26 - 28 October 2022

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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Engage with the best and brightest practitioners


Marion Lawrie

Marion grew up in Yidinji Country, in the jungles of FNQ, and still thinks it’s normal to have wild cassowaries in the yard. After many years of teaching, coaching, writing, facilitating and getting lost in diverse communities across Australia and internationally, Marion is now based in Brisbane/Meanjin. With “agency” as her southern cross (as we’re in the southern hemisphere!), Marion works with individuals, communities and organisations to create learning and engagement experiences that maximise our unique human power to shape our circumstances, to motivate ourselves and to act positively on our environments. Marion is also a sessional academic at Queensland University of Technology, works pro bono for a number of excellent charitable organisations, and was awarded the National Emergency Medal in 2017. There are usually plenty of laughs working with Marion, often sweat, sometimes tears and the occasional broken leg but hardly ever any blood. See if you can beat her to dance floor!

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Adam Fraser

Let’s face it, life is getting faster and faster and shows no signs of slowing down. Business is more competitive now than any other time in history. Companies and individuals now more than ever need to out create, out innovate and out market their competition. The result of this is a workforce that is having serious issues around sustaining high performance.

Dr Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant who studies how organisations adopt a high performance culture to thrive in this challenging
and evolving business landscape. Adam has a true passion for the research behind his work and has long held partnerships with various Universities throughout Asia Pacific. In fact, he is thought to be the only keynote speaker in the world to have had the impact of his keynote presentation measured in a University study (It improved the behaviour of attendees by 41%).

He has worked with elite level athletes, the armed forces and business professionals of all levels. In the last 10 years he has delivered more than 1500 presentations to over half a million people in Australia, New Zealand and worldwide. He has worked in many industries with clients including CBA, Westpac, Optus, Telstra, IBM, PwC, Ernst & Young, Asteron, AON, Local Government Managers Association,  Merck Sharpe & Dohme, Queensland Law Society and the Department of Education. In addition to this Dr Adam is the author of four best-selling books, including his latest book released in 2020 ‘Strive’ and the acclaimed ‘The Third Space’.

His topics included the psychology of performance, improvement of productivity, transformational leadership, engagement of teams, work life balance and development of high performing cultures.

He is regularly featured in the media, having appeared in the AFR, SMH, The Age, CEO magazine, BRW, Fast Thinking, Readers Digest, Human Capitol Magazine and Management Today. He has held regular radio spots on ABC Radio Nationally and his own slot on Sky Business. He is also regularly on Channel 7’s Sunrise & The Morning Show, Channel 9’s Today and Today Extra and Close Up in Auckland.

He is married to a woman who is far brighter than he is, two daughters who have him completely wrapped around their finger and a dog Tilly who routinely outwits him.

Lucinda Hartley

Lucinda Hartley is an award-winning urban designer, a cofounder of world-leading social analytics company Neighbourlytics, and a globally recognised expert in smart cities and social change. Named as one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, Lucinda is a technology leader who offers inspiration and practical advice on the future of living, the future of work and how technology can be a force for good in turbulent times.

Lucinda is an ‘urban futurist’ who has spent the past decade pioneering innovative solutions for improving cities and neighbourhoods, now adopted globally. She helped create the UN Sustainable Development Goals for cities (Goal 11), has delivered more than 100 neighbourhood improvement projects across Australia through her social enterprise CoDesign Studio and is now spearheading world leading technology for measuring neighbourhood lifestyle and wellbeing using digital data, as Founding Director of Neighbourlytics.

Lucinda’s passion for cities and neighbourhoods began in childhood, growing up in Kenya, Zimbabwe and a host of other countries where she saw first-hand how your postcode is as likely to affect your life expectancy as your genetic code. From this point she built a career seeking new ways to live.

Lucinda is one of Australia’s sought after voices on cities and social change, and a regular media commentator on the future of cities. She has been featured regularly in the ABC,  Sydney Morning Herald, Qantas Magazine, Vogue Magazine and The Age where she was named one of Melbourne’s Top 100 Most influential people.

A designer turned technology founder, Lucinda is alumni of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Singularity University. She does not separate work and personal life: first we shape our cities, then they shape us.

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