Learning Program

Over the course of three days, we will explore learning content that sharpens our focus around the meaning of 20/20 Vision. We invite you to go on this journey with us …

Learning Block 1: Dream

You are here. Take a moment. Breathe in. Breathe out. This is the beginning of understanding. Look deeper at where you have come from. Dream bigger for where you are going. Embrace the present with new abandon.

Vision begins with clarity. Clarity of purpose. Clarity of value. Clarity of commitment. You have come far to be in this moment. You have dreamed big to be in this moment. How will you show up?

Elizabeth Gilbert

Biography

Unquestionably one of her generation’s most beloved voices, Gilbert is the author of the runaway bestseller Eat Pray Love, which has sold more than thirteen million copies worldwide. Her latest bestseller, City of Girls, is a glittering coming-of-age epic stitched across the fabric of New York City in the 1940s that People Magazine calls “vibrant, sexy and wise.” In Gilbert’s bestselling nonfiction treatise on creativity, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, she explores the mysteries of how to lead a bold and inspired life. Gilbert’s novel The Signature of All Things is a sweeping story of botany, exploration, and desire that spans much of the nineteenth century. It was lauded by O, The Oprah Magazine as “the novel of a lifetime” and named one of the best books of 2013 by The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, NPR, and Time. Before she wrote Eat Pray Love, Gilbert was a distinguished journalist and regular contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine and GQ. Her book The Last American Man was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002.
Session Description

For years Elizabeth Gilbert has been meeting people who tell her that they long to live more creative lives, but are somehow blocked by fear — fear of criticism, fear of failure, fear of stepping out of the box, fear of unworthiness, or fear that they don’t even have a creative bone in their body. Using stories from her own life of creative exploration, as well as experiences from her world travels, Gilbert will show how “everyone is invited,” and will explain how absolutely everybody — no matter what their background or position in life — can benefit from exploring and expressing their own inherent creativity. She will explain how every human life is a creative endeavor and that creativity is not just a privilege of artists. Defining a creative life as “any life where your decisions are guided by curiosity instead of fear,” Gilbert will help open her audience’s imaginations to the possibility of seeing creativity – and their own journeys – in a lighter, more graceful manner.

In this session, you’ll learn:

By the end of the session you will know how to Converge your:

  • Encourage you to think about fear and obstacles differently
  • Propose a more expansive definition of creativity inclusive of people in every profession
  • Share how curiosity acts as a guiding principle in creativity

Sam McCool

Biography

A world-class emcee, comedian, keynote speaker and speaking coach.

He is also a distinguished debater, voice-over artist, entrepreneur and expert in tailored event hoaxes.

As a comedian, Sam burst onto the scene as a finalist on Australia’s Got Talent. He soon followed with sold-out solo shows at Sydney Opera House, several DVDs from his 1 hour comedy festival shows, and became a hit on the international comedy circuit touring from Bollywood to Hollywood and far beyond.

His emcee skills are in high demand, having hosted events for TEDx, DELL, ACCOR, OPTUS, MIRVAC, SAMSUNG, AIRTASKER, ING DIRECT, AUSTRALIA POST, CANADIAN TOURISM COMMISSION, and the AUSTRALIAN EVENT AWARDS, plus many other trusted brands.

Sam has become a trusted host for pitching, start up and tech events such as:

  • TEDx Sydney (host in 2017, 2018, 2019) of St George’s Kickstart business idea pitch competition
  • DELL Technologies South Asia Partner Summit (2018 in Fiji, 2019 in South Korea)
  • Singularity U Summit

Sam is also a published playwright with “Lighten Up” through Currency Press – developed by Sydney Theatre Company and performed at Griffin Theatre Company.
Sam is one of Australia’s most multicultural ambassadors and expert in ‘TLC’: Travel, Languages and Culture. He’s traveled to over 70 countries, speaks French, Arabic, Indonesian, Spanish and English in all its variations. He is currently the host and co-creator of Australia’s first multicultural game show, “Melting Pot Luck!”

Session Description

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Learning Block 2: Awakening

The transformation of a dream to vision does not happen overnight. It is a journey of 1,000 miles. There is a transition. A process. Uncertainty. Adversity. A wilderness experience. This process requires self-reflection, a honing of your skills and above all, bravery.

Through it all though, adversity breeds innovation and challenge provides clarity. Perhaps the setback is actually a set up for success. Your dream is clarifying into vision.

Brian Smith

Biography

Brian is Australian born and was raised with an enduring passion for surfing and the surf culture. In his youth, he enjoyed the epic waves on both coasts of his home country. He was educated at the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, where he received his first of many business credentials.

After ten years as a public accountant, Brian felt a burning desire to do something that would fit his passion for surfing while looking for a business idea that would allow him to support himself. He turned in his resignation notice, got on a plane to the States, and became a regular at the classic surfing destinations up and down the southern California coastline. He called Malibu, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and Swami’s Beach his “office.”

One day, while pulling on his sheepskin boots after a cold surf session, he realized there were nothing like them available in California. He and a surfing buddy shipped six pairs from Australia to show them around, in search of interested takers. It was at this moment that the UGG brand was born.

Brian called on every surf shop up and down the California coast, enthusiastically showing prospective retailers the UGG prototype. Most of the shop owners would deliver the same disappointing reaction: “Brian, we sell flip flops, not boots.” Not willing to give up his idea, he then embarked on a laser-focused effort to gain endorsements and support from the surf community of which he was becoming a respected member. Finally, with two young Pro-surfers on “the UGG team”, a new cult was born and “UGG” became the cool word on California campuses and beaches alike.

Had he not diligently stuck to his vision, the idea of UGG Boots would never have come to fruition. Undaunted by the surf shop owners’ initial rejections, Brian forged forward with his dream and we all now enjoy our much loved and favorite casual footwear—our UGG boots.

After 17 years, Brian sold his company and the brand to Decker’s Outdoor Corporation. With their resources, the “casual comfort” segment of the footwear industry came to life and the UGG Brand now garners more than a billion dollars of sales per year, year after year.

Having developed the art of storytelling throughout the years, the stage became the perfect place for Brian to present to business owners the ups—and downs—of being an entrepreneur. He found that he not only enjoyed giving these talks, but his audiences were responding in wide embrace to his stories like he never could have imagined. The size and scope of the audiences grew and now he is one of the most sought after speakers in the world today. He brings a magical mix of real world street smarts, kindness, compassion and respect for the entrepreneurial drive—all of which fits business of any size. And, yes, he still continues to surf when he’s not on tour.

Session Description

PERSEVERANCE: Drawing on Your Inner Strengths for Success

Get ready for an entrepreneurship roller-coaster! In this talk, you’ll hear first-hand from Brian Smith, Founder of the billion dollar+ brand, UGG, as he shares the ups and downs of his inspirational journey. From pushing through and rebounding from the days of being totally broke to finding his own inner strength and learning to persevere, Brian shares practical lessons he has learned along the way. He also discusses his four mantras of philosophy that not only apply to your business but will prepare you to cope with life itself.

In this session, you’ll learn:
  • Fear – Dealing with the ever-present reality of uncertainty
  • Letting go – Releasing things you cannot control
  • Loyalty – Passionate dedication to customers, employers and the vision
  • Spirituality – An understanding of what creates peace and perspective in life
  • Enjoying the process – The tadpole principle of being in the now.
  • Resilience – The ability to get back up after setbacks.

Franziska Iseli

Biography

Franziska is a maverick entrepreneur, leading brand strategist, adventurer, author and the co-founder of Basic Bananas, The Business Hood, Oceanlovers and Moments of Humanity.
In 2013 Franziska was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in recognition of her innovation, creativity and philanthropic involvement.

A true visionary and eternal optimist, no challenge seems too big for Franziska. She is known for her rebellious nature and doing things differently. She possesses a rare combination of both creativity and strategic acumen, which makes her a powerful leader in the business world.

Franziska is the author of two bestselling books with a third one coming out in early 2020 (Sir Richard Branson wrote the foreword).

She is regularly featured across media channels, including INC, Forbes, Business Insider, Virgin Inflight Entertainment, Marie-Claire, Cosmopolitan, SmartCompany, Dynamic Business Magazine, BRW, 2UE, Channel 9.

A Swiss-born Australian (or Swaussie) with a sharp-witted humour and the ability to speak five languages, Franziska is known to make up words – which keeps everyone amused!

The key to Franziska’s success is her down-to-earth attitude, infectious energy, integrity and courage to take the lead. She is an idea generation machine and her brain seems to work on double-speed.

Franziska is a big believer in social business and is heavily involved in various ocean conservation and sustainability projects.
In her spare time Franziska loves going on adventures, spending time in the ocean, playing music with her band Salty Lips, learning new things and spending time with family and friends.

On one of her recent adventures she rode her motorbike from Switzerland to Kazakhstan along the Silk Road (12’000km) collecting many interesting tales along the way.

Session Description

The Courage Map – Take the road less travelled

“Two roads diverged in a wood. I took the one less travelled by and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost
As entrepreneurs we are often called to take the road less travelled in order to become better leaders and make a bigger difference in the world.
In this presentation, Franziska Iseli will share lessons learned from her motorcycle journey around the world. She started off in Switzerland, riding 12’000km along the Silk Road to Kazakhstan with a stop at the Iranian border, where she was denied entry due to an unexpected mishap.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Courage – Why courage is a skill and how it can rub off on people around you
  • Perspective – How to gain fresh perspectives from the most unexpected places
  • Zen mind – How to stay calm in the face of adversity and let challenges fuel your journey
  • Travel tunes – The seven most important ‘mantras’ to support you in taking the roads less travelled.
  • Pit stops – The most insightful questions to ponder to stay true to yourself.

Learning Block 3: Together

You are not alone. You are surrounded by a company of people. Fellow wayfarers on the entrepreneurial journey. There is a kinship. We share a story, a spirit and at times, a vision.

There may be times when this journey feels solitary, but there is far more for us when we recognize what and who is around us. Diversity in perspective and strength in numbers. Together, we go farther.

Penny Locaso

Biography

Voted one of the most influential female entrepreneurs in Australia, Penny is the world’s first Happiness Hacker. She’s on a mission to teach 10 million humans how to future-proof happiness by 2025.

Five years ago, Penny turned her life upside down in pursuit of bringing more joy to her daily life. Penny wanted to find a global education company that could give her the skills needed to future-proof her happiness. When she couldn’t find one, she decided to create on.

Penny has created the world’s first educational program and measurement tool designed to humanise the future through the amplification of the Intentional Adaptability Quotient®.

Penny is a faculty member at the esteemed Singularity University at the NASA Research Centre in Silicon Valley. This position has her working alongside some of the best technology and Artificial Intelligence innovators in the world.

Session Description

Human First

We have never been more technologically connected, yet humanly disconnected. The rate of loneliness has more than doubled since the 1980s and the mental wellbeing of our society is in crisis.

Human First is a thought-provoking look at how the way we are unconsciously creating and engaging with technology is impacting our humanity.

Happiness Hacker Penny Locaso demonstrates why connecting with what it means to be human is critical to our ability to thrive in a world of exponential technological growth.

In this session you will:

  • Understand why we need to focus on new ways of being, rather than more doing, in order to realize possibility.
  • Learn how to reconnect with what it means to be human.
  • Learn why skill in Intentional Adaptability is critical to thriving in the age of exponential technology.
  • Leave curious to explore further the concept of IAQ (Intentional Adaptability Quotient™) and how you might use it to drive the change you seek in your life and the world around you.

Pete Vargas

Biography

Pete Vargas teaches people how to grow their businesses and spread their message through stages. In 2003, his life was deeply impacted by one man on a stage – and since then he has dedicated his life to the power of stages. Since then, he and his team have booked over 25,000 stages worldwide – and generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue through those stages. In 2016, he founded Advance Your Reach, a company with a mission to impact one billion lives through one million stages across seven spheres of influence.

Pete believes your Signature Talk is the most powerful marketing tool you have and that stages are the fastest way to grow your business. Throughout years of testing, he’s perfected the “Stage to Scale” system – a three-part framework that helps speakers, entrepreneurs, financial advisors, service providers, nonprofits, small business owners and many others land speaking engagements and leverage stages to grow their businesses and organizations.

Pete has booked legendary speakers including Ryan Deiss, JJ Virgin, and Shark Tank’s Daymond John. He has also shared stages with titans such as Michael Phelps, Robert Cialdini, Howie Mandel, Sally Hogshead, and Brendon Burchard.

Session Description


The person who communicates their story and vison most powerfully wins. In a busy and noisy world, if you can become a powerful communicator it will separate you from the crowd.

In this session, Pete will teach you how to communicate your vision and story with 20/20 laser focus so that you can stand out and stakeholders, employees, advisors, customer, vendors can all buy in.

“…You can improve your value by 50 percent just by learning communication skills–public speaking.” – Warren Buffet

In this session, you’ll gain:

  • Complete clarity on how to communicate your company’s story to all stakeholders
  • Powerful communication tools to use in your closest relationships
  • An understanding of the #1 marketing tool to attract customers into your business

Amanda Gore

Biography

Amanda Gore is one of the most recognized speakers and experts on the H2H factor – the human to human factor – which is often neglected. She holds a degree in physiotherapy, a major in psychology and is a Master Practitioner of neurolinguistics. She was an ergonomics and occupational health consultant before she started speaking. Amanda is an expert on communications, leadership, and group dynamics. Not only that, she has a unique ability to entertain, educate and involve simultaneously – and that creates an environment where the participants become relaxed, bonded and joyful.

Frustration with the reactive nature of traditional physiotherapy led Amanda Gore to the more proactive stance of trying to prevent stress, illness and injury. Now she helps people stay well – mentally, emotionally and physically through research, writing and speaking about stress and lifestyle, leadership, relationships and communication.

With her multi-faceted expertise, Amanda Gore explores the mind-body connection in her crusade to help others reach their full human potential – at work and at home. Using the latest sciences of epigenetics, neuroscience and emotional intelligence as her base, she weaves in real-life stories highly relevant for your organisation with great humour and fun.

Session Description

The Joyful Team

Did you know that a joy-filled workplace correlates to people who sell 37% more, are 31% more productive and have 125% less burnout? It matters – and a leader’s job is three fold – to change people’s behavior, to create an environment in which people can be the best they can be, and to help people believe in themselves.
It’s not about facts and figures – these do not inspire people. Simply put, what inspires people is having a boss they feel cares for them. In other words, everything in business really revolves around how people feel – about you, themselves and customers.

Having 20/20 vision with your team or any team you create, means recognizing that what matters to people – really matters – has not changed for hundreds of years. You can use the wisdom of hindsight to look forward and create the culture you want and need. This session is full of practical skills to enhance emotional intelligence and improve the way relationships are created and maintained – and how to bring out the best in people.

Alan Miltz

Biography

Alan Miltz is a global thought leader in financial analysis for businesses, banks and accountants. His latest innovation, Cash Flow Story, is an online process that allows individuals to easily analyse and improve business profit, cash and value.

Alan has a broad-ranging executive background, which ranges from the founding of Inmatrix Pty Ltd to serving as chairman of Pearl Finance Australia and director of Lempriere Capital.

As the founder of Inmatrix, Alan developed financial analysis techniques that have become a global standard for businesses, CPAs and banks. These techniques are now being used in 30 countries by over 20,000 customers and leading banks, including the NAB, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, Bangkok Bank, Maybank and the Royal Bank of Canada. In the USA, approximately 300 banks have implemented Alan’s techniques to review company performance.

As a co-author, Alan contributed the financial component of the global best-selling book “Scaling Up”, by Verne Harnish.

Having worked across Europe, Asia and the USA as a speaker at seminars and conferences, Alan possesses wide-ranging experience and understanding of global banking operations. With a passion for analysing critical business requirements, he is highly skilled in identifying deficiencies and potential opportunities, formulating strategy and implementing innovative and cost-effective solutions.

Alan has also assisted a large number of Australian companies to successfully raise debt finance from the major financial institutions – he has helped raise over $1.4B to date.

Alan was awarded Best Speaker in Australia for the Executive Connection (TEC), the world’s largest CEO forum, and has been invited as a guest speaker at many CEO conferences globally. In the US, he presented to over 5000 leading CEOs in 2017/2018.

Alan has also completed in excess of 200 business plans for major public companies and large private enterprises.

During his career, Alan has been involved in every level of company management and operation, giving him an incredibly strong grounding in all facets of business operation.

With extensive experience as a senior executive, Alan has a thorough knowledge of what it takes to run an effective multinational business or organization, and is a valuable contributor to any organization.

Session Description

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Jinahie

Biography

Jinahie (“my wings” in Arabic) is an Egyptian-American spoken word artist, social justice activist, and psychotherapist. Now in the seventh year of her national tour, Jinahie performs at colleges and universities across the country. In the process, she has collected hundreds of Potluck Poems, a collaboration among strangers, in which a poem is completed during live performances by the contribution of a line from each audience member. Jinahie has performed for TEDx, HBO, Sundance Film Festival, the U.S. Department of Education, United Nations, and was a featured performer during a showing of the Pulitzer-Prize winning drama, Ruined, during which she had the honor of performing for Michelle Obama. She has shared the stage with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, The Roots, Smokey Robinson, and Angela Davis. In her spare time, she enjoys learning useless facts, feeding her carnivorous plants, and people-watching people who people-watch other people.
Session Description

Heart to Heart

Plato famously said that “those who tell stories rule the world.” Plato knew a secret. He knew that storytellers are the architects of our culture. He knew that their stories are the building blocks of our world. He knew that the stories we are told and tell become the stories we live. The time has come for new stories to be told and with that power comes great responsibility. But how do we get there?

In this session, you are invited to step into empathy, the space between self and other. You will collaborate with curious strangers and learn to use the power of story for good. Because the truth is that no entrepreneur has ever become the best version of themselves all by themselves. Instead, we see ourselves more clearly when we welcome others onto our journey. From one heart to another, this session is a quest into the connections that can be grown when we invite others in.

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Foster genuine collaboration by leveraging the power of the plural
  • Embrace vulnerability as a catalyst for authentic engagement
  • Use actionable empathy to build meaningful connections

Christina Gerakiteys

Biography

Christina Gerakiteys is Co-CEO of SingularityU Australia and is a catalyst for change. She has a talent for alchemizing the impossible into the possible. Christina knows human potential is unlimited.

After attending the Executive Program at SingularityU (NASA Ames, Silicon Valley), Christina opened the first SingularityU Chapter in Australia (SUAU) in April 2018. SUAU has since launched the SUAU Global Impact Challenge and the SUAU Summit and is the 8th Country Partner of Singularity University globally. Christina is a fully accredited SU Faculty member at SingularityU. She is the host of the SingularityU Australia Summit podcast, Inspire for 5.

Christina’s mission is to inspire and empower leaders to find solutions to humanity’s grandest challenges. Through her work, she seeks to open hearts and minds to the possibilities for humanity presented by exponential technologies.

Christina is a sought-after corporate and university program designer and facilitator whose curriculums are driven by design thinking, engagement, purpose and play. She lectures in Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship where she advocates Moonshot Thinking – disrupting current mindsets to encourage exploration into what is possible.

Her engaging style, knowledge depth and authentic desire to impact the planet for good have made Christina an in-demand keynote speaker. She has presented at the SingularityU Australia Summit, Vivid Ideas, Creative Innovation Conference and Inspiring Women Leaders Digital Conference in Madrid. Christina also produces the annual Hunter Innovation Festival.

As founder of UtopiaX, a business focused on creativity and innovation, Christina designs corporate innovation programs and writes for several publications. She is a frequent radio guest speaker on business and the crucial role various factors play in success. She is a regular contributor to the award-winning Front-End Innovation blog.

Christina will publish her second book, The Multiplier Effect: Celebrating Success One Failure at a Time, in 2019.

Christina is currently writing dissertation on Creativity and Innovation, serves as director for several companies and is an active advocate for several innovation committees.

Session Description

From Impossible to Possible.

Moonshot Thinking has inspired innovation throughout history. To continue to create, we need to imagine first, then execute. Sometimes we have to start over.
Most organisations operate with a solid Unique Selling Proposition. The brave organisations, the ones impacting lives on a global scale, operate with Moonshot. Set your mind to an impossible idea and use technology to bring it into reality.

You need courage and persistence. You need to think big. You may not think it’s possible. Moonshot thinking is choosing to be bothered about how you can make it real. As JFK said, “We choose to go to the moon, not because they are easy but because they are hard.”

Think differently. Change things. Be the change. Be audacious. Find the way. Be unstoppable. Have impact.

Join us for the MoonShot Workshop and let’s fire up the space ship!

In this session you will…
  • Identify or validate your purpose
  • Develop a Moonshot vision aligned with your purpose
  • Create an action plan to take you beyond this workshop

Learning Block 4: Give it a Go

Clear vision must lead to confident action. Taking the first step into the unknown is daunting. It requires faith, courage, and a good dose of fanatical optimism. No one has ever changed the world, or even themselves, without action. Take the first step, then another. Give it a go.

Phill Nosworthy

Biography

Phill Nosworthy is an executive advisor, futurist, speaker and author in the subject areas that surround making business and life meaningful. His insights into personal mastery and the future of work have gained him a cult following among high performers in Fortune listed companies the world over. He has worked in more than 50 cities and 25 countries globally and counts Apple, ING, Universal Music and the Commonwealth Bank amongst his clients.

Phill has skillfully hosted bespoke invitational events in major cities around the world including New York, Los Angeles, London and Amsterdam with partners including SOHO House, The Standard, The Apollo, Vittoria and Microsoft. He is the founder of Switch L+D, a digital-first learning and development practice that gives anyone, anywhere the same level of career development that has only ever been reserved for the highest performers of Fortune 500 companies.

Session Description

Convergence: Skill, Substance and Closing the 5 Gaps that Prevent World Class Performance

  • Explore the 5 critical gaps that hold even the highest performers back.
  • Uncover and amplify hidden strengths and growth opportunities.
  • Trigger immediate and observable changes in behavior and performance.

We find ourselves in a time of massive and accelerating change characterized by overwhelm, distraction, and truth be told, a little confusion.
That’s not a new insight at all.

But what is so easily lost on people is that a changing context not only offers massive new opportunity, but necessarily demands a different approach to performance, impact and growth.

This inspiring and provocative session, powerfully converges insights from depth psychology, mythology and business best practice to offer an entirely new approach to creating extraordinary results. Through his keynote presentation, Phill Nosworthy teaches how to converge the very skills and traits that for too long have been dangerously siloed and isolated.

By the end of the session you will know how to Converge your:

  1. Skill and Character – your talent < > the substance of who you are.
  2. Knowledge and Application – what you know < > what you put into practice.
  3. Identity and Reputation – who you think you are < > who ‘they’ say you are.
  4. Intention and Action – what you plan to do < > what you actually do.
  5. Confidence and Courage – how you feel < > what you are truly capable of.

Sam Cawthorn

Biography

Sam Cawthorn is the CEO and founder of Speakers Institute and Speakers Tribe. Author of seven books, including two international best sellers, he is both a Young Australian of the Year and the Edupreneur of the Year.

In 2006, Sam’s life changed forever when he was involved in a major car accident that left him with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability in his right leg. Sam went on to become one of the world’s most in-demand global professional speakers. In 2013, Sam became an entrepreneur and built his training company, which now runs events globally teaching people how to master communication for influence.

Session Description

Bounce Forward: How to Transform Crisis into Success

We’ve all heard about it and even spoken about it: How we all bounce back following crisis, downturns or tough times. However, have you considered that bouncing back implies that we are not learning and are going back to where it all started? This interactive presentation discovers how Bounce Forward is the only and surest way to embrace the future by learning from the crisis and failures and moving towards innovation and forward thinking.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • How crisis can always create opportunity
  • Why the proximity of people we are around is our power
  • Three principles to leverage happiness that fuels success.

Learning Block 5: Legacy

Everyone leaves a legacy, a story of what they accomplished during their lifespan. It’s up to you to write that story. We each have a responsibility to future generations to craft a legacy that matters. Only you can determine the significance of your own legacy and how long its impact will be felt. Vision begins and ends with purpose. What do you see for the generations to come?

Ekansh Tambe

Biography

Coming soon!
Session Description

Human First

Ekansh Tambe hopes to use photography as a medium for storytelling, with the intention of humanizing far-reaching the issues dominating the corporate world and headlines today. He has traveled six world borders and wants to share the inspiring – and often heartbreaking – stories about the people he met along the way. Ekansh’s experiences shed light on the importance of diversity and inclusion in our everyday lives. He wishes to spark human empathy in his audiences by reminding them that everyone matters and every story is meant to be told.

In this session, you will learn about the importance of:

  • Diversity and inclusion in the corporate world
  • Leadership that prioritises recognizing and celebrating people’s key contributions to promote curiosity, empathy, compassion, courage and strength
  • Considering all perspectives critical to making informed decisions

Kirsty Spraggon

Biography

Kirsty is one of the most sought after inspirational speakers. She is known for her ability to shift the tone of an event, to help the audience connect with themselves – and others – in a deeper, more meaningful way and to help clients foster a culture of vulnerability throughout their event and beyond.

She does this by modeling her own beautiful, heart-opening vulnerability.

Her ability to share moving, thought-provoking and emotional topics with compassion, strength and her signature Australian humour helps the audience become comfortable with going just a little deeper.

She is a truth teller, connector and a powerful storyteller with the rare ability to both inspire audiences and leave them with actionable strategies that have life-changing results.

Kirsty’s courageous story has touched diverse audiences all over the world, including employees from Fortune 500 Companies & global brands.

Session Description

“Legacy and truth: being true to yourself and the legacy you desire to leave”

“The lens of legacy gives you a view of your life where you become focused on making a difference in the lives of others and giving back. The legacy you leave is the life you lead and, therefore, legacy is the residue of a life well-lived”—Kirsty Spraggon

We cannot, therefore, have a life well-lived if we are not living in our truth—which is what Kirsty Spraggon “the truth-teller” is all about. Let’s ask the big questions, like “what are you currently doing with your life? If it’s not leaving the legacy you desire, why are you wasting time?”

This question is crucial, as there are six main regrets people tend to have when they’re dying. This session takes the audience on a journey of self-reflection by challenging everyone in the room to focus on what truly matters in their life. It will allow them to check-in by asking themselves whether they are creating a life of regrets or a life of legacy.

Key Learnings:

  • Learn how to slow down and tune into your own wisdom
  • Be sure you are not building a life of regrets
  • Get honest with yourself about what you desire
  • Shift your perspective and see your career as your calling
  • Discover where your legacy may lie

Dave Will

Biography

Dave Will is a long-time EO Member, serial software entrepreneur and EO 360 podcast host. He’s hosted over 100 episodes of great content with entrepreneurs and thought leaders from around the world. In his podcast conversations, Dave captures not only the guest’s story, but humorous anecdotes about their journey to the top. Prepare to laugh, learn, and take ample notes in this session.
Session Description

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Naomi Simson

Biography

Noami Simson is known as “the Red Shark” on Shark Tank Australia. Shei is a serial entrepreneur who founded the experience marketplace RedBalloon in 2001 and co-founder of the Big Red Group, which now has Adrenaline, Redii.com and Lime&Tonic, all which amplify her purpose to “shift the way people experience life.”
Her enthusiasm is infectious. She is a prolific blogger, author and business leader, a much sought-after media commentator with more than 2.9 million people following her insights, views and expertise on LinkedIn. She has authored two best-selling books Live What You Love and Ready to Soar.

Naomi had a corporate marketing career with the likes of IBM, Apple, KPMG and Ansett Airlines before throwing that all in to forge her entrepreneurial journey.

She received many high-profile awards including Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Silver Stevie Award.

Session Description

As one of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs, Naomi Simson shares a colourful entrepreneurial story of growth, leadership and culture. She expands on how aligning “the right team” to purpose, vision and values created a winning formula to scale her enterprise in a rapidly changing experience economy. Naomi outlines how she accelerated her idea into something big. Building the lucrative experience marketplace RedBalloon was not necessarily an easy or linear journey – and there are great insights to be drawn from her experience. She will show us how she tackled the many bumps in the road, and will identify clear avenues for business growth in an increasingly complex digital world. Naomi will share her own leadership journey, how she created an award-winning culture and where she sees the future going.

In this session you will learn how to…

  • Describe why the right mix of growth, customers and people is crucial to business success
  • Recognize key growth drivers and how to implement them in your business
  • Explore the correlation between highly engaged teams and customer loyalty

Carl Hartmann

Biography

Carl Hartmann is a prominent, multi-award winning Australian serial entrepreneur who is best known for helping co-found Temando, Shortlyster and Lyre’s Spirit Co, and his involvement as an investor and board member/advisor to a range of leading technology companies around the world, including AI cross-border compliance platform Hurricane (UK), electric Jetboard manufacturer Radinn (Sweden), drone delivery company Flirtey (USA), and FMCG solutions platform Brandlink (Australia).

Carl co-founded his first start-up, Temando, in response to the disconnect between the delivery experience consumers were receiving and the fulfillment capability of today’s merchants. Carl took Temando from an idea to a global business, raised over US$56M in funding, established five major global offices and established many global strategic partnerships with both carriers and tech firms. Temando was successfully acquired in a trade sale by Neopost S.A. (US$1.5B revenue French listed company) in 2017 and exited Carl the business post transaction.

Having experienced the challenges of recruitment in a fast-growing tech company, Carl co-founded Shortlyster, an intelligent recruitment platform that matches candidates to job roles with specific skill sets and helps ensure candidates are the right fit for organizational cultures. The platform uses a big data approach and applies its unique algorithms to match candidates to role requirements. It actively compares and contrasts candidates and rank orders them according to suitability. Shortlyster helps companies save time and money in their recruitment process and—more importantly—helps them get the right candidates with the right skills, qualifications and personality fit. Shortlyster has raised $5M in funding to date and is now growing tremendously across Australia, the UK and USA.

Most recently, Carl also co-founded Lyre’s Spirit Co – an innovative beverage company using cutting-edge food science that has recreated all the major alcoholic spirits in non-alcoholic format. This business endeavor is in response to growing segments of the population who either do not drink alcohol or choose to drink less – but still want an the taste of an adult drink. Lyre’s has quickly become one of the fastest growing new consumer products in the world, with distribution in Australia, NZ, USA, UK, amongst others and has raised over $10M in funding to date.

Carl is also the adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Queensland; and has won a large number of awards including the IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year Australia, Asia Pacific and global runner-up, amongst others.

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Anders Sörman-Nilsson

Biography

Anders Sörman-Nilsson (LLB / Global EMBA) is a futurist and innovation strategist who helps leaders and entrepreneurs decode trends, decipher what’s next and turn provocative questions into proactive strategies. Ander’s average of 240 international travel days a year has led him to the view that the future and the now are converging in a city or start-up near you; the curious, the creative and the courageous have a competitive and sustainable edge. At the same time, that future contains fearsome forecasts for futurephobes.

This Swedish-Australian futurist has shared the stage with Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureates, and European and Australian heads of state. He is an active member of TEDGlobal, has keynoted at TEDx in the United States and Australia, was nominated to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2019 and was the keynote speaker at the G20’s Y20 Summit in Australia.

His presentations are meticulously researched, highly energetic and always fascinating, with content tailored to each audience. This is why clients like Facebook, Apple, MINI, Lego, Adobe, Jaguar Land Rover, Rugby New Zealand and Macquarie Bank have turned to Anders over the years to help them turn research into foresight and business impact.

His thought leadership has been featured in international media such as Esquire, Monocle, Business Insider, Sky News Business, Financial Review, CIO Magazine, and Boss. He is the author of the books Seamless: a hero’s journey of digital disruption, adaptation and human transformation (Wiley, 2017), Digilogue: how to win the digital minds and analogue hearts of tomorrow’s customers (Wiley, 2013) and Thinque Funky: Upgrade Your Thinking (Thinque, 2009). Anders is an EO Sydney chapter member.

Session Description

Seamless: winning the digital minds and analogue hearts of tomorrow’s customers in an age of intelligent machines

How do you design frictionless customer experiences where customers can seamlessly navigate between digital and analogue touchpoints?
This is the main question Anders explores in this thought-provoking keynote. Emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and the Internet of Things are enabling more and more brands to become truly “seamless”.

This presentation will provide you with fascinating case studies and best practices from smart brands that understand how intelligent technologies can amplify customer service, create compelling customer experiences, remove friction and transform our lives.

“Seamless” is a guide for transforming your brand and heroically taking your business into the future. Customers are sick and tired of the inconvenience, friction, arrogance and grating seams they experience on their customer journeys caused by brands undergoing awkward and haphazard change.

“Seamless” is the key to a successful business future and this workshop shows you how to make seamlessness work for your brand, starting today.

By the end of the session you will know how to Converge your:

  • Design away the friction with transformative customer experiences
  • Weave disparate channels and parts of a brand together into a seamless whole
  • Take an integrative, rather than additive, approach to communications
  • Achieve the highest level of customer intimacy, the key to customer loyalty

Mark Luo

Biography

Mark is the director at Johari Ventures where he arms entrepreneur scientists with skills to grow their tech companies to scale-up and defy the valley of death. Mark is also a New Venture Mentor at CSIRO ON Program – Australia’s largest and only national accelerator, partnering with over 40 Australian leading institutes and foundations. Prior to founding Johari Ventures, Mark was the New Ventures Manager at CSIRO, where he was responsible for accelerating Australia’s research commercialisation and tech transfer by supporting high-potential science entrepreneurs in their commercialisation. Prior to joining CSIRO, Mark spent the past decade working at the intersection of investing and technology in APAC, investing and advising at Global Private Equity and Venture Capital at Queensland Investment Corporation and Credit Suisse. Mark feels privileged to work with world-class inventors building cutting-edge technologies which can truly change planet Earth. He is also an active member of Australia’s angel investment network.

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