Affectionately known as 'Lovely Linda', Linda Solway is the AU National Payroll Leader. Linda has been with us for a number of years and has tread the boards at Global Gatherings as both an attendee and a Global Guardian. Having enjoyed 5 over her career as an individual and a team player, she captures her experiences below.

What makes Global Gathering special for you?

Being surrounded by "winners", the positive vibe is inspiring. To see all of the other nations dressed in their nation gear, flags, cheering and chanting. It gives me goosebumps. The Family Village Tribe runs right through the event. Pride in your nation, your team, yourself - it is infectious!

What motivates you to get to Global?

Global is the ultimate KPI. If you get to Global you have nailed your goals and succeeded.

What have been some of your favourite moments?

Destination - Berlin - from start to finish it was the complete package. The Saturday conference session was the best I'd been to - it was fun and engaging. The "round" really worked for everyone

Macau as a Global Guardian was such a humbling experience. Seriously, it was a good as going as a participant. Being able to look after our people when they are at their most vulnerable, to keep them safe was one of my career highlights

Friday night welcome party - Berlin - the venue, the costumes, the entertainment, the food and drinks were spot on

Keynote speaker - Berlin - Michael McIntyre interviewing Jimmy Carr and Chris Hemsworth - gold
Macau - Will.I.Am - giving back to the community

Saturday night act
- The drag queen @ Berlin was a great MC - engaging and inclusive

Kyle - hands down. Not a Kylie fan as such, but she was amazing. She actually made my Berlin Global as I watched Gavin Miller so excited at seeing her. It touched my heart as to how excited he was at seeing his favourite artist. It still brings a smile to my face to remember how happy he was

What's the one piece of advice you would tell an aspiring First Timer?

Have self belief. Set goals and targets. Talk to your leader to get a plan in place. Commit to going

Are you confident of getting to Global Gathering 2020?

As a support Team Leader, I compete against other amazing team leaders to win a spot. Tough competition and it is up to me to deliver.

What are you looking forward to most?

No travel time and no jetlag!!