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A CALL TO ARMS FOR BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS LEADERS

in person event JUNE 2024

 

Q Station,  Sydney

As Leaders in 2024, the pressure is on us to do more and to be more.

We are expected to have the courage to take risks and embrace change, and at the same time, keep our people safe and lead with empathy. We need to be bold, adaptable and inclusive to navigate the complex and rapidly evolving business – and societal – landscape.

This requires a delicate balance of head and heart.

Join us at this year’s Thriving Workplace where we’ll explore integrating the head and the heart for a new, holistic approach to leadership.  One where leaders make rational decisions whilst also considering the emotions, needs and values of their team members. This balanced leadership style fosters trust, engagement and ethical decision making, ensuring your people are inspired, empowered and ready to thrive.

2024 STORYTELLERS

Avani Solanki Prabhakar
SVP – Global Head of Talent + HR
– Atlassian
Kevin Figueiredo
Chief People & Safety Officer
– Super Retail Group
Genevieve Hawkins
Managing Director
– Mentally at Work
PEGGY RENDERS
Chief Customer Officer
– Telstra
Allan Sparkes
Corporate Wellness Facilitator
– Allan J Sparkes & Associates
Greg parfitt
CEO
– Orange Hire
Caitilin Studdert
Chief Operating Officer
– Formerly ADAPTOVATE
Gillian Coutts

Co-National Director
– Potential Project

cathy adams

National Manager, Learning & Org Development – The Smith Family

Bruce Hopkins (Hoppo)
Head Lifesaver &
Bondi Rescue Star
Cassandra Goodman
Chief Talent Activator
– Think Talent
Karen Oldaker
Senior Executive Wellbeing & Shared Value
– Medibank
Darren Cook
Engineering Manager
– CASG Defence / RAAF
Keith Wooton
Founder and Director
– AV1
Todd Hopwood
Manager Customer & Business Integrity
– Wollongong City Council
Adam Jadresic

Head of Safety, Health & Environment ANZ
– Unilever

Ben Kusto
Executive Manager
– Waverley Council & Ex-Rugby League Star
Desleigh White
Founder & Coach
– People Matter Coaching & HR
TERESA LILLY

Head of People & Culture
– Harrison.ai

Bella Stevens

GenZ
– Halo Effect

Oscar Barrett
People Operations Advisor
– Entain Group
Barry Thomas
Formerly Assistant Secretary
– Commonwealth Treasury
Gretchen Masters
Head of Workforce Health
– Recovre
Meg Hooper
Director & Principal Consulting Psychologist
– Carousel Consulting
Mariane Power

CEO
– The Posify Group

Penny Spencer

CEO
– Spencer Group

WILL WHEELER
Neurodiversity Consultant
– Untapped Talent

THRIVING WORKPLACE THOUGHT LEADERS

Darren Black
CEO
– SuperFriend
Dr Natalie Flatt
Chief Innovation Leader
– SuperFriend
Associate Professor Ross Isles

Chief Research Officer
– SuperFriend

Melissa Marsden
Director & Founder
– COMUNiTI
WILL BURKITT
Founder & Executive Leader
– Care and Living With Mercer
Ryan McGrory
Founder
– exsona
Georgie Drury
Georgie Drury

Founder
– Metluma

Tracy Redwood
Founder
– HRXCELERATE

THRIVING EXPERTS

Kay CLancy
Chief People Officer
– WISE Employment
Mikey Ellis
Head of Culture & Training
– Positive HR
Sasha Milinkovic
Co Founder
– Connect Psych Services
Sophie Renton
Managing Director
– McCrindle Research
Dr Jenny Brockis
Workplace Wellbeing Expert & Former GP
– Brain Fit
Gill McLaren
Founder & CEO
– Syntegrate Consulting
Jenny Steadman
Co-National Director
– The Potential Project
Vanessa Fudge

CEO & Founder
– Leading Well

MEREDITH WILSON
Cultural Strategist
– The People Game
Helen Lyons
Head of People & Culture
– Inner West Council
Natalie Phillips-Mason
Founder
– Inclusive Change

INTROSPECTION & REFLECTION PARTNERS

Greg Hawes
Miracle Man
– GH Meditation
Justine Henderson
Art Therapist
– Creative You
REBECCA DUNN
Wayapa Practitioner
– Wayapa Wuurrk
Joel Pilgrim

CEO
– Waves of Wellness Foundation

Elise Griffin

Corporate Breathwork & Cold Water Immersion Facilitator
– Soul Breath

OUR TEAM

Sophie Hart

Co-Founder & Director

Claire Jones
Co-Founder & Director
Tiffany Turner
Event Director
Victoria Judge

Design & Digital

Tim Lynden

Audio Visual

Brogan McCrystal

Photographer & Videographer

JOURNEY

Day 1 – THURS 20 JUNE

08.15 - Arrive & Settle In

08.45 - Serenity Welcome

Claire Jones
Co-Founder & Director
The Serenity Collective
Sophie Hart
Co-Founder & Director
The Serenity Collective

09.00 - ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Connecting With Ourselves, Eachother & The Land We Are On

Rebecca Dunn
Wayapa Practitioner
Wayapa Wuurk

09.15 - Meet Your MCs

Kay Clancy
Chief People Officer
Wise Employment

Mikey Ellis
Head of Culture & Training
Positive HR

09.30 - Opening Keynote

Trusted Perspectives on the Now of Work

Meredith Wilson – Holding the Space
Founder & CEO
The People Game

Avani Prabhakar
SVP – Global Head Talent + HR
Atlassian

Gen Hawkins
Managing Director
Mentally at Work

Kevin Figuierado
Chief People & Safety Officer
Super Retail Group

10.15 - Stretch, Connect & Refuel

Personify Health Kickoff

Huss Hamka
Regional Director
Personify Health

11.00 - Thought Leadership Explored

The 5 Domains of a Thriving Workplace & Live Survey

Darren Black – Holding the Space
Chief Executive Officer
SuperFriend

Professor Ross Iles
Chief Research Officer
SuperFriend

Dr Natalie Flatt
Chief Mental Health Advisor
SuperFriend

11.30 - Thought Leadership Explored

Mel Marsden – Holding the Space
Founder & CEO
COMUNiTI

Dr Meg Hooper
Director & Principal Consulting Psychologist
Carousel Consulting

12.00 - Lunch - Connect & Refuel

13.00 - Crucial Conversations

Taming the Burnout Beast

Dr Jenny Brockis – Holding the Space
Founder & Director
BrainFit

Dr Natalie Flatt
Chief Mental Health Advisor
SuperFriend

Barry Thomas
Assistant Secretary
Commonwealth Treasury (formerly)

Karen Oldaker
Senior Executive Wellbeing & Shared Value
Medibank

13.30 - Thought Leadership Explored

Will Burkitt – Holding the Space
Executive Leader/Partner
Care & Living with Mercer

Gretchen Masters
Head of Workforce Health
Recovre
Jason McGovern
Health & Wellbeing Program Manager
Lendlease

14.00 - Crucial Conversations

A Balancing Act – The Dichotomy of the Modern Leader

Vanessa Fudge – Holding the Space
CEO & Founder
Leading Well

Darren Black
Chief Executive Officer
SuperFriend
Darren Cook
Manager Engineering/Principal Technician
CASG Defence/RAAF
Peggy Renders
Chief Customer Officer
Telstra

14.30 - Stretch, Connect & Refuel

15.15 - YOU Time - Introspection, Connection & Self Reflection

Justine Henderson
Art Therapist
Creative You
Elise Griffin
Corporate Breathwork & Cold Water Immersion Facilitator
Soul Breath

Greg Hawes
Miracle Man
GH Meditation

Rebecca Dunn
Wayapa Practitioner
Wayapa Wuurrk

16.30 - Life Now – Inside Out Leadership

Jenny Steadman – Holding the Space
Co-National Country Director
The Potential Project

Gillian Coutts
Co-National Country Director
The Potential Project

17.00 - Community Celebration

Kindly supported by Personify Health
Musicians – Molly & Me

Day 2 – FRI 21 JUNE

06.30 - Embrace the Day – Special Shelly Beach Sunrise Experience

Joel Pilgrim
CEO
Waves of Wellness Foundation

08.45 - Reflections from Day 1 & Intentions for Day 2

Sophie Hart
Co-Founder & Director
The Serenity Collective
Claire Jones
Co-Founder & Director
The Serenity Collective

09.00 - The Head Heart CEO

Helen Lyons – Holding the Space
Head of People & Culture
Inner West Council
Greg Parfitt
Chief Executive Officer
Orange Hire
Caitilin Studdert
Chief Operating Officer
ADAPTOVATE (formerly)
Darren Black
Chief Executive Officer
SuperFriend
Penny Spencer
Chief Executive Officer
Spencer Group

09.30 - Crucial Conversations

Thriving – A Generational Perspective

Sophie Renton (Holding the Space)
Managing Director
McCrindle
Bella Stevens
(GenZ) Founder & Holistic Health Coach
The Halo Effect
Oscar Barrett
(GenZ) People Operations Advisor
Entain
Teresa Lilly
(GenY) Head of People & Culture
Harrison AI (formerly)
Keith Wooton
(GenX) CEO
AV1
Samantha Dzabic
(Baby Boomer) Executive Consultant
Pinpoint Talent
Ted Beecher
The Builders

10.15 - Stretch, Connect & Refuel

10.45 - Crucial Conversations

From Manning up to Opening Up

Mikey Ellis – Holding the Space
Head of Culture & Training
Positive HR

Adam Jadresic
Head of Safety, Health & Environment ANZ
Unilever
Todd Hopwood
Senior Manager Customer & Business Integrity
Wollongong City Council
Allan Sparkes
Corporate Wellbeing Facilitator

11.15 - Thought Leadership Explored

Been There, Done That – The Missing Pieces

Ryan McGory
Founder
exsona
Tracy Redwood
Founder
HRXCELERATE
Georgie Drury
Georgie Drury
Founder
Metluma

11.45 - Crucial Conversations

The Experiences That Shape Us

Kay Clancy – Holding the Space
Chief People Officer
Wise Employment

Desleigh White
Founder
People Matter
Cathy Adams
National Head People & Culture
The Smith Family
Gen Hawkins
Managing Director
Mentally at Work

12.15 - Lunch - Connect & Refuel

13.15 - Crucial Conversations

It’s Time to Talk – How to support our neurodivergent workforce to thrive

Natalie Phillips – Holding the Space
Founder & Lead Consultant
Inclusive Change

Barry Thomas
Assistant Secretary
Commonwealth Treasury (formerly)

Mariane Power

13.45 - Crucial Conversations

Are We There Yet?! The Integration of Work and Life Design
Gill McLaren – Holding the Space
Founder & CEO
Syntegrate
Professor Ross Iles
Chief Research Officer
SuperFriend
Cassandra Goodman
Chief Talent Activator
Think Talent

14.15 - Thought Leadership Explored

14.45 - Stretch, Connect & Refuel

15.15 - Closing Keynote

Operational Readiness & Endurance – From the Beach to the Boardroom, Unique Lessons from our Friends at Bondi Rescue
Allan Sparkes – Holding the Space
Workplace Wellness Facilitator

Bruce Hopkins
Head Life Guard
Bondi Rescue

Ben Kusto
Executive Manager/Ex Rugby League Star

15.45 - Reflections, Actions & Accountability

Kay Clancy
Chief People Officer
Wise Employment
Mikey Ellis
Founder
Conscious Culture Collective

16.00 - With Love & Thanks + Farewell For Now

Claire Jones
Co-Founder & Director
The Serenity Collective
Sophie Hart
Co-Founder & Director
The Serenity Collective

16.15 - Close

2024 PARTNERS

with immense gratitude to our 2024 partners

2024 Research & Collaboration Partner

Thought Leader Partners

Education

Connection & Celebration

Refuel & Recharge Partner

Thriving Experts

Community Custodians

Supporting Partners

“Claire and Sophie there are no words to justify just how much I needed and loved spending time with incredible, intelligent and funny humans ‘face to face’ !! Book me in for next years #Thrivingworkplace which is like no other work conference, gathering, networking, seminar on earth !! You both absolutely nailed it… AGAIN !!”

KAREN OLDAKER

senior executive – medibank
“There is something extraordinary about the joy of connection and possibility that comes when a group of humans get together with a common sense of purpose and strength for action. Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed – food for the leadership soul I reckon. Blessings to you Claire and Sophie for your gifts and impact in creating this gathering. May its seeds continue to germinate and inspire for many years to come.”

GILLIAN COUTTS

COUNTRY DIRECTOR – THE POTENTIAL PROJECT
“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!”

KATELIN HOLLOWAY

VP PEOPLE & CULTURE – REDDIT
“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”

CRAIG HUDSON

MANAGING DIRECTOR – XERO AOTEAROA

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!

The Thriving Workplace and SuperFriend Join Forces!

SuperFriend conducts Australia’s largest annual industry wide workplace mental health survey, The Indicators of a Thriving Workplace. The indicators of this survey are presented across five Domains for building a thriving workplace – Work Design, Capability, Safety, Connectedness, Leadership and Psychosocial Hazards.

The synergies in name, passion and purpose are undeniable, and so for 2024, we are delighted to be collaborating with SuperFriend in a true marriage of the ‘heart and the head’. Together, we will deliver you a careful balance of content based on data and latest research, alongside storytelling and real-life experience.

Find out more about SuperFriend’s Indicators of a Thriving Workplace here

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

The Thriving Workplace community is immensely passionate about WELLBEING AND SUSTAINABILITY

In collaboration with B1G1, for every ticket that is purchased for the June event, we will plant 1 tree.

Trees clean the air we breathe and serve as an important carbon sink for our emissions. A fully grown tree can absorb up to 21kg of carbon dioxide per year. Your support through this project plants tree saplings throughout the world which will eventually become fully-grown at a success rate of up to 85%, and also provide income for the local community.

Thank you for your support in making the world a bit greener.

Claire & Sophie x

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