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Transform Your Company Culture with Authentic Leadership

Transform Your Culture with Authentic Leadership

Back for its fifth year, the Authentic Leadership Summit 2020 presents an exceptional speaker lineup composed of inspiring luminaries in government, media, business and the arts, to talk about transformative leadership through authenticity, openness, and trust.


The summit is a carefully curated 4-day program focusing on the core tenets of Authentic Leadership and how you can employ its principles in your organisation, drive outstanding business outcomes and make our world a better place at the same time.


Check out the profiles and content of the impressive headliners speaking at this year’s Authentic Leadership Summit —


Authentic Leadership Summit Speaker - Ita Buttrose


Ita Buttrose is a truly exceptional Australian: a legendary media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author, committed community and welfare contributor and former Australian of the Year. In 2019 Ita became a Companion of the Order of Australia for her service to the community through leadership in the media, the arts, the health sector and as a role model.


Ita is currently Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She balances this high-profile role with charitable responsibilities with organisations Dementia Australia, Macular Disease Foundation, Arthritis Australia and Breast Cancer Network Australia. Ita was also the founding editor of Cleo, the youngest ever editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, the first woman to ever edit a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia as Editor-in-Chief of the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, and the first female director of News Ltd Australia.


Authentic Leadership Summit Speaker - Roger Eaton

While authenticity is instinctive for some leaders, for most it requires a deep understanding of one’s own strengths and weaknesses to make the leap. It is a combination of personal security, humility, transparency and most of all a servant leader mindset.


Fundamentally, it has to backed with strong knowledge, a high-performance ethos and a determination to get the team to the line regardless of self. KFC is built on a rock-solid culture and the strength of its brand to carry the same energy and ethos to its globally-reaching touchpoints.


As former CEO of the global business, Roger Eaton joins us to explain how authentic leadership drove the organisation from strength to strength, and most importantly examine the successes, challenges and lessons they learned along the way.


Authentic Leadership Summit Speaker - Mark Zusak


International bestselling author Markus Zusak’s haunting novel The Book Thief spent over 500 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list after its publication in 2006, with a movie adaptation released in November 2013.


His newest bestseller, Bridge of Clay, did not come about easily. Like any great leader, a great artist knows that failure is an essential aspect of progress and achievement, signaling a challenge worth pursuing or at least teaching you a lesson in the process. As Markus says: “Failure has been my best friend as a writer. It tests you, to see if you have what it takes to see it through.”


Join Markus for a rare insight into his creative process, particularly his thoughts on failure, and the universal insights that we can derive from it.


Authentic Leadership Summit Speaker - Katrina Troughton


In July 2019 Katrina Troughton became the first woman to be appointed as Managing Director of IBM ANZ, following a 28-year career at the company in local, regional and global roles. Katrina has never worked for another company, having started as a graduate trainee in New Zealand in 1990, and working her way up to the top job in A/NZ after a globetrotting career with the business.


The modus operandi that has driven her rise is a refusal to get bored in a role, and to actively seek and accept new challenges that have come her way. Her session will focus on how all leaders need to say yes to opportunities for growth, even when they may be outside your comfort zone.


Authentic Leadership Summit Speaker - Karen Lawson


Karen is an award-winning business executive and leader in the digital and startup industry. As the former CEO of Slingshot, she grew the business into the #1 corporate accelerator in Australia. Prior to her role at Slingshot, Karen served as CEO of CareerOne, and served as the General Manager at Yahoo!7.


If you’ve ever worked for a successful start-up, you’d know that it involves wearing many hats and fast-paced growth. Therefore, ensuring your people are supported, coached and equipped to thrive is an essential aspect of success. Karen joins us to tell you how you can deliver great results by helping others reach their true potential.


Authentic Leadership Summit Speaker - Tom Rogers


Tom Rogers has been a leader and an advocate for leadership education his entire career. Having graduated as an officer from the Royal Military College (RMC) Duntroon in 1983 he went on to serve the Australian Defence Force Academy as Senior Instructor in Leadership at RMC Duntroon, Commander of a United Nations observer mission on the Golan Heights, and Executive Director at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM delivering highly respected executive development programs for leaders and future leaders of Australasian police.


In December 2014 Tom was appointed the Australian Electoral Commissioner, and having recently been appointed for another five-year term, continues to lead the organisation to deliver the Australian citizen’s right to vote.

Our key resource speakers have achieved new levels of success by being their true selves at work and having a shared purpose with their organisation and its people.

Sign up for The Authentic Leadership Summit and learn how you too can support, engage and empower your teams to succeed.

Authentic Leadership Summit 2020 - March 17 to 20