All times listed are Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Check in and enjoy morning tea and coffee as you begin to network and get ready for a full day of learning and collaborating.

8:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Keynote Kickoff


Building a Strengths-Based Culture

Ryan McCarthy

Managing Director | Asia-Pacific, Stryker Medical

The strengths conversation is gathering momentum. Every day more of us are inspired by strengths insights.

Yet, when I meet a fellow strengths enthusiast, I regretfully observe that they are on a solo strengths adventure. My maximiser always poses the question, wouldn’t it be great if these adventurers were surrounded by a strengths-based culture?

I believe the strengths adventure is most impactful when experienced from within a strengths-based culture. I would love to help more people experience a strengths-based culture, so let’s talk about how you can establish a strengths-based culture in your workplace.

Developing High-Performance Leaders

Melitta Hardenberg

Head of Learning & Organisational Development | SEEK

SEEK has a proud history of strong performance and an award-winning culture. Hear firsthand how SEEK’s investment in building strengths-based teams and leaders has helped it to scale for growth, accelerate performance, and manage wellbeing through the pandemic and beyond. You’ll hear what’s worked well, what hasn’t and what’s next.

10:15 AM - 10:35 AM
Morning Tea Break
10:35 AM - 11:35 AM
Bringing Culture to Life: Where Is Your Culture Now?


Hear from the panellists as they share some practical insights and strategies to ensure that culture change is a business priority.


Claire de Carteret

Regional Director, EMEA | Gallup

Panel Speakers:

Tony Aitken

Human Resource Manager | Tauranga City Council

Sandra Arena

Director, People and Partnerships | Cube Networks

Meahan Callaghan

Chief People and Culture Officer | Red Bubble

Rohit Kar

Regional Director ANZ & South Asia | Gallup

Holly McBride

Executive Manager Organisational Development & Culture | Fraser Coast Regional Council

11:35 AM - 11:55 AM
Macquarie Telecom Group: A Homegrown Success Story


David Tudehope

CEO | Macquarie Telecom Group

Macquarie Telecom Group has been making a difference to customers who have been underserved and overcharged for the past 30 years. Cofounder and CEO David Tudehope will share his insights and the path Macquarie Telecom Group has taken to becoming a globally recognised leader in customer experience and the essential role people played in making it happen.

11:55 AM - 12:15 PM
Engagement Journey to an Exceptional Workplace


Mark Nielsen

CEO | Talent International

Mark will focus on developing your organisation’s roadmap to building high-energy and passionate teams, taking away fear to allow people’s authentic selves to shine, and ensuring you don’t remain stuck in the status quo.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
The Global Rise of Unhappiness and What Leaders Can Do About It


Jon Clifton

CEO | Gallup

Discover where the world is suffering in each of Gallup’s five elements of wellbeing and what private and public sector leaders can do to improve how people’s lives are going.

1:45 PM - 2:05 PM
Coaching for Outcomes: Strengths, 360s as Complementary Partners


Marie-Lou Almeida

Senior Consultant | Gallup

How can you help leaders be open and receptive to their 360 feedback?

Start with their CliftonStrengths©. Building their self-awareness via strengths and then helping them apply their strengths as you coach them through their 360s is a powerful combination.

When an individual has built better self-awareness through CliftonStrengths and coaching, they are keen and ready to hear how others perceive them — that is where the 360 feedback comes in. At this stage, they are primed for feedback and eager to take action.

2:05 PM - 2:25 PM
Business Success in a Hybrid World


Allan Watkinson

Principal | Gallup

To meet the flexibility expectations of their employees, many organisations have adopted a hybrid workplace, allowing employees to spend a mix of time working remotely and in the office. It seems that a hybrid arrangement is here to stay for many organisations, using a combination of rules and reasons to ensure employees spend sufficient time with their colleagues in the office. How do organisations achieve maximum success in a hybrid world? Allan Watkinson will share Gallup’s point of view on the critical factors necessary to make a hybrid arrangement work effectively.

2:25 PM - 2:45 PM
Strategies to Mitigate Burnout


Michelle Eason

Acting Executive Director Clinical Operations | Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network

Justice Health NSW is a purpose-driven and values-based health network. Working in a complex environment with a patient cohort that has experienced significant trauma can lead to high levels of staff burnout, which present recruitment and retention challenges. We will explore how the network has implemented a strengths-based approach to improve employee wellbeing, engagement and performance. Using measures such as the Q12© engagement surveys, the network has seen positive impacts.

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Afternoon Tea Break
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Strengths-Based and Human Centric Performance Culture


Claire McCaffery

Talent Strategy Lead | Accenture

Evolving our performance achievement journey through a pandemic — the impact of strengths and engagement in supporting resilience in unpredictable times.

In 2016, Accenture transformed the way it approached performance by focusing on clear priorities, feedback, strengths, engagement and actions to grow. Through the pandemic, this approach evolved and became even more important, allowing Accenture to stay deeply connected to the needs of its people and supporting them in dealing with the unpredictable external context. This keynote will cover the challenges, opportunities, lessons learned,

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Closing Keynote


Allan Watkinson

Principal | Gallup

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Networking Drinks