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Arianna Huffington

Redefining Success in a Fast-Moving World

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Founder of The Huffington Post and CEO and Founder of Thrive Global

Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet, and in 2012 won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.Thrive Global provides trainings, seminars, e-courses, coaching and ongoing support based on the latest scientific findings to improve people’s health and increase productivity for both companies and individuals around the world.

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

She serves on numerous boards, including Uber and The Center for Public Integrity.

Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, on the science, history and mystery of sleep, both became instant international bestsellers.


  • Beyond money and power: Introducing a third metric in measuring success
  • Reducing stress and boosting productivity in today's fast-paced, connected world
  • The challenges of time management: Keys to juggling multiple priorities simultaneously
  • How 'leaning back' makes for wiser leaders
  • Creating an organisational culture fit to thrive in a constant state of beta

Daniel Goleman

Brainpower: Mindsight and Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

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Emotional Intelligence


Renowned psychologist and leading authority on emotional intelligence

The world’s indisputable authority on emotional intelligence, Goleman’s contributions to the field of psychology have had a transformational impact on the world of business and beyond. He has been named by the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times as one of their most influential business thinkers and is the author of numerous bestselling books including Emotional Intelligence and Focus.

The Harvard Business Review called emotional intelligence— which discounts IQ as the sole measure of one’s abilities — “a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea” and chose his article “What Makes a Leader” as one of ten “must-read” articles from its pages. Goleman has received many journalistic awards for his writing, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize, and a Career Achievement award for journalism from the American Psychological Association.

His 2014 bestseller, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, argues that leadership that gets results demands a triple focus: on our ourselves; on others, for our relationships; and on the outer forces that shape organizations and society. Goleman's "The Focused Leader" won the 2013 HBR McKinsey Award, given each year for the best article in Harvard Business Review.


  • The competencies necessary for self-management and high performance
  • What it takes to develop resonant leadership - the foundation for sustainable 21st century organisations
  • Harnessing the power of self-awareness and using it as a building block for professional development
  • How to cultivate the internal and interpersonal integration necessary to be a wise leader

Jimmy Wales

Business in a Connected and Collaborative World

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Founder of Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales is a U.S. Internet entrepreneur, wiki pioneer, and technology visionary, who is best known as the founder of Wikipedia - currently the fifth most popular website in the world. Named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People," Jimmy Wales was also acknowledged by the World Economic Forum as one of the top 250 leaders across the world for his professional accomplishments, his commitment to society, and his potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

The origins of Wikipedia began in March 2000, when Wales started Nupedia ("the free encyclopedia"), which was characterized by an extensive peer-review process. With the addition of wikis (a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content), the project was dubbed "Wikipedia" with the goal to create a world in which "every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge". In 2003 Wales established the Wikimedia Foundation to oversee his expanding online enterprises. He extended the wiki model to several other projects, including Wiktionary and Wikinews. In 2004 he cofounded with Angela Beesley the for-profit Wikia, Inc.


  • Threats and opportunities for business in a globally connected world with free access to human knowledge
  • How organizations must adapt to compete and innovate in a world that is increasingly open and collaborative
  • Rethinking how businesses need to interact with employees, customers, distributors, suppliers and the public
  • A look at the technologies that will lie at the heart of the next wave of business disruption

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

The Big Change: Forces Reshaping Business




Harvard Business School Professor and leading expert on strategy, innovation and leadership

Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, where she
specialises in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. She is also Chair and Director of the Harvard
University Advanced Leadership Initiative, an innovation that helps successful leaders at the top of their
professions apply their skills to national and global challenges in their next life stage. A collaboration across
all of Harvard, the Advanced Leadership Initiative aims to build a new leadership force for the world.

Her latest book, MOVE: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead, is a sweeping look across
industries and technologies shaping the future of mobility and the leadership required for transformation. Her
strategic and practical insights guide leaders of large and small organisations worldwide, through her
teaching, writing, and direct consultation to major corporations and governments. The former chief Editor of
Harvard Business Review, Professor Kanter has been repeatedly named to lists of the "50 most powerful
women in the world" (Times of London), and the "50 most influential business thinkers in the world"
(Thinkers 50). She has received 24 honorary doctoral degrees, as well as numerous leadership awards,
lifetime achievement awards, and prizes. These include the Academy of Management's Distinguished Career
Award for scholarly contributions to management knowledge; the World Teleport Association's "Intelligent
Community Visionary of the Year" award; the International Leadership Award from the Association of
Leadership Professionals; and the Warren Bennis Award for Leadership Excellence.


  • The impact of today’s highly networked world on strategy and leadership
  • Harnessing the potential of the upcoming strategic, organisational and cultural transformations
  • The six facets of organisational logic that will become the building blocks of a more sustainable competitive advantage
  • Compelling examples from great companies worldwide that are leading the way to creating innovation, profits, growth and social good

Mohan Sawhney

Agile Innovation: How to Move Faster, Learn Cheaply and Collaborate Better

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Professor at the Kellogg School of Management

Sawhney is a globally recognized scholar, teacher and consultant in business innovation, technology marketing and new media. A Professor of Technology and the Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management, he is the author of six books his most recent - Fewer, Bigger, Bolder: From Mindless Expansion to Focused Growth

Sawhney has been a professor at Kellogg since 1999, during which time he has pioneered concepts like e-Hubs, community-centric innovation, innomediation, metamarkets and network-centric innovation. He has also been named as one of the 25 most influential people in e-Business by BusinessWeek. In his latest book, co-authored with Sanjay Khosler, Sawhney focuses on how companies can achieve the focused and sustainable growth which is essentially to organisational health.

In addition to his teaching and research, Sawhney advises and speaks to Global 2000 firms and governments worldwide, with clients including Adobe Systems, Cisco Systems, DuPont, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, Kraft Foods and Sony among many others. He has won several awards for his teaching and research, and has been nominated by students as one of the top 5 professors at Kellogg. 


In a world where disruption is accelerating and markets are evolving rapidly, innovation is the only sustainable competitive advantage. But innovation also needs to be innovated upon. The classical innovation approach that relies on deliberate planning and “getting it right the first time” is no longer viable. The innovation process in a dynamic business environment needs to be accelerated and it needs to be more adaptable. This is Agile Innovation – an innovation culture that embraces experimentation, an innovation process that consists of rapid iterative learning and an innovation organisation that relies on collaboration inside and outside the company.  We will outline the principles of Agile Innovation and examine its key building blocks – from culture and mindset to process and execution to organisation and people. We will learn from the leaders in Agile Innovation in a variety of industries and markets. We will conclude with a clear call to action for business leaders to transform their companies into Agile Innovators.

  • Collaborative innovation: Consolidating a new customer-centered paradigm
  • Connect and engage your customers (and their networks): How to make the most of their experience with your brand, product or service
  • On networks, social media and customer generated ideas
  • Creating the portfolio of collaborative innovation tools your company needs

Randi Zuckerberg

Putting Digital Technology to Work for Your Business

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Digital Transformation


Former Director of Marketing at Facebook

Director of Marketing at Facebook from 2005 to 2011, today Zuckerberg is the Founder & CEO of Zuckerberg Media, a boutique marketing firm and production company, working with high profile organizations and Fortune 500 companies such as The Clinton Global Initiative, Cirque du Soleil, Conde Nast, and PayPal. She is the author of the New York Times best seller Dot Complicated and also works as a television producer and contributor.

In 2011, Zuckerberg was nominated for an Emmy Award for her innovative blend of online/TV coverage of the U.S. mid-term elections. In 2012, she was the executive producer for a TV docu-series on Bravo about Silicon Valley's startup culture, and she regularly appears on camera to discuss life in the digital age. In addition to her activities in the media world, in Spring 2014, she starred in Rock of Ages on Broadway for a 42-show run. In her spare time, Zuckerberg sits on the board of Professional Diversity Network, a publicly traded company that helps with diversity staffing and training for Fortune 500 companies.


  • The impact of digital on every area of your business: Recruiting, managing employees, marketing your business, engaging customers, and much more
  • Aligning your social strategy with your broader business strategy
  • Using digital tools to empower your innovation pipeline
  • How to leverage the upside of our digital world whilst mitigating the downside

Ken Segall

Leveraging the Power of Simplicity

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Former Ad Agency Creative Director at Apple

Ken Segall is the author of the bestselling book Insanely Simple. A creative director who worked side-by-side with Steve Jobs at both NeXT and Apple for 12 years, Ken Segall played a key role in Apple's post-1997 resurrection. He helped to create such critical ad-campaigns as 'Think Different' and come up with the 'i' before Apple's key products, playing a pivotal role in reviving the company from near death to one of the most admired and profitable companies in the world.

As an advertising executive by trade, Segall worked as a global creative director at Dell, IBM, Intel and BMW before joining Apple. It was at Apple, however, where he experienced first hand how Steve Jobs' obsession with simplicity became the driving force that informs every decision the company makes, from product design to advertising to the packaging of its products. Currently, Segall does creative work in branding and product naming for major brands, and serves as an advocate for how organizations can embrace the principles of simplicity to guide everything from innovation and organization, to sales and communication.


  • In a complex world, how can we embrace the of simplicity to achieve extraordinary success
  • How the preference for simplicity is built into our DNA, and why given the choice, human beings will always choose the simpler path
  • The inside story on how Steve Jobs' obsession with simplicity helped Apple perform better and faster, saving millions in the process
  • Making simplicity the basis of everything your strategy

Ian Williamson

Empowering high performance organisations
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Professor of leadership at the Melbourne Business School

Ian Williamson is the Helen Macpherson Smith Chair of Leadership for Social Impact at the Melbourne Business School. He currently serves as the Associate Dean of International Relations at MBS and is also the Director of the Asia Pacific Social Impact Leadership Centre. Examining how organisations recruit, select, and retain knowledge workers, his research focuses on how the development of effective "talent pipelines" can enhance organizational outcomes.

Ian is the recipient of numerous awards including the Academy of Management Human Resource Division best paper award and the Academy of Management Best Practices Mentoring Award. Ian has also provided consulting services for a wide range of organizations such as ANZ, Etihad Airlines, McCormick & Company, Melbourne Water, PWC, Lockheed Martin and NAB among many others.

In his role as Associate Dean and Director of the Social Impact Leadership Centre, Ian's focus is on developing effective partnerships between the Melbourne Business School and not-for-profit, for profit, philanthropic and government entities for the purposes of addressing key economic and social issues across the Asia Pacific region. 


  • Barriers organisations face when responding to major external disruptions
  • How people management decisions determine whether organisations thrive or fail
  • Practical strategies to better prepare your organisations

Diversity Panel

Melbourne Business School Associate Dean Jody Evans will facilitate a discussion with prominent Australian leaders.
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Diversity Panel

The discussion examines women and diverse work places as an enabler for increased productivity within organisations.


  • Why incorporating Diversity & Inclusion is a critical component of your organisation's corporate culture
  • Why are organisations still slow to adapt and benefit from the evidence that shows organisations with diverse boards, management teams and workforces outperform those that do not?
  • How to measure the impact of a diverse, inclusive and culturally competent workforce
  • Where to from here?

Angela Mentis

Angela has extensive business, retail, investment banking and wealth management experience spanning more than 29 years. In 2016, Angela was appointed NAB's Chief Customer Officer, Business & Private Banking. In this role, Angela leads NAB's Business and specialist Agriculture, Health and Government & Education teams, along with Business Direct & Small Business, NAB's Private Bank and JBWere divisions. Angela is passionate about diversity and cultural inclusiveness in the workplace, starting with the recruitment process.

Ashley Winnett

Winner of the LinkedIn Conscious Business Leadership Award 2016, Management Maestro – Ashley is not your typical HR Director. Joining the Holden legal team in 2005, he went on to hold various roles within the HR team including Director – Manufacturing & Labour Relations, during the GFC. In 2014 he was appointed to the Holden Board and is now Executive Director – People, Performance & Culture, where he is an active and vocal positive disruptor across the business. Prior to Holden, Ashley was a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in their Workplace Relations Practice and holds a Bachelor of Law and Arts (Hons).

Jody Evans

Jody has an outstanding track record in engaged research and uses marketing acumen and capabilities to address important challenges in industry, government, arts and social contexts. Jody has extensive advisory and management development experience in multiple sectors. She leads market research, strategic reviews and management development seminars and workshops. Partner organisations include BP Australia, Australia Post, Australia Council for the Arts, Museum Victoria and more.

Christine Corbett

As the Chief Customer Officer at Australia Post, Christine is responsible for creating the experiences that customers love and advocating for customers across the enterprise. Christine is also responsible for brand, marketing, customer insights, community and corporate social responsibility teams as well as the consumer and small business segment. A champion for diversity and inclusion, under her leadership she has both increased the representation of women in management roles in the retail and mail network businesses, and the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within her workforce through dedicated traineeships.




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