Phillip DunnDirector, Workplace, Netflix
Sean HallFounder, Energx
Sean Hall, TEDx speaker and Founder of human performance consultancy Energx, works with high-performing companies to build and sustain their competitive advantage. Sean guarantees his clients immediate results by using an agile approach to employee experience design that practically connects productivity, mental wellbeing, creativity and inclusion.
You’ll benefit from Sean’s experience working inside the companies that many of us look up to like Facebook, Unilever and Deloitte to understand how their employee experiences attract the best talent in the market and create innovative customer experiences to deliver superior commercial outcomes.
Sean's pro bono work includes being a founding member of the Mentally Healthy Change Group tackling the epidemics of anxiety and depression in the creative industry, Head of Wellbeing for disability startup accelerator Remarkable and mentor to youth-driven anti-bullying movement Project Rockit.
Emma HeustonFounder, The Remote Expert
Emma Heuston is an author, lawyer and thought leader in the remote working space. Emma authored "The Tracksuit Economy - how to work productively and effectively from home" in 2018 and won the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Thought Leader of the Year award later that year for her work in the remote and flexible work space. Emma's virtual law firm, The Remote Expert specialises in remote work arrangements and assists those who work with a remote team.
The Hon. Courtney Houssos, MLCLabor Member of the NSW Legislative Council, Parliament of New South Wales
Courtney Houssos was elected to the NSW Legislative Council in 2015 for an 8 year term. Over her first 5 years in Parliament, she has been a vocal advocate for flexible work. This began from her inaugural speech, when she spoke about the need for governments to encourage flexible work practices. In 2015, she advocated for the NSW government to enact an “all roles flex” policy for its employees, a policy adopted by then-Premier Mike Baird in March 2016. She has also advocated for the NSW government to adopt a job-share register for across the public service, which was also announced by the Liberal Government in 2017.
Before being elected to the NSW Legislative Council in March 2015, Courtney spent almost ten years working with rural and regional communities across NSW in her role as Country Organiser for NSW Labor. She was the first female elected to the position.
Courtney was born and raised in Forster on the Mid North Coast of NSW and attended local public schools before graduating from the University of New South Wales. Courtney now lives in Earlwood with her husband, George and their two young children Anna and Arthur.
Maja PalekaDirector and Co-Founder, Juggle Strategies
Maja Paleka is the co-founder and director of Juggle Strategies - an Australian consultancy that specialises in the capability and leadership development, as well as implementation of flexible working practices. She has over 15 years experience in leadership roles across a variety of areas - engineering, operations and sales gained working in Canada, UK and now Australia across the APAC region.
For the past three years Maja has been advising executive teams on how they can take advantage of business and people benefits of flexible and agile working, and helping them devise a strategy that is tailored to their organisation. From there she has coached teams on the right infrastructure needed to support the change, as well as delivered and facilitated training programs for their front line leaders and staff.
Lauren TrethowanHead of Organisational Development & Learning, MYOB
Lauren is Head of Organisational Development at MYOB and a registered Psychologist with over 17 years’ experience in HR and transformation advisory roles. Her current role at MYOB involves leading the development of a new approach to the Future of Work and designing exceptional employee experiences that differentiate MYOB in the market. Prior to this she was Head of Enterprise Culture and Head of HR, for the Technology team, at Australia Post and has over 8 years’ experience in Management Consulting at PwC.