Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial Success – How to best equip yourself drawing on wisdom from Humble Crumbles

Wednesday 5th May 2021 5:30pm to 6:30pm Add to my calendar
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Join us for an insightful and interactive event exploring the challenges and opportunities entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs face. In this session you will learn how to apply the findings from the book, Humble Crumbles, in your next challenge, whether working creatively within your financial services organisation or when striking out on your own.

Authors, Paul O’Donnell and Sylvana Caloni are Aussie expats living and working in London. Both from Sydney, they were senior executives at Bankers Trust Australia.

Their new book, Humble Crumbles: Savouring the crumbs of wisdom from the rise and fall of Humble Pie is out now. In this entertaining and illuminating business memoir, Paul recounts the highs and lows of launching a premium pie business, Humble Pie in London; while leadership coach Sylvana analyses the entrepreneurial mindset, potential pitfalls and explores how you can achieve greater self-awareness to equip yourself for the ‘heat in the kitchen’.

With honesty and compassion, they embrace the concept of failure and reveal how the reluctance to fail can have negative consequences for your ability to manage risk and overcome adversity. In this session, Paul and Sylvana will show you how to blend the best ingredients and set the right temperature for entrepreneurial success.

Paul O’Donnell said, “At times I hit a wall as I recounted all the negative emotions that come from a dashed dream, but I knew I had an important story to tell, one that I wished could have been available when I was starting up my business.”

Sylvana Caloni said, “The insights, lessons and guidance we provide are applicable to anyone from budding entrepreneurs working from their bedrooms to corporate executives making the transition to becoming an entrepreneur”.


  • Sylvana Caloni, Author, leadership consultant, coach, Peer Advisory Circle facilitator, ex-fund manager
  • Paul O’Donnell, Author, serial entrepreneur, business consultant, mentor, poet, ex-investment banker


5:30 Event open by Liz Hughes, Director of Thought Leadership, WIBF

5:35 Fireside chat with breakout room discussion groups

6:15 Q&A

6.30 Event finishes

Sylvana Caloni

Sylvana Caloni is a leadership coach who works with clients internationally. In her early career in global financial markets she was a bond dealer, equity analyst and fund manager. She was promoted to Executive Vice President at Bankers Trust Australia. Sylvana blends the insights from the fast-paced financial services world and the latest training on learning and development to enable entrepreneurs, executives and self-starting individuals to become more self-aware, more effective and more successful.

Sylvana ran WIBF’s Personal Excellence Programme from 2007-2011 and was WIBF President from 2011-2014.

Paul O’Donnell

Paul O’Donnell is an investment banker turned business consultant with decades of experience in Australia, Asia, the UK and USA in strategic and operational leadership, and business development for multinational financial institutions. He worked at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and was a senior executive at Bankers Trust Financial Group. He is also a serial entrepreneur, advising owners of small to medium-sized enterprises and mentoring students of entrepreneurship.

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