Science-Based Leadership Development Conference

Applying the tools of psychology, neuroscience, & pedagogy to develop resilient leaders, foster positive cultures, & boost organisational efficacy.

  • November 12th - 15th, 2019
  • Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney


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- Understand essential psychology and neuroscience principles in the context of workplace leadership and leader-development
- Plan engaging, rewarding, and effective leadership development programs based on the latest insights from neuro-coaching and adult-learning pedagogies
- Engage executive leaders in a learning culture to boost productivity, improve retention, and enhance team cultures
- Foster psychological safety and reap the rewards of increased creativity and innovation, plus decreased misadventure


Commander Lara Fowler

Lara Fowler joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1994 as a Seaman Officer. She is a Surface Warfare specialist with operational service in Bougainville, the Solomon Islands, Iraq, Afghanistan and in Border Protection roles. Lara is passionate about personal and professional development having spent four years as a leadership instructor with the Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics. 

Former Acting Director, Centre for Defence Leadership & Ethics
Australian Defence Force

  • Susanna Ianni
    Director Organisational Development, People & Corporate Affairs, Group Rail
    Sydney Trains
  • Claire Devlin
    General Manager Capability & Leadership Development
  • Dr Travis Kemp
    Consultant Coaching & Organisational Psychologist, Adjunct Professor & Independent Company Director
    University of South Australia
  • Liam Buckley
    Group Head of Culture & Talent
    QBE Insurance


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Neurocoaching for effective leadership
Psychological safety in uncertainty
Facts, fiction & nice ideas
Change leadership in complex environments
Brain-savvy change leadership
Chief Care Officer - Executive mental health in the HR portfolio
Growth mindsets
Re-imagining leadership
Leadership safari - A global snapshot of leadership development programs
Neuroscience of brain-based coaching
Reflections and projections
Change management for trauma-free transitions
Pre-Summit Workshop

12 Nov


Coaching is an essential skill for leaders developing high performing teams. Through advancements in psychology and neuroscience, we know that the old “correct and redirect” approach isn’t the most effective strategy if we want to foster truly exceptional performance. Instead, we need to approach coaching strategically, with sound evidence and science-based interventions. 

Drawing on insights from neuroscience and her practice-based expertise derived from twenty years in sales leadership, Kristen will endow you with the skills you need to develop master coaches in your leadership teams. 

Coaching and the brain

- Understand the core principles of effective brain-based coaching

- Explore the neuroscience of brain-based learning

- Identify coaching opportunities and create optimal conditions for insight

Growth mindsets and social motivators

- Understand social motivators for successful coaching

- Master a coaching model for growth

- Apply coaching principles in practical exercises

The coaching cycle

- Set challenging and achievable goals

- Provide constructive and motivating feedback

- Use neuroplasticity to ensure retention and continued improvement

Coaching for peak performance 

- Engage learners in their own development

- Plan an effective coaching program

- Achieve peak performance conditions

  • Kristen Hansen Neuroleadership Expert EnHansen Performance

Summit Day 1

13 Nov

Case Study

Creating psychologically safe work environments has been shown to boost innovation, productivity, and retention. However, fostering psychological safety within organisations undergoing significant restructure presents unique challenges. You will need masterful leadership development skills to ensure teams survive and thrive.

- Conquer cultural fear even in the most challenging times

- Empower teams to innovate through uncertainty

- Develop leaders as agents of culture-change

  • Claire Devlin General Manager Capability & Leadership Development Telstra

Expert Commentary

To get the best out of your leaders, you need the best strategies backed by the best evidence. In this era of search engine optimisation and media saturation, it can be challenging to sort the fads from the facts amidst all the noise. Dr Travis Kemp unpacks just what “evidence-based” means, and gives you the tools to distinguish treasure from trash.

- Understand the relationship between neuroscience and psychology in leadership

- Navigate leadership models to choose the best fit for you and your goals

- Transform interesting ideas into meaningful practice

  • Dr Travis Kemp Consultant Coaching & Organisational Psychologist, Adjunct Professor & Independent Company Director University of South Australia

Case Study

Managing change in complex environments like the NSW Police Force calls for sophisticated leadership skills. Your organisation needs leaders who can accurately assess the resilience of their teams and plan accordingly to ensure a smooth transition. Craig reflects on two decades in human resources in the public and private sectors, sharing insights into effective change management in practice.

Prepare your leaders to:

- Assess resilience in team members

- Develop effective communication strategies

- Understand different human responses to change

  • Craig Knappick Group Director, People & Culture NSW Police Force

Expert Commentary

Like any change, shifting leadership approaches in your organisation requires managerial leadership. With two decades of insight garnered as a change manager in the public sector as a strategic HR specialist & organisational change manager in global private enterprise and in the public sector, Ute Diversi will explore strategies to bring your internal stakeholders along in your leadership culture change.

- Identify and utilise the individual motivation and communication styles of key internal stakeholders

- Build rapport to shift cognitive biases and thinking

- Make the business-case for brain-savvy change leadership

  • Ute (Jaekel) Diversi Organisational Change Manager National Gallery of Australia

Expert Commentary

Exemplar executive leaders in the imagination age are typically high-stakes high-achievers, creative and innovative thinkers, and expert people-leaders. They are psychological athletes who need to be in the best of health. In her twenty years in leadership psychology, Katherine has noticed a propensity among executive leaders towards anxiety and depression. In the imagination age, it becomes the core business of HR and L&D leaders to support the mental wellbeing of their leadership teams.

- Identify signs of anxiety and depression

- Cultivate a perfect climate for thriving imagination and innovation

- Develop leaders in optimal mental health

  • Katharine McLennan Executive Psychotherapist What is Leadership

Case Study

Many of us are held back by a fear of failure. That fear can stop innovation and transformation in its tracks. At HESTA, a focus on Growth Mindset allows leaders and their teams to respond to challenges and setbacks in the most productive, resilient way. But changing how your brain responds to failure or fear isn’t easy. Hear about how HESTA is transforming mistakes into opportunities by teaching their people about the neuroscience of mindset and the value of knowing your own personal story and individual thinking style.

Lizzy Keenan and Maria Padbury present their journey to help leaders:

 - Identify and analyse triggers for fixed mindsets for themselves and their team

- Adapt how they work to suit different thinking and working styles

- Engage a whole-brain approach to working with their teams

  • Lizzy Keenan General Manager - Culture & Capability HESTA

  • Maria Padbury Learning & Development Specialist HESTA

Summit Day 2

14 Nov

Case Study

Over her twenty-five year career in the defence forces, Lara has witnessed, experienced, and driven significant leadership culture shifts from the old-school 'direction and correction' to the inclusive leadership model now employed by the ADF. The result is an invigorated institution, an employer of choice, with an energised and engaged workforce.

- Harness the power of inclusive leadership

- Strategise for a leadership culture regeneration

- Care for the psychological well-being of leaders and teams alike

  • Commander Lara Fowler Former Acting Director, Centre for Defence Leadership & Ethics Australian Defence Force

Case Study

Internal leadership development programs are springing up in the leading brands across the globe. There are countless exceptional experts and practitioners developing these programs. Wouldn't it be invaluable to catch a glimpse from the inside? Lorna Conlon had just such an opportunity as she explored what the best organisations in the world were doing, as part of her research for Macquarie Group's Executive Director Leadership Program. In this session, Lorna shares insights from some of the world's biggest corporations' leadership development programs and from global leadership gurus.

- Analyse the core characteristics of a successful leadership program

- Understand trending approaches to leadership development

- Identify suitable approaches for your organisation

  • Lorna Conlon Former Director at Macquarie Group Global Leadership Development Expert

Expert Commentary

Powerful coaching conversations are at the heart of all talent development. When you understand how your leaders learn, you can support them to perform at their peak. Kristen shares insights from neuroscience to boost your coaching skills.

- Understand how the brain learns, forms habits, and solves problems

- Support leaders to acquire and retain new skills

- Create the ideal coaching and feedback environment

  • Kristen Hansen Neuroleadership Expert EnHansen Performance


After two days of rigorous discussion and intensive learning, it's time to reflect on your learning and prepare to invigorate an emotionally intelligent and psychologically safe learning culture in your organisation.

- Discuss the most fascinating ideas with your peers

- Share your unique insights

- Reflect on key take-aways

  • Katharine McLennan Executive Psychotherapist What is Leadership

Post-Summit Workshop

15 Nov


No-one likes change. It’s scary and it’s unsettling. In fact, change, even in the organisational sense, can be traumatic. Change management, therefore, is really a trauma prevention strategy. When we consider that the symptoms of trauma include anxiety, poor concentration, confusion, reduced memory, and irritability, it is clear why effective and psychologically literate change management strategies are essential to a happy and productive workforce. 


Ross has worked in change management across a variety of sectors, from front-line services to corporate environments. In this evidence-based and practice-informed workshop, you will explore the relationship between organisational change and trauma, and acquire skills and strategies to transition teams through change with as little disruption and damage as possible. 


Leadership and change


- Understand the leadership challenges in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments

- Develop leaders to be ‘People focussed leaders’

- Lead with authenticity and resilience during change initiatives

Psychological responses to change


- Understand the nature of stress and trauma

- Anticipate stress and trauma triggers

- Plan to manage stress and trauma in individuals and groups

Organisational change and trauma


- Understand the impact of poor change management on individuals and groups

- Analyse the characteristics of psychologically sound change management strategies

- Design best-practice change management programs

Change and the individual


- Master self-awareness and self-management

- Manage relationships 

- Connect and support teams


Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney

117 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

02 9253 9000

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