28-29 May 2020

A brave community for Australia’s most progressive Executives and Leaders dedicated to building high energy, high performing cultures where individuals, teams and business will thrive.

What is the thriving Workplace?

It’s a radical new movement built on a very simple belief – that behind every thriving business is a group of thriving human beings.

If you want your team or organisation to grow and succeed, you’ll need high-energy individuals and a strong culture to connect them all! It may be a simple concept, but workplaces globally are struggling to reach their full potential. Only 13% of employees are typically engaged in their work and Australian businesses are losing $33 billion annually in lost productivity from absenteeism.

It’s every leader’s responsibility to help combat this trend. At The Thriving Workplace 2019 event, your peers will show you how. Whether you are an individual looking to increase your own vitality and performance at work, or an executive responsible for thousands of employees, we invite you to join us and make a positive influence in your own world and beyond!

This was by far the best event I have EVER gone to. I walked away inspired professionally and personally – plus I have never met so many amazing people in one place at one time! Thank you for your vision and I am blessed to have had the opportunity to be part of the event with you.

Sarah Ferraina

Marketing & Communications Manager – Beaumont People

I came away with an abundance of ideas on how I can impact my organisation in order to be well and thrive into the future. You have really started something and I encourage you to keep going with your mission. We all share the same desire to see our workplaces become places where people can be the best they can be!

Renee Peterson

General Manager – Operations, People & Culture – Care Connect

I cannot express my appreciation at your generosity and hospitality, but most importantly your humility and intelligence and capacity to inspire. What you have created in such a short period of time is phenomenal and we at SSI are GREAT fans!!! I was so very inspired and enjoyed every moment I was there – the accommodation the food the people and networks, the speakers WOW, the goodies, the vibe the environment the people the learnings and the reflections. Thank you so very very much. We will always be a part of The Serenity Collective!

Violet Roumeliotis

Chief Executive Officer – SSI

2019 Speakers

Katelin Holloway

VP, People and Culture – Reddit (USA)

“How a Culture of Belongingness Can Drive Business Results”

Karen Oldaker

Senior Executive, Wellbeing and Community – Medibank

“Looking Beyond Workplace Wellness – Making a Real Social Impact”

Craig Hudson

Managing Director – Xero NZ

“There is Always More to the Story! How One Leader’s Personal Journey is Transforming the Lives of Employees AND Customers at Xero”

Paul Gretton-Watson

Director Product Innovation – Converge International

“High Conflict People: Learning to Stop Them Before They Start!”

Elizabeth Shoesmith

CEO & Founder – The Inclusive Foundation

“Inclusive Love for an Inclusive World – Creating an Inclusive Organisation Where Diversity Thrives”

Andrew Eagling

Business Development Manager – Fitbit Corporate Health Solutions

“Empowering Your People to Thrive with the Help of Wellness Technology”

Sam Hatherly

Assistant Secretary, Financial Operations – Australian Department of Home Affairs

“How to Be a Leadership Maverick & Empower Your People to Thrive Whatever Your Role!”

Vanessa Morley

Director People and Culture – Nine

“How I Managed Myself, My Leadership Team & The Organisation through the Largest Merger in Australia’s Media History”

John Breda

Senior Detective – NSW Police

“Unwavering Leadership in Times of Crisis: What We Can All Learn from Detective John Breda”

Kirsty Robertson

CEO – Mary MacKillop Today

“Harnessing Unique Superpowers to Turbocharge Income & Outperform Your Competition”

Peter Tsakissiris

Digital Consulting Managing Partner – DXC

As a Leader How You Can Co-Create a New Age Experience for Your People”

Mary Digiglio

Managing Partner – Swaab

“Wellbeing Transformation from the Top: Two Contrasting Examples from the Legal Industry”

Melinda Upton

Global Co-Chair, Intellectual Property & Technology – DLA Piper Australia

“Wellbeing Transformation from the Top: Two Contrasting Examples from the Legal Industry”

Libby Sander

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour – Bond University

“How Nature & Augmented Reality Collide to Create an Environment Where People Can Truly Thrive”

Sam Makhoul

Founder, Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer – MSA National

“Is Wellness in the Workplace Doing More Harm than Good?”

Cassandra Goodman

Employee & Customer Experience Innovator

“Thriving at Work: Who Will You Choose to Be? Reflect, Explore & Distil”

Jamie Thomas

Founder – Wayapa Wuurrk

“Join me to experience Wayapa, an exercise providing a sense of belonging to the Earth while creating holistic wellbeing”

Greg Hawes

Owner – GH Meditation

“Join me for meditation sessions during the event that will enhance your clarity, energy and success”

Jen Cameron

Injury Prevention Manager – icare

“Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces – Insights and Tools for People Leaders”

Jade Alexander

Mental Health Leader – icare

“Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces – Insights and Tools for People Leaders”

Garry Wilkes

Emergency Medicine Specialist, Mediator & Expert Advisor to The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

“High Conflict People: Learning to Stop Them Before They Start!”

collective champions

This extraordinary group of business leaders offer us their wisdom and insight in creating sustainable and long-lasting transformation through The Thriving Workplace Movement

Alana Bennett

Alana Bennett

Head of Talent,
oOh! media

Allan Sparkes

Allan Sparkes

Deputy Mental Health Commissioner, NSW

Allison Rothmund

Allison Rothmund

Head of Customer Assist / Wellbeing, NAB

John McCrindle

John McCrindle

General Manager, Property & Network, Caltex

Violet Roumeliotis

Violet Roumeliotis

CEO, Settlement Services International

Nikki Beaumont

Nikki Beaumont

Beaumont People

Mikey Ellis

Mikey Ellis

Culture Strategist,
Pragmatic Thinking

Cassandra Goodman

Cassandra Goodman

Owner & Director, Leading With Zest

Adam Jadresic

Adam Jadresic

EHS Lead,

Karen Oldaker

Karen Oldaker

Senior Executive, Wellbeing & Community, Medibank

Vanessa Fudge

Vanessa Fudge

Founder, Leading Well

the manifesto

The Thriving Workplace Manifesto is a written representation of our community,  providing this important movement with purpose, knowledge and direction.

The Manifesto is the product of two years of consultation with our Voice of the Collective – a dedicated group of awesome leaders from almost 200 public and private organisations here in Australia.

Representitives from every level and corner of organisations have been involved – including Sales, Finance, Operations, HR and Marketing – because EVERYBODY, regardless of title or position, has a huge part to play in building thriving workplaces!

Download the Manifesto below to gain an unique insight into what your peers think about these important questions:

* What does a thriving leader, team or workplace look like? *

* What are the key ingredients to thrive? *

* What are the realities that we are facing that may be preventing us from thriving already? *


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!

Overnight accommodation is strictly limited, so to avoid disappointment please secure your room now!

Click here to book your accommodation at Q Station, Manly.

Alternative accommodation can be found a 5-minute drive away in Manly centre. We recommend:

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach

a unique event

A thriving event experience. Every aspect of the event is meticulously planned to help you thrive intellectually, emotionally and physically. Your program incorporates active learning, interaction, delicious food, time for movement and rejuvenation throughout the day and even space for quiet contemplative reflection in the relax and refocus zone! We offer you a simple experience that builds high-value, meaningful connection. .

The content is driven by you. You are beautifully unique and utterly brilliant! That’s why The Voice of the Collective gives you the platform to create your own thriving future. We run regular Meet-Ups, Surveys and Think Tanks where you can have your say in what’s important to you. What you ask for is directly translated into the event experience and agenda! You can learn more about our Voice of the Collective here

Be part of a thriving movement. The Thriving Workplace is much more than a one-off event, this is the beginning of something incredibly special: A movement where brave and bold leaders question the status quo in business, empowering individuals and organisations be the very best they can be. A movement that fights against the atrocious rates of disengagement, absenteeism and productivity we see in workplaces in Australia and beyond. Be part of something extraordinary and stand up for what you truly believe!

You have created something very special in the event and even more so in the community. I couldn’t count the number of conversations I had with folks who were so passionate, driven and connected around the movement you have started! I am truly honoured to play a small part in such an incredible event and gathering of wonderful humans.

Barry Murphy

Global Learning Lead - Airbnb

The last couple of days at the Thriving Workplace have been FANTASTIC – best ever wellbeing conference I’ve attended !!! Your dedication, passion, enthusiasm and ability to bring together this tribe is truly remarkable. I loved the venue, delicious nutritious food and beautiful views and walks – all in keeping with the essence of the theme!

Vicki Ashton

Chief Medical Officer – Monash University

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