Employee Engagement Summit

Motivate your workforce & unleash their potential

  • June 25th - 28th, 2019
  • Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour


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-Create a culture of trust & motivation
-Engage executives in supporting employee experience initiatives
-Attract, retain & develop high-performing staff
-Transform your employee value proposition


Joanne Barkl

Joanne loves what she does and feels privileged to work for Colgate-Palmolive. Every day, millions of people around the world trust our products to care for themselves and the ones they love. We are a company that is about wellbeing and the promotion of important health and wellness messages in oral care, personal care, home care and animal nutrition. I focus my energy on development and creating a collaborative work environment that engages and empowers people to be great in what they do, as we all strive to get a little better every day. 

Human Resources Director, South Pacific

  • Kirby Grattan
    Director, Organisation Capability
  • Chloye Chen
    Head of People & Culture
  • Rachel Pollack
    General Manager, Employee Experience
    QBE Insurance
  • Veronica Sargeant
    HR Business Partner


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Ready, set, grow!
Vision and purpose - Build a great culture
Set expectations, create accountability and motivate high-performance
Craft and implement a wellbeing strategy
Measure engagement and diagnose your organisation’s challenges
Fuel strategic and sustainable growth through culture
Data, drivers & dirty socks - the real story of employee engagement
Culture is the key
Encourage your workforce to champion your brand
Intelligent conversations to increase employee engagement
Drive people transformation in an evolving age
Design the modern flexible workplace
Maintain engagement on the ordinary day
Innovate, integrate, motivate
Conquer positive employee engagement within your organisation
Summit Day 1

26 Jun

Case Study

What happens when you put employee engagement on the executive agenda? Discover how Georges River Council leveraged its workforce development strategy.

-Influence executives to take risks

-Leverage the relationship between engagement, performance and behaviour

-Incorporate design thinking into your employee engagement strategy

  • Patricia Hatzigiannis Head of Employee Experience Georges River Council

  • Fiona Campbell Executive Manager, People & Culture Georges River Council

Case Study

To help you harness the power of a positive culture, we'll explore how you can develop an organisational vision through measurable actions. You'll learn to engage staff in developing their determination.

-Understand what culture really means and how you can positively influence it

-Harness the executive team in building an organisational culture

-Implement initiatives that support your vision and promote a positive culture

  • Sue Jennings HR Director, ANZ AbbVie

Case Study

One of the biggest challenges facing organisations is the disconnect between culture set by executives and the actions of day-to-day managers. Explore how you can work with managers to engage their direct reports.

- Coach leaders to drive high performing teams

- Manage productivity through change

- How to hold your leaders accountable

  • Veronica Sargeant HR Business Partner RB


Life, much like in business, is complicated. Stress from both can impact your employees, so to become a leading employer, you must look for ways to support your staff. Explore how you can focus on increasing the wellbeing of your teams and boost productivity.

-Help your staff feel fulfilled and supported

-How you can identify and target specific areas of development

-Build a wellness culture that is supported by executives


Companies spend millions of dollars on improving employee experience, but how do you know your spend will make an impact? This session examines how organisations measure and diagnose areas that need attention.

-Tools to measure engagement

-How to pinpoint engagement downfalls 

-Strategies to implement change

  • Kirby Grattan Director, Organisation Capability Optus

  • Rachel Pollack General Manager, Employee Experience QBE Insurance

  • Evette Hartley Group Manager, Organisational Development Evolution Mining

  • Susan Hudson Executive Director, Human Resources Western Sydney University

Expert Commentary

The right core culture is critical for both disruptive start up’s and scaling global companies. Marina will explore the projected global mega trends facing both and delve into the ever evolving and adapting nature of culture.

- Important ways HR can take a greater lead when aligning strategy to culture

- Continuously develop and future proof your current culture

- Create your own personal and culture goals and benchmarks

Expert Commentary

Can you really engage people? This session will explore the research and rationales behind employee engagement in a practical context. Join Dan, as he unpacks the data and examine the drivers, drawing on key insights from his work on the NBN transformation story.

  • Daniel Umphray Managing Partner Lead Positive Consulting

Summit Day 2

27 Jun

Case Study

Hear a fascinating journey of rebuilding an organisation from the ground up with a particular focus on the culture and engagement perspectives.

-Keep a strong employer brand at the core

-Re-establish a framework for leadership and culture to drive performance

-Employ technology and data analytics to help deliver on an ambitious vision

  • Lee Williams Head of Learning and Development Latitude Financial Services

Case Study

Your organisation's workforce needs to live and breath your brand values. As the seventh best place to work in Australia for companies with over 1000 employees, hear how Kennards Hire creates a culture of purpose and value.

- Create a sense of ownership

- Understand the value of human connection

- Implement structures to empower employees

  • Sally Craig General Manager, People & Culture Kennards Hire

Expert Commentary

Communication is fundamental for presenting ideas, proposing solutions, forming relationships and delivering outcomes. How we speak shapes perception, and you can use that to your advantage with a strategic approach.

-Ensure your communication results in positive outcomes

-Build trust with your employees

-Develop the ability to ask for constructive feedback

Case Study

As pressure to improve development opportunities intensifies, you must develop new ways to empower employees and provide opportunities to grow within the business.

- Drive people-focused initiatives within your organisation

- Reignite growth and development opportunities

- Understand the capabilities of individuals

  • Chloye Chen Head of People & Culture Transgrid


Flexible workplaces are essential to creating a diverse and inclusive company, which is key to improving creativity. But how do you design these initiatives to enhance the employee experience and align with budget restraints?

-The mindset for successful strategies

-Lead flexible teams

-The role of workplace and technology in enabling flexibility

  • Joanne Barkl Human Resources Director, South Pacific Colgate-Palmolive

  • Aga Strzemeska Head of People Operations Marley Spoon

  • Kristie Clarke Director, Channel Planning and Release Management Service NSW

  • Frank Strbik Associate Director, Workplace Relations The University of Sydney


Added attention to employee engagement strategies helps organisations navigate turbulent times. Learn how to create a culture of sustainable engagement for any circumstance.

-Manage complacency

-Align your company brand with your workforce

-Ensure a culture of continued engagement

Case Study

With advances in technology, blended learning has reemerged as the holy grail for educators and development professionals. Inspire innovation in your learning approach, successfully integrate blended learning in your organisation and motivate your employees to achieve success.

-Inspire innovation in your learning approach

-Successful integration of blended learning

-Motivate and engage your employees

  • Renault Phong Director, Strategic Workforce Planning & Organisational Development NSW Department of Industry


In this final session of the conference, you will have the opportunity to revisit the themes and discuss the insights shared. Then you'll get the chance to form an action plan to implement effective employee engagement initiatives within your organisation.

- Make a plan of action

- Revisit key themes

- Discuss solutions to the challenges raised


Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

100 Murray St, Sydney, NSW, 2009, Australia

+61 2 9934 0000

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