30 MAR-1 APR 2022


in person event 30 MAR – 1 APR 2022

Come and join this brave community of Australia’s most progressive Executives and Leaders dedicated to building high energy, high performing cultures where individuals, teams and business truly thrive.

We are on the precipice of great change.

The pandemic has torn up the rule book on how we work. Now, we have a choice. To go back to the old, or to co-create a NEW world of work that  – one that works BETTER – for people, and for organisations.

Never before, have conscious business leaders like YOU had this unique opportunity. Right now, what you are craving is Strength. Inspiration. Community. Togetherness.

Let us inspire you – intellectually, emotionally and physically – with this unique face to face adventure . This experience is guaranteed to lift you, your team and your organisation to greatness


Melanie Evans

ING Australia

About Melanie

In addition to being the CEO of ING Australia, Melanie also chairs the ING Diversity & Inclusion committee. As Australia’s first digital bank, ING prides itself on being modern and progressive inside and out.

Richard Tew

Country President
- Novartis Pharmaceuticals

About Richard

With more than 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Richard is an ambitious leader and a strong advocate on the importance of work and family balance and the need for supportive parental and flexible workplace policies.

Susan Moylan-Coombs

Founder - The Gaimaragal Group

About Susan

Daniel Flynn

Co-Founder & Managing Director,
- Thankyou

About Daniel

Daniel co-founded Thankyou at the age of 19, and today 12 years later, Thankyou’s products are stocked by major retailers in Australia, with every product contributing to helping end global poverty. To date, Thankyou has raised over $17 million to impact the lives of people across 31 countries.

Gillian Coutts

Country Director
- Potential Project

About Gill

Gill is the Country Director of the Potential Project and a globally-renowned Author on Mindfulness, People Centric Cultures and Truly Human Leadership. She also serves on a number of on-executive company directorships.

Dr Kim Hamrosi

Executive Director - Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia

About Kim

With vast experience in both the healthcare and corporate spheres, Kim is currently advocating for the role that corporate Australia can play in supporting the mental wellbeing of all Australians via her position as Executive Director for the Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia.

Paul Amiradaki

Director -
360 Strength + Performance

About Paul

Having battled chronic health conditions since he was 2 years old, Paul is an unbreakable survivor, and the embodiment of the power of perseverance. Today, Paul is an Olympic lifter and Director at 360 Strength and Performance.

Gina McNamara

Regional CFO, Asia Pacific & Japan - SAP Asia Pacific

About Gina

A Chartered Accountant by trade, Gina is currently Regional CFO of SAP, one of the oldest and largest software companies in the world. She is passionate about making a genuine difference in SAP and the community at large, and is a big proponent of people, purpose and diversity.

Richard Keep

Director Assurance
- EY

About Richard

Richard is currently a Director at EY, and having experienced his own family’s anguish of early pregnancy loss, he spent two years lobbying for policy change to acknowledge and support women going through this at EY . Richard is also a Board Member of the Pink Elephants Support Network.

Karen Oldaker

Senior Exec Wellbeing & Community
- Medibank

About Karen

As a senior executive in a health organisation, Karen creates and drives an exceptional Employee and Customer Experience through the lens of her Purpose - Health & Wellbeing.

Vanessa Fudge

- Leading Well

About Vanessa

Vanessa is Founder of Leading Well, helping leaders thrive through complexity by building healthy and high performing people systems.

Greg Hawes

- GH Meditation

About Greg

Greg is our “Miracle Man” - Mentor, Mindfulness, Meditation and Emotional Intelligence Facilitator.

Louise Kelly

- Louise Kelly

About Louise

Lou is Founder of a Multi Faceted Yoga and Wellness Business and a former corporate marketing executive.

Leigh Dunlop

Chief People Officer
- Future Super

About Leigh

All for the people, Leigh has played a big part in the team developing the ‘Bloody Good Policy’ at Future Super which encourages workers to break down the stigma around menstruation and menopause, and provides paid leave for these female experiences.

Tegan Davies

General Manager
The Oranges Toolkit

About Tegan

Tegan is an experienced designer and facilitator of seriously refreshing wellbeing, leadership, and coaching programs. Driven by the power of positive psychology and scientific research, Tegan’s top strengths include gratitude, teamwork and kindness.

Pat Grier

Former CEO
- Ramsay Health Care

About Pat

Pat brought ‘Care’ to business long before care became cool! As CEO of Ramsay Health Care, Pat introduced ‘The Ramsay Way’ which is still embraced to this day and is the key to the success of this global Health Care giant - recognising its people as the most important asset.

Glenn Risely

Executive Director,
- HeadUp Labs

About Glenn

Prior to founding HeadUp Labs, Glenn founded and led the Global Corporate Challenge which changed the lives of over 2,000,000 employees, across 185 countries and 4,700 organisations, before being acquired by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.

Melissa Marsden

Director & Founder

About Melissa

Inspired by cultural transformation, organizational psychology and neuroscience, Melissa is in a constant pursuit to deliver environments that are consciously working to support the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of their occupants.

Melinda Upton

Former Partner
- DLA Piper

About Melinda

Until recently, Melinda was a Partner at global law firm DLA Piper, leading a team of 500 people over 25 countries. Having championed health and wellbeing throughout the organisation, she is now Chair of the Minds Count Foundation and Board Member of CMHAA.

Emma Walsh

- Family Friendly Workplaces

About Emma

Now regarded as one of Australia's leading experts in the area of return to work and parental leave transition, Emma dedicates her time to running coaching and training programs of organisations and individuals to help working parents thrive.

Anne Das Gupta

Head of Culture & Performance
- Sydney Water

About Anne

Mel von Hartitzsch

People Geek
- Culture Amp

About Mel

Catherine Frogley

Group Manager, Talent and Learning
- Sanitarium

About Catherine

Karen Maher

Senior Manager, Talent & Organisational Development
- Mirvac

About Karen

Graeme Cowan

Non Executive Director
- R U OK?

About Graeme

Having survived his own challenges with mental ill health, Graeme co-founded R U OK? Day over a decade ago. He is now a globally-acclaimed speaker, author and influencer on resilience in the workplace.

Dr Nick Taylor

Founder and CEO -
Unmind (UK)

About Nick

Whilst working as a Clinical Psychologist in a leadership role for the NHS, Nick became interested in corporate wellness. Determined to implement a strategy that would enable the NHS to best support its workers, Nick realised that there was a clear gap in the market for a platform that would provide all organisations with the tools to do this.

Mark Fazio


About Mark

After a career in the tech industry, Mark is now driving his own award-winning telco business with family and friends. His motto is ‘People don't always remember what you did, but they never forget how you made them feel!

Simon Brown-Greaves

Director & Org Psychologist
- FBG Group

About Simon

Mikey Ellis

Head of People and Culture
- Riparide

About Mikey

Audrey McGibbon

Founder & Principal
- EEK Business Psychology

About Audrey

Audrey wishes she knew at 30 what she now knows at 50+. The link between success, strong and sustained performance, sense of fulfilment, life satisfaction and happiness seems so obvious now – wellbeing – but it’s taken a lifetime of experiences and 30+ years as a business psychologist to fathom.

Connect with Audrey on LinkedIn

Tony Lehner

- intelliHR

About Tony

Tony’s a strategic HR generalist whose strengths centre around building business partnerships, sustaining employee well-being and engagement, and driving culture change in global workforces.

Mark Blackman


About Mark

Mark is the Founder of FLOE – an innovative connected fitness service with a mission to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of people through exercise and human connection. Prior to that, Mark was previously the Founder and Managing Director of the Virgin Active health club chain in Australia and South-East Asia.

Laura Durkan

HR Director
- Foxtel

About Laura

Laura is an energetic Executive who understands the importance of placing people at the heart of business success. She has a track record of cultivating high performance cultures that are the frontier of an organisation’s competitive advantage.

“It was — to say the least — a transformative experience…I honestly can’t think of a better landing place than with you all and the beautiful community you’ve created. I was humbled and supported and learned loads. What a phenomenal group of souls.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”


“The community you have built is pretty amazing. It’s given me more motivation to keep connecting with spectacular people like you! Congratulations again on a wicked event”




08.30 – Arrive & Relax

09.00 – Serenity Welcome

09.10 – Acknowledgement of Country & Traditional Ochre Ceremony

With Susan Moylan-Coombs – Founder, The Gaimaragal Group.

09.30 – Start With WHY: Embedding Purpose to Energise, Unite & Inspire

Senior business leaders share their experiences in embedding purpose into their organisation’s DNA. We’ll explore different ways to introduce purpose to business, the impact its made in their organsiations, and how to get started on your own journey to greater purpose.


Daniel Flynn – Managing Director & Co-Founder, Thankyou

Anne Das Gupta – Head of Culture & Performance, Sydney Water

Karen Oldaker – Senior Exec Wellbeing & Community, Medibank

In conversation with:

Mikey Ellis – Head of People & Culture, Riparide


Using the power of positive emotions, Tegan will guide us to make meaningful connections with others. With the backing of neuroscience and positive psychology, be ready to flow into morning tea with new connections and uplifting conversations that will set the scene for the remainder of your experience here with us.

Led by: Tegan Davies – General Manager – The Oranges Toolkit


11.00 – Break The Belief: “Care and Emotions are ‘Girly’ and Have No Place in Business!

Our male Senior Executives share their personal experiences and views on how injecting ‘care’ into their leadership style and organisational culture leads to higher performing teams. Come ready with your own questions and wisdom to be part of the discussion!


Pat Grier (AM) – Former CEO, Ramsay Health Care   

Mark Fazio – Co-Chief Executive Officer, Mate Internet + Mobile

In conversation with:

Graeme Cowan – Non-Executive Director, RUOK?

11.45 – Interactive Interview : what is top of mind for people leaders in 2022?

As organisations continue to shift their workforce and employee experience strategies, many HR and people leaders are unsure about what the future holds, and what the workplace will look like in the times ahead. During this session, we will discuss three core pillars that underpin the new world of work, and how they can be utilised to set your team up for success in 2022 and beyond: The power of employee wellbeing, belonging, and psychological safety; Retaining top talent and reducing turnover; and Rethinking the employee experience for a hybrid workforce. 


Catherine Frogley – Group Manager Talent & Learning – Sanitarium

Karen Maher – Senior Manager, Talent & Org Development – Mirvac

In conversation with:
Mel von Hartitzsch – People Geek – Culture Amp



13.30 – workplace design: creating a positive impact on performance & behaviour

Led By Mel Marsden – Workplace Dynamics Strategist, COMUNiTI

13.45 – Break The Belief: “We Have EAP, Mental Health Box Ticked!”

Our Senior Leaders and experts share their personal experiences and wisdom on the benefits of creating mentally healthy cultures that go beyond the tick box approach. Come ready with your own questions and wisdom to be part of the discussion!


Adam Barringer – Partner of Risk, Deloitte
Kim Hamrosi – Executive Director, Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia (CMHAA)

In Conversation With:
Melinda Upton – Former Partner, DLA Piper

14.30 – Psychosocial Risk in Your Workplace: How To Strategically Address and Manage Risks to Mental Ill Health, Wellbeing and Performance

Presented by Simon Brown-Greaves, Director and Organisational Psychologist, FBG Group

15.00 – Afternoon Tea

15.30 – Co-Creation Workshop: Mind Your Mind – Are Your Internal Thoughts Holding You Back As A Leader?

Explore ways to turn down the volume on your inner critic and create the conditions to thrive through challenging times. In this session, you’ll discover practical tools that you can apply when the heat is on.

Led by: Gillian Coutts – Country Manager, Potential Project

16.00 – Inspirational Keynote: Power and Perseverence

Since the age of two, Paul Amiradaki has battled to stay alive. Since then, Paul has done much more than merely survive. He created a life for himself where he truly thrives – and injects his passion, strength and perseverance to others! Step into Paul’s incredible journey and leave this session with inspiration and tools to stay confident and hopeful, whatever happens to you and around you.

A conversation with: Paul Amiradaki – Director, 360 Strength and Performance




Thanks to Benestar


07.00 – Ice Bath Rejuvenation (Optional)

09.00 – Fox Flex: Bringing a New Way of Working to Life at foxtel

Discover how Foxtel is navigating the new Hybrid World of Work – what it means for their people, processes and technology

Laura Durkan – Director, People & Culture, Foxtel

09.30 – Driving Cultural Change Around Mental Health: The Whole Person, Whole Organisation Approach

Dr. Nick Taylor has spent his whole career working in mental health. As a lead clinical psychologist in the NHS in 2015, he faced the challenges of managing absenteeism, presenteeism, and turnover among highly pressured frontline staff. During this time he realised the true importance of giving people the right care at the right time and how prevention is always better than a cure. In this session, Dr Nick will bring his latest research and an international perspective on driving cultural change around mental health within organisations.

Dr Nick Taylor – CEO, Unmind (UK)

10.00 – Mini Stretch


It’s time to tackle the REAL people issues facing corporate Australia right now. How do we hang on to our top talent and ensure they feel connected, valued and inspired to stay?

With Tony Lehner – CPO – intelliHR (shilo.people)

10.40 – Connection and referesh break

11.15 – Break The Belief: “Keep Your Womens’ Issues To Yourself, Please!”

There’s a movement starting to break the stigma on how female health – e.g. PMD, fertility, miscarriage and menopause – affects women’s ability to perform in the workplace. Some companies are instituting paid leave for those experiencing these life events. Whilst others believe these policies may reinforce gender stereotypes that women are the ‘weaker’ sex. What do you think? Come ready with your own questions and wisdom to be part of the debate


Richard Keep – Director of Assurance, EY

Leigh Dunlop – Chief Operating Officer, Future Super   

Thea O’Connor – Wellbeing & Productivity Advisor

In conversation with:       

Audrey McGibbon – Founder – EEK & SENSE

12.00 – Keynote Inspiration: From Traditional to Transformational – A Personal Story of People Leadership at SAP
She’s responsible for the company’s purse strings, but Gina McNamara’s purpose as CFO at SAP – a software company with 100,000+ people globally – is far more than that. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and sustainability, Gina has witnessed – and herself empowered – a huge shift in the way SAP takes care of its people.. Hear how Gina has thrived in a male-dominated industry to make SAP a better place to work – and the world a better place to live.

Gina McNamara – Regional Chief Financial Officer, SAP

12.30 – Lunch in the fresh air


13.30 – Breaking the Belief: “Your Family Isn’t Our Business!”

Senior Executives share their beliefs on why employees’ personal and professional lives cannot be separated and discuss how to proactively reduce the tension that exists between work and family. They will also give practical tips for leaders to take a proactive role in creating a culture that enables their people to be their best as a parent or carer, as well as an employee.


Melanie Evans – CEO, ING   

Richard Tew – Country Manager, Novartis

In Conversation With:

Emma Walsh – Founder, Family Friendly Workplaces

14.15 – A biopsychosocial approach to wellbeing

We are at a tipping point, where the old reductionist, reactive approach to health and wellbeing has to change. Lets examine high performance and resilience through the lens of the 5 pillars of Mind, Body, Movement, Nutrition and Recovery. Combining research from the fields of physiology, technology, psychology, data science and nutrition to provide insights into how this integrated, holistic approach can transform employees’ physical and mental health.

Presented by Glenn Riseley – Executive Director – HeadUp Labs 

14.45 – Afternoon Tea and Tai Chi


To succeed in a rapidly changing world and workforce, the next gen will need more than good grades. They’ll need a sense of purpose, and the human capability skills that enable them to uncover and deliver their unique potential. In this session, you’ll discover how you can become a meaningful contributor to the creation of a future-ready workforce, driven by impact.

Mariane Power – Psychologist & Co-Founder, The Posify Group

15.30 – Co-Creation Workshop: So, What Next?

Courageous leaders need audacious plans. Distill your musings into a concrete plan of action for 2022 and make change happen.

Led by: Vanessa Fudge – Founder, Leading Well

16.00 – Final Energiser + Cheerio for Now!

Pre-Event Workshop
Wednesday 30 March, 1-4pm

Your Blueprint to the Future: Reimagining Workplaces to Inspire Human Potential

About Your Blueprint Guide.

Melissa Marsden is a Workplace Dynamics Strategist. She has worked with corporates and professional services firms to create physical environments that drive high performance teams.

Mel believes that our environments have the opportunity to positively influence our behaviour and performance at work.

Through the Workplace Dynamics Blueprint model, Mel supports organisations to shift employee and business mindsets from slow, stagnant operations to agile and flexible environments, enabling them to swiftly adopt new business opportunities and streams, whilst establishing a premium level employee experience.
Workplace environments need a new vision for the future and they need it fast! In this workshop session, Mel will provide you with some of the tools you need to position you as an employer of choice, beginning your journey of building your own internal capacity for delivering a high-performance workplace your people will love.

One-on-one coaching

Be the Change YOU Want to See in Your Organisation!

map out your unique pathway to making the BIGGEST IMPACT – for yourself as a leader, and for your organisation.


Included in your ticket price is a  60 minute, 1-on-1 coaching session with one of our exceptional Leadership Coaches.

Within this session, you can map out your unique pathway to making the BIGGEST IMPACT – for yourself as a leader, and for your organisation. You’ll gain clarity, accountability, energy and optimism to make the changes that are uniquely yours for the taking.

In lockdown times, we had the opportunity to test out this approach in our virtual programs, and it was nothing short of LIFE CHANGING for our participants.

Aligning Culture to Vision, Purpose and Strategy

The Leading Well team of coaches and mentors work with individuals, teams and organisations to strengthen leadership and raise vitality. They decipher complexity and ambiguity by taking a whole system view. They go beyond behaviour into mindset to increase flow and resolve blockages.

In this 60-minute one-on-one session, your coach from Leading Well will support you to reflect on what you are learning, joining the dots to instigate real and lasting change for yourself, your team, and your organisation as a whole! Focus areas include:

A whole system view – we consider not just the person but the entire human and organisational system in which they operate

A focus on mindset, not just skillset – the best way to lift performance is not to focus on performance itself but what’s driving it

Attention to vitality – research shows that sustainable high performance requires a foundation of high wellbeing

Imagine yourself spending two incredible days here…

Hidden away in 30-hectares of native Australian bushland lies a unique setting for your discovery and transformation journey!

With its own secluded beach, stunning views over the harbour, ocean breeze and natural light streaming in through the windows…we think we’ve found the ultimate space for this year’s Thriving Workplace event.

Whilst you’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in reality you’re just a short ferry ride away from the CBD. Plus, it’s one of the only places in Sydney where you’ll find free parking!

We invite you to join us for a truly unique experience that will:

Absorb the wisdom of the global experts and experience of the community to co-create a new future together
Empower meaningful connection and long-lasting relationships with incredible humans just like YOU
Break down commonly held beliefs rife in our society that are hindering progress in our workplaces
Allow you to be fully present in a stunning physical environment away from any distraction and busy-ness
Immerse you into a 360-degree wellbeing experience – move, think, conspire, laugh and celebrate together

with immense gratitude to our partners

thought leader partners

collective partners

supporting partners

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