Friday 27th March, 2020
The Cutaway - Barangaroo,
8am - 7pm
More than 70% of working Australians are disengaged from their job, meaning Australian workplaces are amongst the worst in the world when it comes to employee satisfaction.
21% of Australian employees have taken time off in the past year because they felt stressed, anxious, depressed or mentally unhealthy.
Emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of professional success, explaining a full 58% of high performance and higher pay in all types of jobs.
Conscious Work is a day to examine how we work and how we can better align our work lives with the meaning, mindfulness, health, happiness, purpose and productivity we all want to achieve.
We’ll discover the mindsets and knowledge we need to work smarter and perform at our best, and the wisdom and cultural shifts required to reflect more and feel better.
This is not just a feel-good fest or a great experience (though it will be both of those). Supported by Thrive Global and a range of cutting edge thinkers, it’s a pathway to embedding the latest science and research around motivation, performance, behaviour change and workplace culture into our everyday lives and our workplaces.
Whether you’re leading a team or company, or you’re part of one, join us to consciously re-think the way we work.
The world is waking up. What does this mean for work? We know that people thrive when they have purpose in their work. We crave work that lines up with our values, and work that gives us a sense of motivation and meaning.
At the same time, stress, burnout, exhaustion are at record levels. Most of us are disengaged from work – and the way we operate is eroding our productivity, mental health and wellbeing.
In a world that is waking up, we are required to be braver as employers and leaders, and this in turn means a need to reshape workplaces that are supportive for ourselves and each other.
Connect, engage, and learn from some of the leading minds on wellbeing and productivity.
Conscious Work is a climate friendly conference and Cal will be speaking via video link Cal Newport is a computer science professor and writer about the intersection of digital technology and culture. He is the author of six books including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller Digital Minimalism.
Named as one of Australia’s most influential female entrepreneurs in 2018, Kylie is a certified Dare to Lead™ (Brene Brown) facilitator a Climate Reality leader, former Head of Digital for Kikki K, and founder of Of Kin. Kylie coaches creative and curious businesses and people, with a keen interest in humanising work.
Mikey’s interests include helping to bridge the gap between traditional and conservative organisations and the conscious workplaces of the future. He says to leaders in these traditional organisations: “It may feel like this talk of spiritual, personal development is for outside work, but it actually belongs inside work. If you want to engage people these are the fundamentals you need to understand”.
Cassandra Goodman is a mindful leader driven by a strong sense of purpose and a deep commitment to supporting courageous leaders to grow themselves, to grow others and grow their organisations. Cassandra’s purpose is to meaningfully contribute to the creation of workplaces where people and performance thrive. The question that drives her is: How might we take better care of ourselves and our people, so that we can take better care of the customers and communities we serve?
Jonathan is the Managing Director of Collins SBA, a company where he implemented a 5-hour working day for his employees. Jono had his ‘lightbulb moment’ when his wife was undergoing cancer treatment and he suddenly had to get more done in a day, in less time. No easy feat for a professional services firm, John led a transformation and has proven that a complete shift in mindset around productivity and efficiency is possible. Collins SBA also learned that this shift has had positive outcomes beyond work-life balance, including creating an innovation and productivity mindset in their team.
Madeleine Dore is a writer and interviewer based in Melbourne. Curious about how creativity is reflected in our daily lives, she founded Extraordinary Routines in 2014 to better understand how creativity and imperfection intersects. She has contributed to publications including Sunday Life, ABC Life, Womankind, Muse, 99u, BBC Capital, Inc.com and more.
Le Tran is Dropbox’s head of communications for Asia Pacific and Japan. Dropbox has taken on a radical and refreshing role for a tech company when it comes to workplace wellbeing and finding focus at work, even evolving its company mission to be about design more enlightened ways of working. Le recently launched the Dropbox Enlightened Summer initiative - a program encouraging Australian workplaces to challenge modern work conventions and find new, humanistic and more enlightened ways of working for themselves and their teams.
Sally McNamara is a change maker, relationship builder and storyteller with over 15 years' experience working in global companies such as Siemens, BBC and DLA Piper across Australia, Hong Kong, and the UK. Sally’s particular interest is in helping individuals to develop and practice their emotional skills to help them have a more fulfilling experience of work (and life!). She passionately believes that emotional skills will be the key differentiator in the digital age – both for individuals and for companies.
A metamodern wizard on a Quest to create a world more curious and kind, Dr Jason Fox is a motivational speaker, bestselling author, leadership advisor and wizard-philosopher of ace repute. He shows forward-thinking leaders around the world how to pioneer new and meaningful progress—beyond the default.
Facilitator, MC, artist and activist, Matt Wicking works with progressive groups to help them amplify their impact. A long-time advocate for environmental and social justice causes, he currently runs freelance facilitation practice, Cloud Catcher, and sings with Melbourne band, The General Assembly. More at www.cloudcatcher.org