after hours’ – an event at Me Artspace Gallery


The meeting that took place on 9th June 2016 was entitled: “Cultural differences in business: How to understand the Australian communication code in business”.

This time Polish Australian Business Forum (PABF) met at  the “Me Artspace” Gallery – the creative home of modernist-meets-freeform Polish artist, Ella Mucha. Joining us as our keynote speaker was Leonie Tillman, who presented a talk on “Cultural differences in business: How to understand the Australian communication code in business”.

We began our evening with an opening by the Sydney AFLB team coordinators Anna Wójt and Chris Lasek.  Chris and Anna presented acknowledgements from founders Justyna Orłowska and Michał Zębala thanking those without whom the AFLB would not exist (read the founders’ letter here).

Following on, the honoured Counsul General Dorota Preda presented the history of the AFLB. A history which started with the co-organization of the first event at the headquarters of Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney in June 2015.

Our venue host, Ella Mucha, then graciously shared her inspiration for her latest acclaimed exhibition, “Whispers and Abstraction”.  Being able to be amongst the work of such a talented Polish ex-patriot and share in her creative process was an interpersonal experience that none of us will forget any time soon.

The conversation continued with Leonie Tillman sharing her expertise on cultural differences in business. Having had 18 years experience in cross cultural business, it was an honour for us all to have Leonie’s insights shared with us as our featured guest.  Leonie’s fascinating presentation lead way to vigorous discussion amongst our members, facilitated by Magdalena Dejneka from SBS Radio.

Finally, our evening concluded with a wonderful networking session, in which our members and guests were able to discuss business topics over a glass of wine.

Guest speakers:

Leonie Tillman – With over 18 years of work in communication for diverse teams from The Netherlands, France, China, India, Australia and more, Leonie has a strong understanding and overview of the main challenges faced by executives, managers and staff members. She has developed company-wide strategies as well as a suite of tips, tricks and tools for developing better interactions at all levels towards nurturing more effective teams. Leonie is the owner of E4B | English for Business where she brings together her experience into tailored solutions for organisations and individuals wanting to navigate their way towards getting the most out of their diverse teams.

Ella Mucha – Polish born, Australian Artist Ella Mucha studied and worked in the fashion industry for almost 25 years. By 2005 she had found her true calling as an artist and started to paint professionally from her studio in Sydney. Oscillating between abstraction and landscape her work  is offering a dreamlike take on contemporary Australian Landscape. Read more