11-13 NOVEMBER 2020

A call to arms for all brave and courageous leaders

What is the thriving Workplace?

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.

The ‘future of work’ we’ve all been talking about is here. Our people are demanding next level flexibility and at the same time craving a culture in which they feel like they belong and offers wellbeing by design. Externally, customers and society are demanding that organisations put ethics and social impact at the fore – creating a platform for greater wellbeing that extends far beyond the organisation.

But are we really ready?

A BIG shift needs to take place. And WE are the leaders that will have the courage to make it happen.

This year’s Thriving Workplace gathering in Sydney, 11-13 November, will empower radical transformation through courageous conversations, insightful ideas, all encapsulated in an environment that will energise and inspire. It will be more deep and profound than ever before.

Our research with business leaders across Australia uncovered 5 key areas for thriving in this next decade. These are the 5 pillars lead the discussion for November:

Intentional, Courageous Leadership

Next Level Flexible Working & Job Crafting

Inclusive Cultures of Belonging that Embrace the Whole Person

Individualised Wellbeing Woven into the Organisation’s Design

Ethical Business for Social Impact

2020 Speakers

Andrew Barnes

Founder of Perpetual Guardian & 4 Day Week – Global

“Our ‘4 day week’ trial two years on. Why the 5-day work week has proven globally to be outdated and no longer fit for purpose.”

Steve Milnes

Head of Change,
QBE Insurance

“As leaders we are so much more than our work! Finding common ground in our challenges allows us to form a network to fall back on when change comes our way.

Jac Peters

Head of Leadership & Engagement,
Coca Cola Amatil

“Be more human! Why engagement + wellbeing = stronger, healthier, happier people “

Ben Walhout

Engineering Group Manager,
General Motors

“The power of community inspired me with dreams of what a thriving workplace can be. How I acted on these dreams for true transformation in my team!”

Adam Jadresic

EHS Lead,

“Engaging with some people is like trying to smell the colour nine. How my experience with a toxic workplace ultimately shaped my career and my leadership style in ways I could never have imagined!”

Karen Oldaker

Senior Executive – Wellbeing & Community People & Culture,

“How leading edge domestic violence policies at Medibank are an important step in offering safe, respectful and supportive work environments”

Alana Bennett

Head of Employee Experience,
oOh! Media

“What I learned about daring greatly! Why taking a career break to focus on my family has empowered myself, my family and my team to thrive.”

Bronwyn Hudson

Fuel Your Family

“My lived experience supporting the love of my life, Craig Hudson – MD Xero, with mental ill health. Your own resilience and wellbeing is vitally important too!”

Dixie Crawford

Managing Director,
Source Nation

“Why identity, connection to country, kinship and spirituality, ground me, inspire me and push me as a leader – and they can for you too!”


Murray Elbourn

Disability Inclusion Manager,
Sport NSW

“Having been legally blind from birth, I have overcome many obstacles to achieve success through sport which in turn gave me the confidence to pursue and be successful in my corporate career. I always try to be Murray not Murray who is blind.”

Kim Breda

Sydney Compensation Specialists

“Some things in life you simply cannot prepare for. How my family and I coped with the violent stabbing of my husband Detective John Breda. And how two years on we’re thriving.”

Lachy Gray

Managing Director,

“The 4 day week didn’t work for us! But by collaborating as peers rather than leaders and followers, we’re unlocking potential in other ways and creating meaningful impact in the areas we collectively care about.”

Dr Liz Shoesmith

CEO & Founder,
The Inclusive Organisation Group

“Discover your reason for inclusion and how you can accomodate the needs of all to create an organisation where all people can truly thrive.”

Scott Shoesmith

The Inclusive Foundation

“I’m not here to just get people with a disability included – I’m here to smash the stereotype ‘out of the park’ so you realise you’re seriously missing out by not including us”

Kath Blackham

Founder & CEO,

“When people are granted the freedom to be flexible, they feel more empowered, engaged and stimulated at work. Freedom and trust contribute to pride in the organisation, and to a generally healthier business culture.”

Patty Kinnersly

Our Watch
“Addressing gender inequality is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing. How workplaces can promote and normalise gender equality and challenge sexism and discrimination.”

Greg Hawes

GH Meditation

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

Brigid Walsh

Business Leader & Advocate,
Health & Wellbeing

“Now more than ever we need time out for healing, nourishment, nature, movement and transformation – join me in a movement experience that will instantly centre and ground you leaving you energised, focused and ready for anything”

Mikey Ellis

Culture x Experience,
Good Empire

Collective Champion & 2020 MC

Vanessa Fudge

Leading Well

Collective Champion & 2020 MC

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, Cassandra Goodman Consulting
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!

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

I love this event. It has done more to develop my mindset and business than any other I have attended.”

Nikki Beaumont

Founder & CEO – 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

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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