Founded in 2016 by providing an avenue for aspiring talent to learn from industry leaders and the world's top business minds.
Everything we do is designed to connect individuals and business to the proven strategies and insights of those who have successfully navigated the path before them through lived experience. After engaging with over 200 of the World’s top CEO’s, Entrepreneurs and business leaders we have specifically designed Individual and Business Services to cover the most pressing issues and challenges identified.
Sarah Adam-Gedge - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
Sarah Adam-Gedge is an experienced leader in the digital and technology industry, as well as being a Non-executive Director.
Sarah is currently the Managing Director of Publicis Sapient Australia. Publicis.Sapient is the digital business transformation hub of Publicis Groupe, and helps clients drive growth and efficiency and evolve the ways they work, in a world where consumer behavior and technology are catalyzing social and commercial change at an unprecedented pace. With 19,000 people and over 100 offices around the globe, our expertise spanning technology, data sciences, consulting and creative enables us to deliver on complex transformation initiatives that accelerate our clients’ businesses through creating the products and services their customers expect. Sarah is also a Non-executive Director of Austal Ltd. Austal is 'The Australian Shipbuilder', defence prime contractor and maritime technology partner of choice; designing, constructing and supporting revolutionary defence and commercial vessels for the world's leading operators.
Sarah is also Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, and member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Previously Sarah was a non-executive Director of Ovarian Cancer Australia, and continues to support this important charity as a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Prior to Publicis.Sapient Sarah was Managing Director of Avanade, and has held executive roles at IBM, PwC, and Andersen across Australia/NZ, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East and Africa. She is a graduate of the AICD, Chartered Accountant, member of ACS and on the ACS Diversity Council.
Div Pillay - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
Div Pillay is the CEO & Co-Founder of MindTribes and social enterprise, Culturally Diverse Workforces (CDW). Both businesses focus on cultural inclusion delivering a business impact. MindTribes and CDW work with ANZ and global executive leaders, offshore staff, multicultural employees and customers to ensure that big brands extract the economic and business benefit of cultural diversity. They are concerned with the current & future customer and work and how this is optimised. Under Div’s leadership MindTribes has won several industry awards, the latest being recognised by Westpac as one of the 200 Businesses of Tomorrow, 2018. In addition, Div was named by the Australian Financial Review and Qantas as one of the 100 Women of Influence in the Diversity and Inclusion category, 2018. High socially minded, she is on the Board of STREAT focussing on youth homelessness and a Plan International Ambassador giving 10% of MindTribes revenue to empowering girls globally. Div is also National Chair of the America Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Rasha Abbas - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
Rasha Abbas is a business transformation senior executive with strong track record of delivering outcomes. Delivered enterprise wide transformations, led complex technology programs and managed large scale operations and budgets (~$1.4B strategic project portfolio over 4 years).
She is recognised for delivering outstanding results, transforming business operations, translating strategy into actions, executing complex projects and building high performing agile teams.
Innovative, values driven and high paced change leader. A connector that builds strong relationships based on trust. Lifelong learner that enjoys the pursuit of knowledge. Experienced across Financial Services, Technology, Contact Centre, Operations, Distribution, Frontline Leadership and Complex Regulatory Business.
Claudine Ogilvie - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
A board director and senior executive skilled in strategy, technology leadership, fast paced customer centric environments. Claudine has a demonstrated ability to build high performance teams and cultures, also leveraging her experience in the Australian Olympic Sailing Development Team.
Claudine has led innovation and transformations through technology leadership roles for the Jetstar Group of Airlines, Ridley Corporation. Strategy, consulting at KPMG, and strong career foundations in Sales, Marketing and Product Management.
Claudine was awarded Top CIO50 in Australia in 2016. She is a 2015 graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and boasts a wealth of international experience through Jetstar’s Branded Airlines (Singapore, Japan, Vietnam), Ridley’s Thai operations, work with KPMG in China and other international leadership roles. She has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia (B.Bus) and a Diploma of Business Management from the Ecole Supérieur de Commerce Reims, France (Dip.Mgnt).
Coach and mentor to talented young aspiring leaders from a variety of industries and a former Australian Sailing Development team member, experienced in high performance environments, leadership effectiveness.
Michelle Redfern - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
Michelle Redfern is a woman who like to #GetS*tDone for equality and inclusion.
Michelle is also an AFR 💯 Women of Influence, a Melbourne B3000 Female Entrepreneur of the Year, workplace gender equality consultant, advisor, researcher into #WomenInSport, Womens Leadership expert and Non-Executive Director. She loves what she does and is committed to helping businesses around the world create better workplaces for people of all genders, from all walks of life.
Michelle takes action and influence in 3 ways.
1. Advise: She advises Board and CEO's about how to take action to attract, engage and develop commercially viable, sustainable relationships with women. Whether they are athletes, employees, volunteers, corporate partners, suppliers, clients, members or supporters.
2. Facilitate: Michelle is an action oriented warrior for women’s advancement. She advises, facilitate & mentor women how to navigate a system that is not yet fixed.
3. Speak: She is not just a talking head. She takes action by designing and delivering really smashing events that engage the audience. She’d provided this service for AFL clubs, ASX listed & privately held companies, Universities & of course my own Professional Women’s Network that has more than 3600 female members and now, a co-host of A Career that Soars! an online community for ambitious women who want their best career and best life.
* Michelle is a co-founder of social enterprise, CDW (Culturally Diverse Women & Workforce)
* Michelle is a founder of Womens network “Women Who Get It”
* Michelle is a independent member of the Steering Committee for Wayfinder - Women in Supply Chain & Logistics initiative
Steven Worrall Managing Director - Microsoft Australia
As Managing Director, Steven Worrall is responsible for Microsoft’s overall business in Australia. He ensures the company meets the needs of its customers and the more than 11,000 partners and independent software vendors that sell or build on the Microsoft platform.
Steven joined Microsoft in March 2014 as Director, Enterprise and Partner Group, responsible for driving business growth and building strong customer and partner relationships in the Australian Commercial and Public Sector markets. In this role, Steven worked with organisations to drive innovation and business improvement through the application of technology in many areas, including productivity solutions, mobility and cloud services.
Previously Steven worked for IBM for 22 years and held a number of marketing, sales and general management roles in the services, software and financing segments of the organisation. Most recently, he led IBM’s software business in Asia Pacific region where he built organisational capability in diverse markets across the region and drove the business towards more cloud delivered services.
Steven holds an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.
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