A call to arms for all brave and courageous leaders
Surviving to Thriving – A Journey of Transformation
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.

8 Week Virtual Experience – Nov 2020 to Feb 2021
In Person Event – March 2021

We are sitting on the precipice of great change.

The crisis of 2020 has created fundamental shifts – both in ourselves as leaders, and for our people – that are transforming the way we work forever. Now we have an opportunity to create a new future. A future where our people and organisations can truly thrive!

But business leaders like you are telling us they are weary. Overworked and overwhelmed. Fatigued and disillusioned.

What you are craving is Strength. Inspiration. Community. Togetherness.

Let us nurture you – intellectually, emotionally and physically. We invite you to take part in a new transformation journey where you have the power to create your own experience. An experience that will lift you, your team and your organisation to greatness in 2021 and beyond!

Your Journey of Transformation Starts on November 16!

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Your Storytellers

Steven Worrall

Managing Director
Microsoft Australia

Chloe Sesta Jacobs

Head of People & Culture
Deputy

Peggy Renders

Senior VP, Digital Transformation Office APJ
SAP

Andi Csontos

Partner, Climate Change & Sustainability Services
EY

Chin Yin Ong

Head of People
Grab

Kath Blackham

Founder & CEO
Versa

Lachy Gray

Managing Director
Yarno

Eglantine Etiemble

EGM IT and Digital
DuluxGroup

Genevieve Hawkins

General Manager, Insurance
Coles

Steve Milnes

Head of Change Management
QBE

Cassie Goodman

Facilitator
Thrive Global

Sarah Merrick

Business Manager, Technology
SBS

Dr Greg de Moore

Associate Professor Psychiatry, Westmead Hospital
Westmead Hospital

Peter Zorn

Global Talent & Transformation
IBM

Dan Price

Founder & CEO
Gravity Payments

Gillian Coutts

Country Director
Potential Project

Jac Peters

Head of Leadership and Engagement
Coca Cola Amatil

Andrea Muras

Organisation Development Manager
NSW Dept of Customer Service

Matt Loop

Head of Asia Pacific
Slack

Claude Silver

Chief Heart Officer
VaynerMedia

experience Champions & Hosts

Melinda Upton

Global Co-Chair, IP & Technology
DLA Piper

Mikey Ellis

Director, Talent & OD
Koala

Alana Bennett

Human Experience Fanatic & Coach
Connected Experience

 

Dr Liz Wilson

CEO & Founder
Include

Laurent Sylvestre

CEO & Founder
The Human Perspectives

Adam Jadresic

EHS Lead
GSK

Cath Brain

Director, Talent & Development
Atlas Arteria

Desleigh White

Country HR Manager
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Louise Kelly

Founder
Louise Kelly

Greg Hawes

Founder
GH Meditation

Melanie vonHartitzsch

People Geek
Culture Amp

Your Journey of Transformation

Harnessing the insight from our research, we’ve designed an 8-week transformational experience delivered virtually, with the option to join a face-to-face 2-day event in March 2021

From the virtual programme, you can expect:

The opportunity to create your own experience from a menu of bite sized interactions and sessions, delivered weekly

Each week is themed around what you told us are your key priorities for a thriving workplace moving forward

Choose from inspiring expert discussions, small closed-group think tanks and wellness practices

Option to join live or catch-up later with the recordings

Access to a closed-group awesome bunch of humans who will support and inspire you along the way

Weekly Program Summary
Session participation is wholly optional and all session recordings* will be available for you to view later in your own Thriving Hub.

Mindfulness Monday

15 mins – live and recorded : Monday 7.00am
Take a moment to kick start your week with this short meditation session

Experience Exchange

60 mins – live and recorded : Tuesday 10.00am
Three incredible storytellers share their experiences and unique concepts in daring to be different. Half of this session is dedicated to interactive discussion, so have your questions at the ready!

Wellbeing Wednesday

30 mins – live and recorded : Wednesday 7.00am
A stretch and movement practice that will leave you feeling present and empowered

Co-Creation Huddles

60 mins – LIVE ONLY : Friday 1.00pm
Let’s talk about YOU! Join your tribe in our virtual gathering to workshop YOUR most pressing challenges and issues

WEEK 1 : AMPLIFY - from 16 November

Brought to you by Culture Amp.

Mindfulness Monday

Open Your Mind To The New

Experience Exchange

Equipping Yourself and Your People to Thrive Through Change.

Featuring:

Jac Peters - Head of Leadership and Engagement - Coca Cola Amatil
Andrea Muras - Organisation Development Manager - NSW Dept of Customer Service
Matt Loop - Head of Asia Pacific - Slack

With Your Session Champion:

Melanie vonHartitzsch - People Geek - Culture Amp

Wellbeing Wednesday

Expand and Open Your Body

Co-Creation Huddles

Are YOU Coaching, Inspiring, and Leading Through Change?

WEEK 2 : CALM - from 23 November

Mindfulness Monday

Calming Your Mind for Greater Clarity

Experience Exchange

How Can Senior Leaders Create a Mentally Healthy Culture For People to Thrive?

  • Taking a preventative, sustainable approach to mental health
  • Putting your own oxygen mask on first and modelling behaviours
  • How to harness the super power of connection

Three incredible storytellers share their experiences and unique concepts in how to quell the tide of mental health issues coming to our workplaces as a response to 2020!

Featuring:

Steven Worrall - Managing Director - Microsoft Australia
Genevieve Hawkins - General Manager Insurance - Coles Group & Author of Mentally At Work
Dr Greg de Moore - Associate Professor Psychiatry - Westmead Hospital

With Your Session Champion:

Melinda Upton - Global Co-Chair, IP & Technology - DLA Piper

Wellbeing Wednesday

Relax Your Body

Co-Creation Huddles

Mental Health in YOUR Team and Organisation

We will break out into smaller, expert-led groups to discuss:
 

  • How has this year impacted your own mental health?
  • How would you rate the mental fitness level of your team and your organisation?
  • What steps could you take to solve current issues or prevent further ones?

WEEK 3 : COURAGE - from 30 November

Mindfulness Monday

Finding Your Courage

Experience Exchange

What Does it Take to Lead Courageously Through These Unprecedented Times and Beyond?

  • Who are you? be inspired to be your true, authentic self!
  • The magic triangle of connected leadership - heart, head and gut
  • Why integrity always wins
  • Energising yourself and others to thrive through continuous change

Three incredible storytellers share their experiences and unique concepts in daring to be different - and succeeding as a result!

Featuring:

Peter Zorn - Global Talent and Transformation - IBM
Peggy Renders - Senior VP, Digital Transformation Office APJ - SAP
Claude Silver - Chief Hart Officer, VaynerMedia USA

Led by your session champion:

Gillian Coutts - Country Director & Author - Potential Project

Wellbeing Wednesday

Build Courage Through Your Body

Bonus Session

An Interview with Dan Price - CEO - Gravity Payments & ‘The $70k CEO’
Faciliated by Mikey Ellis

In 2015, Dan made headlines around the world when he announced to the entire Gravity team that he planned to raise the minimum wage for everyone to $70,000 - and reduce his own to $70,000 from $1.1million. He called the move a “moral imperative” to do the best you can for those you’re leading.

Join this session to hear what led Dan to rethink the true purpose of business—and how taking a huge risk ultimately helped his company become more resilient and competitive. Calling on leaders to set and execute on their own purpose-driven visions, Price encourages you to question traditional market-centric business wisdom in favor of a more human—and much more sustainable—approach. It’s not easy, he argues, but in the end, the rewards will be worth it.

Co-Creation Huddles

How Can YOU Be A More Courageous Leader?

We will break out into smaller, expert-led groups to discuss:
 

  • What does courageous leadership mean to you?
  • How have you shown courage through these challenging times?
  • What’s stopping you from being the leader you want to be?
  • Where to next? And who will keep you accountable?

WEEK 4: TRUST - from 7 December

Mindfulness Monday

Letting Go

Experience Exchange

How to Make Flexible Working Work… For the Long Term

  • Celebrating the unique needs of individuals
  • Preventing burnout where boundaries are blurred
  • Designing an environment for people and creativity to thrive - both at work and in the office

This year, the worlds’ biggest experiment in remote working took place. And most agree, there can be no turning back to the way things were! Join this session where three game changing business leaders are redefining what ‘work’ means for their businesses.

Featuring:

Eglantine Etiemble - EGM IT and Digital - DuluxGroup
Steve Milnes - Head of Change Management - QBE
Kath Blackham - Founder and CEO - VERSA

Led by your session champion:

Alana Bennett - Human Experience Fanatic & Coach - Connected Experience

Wellbeing Wednesday

Opening Up Your Body To New Possibilities

Co-Creation Huddles

How Can You Make Flex Working Work Better for YOUR Team?

We will break out into smaller, expert-led groups to share experiences and help one another, discussing:
 

  • How has the way ‘work’ gets done changed in your team or organisation this year?
  • What challenges and opportunities have emerged?
  • Where do you want to take your team and organisation in 2021?

BONUS WEEK: PURPOSE - from 15 December

Thrive Global Workshop

Self-Fidelity: How Being True to Yourself Uplifts Your Working Life

Self-fidelity is an invitation to create an uplifting working life. A working life that honours our humanity and nourishes our hearts, minds, bodies and souls. A working life that supports us to better serve our colleagues, customers, friends and family. A working life that works in harmony with our other big loves and the delicate eco-systems we inhabit. A working life that tumbles and brings forth the brilliant jewels buried deep inside of us.

In this 90-minute interactive session, together, we will…

  • Wake Up to the truth of who we are and to a new understanding of work
  • Let Be the parts of ourselves that have been diminished and forgotten
  • Let Go of the things that hold us back
  • Let in the nourishment we need to rise
  • We will discover that what we have been desperately seeking has been available to us all along – waiting patiently inside of us.

This workshop is for you if:

  • You are sick and tired of trying to ‘fix’, mould and prove yourself
  • You want to experience greater fulfilment, happiness and vitality at work, and in life
  • You believe that work has the potential to be life-enhancing – not soul-destroying

Led by Thrive Global Facilitator and Author of ‘Self Fidelity’ Cassandra Goodman
All participants will also receive a complimentary copy of Cassandra’s book with exercises to work through at your own pace.

BONUS WEEK: VITALITY - from 19 January

Benestar Workshop

Top Secret - What this space!

WEEK 5: CONNECTION - from 25 January

Mindfulness Monday

Be More Connected To Self, Others, Environment

Experience Exchange

Empowering Team Connectedness & Culture in a Virtual Environment

  • Unique ways to foster collaboration, innovation and flexibility
  • Developing social intelligence as a pathway to social connectedness
  • How to replicate the ‘water cooler’ conversation virtually
  • Embedding new hires into the team fabric

Join this session where three exceptional business leaders share how they’ve strengthened team cohesion in the past year.

Featuring:

Chin Yin Ong - Head of People - Grab (Singapore)
Chloe Sesta Jacobs - Head of People & Culture - Deputy

Led by your session champion:

Laurent Sylvestre - CEO and Founder - The Human Perspectives

Wellbeing Wednesday

Strengthening Bonds in Your Body

Co-Creation Huddles

Bringing Greater Cohesion to YOUR Team

We will break out into smaller, expert-led groups to share experiences and help one another, discussing:
 

  • How has the way ‘work’ gets done changed in your team or organisation this year?
  • What challenges and opportunities have emerged?
  • Where do you want to take your team and organisation in 2021?

WEEK 6: DETAILS COMING SOON - from 1 February

WEEK 7: TOGETHERNESS - from 8 February

Mindfulness Monday

A Practice to Build Empathy and Compassion for Others

Experience Exchange

Harnessing Renewed Energy for Diversity to Build a Better World of Work

  • How every leader - regardless of role or responsibility - can improve diversity outcomes
  • What gender balance issues has the pandemic highlighted and amplified? And what can we as employers do to resolve them?
  • Channeling the energy from the Black Lives Matter Movement for greater good in our teams and organisations

Join this session where three exceptional business leaders share the outstanding work they’re driving to transform diversity outcomes and discuss where to from here.

Featuring:

Andi Csontos - Partner Climate Change & Sustainability - EY
Sarah Merrick - Business Manager, Technology - SBS

Led by your session champion:

Liz Wilson - CEO & Founder - Include

Wellbeing Wednesday

Opening Your Heart Space to Others

Co-Creation Huddles

Advancing Diversity in YOUR Team & Organisation

We will break out into smaller, expert-led groups to share experiences and help one another, discussing:
 

  • Has the pandemic amplified or created any new biases in your team?
  • Where is your team or organisation currently at in its push for greater diversity?
  • What challenges do you need to overcome to achieve greater diversity?

WEEK 8: HOPE -  from 14 February

Brought to you by Converge International.

event partners

The Research

2020 has presented us with many unprecedented challenges. Yet it has also gifted us incredible opportunities – to innovate, to think and differently and to transform.

Running a series of virtual Think Tanks in August 2020, we uncovered the immense impact this year has had on our workplaces. Plus what leaders from 50 organisations in Australia & New Zealand believe are our key priorities for thriving into 2021 and beyond.

event venue: march 2021

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

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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