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2018 Conference Keynote Speakers

2018 Conference Keynote Speakers

2018 Conference Keynote Speakers

2018 Conference Keynote Speakers




Decoding Generation WHY?

Michael McQueen is a bestselling author and future trends analyst, helping organisations and leaders in Winning the Battle for Relevance.
Michael McQueen understands what it takes to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. Having dedicated the last ten years to tracking the dominant trends shaping society, business and culture, he has helped some of the world’s best-known brands navigate change and stay in front of the curve.
Michael has written 4 bestselling books. His first book The ‘New’ Rules of Engagement focuses on strategies forleading and connecting with Generation Y. His newest release Momentum is a revealing look at what happens when a business gets stuck in a rut and inspiration evaporates - and what can be done to turn it around.
As a speaker, Michael is known for his compelling, humorous and practical presentations. He provides audiences with powerful insights into what the future holds and how businesses and leaders can ride the waves of change rather than being engulfed by them. Michael’s sessions are highly tailored to ensure that every audience member leaves equipped with a clear action plan for maintaining relevance, vitality and momentum within their business or team.
In addition to being a regular commentator on TV and radio, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Whoopi Goldberg and Larry King.



The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse - What We Need to Know.

Robert Fitzgerald AM is a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and was a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for 5 years. He has been a fulltime Commissioner with the Productivity Commission since January 2004, other than during the period of the Royal Commission. Prior to that appointment Robert was the NSW Community and Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman. Robert, a commercial lawyer by profession, has a diverse background and extensive experience in commerce, law, public policy and community services, including extensive involvement in many not-for-profit agencies. He has served on numerous NGO boards and committees including previously as President Australian Council of Social Service. Robert was the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Board, Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. Robert has been a commissioner or panel member on 17 national inquiries in economic and social policy areas. He was also the Convenor on the intergovernmental working group responsible for producing the biennial Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Report. Robert holds degrees in commerce and law from the University of NSW and an honorary doctorate from the Australian Catholic University.  He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1994. 



Making Sense of this New Generation

Claire Madden is the nation’s leading voice on Generation Z. As anauthor, social researcher, keynote speaker and media commentator, Claire is in demand as an expert in interpreting social trends, demographics and implications of generational change. Claire is the author of Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials.

Claire is highly regarded for her dynamic and engaging
presentations where she translates robust, research-based content into strategic applications for educators,managers and business leaders. Claire is commissioned by some of the nation’s largest companies and leadingbrands to interpret the changing landscape and communicate the implications for business and society.

As a media commentator, Claire is regularly interviewed on prominent television programs including The Drum, The Project, The Today Show, SkyNews, Sunrise and The Morning Show, as well as on the radio and in print media. With academic qualifications in communications and postgraduate studies in leadership, on the board for a financial services company and on the Advisory Board of UTS Business School.

Claire is also the Founder and Director of the research based strategy and communications agency, Hello Clarity.

Announcing our Dinner Entertainment

Performing for us at the Melbourne Cricket Ground Members Dining Room on Wednesday 3 October is Daryl Braithwaite - singer and icon on the Australian music scene.

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