All times listed are Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

  • Day 1 17 June 2020
  • Day 2 18 June 2020
  • Day 3 19 June 2020
  • Online
08:30 AM - 08:35 AMIntroduction by Professor Margaret Sheil AO (Vice-Chancellor and President of QUT)From Crisis to Opportunity

Welcome and panel introduction.

08:45 AM - 09:45 AMCrisis Response – How governments and businesses are responding through leadershipFrom Crisis to Opportunity

Around the world, we are witnessing enormous differences in the way organisations have responded to the crisis. Be it in the context of government or individual businesses, the role of leadership has never been more critical.

This facilitated panel session will be exploring observations of leadership covering the good, the bad and the ugly. Importantly, the panel will provide their ‘take-aways’ of missed opportunity and the positives that could contribute to shape a new future.

09:55 AM - 10:55 AMOptimism, Opportunities and a Better NormalFrom Crisis to Opportunity

How do you shape strategy without optimism? Optimistic leadership is a new catch-cry that is influencing the leaders for the future.

How can leaders create the burning platform for transformation by generating excitement and optimism for the future when the focus is almost entirely on survival? This panel session will be exploring optimistic leadership and how to harness optimism to not only positively influence stakeholders and the workforce, but how to garner excitement and a new passion for reinventing businesses and the industries we operate in.

  • Online
04:00 PM - 04:10 PMWelcome and panel introductionCatalysing Transformation

Welcome and panel introduction.

04:10 PM - 05:10 PMRethinking the ‘Why’ of your business – Is your purpose now redundant?Catalysing Transformation

The impact on people, communities and businesses has been profound. A heightened sense of community connectedness and a refocus on purpose has been tangible. Not only are we seeing evidence of this in the day to day media, but we are also witnessing a shift in the way organisations are striving to support their workforces and wellness of the people in their workplace communities.

Perhaps the crisis creates a platform for change?  Not only could this change be very much at a personal level, but could it reshape the fundamental reasons ‘for being’ by organisations? Could this be a unique opportunity to rethink the ‘why’ of your business? Maybe the question should be ‘What value does it create?’… not only for your customers but the broader community and society. 

This panel session will delve into the ‘for purpose’ nature of business and how it delivers a redefined value-proposition and in so doing, be more profitable, more sustainable and more of a contributor to our society.

05:20 PM - 06:20 PMTake the opportunity to transform your business and your industryCatalysing Transformation

Transformation is perhaps one of those words that has become overused in our lexicon of the organisation. When times are good, ‘transformation’ abounds… but does it truly? Is it ‘authentic transformation’ or rather is it really just an umbrella for incremental change because the big things are just too hard?

The old adage of ‘never let a good crisis go to waste’ could in fact be a truism. Nothing focuses investors, stakeholders, workforces and leaders like a crisis. Survivability requires fostering a common sense of purpose, sharing of pain, and riding out the tough time to look over the horizon for the ‘return to normal’.

BUT what if this is the catalyst your organisation needs to achieve authentic transformation, catalysing your business into a reimagined future where the possibilities are not constrained. Rather, your organisation does them because they are hard. They do them because there can be a radical shift in mindset, in strategy and in purpose to make the alternative a reality!

  • Online
08:30 AM - 08:40 AMWelcome and panel introductionFuture Workforce

Welcome and panel introduction.

08:40 AM - 10:10 AMRethinking the Workforce of the Future and harvesting talentFuture Workforce

The notion of the workforce of the future has been increasingly touted over the decade as the emerging reality for businesses of all types. Economies have been growing, stock markets thriving and the underpinning demand for labour has never been greater. The compounding effect of automation and technology has seen a heightening focus on developing the skilled workforce.

The speed of introduction of new technologies will not likely abate with the slowdown of the economy due to the pandemic crisis. But it is abundantly clear that remote working, and all that entails, is already changing the expectation of how workers want to work, the hours they need to work and the modes of engagement they would like with their workplace.

Is HR leadership up to the task? Or, rather with greater adoption of technology does it even become redundant? Is the new future of work again something radically different from just 6 months ago, and how are organisations going to need to respond? These are all questions that the expert panel will explore.

10:10 AM - 10:20 AMRecap and closingFuture Workforce

Recap and closing.