CoFounder, Neighbourlytics | Urbanist | Entrepreneur | Keynote Speaker | AFR 100 #WOI

Urban designer turned entrepreneur, Lucinda Hartley uses big data to measure the quality of life and wellbeing of neighbourhoods. She is a co-founder of Neighbourlytics, a social analytics platform which has created data for more than 500 neighbourhoods in over 10 countries and is influencing some of world’s most significant urban development decisions. Lucinda was recently named as one of 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review and one of Melbourne’s Top 100 most influential people by The Age.

With over a decade of experience in urban innovation, Lucinda was a Myer Innovation Fellow, Westpac Social Change Fellow, and was previously co-founder and CEO of award-winning placemaking consultancy, CoDesign Studio. Prior to this her insights contributed to defining UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Cities). A designer turned tech-founder, Lucinda is alumni of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Singularity University. Lucinda don’t separate work and personal life: first we shape our cities, then they shape us.



Principal Researcher BZE and Non-executive director Greenfleet

Dr Dominique Hes is the award winning Author of the book “Designing for Hope: Pathways to regenerative sustainability.” Author and editor of 6 books and over 100 papers and reports. Non-executive board member at Greenfleet (planting ecosystems to offset carbon). The co-Founder of internationally award winning Place Agency, and ex director of Thrive Research Hub from Melbourne University. Previously founding board member of the Living Futures Institute of Australia and Trustee (board member) of Trust for Nature (conserving remnant ecosystems),

Dominique has a PHD in Architecture, multiple degrees in Science, Engineering and Sustainable Design. She has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education and building industries in the fields of sustainability, regenerative development, systems thinking, environmental issues, placemaking and project management. These support her in her current role as Principal Researcher at Beyond Zero Emissions (helping communities and industries transition to zero emissions).

Dr Hes passion is to uncover ways to address the issues we are seeing all around us:

– loss of biodiversity, loss of habitat and changing climate

Dominique works on the premise of hope, but not air fairy ‘wish the grass was greener’ hope, but grounded hope – an irresistible vision of a thriving future and ways to move towards it. She works to establish a powerful network of informed, influential, and active global citizens who are committed to redefining humanity’s relationships with the ecosystems we inhabit.




– Putting Digital Technology to Work for you.


Randi Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur, investor, author and tech media authority. From 2005 to 2011 she was Director of Marketing at Facebook where she helped create Facebook LIVE which is now used by more than two billion people worldwide. She is currently CEO of Zuckerberg Media, a boutique marketing firm and production company with the mission to make the future of tech more diverse and inclusive.

After noticing that she was one of way too few women in tech, Randi founded Zuckerberg Media with the mission of introducing girls and children in underserved communities to tech and science in a fun way, so as to make the future of tech more diverse and inclusive.  Since starting Zuckerberg Media, Randi has produced shows and digital content for such organisations as BeachMint, the Clinton Global Initiative, Cirque du Soleil, the United Nations, Condé Nast, Bravo, and others.

Randi is author of the New York Times best seller Dot Complicated, and most recently Pick Three, a motivational handbook and “how-to” guide that takes on the fallacy of the “well balanced” life. In 2011, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her innovative coverage of the midterm elections, combining TV and social media. 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.

Join us at our New York Study tour and hear how Randi helps you to focus on “Putting Digital Technology to Work for You”, 

  • The impact of digital on your online and offline life
  • Using digital tools to empower your networks
  • Aligning your social strategy with your business strategy
  • How to leverage the upside of our digital world while mitigating the downside



– Leading with an Infinite Mindset


Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organisations how to inspire people. His bold goal is to help build a world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single day feeling inspired, feeling safe at work, and feeling fulfilled at the end of the day. He is the author of multiple best selling books including Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last. His latest book, The Infinite Game, will be published in 2019.

A trained ethnographer and author of three best-selling books, Simon is fascinated by the people that make the greatest, lasting impact in their organisations and in the world. Over the years, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organisations inspire action.

His unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention. From American Airlines to Disney and MARS, from big business to entrepreneurs to police forces, Simon has been invited to meet with an array of leaders and organisations in nearly every industry. He has also had the honour of sharing his ideas at the United Nations, the United States Congress and with the senior-most leaders of the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Coast Guard.

Join us at our new york study tour and hear his thoughts of how to Lead with an Infinite Mindset, Simon will also look at;

  • Unraveling the link between biology, anthropology and great leadership
  • Why great leadership transcends authority: Understanding the behaviours, values and characteristics of true leaders
  • The Infinite Game: Players come and go, rules are changeable, and there is no defined endpoint
  • Understanding the mindset to stay ahead and outlast any competitor

Simon Sinek



Principal The McGinn Partnership, Chairman The Million Dollar Lunch, TEC Chair

– Ambition Evolution and Alignment Business Masterclass


A CEO at 22 and lifelong entrepreneur, his backstory is as colourful as the career he would  embark on, paving the way for one of the most colourful journeys in media, which has established a reputation for one of the most influential professionals in Australian media sales and content industry. MCM entertainment grew to a $50Mil global business across media, from radio, video to digital, across the USA, UK, Asia and Europe. At the Height of his success he crafted one of the most influential charities in Australia’s history, re-writing the book on fundraising as he is the brains behind the Million Dollar lunch. Which he forged on the back of finding out his young son at 3 had cancer, The Million Dollar Lunch has fundraised over 17.8 million for children’s cancer, with less than a 5% cost base, which has awarded Tony his OAM (Order of Australia Medal). 


Today, the McGinn Partnership is all about realising ambition, aligning visions and changing cultures without compromise. The McGinn Partnership works with CEO’s within Small Medium Enterprises by Transforming Leadership across organisations and delivering improved Business Development Capability and Sales Performance for B2B focused companies. A true understanding of success is born from a pure understanding of performance. Realising this vision is all about being inspired by a visionary. As a Coach, Mentor and Chairman of The Executive Connection Melbourne Tony is able to apply his commercial success and support a wide variety of CEO’s Across Australia.


Ambition Evolution and Alignment Business Masterclass

  • Scope your Ambition on a three year Horizon
  • Frame up your addressable markets over that timeline
  • For Businesses who is the ideal client? For individuals who do you want to learn from?
  • Consider structure and resources required
  • Construct macro Cadence Runway


Director & Executive Coach Illuminated Story, Board Member Digital Women's Network



Carmen Sederino is a business and marketing professional, with over two decades of experience across a corporate global enterprise. Carmen is passionate about working with professionals and executives to ensure their message is heard and felt. With over 18 years experience in leading, managing and coaching teams across sales and marketing communications within the Reece Group business, Carmen has worked across Australia, through to China and New Zealand with various business units, from retail, sales and leadership with a both B2C & B2B audiences. Armed with a 360 degree perspective on presenting complex information across a wide variety of audiences, Carmen is skilled in sales and marketing which is complemented by her Bachelor of Performing Arts and professional acting.

Today, Carmen is the leading act of Illuminated Story Shaping the way C Suite Executives, Business Leaders Communicate. Carmen has crafted a methodology with supportive strategies and techniques that empower individuals. Taking content “ from the page to the stage” by collaborating with leadership teams, senior executives, their staff and clients in order to develop content that is both engaging and clear and delivered with impact. Supporting “Delivery Performance” Coaching and leading executives, teams, and individuals in their delivery techniques to build confidence and skills. Embedding the knowledge “Training Support” Improving the skills and capabilities of sales business and professionals through apply industry expertise to support Businesses and sales teams throughout Australia.



How to formulate a persuasive presentation that will invoke thought within your audience

How to shift your language and build deeper rapport with your audience to be not only heard but felt

The importance of your delivery and how to, “Fake it until you become it’.

Role play and handouts provided



Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank new york

 – Perspectives on the future of the Global Economy

Dr. Janet L. Yellen, is an American economist and the first female chair of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System (2014 – 2018). During her tenure, under both the Obama and Trump Administrations, Dr. Yellen helped sustain a period of economic prosperity in the U.S. – the third-longest economic expansion in the country’s history. Assuming her position during the recovery of the economy from the financial crisis, she oversaw a period of strong job growth and the start of monetary policy normalisation.

During her time as Chair the US stock market outperformed the rest of the world, inflation remained stable and the unemployment rate declined, which was of utmost importance under her leadership. Dedicated to reducing unemployment and helping average Americans prosper, she visited job-training centers to learn firsthand the challenges faced by the nation’s workforce and advocated for job-training programs so that American workers could attain the skills needed for in-demand jobs.

Throughout her distinguished career at the Federal Reserve, including serving as vice chair of the Board of Governors (2010–2014) and president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (2004–2010), Dr. Yellen championed for cautious monetary policy and encouraged more transparency and communication in government. Previously, she was a member of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton and an economics professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is a professor emeritus.

Join us and hear her Perspectives on the Future of the Global Economy she will deep dive into;

  • The new political and economic challenges facing the world, and the radical solutions needed to resolve them
  • Risks and opportunities in the context of a shifting economic and political context
  • Analysing the current state of financial markets and what is in store in the future
  • Staying competitive and forging growth – an insider’s look at where US economic policy is headed


Bestselling Author and Teacher of Leadership

-Achieving Greatness in Turbulent Times


Jim has authored or co-authored six books that have sold in total more than ten million copies worldwide, including classics such as Good to Great and Built to Last. He is Driven by relentless curiosity and passion for his work, for more than a quarter of a century Collins has been researching what makes great companies tick.  Collins began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. But instead of taking a traditional career path in academia, Collins began researching a question of particular personal interest – how some leaders build companies that remain visionary for generations, which became the basis of his 1994 bestseller Built to Last.  The success of Built to Last allowed Collins to set up his own management laboratory in Boulder Colorado, and in 2001 he published his second hit Good to Great.

Collins has gone on to publish further bestsellers including How the Mighty Fall and most recently, Great By Choice.  In addition to his work in the business sector, Collins has a passion for learning and teaching in the social sectors, including education, healthcare, government, faith-based organisations, social ventures, and cause-driven nonprofits. He is also an avid and highly accomplished rock climber, completing one-day ascents of the north face of Half Dome and the 3,000 foot south face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.


Join us and hear his perspectives on “How to Lead in a Disruptive World” and dive into;

  • The behaviours and characteristics necessary to lead effectively in a fast changing world.
  • What it takes to build long-term sustained performance into the DNA of an organisation.
  • The keys to achieving a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship.
  • How we can increase our Return on Luck, making the most of our good luck and bad.
  • Recognising and stopping the five stages of corporate decline.

Jim Collins



Executive Director MIT Leadership Center, Author of Questions are the Answer, and Champion of Catalytic Questions

– Beyond Creativity; Unlock Innovation



Global Innovator, Hal Gregersen is Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center and Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Gregerson works with a diverse set of companies to help them master the challenges of innovation and change, from Chanel to IBM to the World Economic Forum. He also authored The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, which assesses how top tier leaders leverage innovation skills to create valuable new products, services, processes, and businesses.

Hal Gregersen is a Senior Fellow at Innosight and a former advisory board member at Pharmascience, a privately held pharmaceutical company based in Montreal, Canada. Before joining MIT, he taught at INSEAD, London Business School, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Brigham Young University, and in Finland as a Fulbright Fellow

Gregerson’s new book, Questions are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and In Life, builds on 200+ interviews with renowned business, technology, education, government, social enterprise, and artistic leaders. This question-centric project surfaces crucial insights into how leaders build better questions to unlock game-changing solutions. Gregerson is also founder of The 4-24 Project, an initiative dedicated to rekindling the provocative power of asking the right questions in adults so they can pass this crucial creativity skills onto the next generation.

Beyond Creativity: Unlock Innovation

  • The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering five skills of disruptive innovators
  • Building a sustainably creative company: Putting people, processes, & philosophies to work
  • Catalytic questioning: Daily disciplines to surface the right questions 
  • Avoid the leaders dilemma: Why bosses are being told what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear

Hal Gregersen



Vice President - Global Field Development - Franklin Covey

 – Building a Culture of Extraordinary Productivity


As the Global Practice Leader for Organisational Development at FranklinCovey, Kory focuses on creating cultures of great confidence, developing great leaders and extraordinary productivity in people, teams and organisations. Kory has more than 25 years of experience in business, during which she has incorporated a unique perspective with a holistic view of organisational development.


Combining her experience as an executive with her roles as a senior consultant in Leadership and the Global Practice Leader for Organisational Development at FranklinCovey, Kory doesn’t only understand strategy and the key principles to building great systems, leaders, and cultures of success, but can also offer practical solutions that facilitate the behavioural changes necessary for the desired results.

She is the coauthor of the Wall Street Journal bestseller The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity, and before taking on her role at FranklinCovey, Kory was the executive vice president for global operations at AlphaGraphics, Inc. for six years.


Building a Culture of Extraordinary Productivity

  • Buried Alive: The State of 21st Century Productivity
  • Learning the organisational processes that provide consistency in filtering the important from the less or not important and create a culture of productivity
  • Turning planning and technology into a productivity engine
  • The “brains” and “body” to get the right things done: The “5 energy drivers” that ensure sustainable mental and physical energy

Kory Kogon



Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Victoria Business School

 – Leading your Organisation through the complexities of Change


Professor Ian O. Williamson is a globally recognised expert in the area of human resource management. Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Business School at Victoria University, Wellington, his research focuses on how the development of effective “talent pipelines” can enhance organisational and community outcomes.


In particular, he looks at how human and social capital influences firm operational and financial outcomes, talent management in the context of new ventures and growth-oriented firms, the role of human resource practices in driving firm innovation and the impact of social issues on firm outcomes.

Williamson has worked with executives in over 20 countries across six continents and his research has been published in leading academic journals (e.g. Academy of Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Organisation Science, Journal of Applied Psychology) and has been covered by leading media outlets across the world.

Leading Your Organisation Through the Complexities of Change

  • The dramatic shift in the competitive landscape of the last ten years – and the management challenges they present
  • Why the greatest threats to firm performance are not commercial issues but social issues
  • The key leadership behaviours individuals should adopt in order to manage change and disruption
  • How leaders can help their organisations and communities adapt, survive and thrive

Ian Williamson



Director of the Managemen Lab, Visiting Professor, London Business School and Chairman of Strategos

– Humanoracy: Rethinking the Principles of Management
Gary Hamel is one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers who has led transformational efforts in some of the world’s most notable companies helping to create billions of dollars in shareholder value. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange.

An author of landmark books such as Competing for the Future and The Future of Management, Hamel’s groundbreaking concepts such as “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industrial revolution,” and “management innovation,” have changed the language and practice of management in organisations around the globe. The Wall Street Journal has ranked Hamel as the world’s most influential business thinker, and Fortune magazine has called him “the world’s leading expert on business strategy.” His latest book, Humanocracy, will be published in December 2018.

Humanocracy: Rethinking the Principles of Management

  • Moving beyond competitive advantage to evolutionary advantage: How to change as fast as change itself
  • Becoming a truly adaptable company capable of capturing more than your share of tomorrow’s opportunities
  • Revealing steps to retool your organisation’s innovation strategy
  • Presenting a blueprint for creating organisations that are fully human and free from the shackles of bureaucracy

Gary Hamel



Professing influence & persuasion at Yale School of Management

– Mastering Influence and Persuasion


Zoë Chance examines persuasion and decision-making through the lens of behavioural economics. Her work is focused on helping good people and businesses do good in the world. A professor at the Yale School of Management, her MBA elective, How to Make Behaviour Addictive, is one of the most in demand courses at the school. Chance is currently writing a book on influence and persuasion, scheduled for release in 2020.

Passionate about turning knowledge into practice, Chance’s research has been published in top academic journals and influential business media such as the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and the BBC. Her 4Ps Framework for Behaviour Change is the foundation for Google’s global food guidelines, helping 60,000 people make healthier choices every day. She also collaborates with various industry partners through her work at Yale’s Center for Customer Insights.


Mastering Influence and Persuasion

  • Crash course on behavioural economics: the real drivers of people’s decisions and behaviour are not what you would expect
  • How to connect more authentically, communicate persuasively, employ principles of motivation, and better understand how people make decisions
  • Expand from the interpersonal to the interpersonal – from influencing the self to influencing consumers and society
  • Discover and develop your own style of influence, and use this to influence behaviour by shaping the contexts and environments in which decisions are made

Zoe Chance



Founder of the Strengths Revolution, Researcher of People + Performance and Best-Selling Author

Leading a New World of Work


Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance and pioneering the future of how people work.  His hugely influential books – including First, Break All the Rules, Now, Discover Your Strengths, and The One Thing You Need to Know – offer important insights into maximising strengths and understanding the crucial differences between leadership and management. His new book, Nine Lies about Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World, details how faulty assumptions and wrong thinking is running through our organisational lives.

Building on nearly two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organisation, Buckingham currently guides the vision of ADP Research Institute as CoHead and Talent Expert. He founded The Marcus Buckingham Company in 2006  to create tools and training that would help companies put the principles of his strengths-based message into practice.

Buckingham has since gone on to work with some of the world’s most prestigious companies, including Facebook, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, Microsoft and Disney, among others – informing, challenging, mentoring and inspiring people to find their strengths to obtain and sustain long-lasting personal success.

Leading a New World of Work

  • Revealing the lies about work that are at the heart of dysfunction and frustration in the workplace
  • Understanding the characteristics of freethinking leaders – and what it takes to become one
  • The importance of seeking out emergent patterns and putting your faith in evidence, not philosophy
  • The essential truths that lie at the heart of high performing organisations


Marcus Buckingham

Samantha Freebairn

Samantha Freebairn

Young Global Leader - World Economic Forum, Telstra Business Women, Keynote speaker, Deputy Director of the Australian Air Force Cadets aviation activities, Women’s Leadership Specialist and Business Coach

Earlier in Samantha’s career, she worked as an Air Force Pilot, flying both combat and on humanitarian relief missions. As a highly skilled pilot, Samantha was the first woman in Australia to instruct pilots in the C-17A simulator. As a Gender Diversity and Inclusion Advocate, Samantha wrote the RAAF policy which enabled her and other women the ability to return to operational flying positions after having children. Later Samantha was employed as the Operations Flight Commander for 36 Squadron and their fleet of eight C17 Globemaster aircraft. In 2014, Samantha won the QLD Telstra Business Women’s Award in Business Innovation for her Graduate Pilot Scheme, which incentivises military aviation to women who had never previously considered it. Increase in Female pilot numbers had been stagnant for over 30 years, Samantha’s new initiative resulted in successfully doubling the number of Female pilots in the Air Force in a two-year period.

  • 2016, World Economic Forum, Young Global Leader most influential global leaders under 40 years
  • 2014 QLD Telstra Business Women’s Award winner, Business Innovation (Graduate Pilot Scheme)
  • Wing Commander, Pilot, Royal Australian Air Force
  • First Women in Australia to instruct pilots in the C-17A simulator
  • Gender Diversity and Inclusion Advocate
  • Currently the Deputy Director of the Australian Air Force Cadets aviation and Women’s Leadership Specialist

Samantha’s Education & Qualifications include;

  • Bachelor of Science degree,
  • Masters of Management in Leadership,
  • Certified Workplace and Business Coach
  • Graduate of Harvard University (John F. Kennedy School of Government)  ‘Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century’ program.
  • Operational C-130H Hercules Pilot
  • C-17 Globemaster pilot

Today Samantha is a keynote speaker, the Deputy Director of the Australian Air Force Cadets aviation activities, Women’s Leadership Specialist and works and a Business Coach. You can contact Samantha at [email protected] 

Mark Cameron 

Mark Cameron 

Digital Strategist, keynote speaker, media commentator and the CEO W3 Digital

Digital Strategist, keynote speaker, media commentator and CEO W3 Digital,

  • A customer experience and digital transformation consultancy. Mark has been in the digital strategy and transformation space since the late 90’s and has worked with companies such as SAP North America, GSK, AustraliaPost and Telstra. Mark has worked on a vast array of digital and customer focused projects including major political elections, global brand strategy, innovation strategy, transformation initiatives, and digital product development.
  • Digital strategy columnist for BRW for over 5 years.
  • Columnist for Major Australian magazines Marketing Magazine and CMO.com.au.
  • Columnist for global publications such as Marketing Week and Smart Data Collective.
  • His writing has also been featured in The Australian Financial Review, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.
  • The only person in Australia to be certified as an Experience Economy Expert, the framework that brands like Lego, Ikea and Disney use to develop and commercialise their customer experience.
Katrina McCarter

Katrina McCarter

International speaker, Founder and CEO of Marketing to Mums

International speaker, Founder and CEO of Marketing to Mums, Katrina has over 18 years sales and marketing experience working across diverse industries including grocery, hardware where she was always targeting mum as the purchaser this drove her to create the Bestselling book “Marketing to Mums’

  • 2018 Finalist in B&T’s Women in Media Awards (Marketing category)
  • 2017 Finalist in B&T’s Women in Media Awards (Entrepreneur category)
  • #1 on Booktopia’s Business Best-seller list
  • Book listed in ‘Must Read Australian Advertising and Media Books’
  • Regularly speaks internationally – Moms & Marketing Conference (Paris 28/9/18) and M2Moms Conference (New York 3/10/18).
Lisa Wade

Lisa Wade

Experience Design career coach and Human centred design specialist

Lisa is a pioneer in the experience design industry and has been a leading practitioner since the dot com boom of the late 90s. She was an owner of Stamford Interactive, formerly Australia’s largest experience design agency when it was acquired by PwC in 2014. She then worked to embed human-centred design into PwC’s consulting approach and shaped PwC’s Experience Centre, which has grown to be a market-leading experience design capability offered by PwC firms around the world. Lisa Wade is a human-centred design career coach and the founder of careerXD.com, a coaching platform that helps professionals pivot their careers into UX or service design, to help them grow amazing design careers.

Dave Wild

Dave Wild


Dave Wild is a Futurist who facilitates strategy sessions and runs innovation workshops – helping leaders and teams achieve more through greater imagination and faster action.

He works with organisations of all sizes including Westpac, KPMG, Blackmores, Salvation Army and Toyota. Dave has led workshops in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

His experience covers a broad range of expertise including strategy, leadership, branding, digital and innovation. He has extensive experience working with leadership teams to accelerate progress through clarity of strategy and innovative action plans, while inspiring and unifying teams by creating a powerful vision and meaningful purpose.

Through this work he’s learnt that the best way to predict the future, is to be the ones creating it. Unique to Dave’s approach is a Futurist focus on the new, identifying megatrends across markets while applying new insights from global innovation leaders.

Penny Locaso

Penny Locaso

Happiness Hacker & Futurist

Penny Locaso / Happiness Hacker & Humanity Futurist

Voted most influential female entrepreneur in Australia by The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. Penny Locaso is the world’s first Happiness Hacker, on a mission to teach 10 million humans, by 2025, how to future-proof happiness.

Having recently returned from the NASA Research Center Penny is a Singularity University Alumni having learnt from some of the best technology and Artificial Intelligence innovators in the world. Penny is transforming lives and organisations, by humanising the future.

Penny advocates fear(less)ness and practices what she teaches. She went viral on LinkedIn (50,000+ views) and created a global movement after delivering a keynote in her bathing suit, to demonstrate the power of getting comfortable with discomfort.

Penny Locaso is an acclaimed TedX and keynote speaker having shared the stage with world renowned speakers including Dorie Clark, Gail Kelly, Yossi Ghinsberg and Bernard Salt.

Rebecca Bradshaw

Rebecca Bradshaw

Culture expert & systems leader 

Culture expert & systems leader

  • Rebecca is passionate about people and cultural framework. The founding principal of her own business for over 10 years, Rebecca is an expert at working with individuals and leadership teams to build an organisational culture based on common values.
  • Rebecca’s formula for success involves being clear about personal and organisational core values and understanding what they look like in action.
  • Rebecca works with organisations that place the highest priority on their culture and works to design systems which generate positive results for internal stakeholders and customers.
Peter Thurin

Peter Thurin

Business & Motivational Speaker

Peter Thurin has been empowering thousands of people from all parts of the world for over a dozen years. As a leading professional speaker, author, success mentor, facilitator and international business consultant, Peter continues to inspire audiences in every major continent. He is a powerful catalyst for ongoing change, with his relentless focus on motivation, commitment and a passionately desired end result.

On his own life journey, Peter Thurin has owned and run several successful Melbourne pharmacies over 20 years, represented Australia twice internationally in tennis, been the chairman of the match committee of one of Australia’s largest junior Australian Rules football clubs, and achieved a third Dan blackbelt in taekwondo.

But his greatest triumphs have come through his many interactions with organisations and associations, attested to by the thousands of people who attribute their ongoing successes to Peter’s inspiring principles.

Inspiring and mentoring people across the country and around the world, Peter uses his rare energetic personality, skills and business experience to help people achieve their own personal black belt in excellence: empowering people to be the best they can be…one stripe at a time, one belt at a time, all the way to their very own “black belt”.

Peter Thurin is also an author, whose book Be the best you can be is changing lives around the globe. He has presented for companies such as BASF, Mercedes, Lend Lease, KPMG, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Optus, Telstra, AMP, The Flight Centre, National Australia Bank, Seek, McDonalds, Orica, Arnotts, Apple, Nissan, Metcash and many

Peter says, “One of my primary goals is to encourage people to get into the game. After all, our achievements are determined by the decisions we make. Life is full of choices –‘easy to do, easy not to do’. You have to decide whether you are merely interested in success or absolutely committed. That’s the decision I want you to make out of this session.”

Rupert Deans CEO at Plattar

Rupert Deans CEO at Plattar

Bio of Rupert; A Digital Marketing pioneer, Rupert Deans grew up with dyslexia as a child and relied on visualisation to learn, understand and engage with the world. This lead him to create NZ’s first digital agency One Fat Sheep (OFS) based in Christchurch. The defining moment was when OFS created the World’s First 3D Zombies Shooter on a Pizza box for Hell Pizza, utilising Augmented Reality, it was the most downloaded app in NZ over Facebook and Trademe for a number of weeks. Off the back of this, Rupert recognised the enormous potential of Augmented Reality (AR) to solve practical problems and set out to create a tool that would enable anyone to build their own AR experiences with ease this lead to the formation of Plattar. https://plattar.com/

Maxime Nolten

Maxime Nolten

Is a wellness Cultivator,  helping women cultivate wellness from within. It’s the name I gave myself after feeling that “holistic health coach” just didn’t fit. I’m committed to guiding women toward cultivating wellness from within through techniques and practices that encompass their mind, body and soul.

Peggy Renders

Peggy Renders

An executive leader in the digital space focused on business transformation and growth. Passionate about building high performing teams and running an end-to-end business in a fast paced environment where you need an effective go to market strategy across multi channels to ensure growth and return.

Key focus on mentoring women and ensuring a diverse workforce is used to get to better results. Driven to get more women and young girls into STEM.

Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams is the founder behind Maya Chinese Medicine in South Melbourne. Nicole’s passion is to treat the body as a whole, taking into consideration the mind and emotions and how they can act on the physical body.

Nicole has studied Chinese Medicine in Nanjing China (the home of Chinese Medicine) at a Traditional Chinese Medicine hospital and graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) with distinction from RMIT University.

The philosophy behind Maya Chinese Medicine focuses on supporting emotional wellbeing and Women’s Health such as;
– Stress
– Conditions of the mind, including insomnia and anxiety
– Gynaecological/menstrual disorders
– Digestive issues

Maya Chinese medicine provides a relaxed and supportive environment where patients feel welcomed and understood in order to help them heal.

Chinese Medicine looks at rebalancing through observing external and emotional factors that can affect wellbeing. Nicole utilises these tried and tested methods in conjunction with herbal medicine to help patients move from dis-ease to optimum health.

Find Nicole at
1/161 Moray Street,
South Melbourne 3205
[email protected]

James Towers

James Towers

Facebook Book Advertising Pro. Marketer. Creator. Entrepreneur. Writer. Speaker. Founding partner of 16K Agency AB Stockholm, Sweden and Melbourne, Australia.

“Creating ideas, opportunities and market disruption for brands is what I love! All things Facebook and digital marketing.”


Sarita Johan

Sarita Johan

Executive Coach, Facilitator

Executive Coach⎪ Facilitator⎪ Business Coach⎪Business Process Agility Specialist⎪Speaker

Specialties: Coaching, Facilitation, Profiling, Business Process Architecture (BPA), team alignment, personal development, Business growth, structure, project management, change management. “My passion to create strategies that are measurable, achievable and results driven, to maximize your businesses potential. All delivered from a place of personal experience, from climbing the corporate ladder, running my own businesses, making mistakes, juggling family and relationships, dealing with major health issues due to stress, financial hardship, and a broken marriage. BUT, I chose to take charge and follow my passion and purpose. Now I’m committed to sharing this with others. I will get to the bottom of what’s holding you back in your business and give you the tools you need for lasting, results-driven change.

Dr Mei Ling Döéry

Dr Mei Ling Döéry

MBBS, B.Med.Sci, MPH Founder & Physician Entrepreneur

Working at the intersection of medicine, technology and design, Mei has a particular interest in the emotional factors that impact decision making relating to preventative health. As an experienced coalition builder, with over 16 years experience wstart-uprtup ventures including Ausdoctors.net, Appete and the Live Council initiative. In 2014, Dr Mei Doery was appointed as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and the doctor-in-residence for digital agency Portable Studios (named in BRW’s Fast 100 for 2013). In 2016, Mei co-founded SugarByHalf, became innovation advisor to Nightingale Housing and a Board Member to the Chisholm Institute and Chisholm Online.

“My mission is to better align capital with people and businesses that serve the creation of long-term human value”

Mei is a physician entrepreneur at the intersection of medicine, technology and design.  She has a particular interest in the emotional factors that impact decision making relating to preventative health. She is the founder of health strategy and design practice MDMD.io and co-founder of Genie Health (MixApp), which was established to test how mobile technology might deliver scalable positive behaviour change.

Her perspective on contemporary health challenges is informed by her roles as medical officer for the Australian Defence Force (2007-2009), team doctor for an AFL football team (2005-2008), an Executive Physician at BUPA Wellness (2012-2014) and independent advisor to several corporations including the Commonwealth Scientific Research and Industrial Organisation (CSIRO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs. While on the board of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (1996-2011), Mei oversaw the transition to digital grant-making systems.

Mei has over 16 years’ experience with start-up ventures including Ausdoctors.net (Doctors.net.uk), Appete and the Live Council initiative. In 2014, Mei was appointed as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and the doctor-in-residence for digital agency Portable Studios (named in BRW’s Fast 100 for 2013). Mei holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Bachelor of Medical Science and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Melbourne.

Chloé Oestreich

Chloé Oestreich

Executive Coaching I Impactful Presentations I Non Verbal Communications I Body Language and Voice

Chloé grew up bilingual in Switzerland, Germany and England. Throughout her acting career in Australia and Europe, Chloé grew to understand the true importance of presence to both personal and business success. As a trained actor and journalist, she is adept at analysing the array of information our bodies project when presenting.

Chloé is a coach, facilitator, and speaker. She works with leading organizations and individuals internationally to help companies generate more work, build stronger client relationships and improve staff’s communication skills.

Whether focusing on storytelling and delivery or tone, breath and posture, Chloé helps people become part of their pitch. In her interactive workshops, Chloé helps you identify and work on the key elements, including managing nerves, to help you influence people’s perceptions and to develop a confident, proactive presence.

Passionate about helping people achieve their full potential, Chloé leads development programs, coaches senior executives, and delivers keynotes to global businesses across Australia and Europe. Working from Start ups to businesses including Pacific Brands, BPM, Peddle Thorp,PTID, HSPC, Bates Smart, COX, Whybin TBWA, DDB, McCANN and Havas Worldwide.

Rae Bonney

Rae Bonney

Integrated Wellbeing Specialist/Speaker/Radio Presenter

Integrated Wellbeing Specialist, working with organisations developing and delivering bespoke workplace mental health initiatives:

  • developing and designing best practice interventions (programs, strategy, policy)
  • training & facilitation (workshops, seminars)
  • informing (group awareness raising sessions)
  • supporting (suicide, grief and loss, change, ethical transition, personal support)
  • advising, developing and implementing best practice (programs, policy and strategy)
  • consulting (coaching, mentoring and developing)

Industry Spokesperson

  • Speaker – Return to Work Summit – 2017
  • Presenter – Mental Health and Wellbeing Expo (Wellness at Work) – 2016
  • Chairperson – Konnect Learning – Workplace Health & Wellbeing Forum 2016
  • Keynote Speaker – Safety Institute Australia – Sydney Safety Symposium –  2015
  • Participant – beyondblue – AIPP Charity Video – 2015
Rugare Gomo

Rugare Gomo

Founder at Gomo Foundation & Co-Founder + Principal at Simbisa Law

Founder at Gomo Foundation & Co-Founder + Principal at Simbisa Law

Lawyer | Entrepreneur | Business Advisor & Coach | Philanthropist

I am an Australian lawyer that helps entrepreneurs start, grow and scale their businesses.

My commercial experience, leadership roles and community engagements in Australia, Asia Pacific, Africa and Europe have exposed me to work with startups, venture capitalists, CEO’s of big business, billionaire families, prime ministers and more.

The past 16 years of my life and the incredibly diverse range of experiences has led me to focusing on what I love to do: having entrepreneurs WIN at growing and scaling their business.

In addition, I am the Founder of the Gomo Foundation which exists to empower young African women to enable them to take control of their own lives and reach their potential. Our first programs are in Zimbabwe where we provide scholarships for young women to attend Secondary School and University.


Specialties: commercial law, startups, capital raising, corporate governance, global entrepreneurship, joint venture negotiation, intellectual property, deal making, networking and relationship building.

Jon Yeo

Jon Yeo

Presenter coach

Jon Yeo is the Intelligence behind the art and science of what it is to be a public speaker. He helps Executives and Leaders to articulate and present the sophistication of their content with a message simplicity that guides and inspires their teams.

Sandy Mc Donald

Sandy Mc Donald

CEO of CreateCare Global

Sandy is known for converting a complex digital world into clear and life-changing steps to supercharge the business experience. 

She is a facilitator, clarity and communications coach, author and speaker. After 22 years of running a successful marketing communications company, Sandy used intentional blogging to start and build a vast global community that works to help children orphaned in Africa. As CEO of CreateCare Global, she continues this work today.

Sandy’s TEDx talk, ‘Tell Your Story, Save A Life’, for which she received a standing ovation, is based on this experience and explains how story can enrich, change or even save lives. Her book, ‘Get it right online’, details the framework to do this. 

Now Sandy speaks about the power of clarity to define a business’s purpose and principles and how that works to inform their culture, future and the key messages to support that. 

She also helps businesses bring clarity of intention into their complex on and offline world through facilitation and coaching programs.

Tony McGinn OMA

Tony McGinn OMA

Principal The McGinn Partnership, TEC Chair & Founder SME growth forum

Tony McGinn OAM:

For over 33 years, founder Tony McGinn has taken the world of media sales head on. His relentless attitude to commercial success has established an award-winning reputation as one of Australia’s most influential and progressive media sales professionals. From TV and radio to digital, his perchance to observe, transform and empower enduring legacies is only matched by his passion to elevate others to higher grounds.

BIO; Tony founded MCM Entertainment Group Limited in 1983. Over more than 3 decades he has acquired considerable experience in building and leading businesses in Australia, Europe, and Asia, including listing on the ASX via an IPO. MCM’s operating businesses were sold in 2016 and now the delisted holding company is in an investment phase. At is peak MCM ran three different subsidiary companies across 6 offices in 5 countries, with 130 staff and $50M in Group turnover.

In 2002 due to personal experience, Tony became involved in a growing children’s cancer charity and driving associated fund raising activities. In 2004, he was instrumental in creating the ‘Million Dollar Lunch’ and took on the voluntary event Executive Producer and Committee Chairmanship for ten years. To this day the Million Dollar Lunch thrives as Australia’s most spectacular and fruitful corporate fundraising event ($15M+ raised as @ 2016) benefiting the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF).

Today, alongside being the Chairman of MCM Entertainment and Deputy Chairman of CCF Tony harness his extensive experience, knowledge, and networks to provide two distinct services to business leaders:

  1. Melbourne Chair for Global CEO peer mentoring company, The Executive Connection (TEC), and currently building in Melbourne a select group of 16 SME CEO’s/Business Owners where he provides 1:1 CEO coaching and facilitates monthly group meetings.

The principal of The McGinn Partnership “It starts with openness and an understanding that to change, you sometimes have to be the change.”

At McGinn Partnership. true leadership comes from a deep-rooted belief that change makes everything possible. It is a voice of reasoned, future thinking and the lifeblood of success. Change is beautiful. Change is powerful. “It allows us to learn and grow. To raise standards. To raise the standards of everyone.”

Caitlin Iles

Caitlin Iles

Caitlin Iles (Cait), has been described by Australia’s former Prime Minister The Honorable Julia Gillard, as “an inspiring and powerful role model for women”, while Sir Richard Branson has called her “a game-changer and force to be reckoned with”.

She’s an entrepreneur with international experience (United Arab Emirates, USA & Europe) and as a venture capitalist and active angel investor; Cait has received pitches from hundreds of start-ups over the last couple of years. As a result, she knows what drives individuals and businesses to succeed or fail.

The stats consistently illustrate that women represent the most valuable talent in the world & are the key to unlocking a better world for all.

Emma Yee

Emma Yee

CEO Peter Rowland Catering

Emma Yee- CEO of Peter Rowland Catering 

Emma is one of the youngest people within the Executive Team of Peter Rowland’s, since joining this iconic business in 2010 she has quickly progressed through the business to the position of General Manager – Operations in 2013 and in 2017 is the current CEO. Emma has gained a wealth of experience within the hospitality industry in both operational and management positions. She has worked within a diverse range of businesses including hotels, sporting stadiums, restaurants and corporate catering in Australia and the UK. Her operational, result oriented and strategic mind set has seen her excel. Emma thrives in a highly competitive, energetic and flexible environment whilst leading a dynamic and highly motivated team with conviction.

Maria Duta

Maria Duta

Managing Director at FTI Consulting

Maria Duta- Managing Director of global leading business FTI Consulting

Maria is a Managing Director at global business advisory firm FTI Consulting in its Corporate Finance and Restructuring practice. Born in Romania, Maria arrived in Australia as the daughter of a refugee at age 15 speaking almost no English. After completing university, Maria qualified as a Chartered Accountant holding leadership positions with advisory firms Ferrier Hodgson and KordaMentha and Australia’s regulator – the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. A mother of four amazing children aged 11 to 2 Maria is also a board member of Early Childhood Management Services, a leading Melbourne based NFP early childhood services provider, with 70+ early care centers, positively influencing 6,000+ children weekly. Maria has over 20 years of leadership experience across operational and commercial environments, governance, regulation and financial and turnaround management. She is an excellent collaborator who delivers record results, driven, focused and committed to making a difference.

Graham Mc Corkill

Graham Mc Corkill

Co-Founder, Buzinga App Development

Graham McCorkill, Co-Founder & Director at Buzinga App Development. Graham has over 35 years experience as a global business manager, entrepreneur and CEO in public and private companies.  His experience spans across a range of industries including enterprise software implementation, next generational marketing solutions and international retail management,  at companies including SISS Business Systems, Miiy Pty Ltd and Kendo.

Graham manages the technical aspect of the end-to-end service solution that our business provides.

Adam Schwab

Adam Schwab

Managing Director, Lux Group

Since 2004, Adam has been a financial journalist and business commentator specialising in corporate governance, economics and legal affairs for Crikey and BRW. Adam is a regular commentator on Business View and the Perrett Report on Sky Business and has appeared on Today Tonight and Channel Seven News nationally. Lux Group was #1in the 2013 BRW Fast 100 list (and on the Fast 100 Lists in 2014 and 2015), and Adam was named Young Executive of the Year in the CEO Magazine Executive awards 2015 and was nominated for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.  

Thomas Mahon

Thomas Mahon

CEO, Peazie

Thomas is an engaging leader with a reputation for bringing agility, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to businesses of all shapes and size. Tom has successfully built high-performing teams and growth systems in industry-leading enterprise organisations such as Wesfamers and Salmat. Tom is the CEO of Peazie where he has been busy driving business and customer success with a dynamic, and passionate forward-thinking team of entrepreneurs.

Danielle Dacunha-Howarth

Danielle Dacunha-Howarth

Customer Success Consultant, Linkedin

Danielle is a Customer Success Consultant for LinkedIn in Sydney and is travelling down to Melbourne specifically to present to us! She has been with LinkedIn for a little over two years, following a move to Australia after selling her business in the United Kingdom. Danielle’s career has grown organically and as a result of her diverse experience and entrepreneurial background, she is able to leverage her experience and knowledge to help other businesses become successful in a tumultuous market. Danielle is passionate about demonstrating the diverse benefits that organisations experience when they embrace and adopt technology and changing consumer behaviors and believes that this is key to continued success and growth.

Jason Olive

Jason Olive

Head of Strategy and Content at IPG Mediabrands (Society)

Jason Olive is an experienced digital strategist, specialising in social media in both the UK and Australia. Jason has worked for a number of brands helping solve problems that drive commercial results. Clients past and present include Westfarmers brands, including Bunnings and Coles, plus Medibank, JB HiFi Treasury Wine Estates brands, Bank of Melbourne, Novartis, Victorian Government and WEX.
Check out Jason’s LinkedIn Profile .

Dr Nicholas Duck

Dr Nicholas Duck

Organisational Psychologist & Founder, Opposite

Nicholas is a registered organisational psychologist, who has specialised in the areas of business improvement and Human Factors specifically
Diagnosing and fixing complex business problems
Setting clear, concise and memorable visions and strategies
Disrupting and challenging thinking through applied psychology
Simplifying and improving the quality of work
Improving employee engagement through process improvement

Conor O'Brien

Conor O'Brien

Organisational Psychologist, Director & Principal Consultant, White Bear

Conor is a registered organisational psychologist who is passionate about successfully executing projects in the areas of resilience, human factors, leadership, talent management (including psychometric assessment and coaching), learning and development, culture assessment, change and wellbeing programs. Conor also has a background in career management services and team building programs.

Conor has a broad educational background and has completed multiple tertiary qualifications, including a Master of Organisational Psychology. This extensive theoretical and research knowledge is coupled with a breadth of experience gained across public and private sectors and numerous industries including aviation, banking and financial services, emergency services, government departments (state and federal), maritime, mining services, oil and gas, rail, road, telecommunications and utilities. Conor has been embedded with clients across Australia and overseas to deliver high value project outcomes.

Amanda Blesing

Amanda Blesing

Founder of The Ambition Revolution

As the creator of The Ambition Revolution program, Amanda is an engaging speaker who gets right to the heart of the issue with statistics, stories and insights as to what the problem is and what you can do about it.

For the past 20 years Amanda has walked her own talk as she worked her own way through the ranks of the association world with her last role as Chief Executive Officer of SOCAP Australia – and all this in addition to working part time as a yoga instructor, inspiring others to achieve a healthier and more balanced life along the way.

Bernadette McClelland

Bernadette McClelland

Head of Sales Transformation and Enablement at Sales Leaders Global Pty Limited

Bernadette McClelland is the Head of Sales Transformation and Enablement at Sales Leaders Global Pty Limited

Bernadette is one of Australia’s leading sales experts. Her work on Belief, Persistence and Resourcefulness is world class…She is great!” – Matt Church, CSP, Top25 most influential people in the global speaking profession, 2014 Australian Speaker of the Year

Avrill D’Costa

Avrill D’Costa

co-founder and Head of Data Analytics at BigDatr

Avrill D’Costa is the co-founder and Head of Data Analytics at BigDatr, a technology company specialising in marketing and advertising. The BigDatr mission is to make it simple for businesses to make data-driven decisions to be more efficient and successful. The Melbourne-based company works with over 100 major brands including Toyota, Suncorp, Bupa and Westpac to optimise the effectiveness of their marketing strategies by better understanding themselves, competitors and the impact of market trends. Avrill has over a decade of experience in IT and advertising technology, and is involved in the design, implementation and commercialisation of BigDatr.

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Vanessa Wong

Vanessa Wong

Native Manager from SOCiETY

Vanessa maye Wong In her role as Native Manager, Vanessa leads the development of the native offering within SOCiETY and the wider IPG Mediabrands business in Melbourne. She has been always been at the forefront of branded content’s evolution, having earned her stripes in influencer outreach and sponsored content at Nuffnang, the world’s first blog advertising agency. She then moved agency-side to Dentsu Aegis Network, where she realised a gap in the market between social media and branded content. Her broad background and extensive digital knowledge gives her the ability to position native as a true cross-platform solution. She is passionate about leveraging native to drive insights, shift perceptions and deliver business results.

Denise Wyer

Denise Wyer

Head of Strategic Accounts at AdRoll

Denise joined AdRoll in 2014 and is responsible for developing AdRolls Agency and Strategic Accounts business. She is currently managing a team of senior sales and relationship managers.

She has over nine years of sales and marketing experience. Prior to joining AdRoll, she worked in Google Australia where she managed relationships with some of Australia’s key agencies. She’s also held positions with Informa and the IMI.