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AFR Boss Leadership Summit

The Australian Financial Review is proud to announce the inaugural edition of the BOSS Leadership Summit 2017. Registrations now open.

15-16 November 2017 | Intercontinental Sydney

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The Australian Financial Review is pleased to present the inaugural Boss Leadership Summit, to be held on 15-16 November at the Intercontinental, Sydney.

Taking inspiration from the excellent content found in Boss Magazine, this event is set to bring together the nation’s most influential leaders and innovators from across all industries.


  • The future of the workplace
  • The art of leadership
  • Emerging leaders
  • Organisational transformation
  • Collaboration
  • Ethical and environmental leadership

With opportunities throughout the program to push your organisation to the forefront of leadership innovation and workplace progression, the Summit is a must-attend for all executive leaders and business owners.


8:50 am

Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

  •  How has the role of leaders changed in the last 5 years?
  • What are the essential qualities for a world-class leader?
  • Balancing commercial, ethical and environmental obligations in an increasingly uncertain landscape

9:30 am

KEYNOTE | The challenges and opportunities when transitioning from political leadership to leading a corporate peak body

The Hon. Anna Bligh AC, Previous Premier of Queensland and CEO, Australian Bankers' Association

10:00 am

  • Visualising transparency (or being seen to be transparent)
  • Strategies for managing employee and supplier information in a crisis
  • The need for speed; how clear planning and pre-approvals keeps you ahead
  • Why SEO is more powerful than your CEO in a modern crisis
  • How social media can make or break effective management of a crisis

11:00 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:30 am

  • Traits needed to ensure that policy-creation is lead in the best  way for all
  • Leading progressive social change

12:00 pm

  • Challenges and opportunities for today’s leadersChallenges and opportunities for today’s leaders
  • Purpose in leadership
  • What will the leaders of the future look like, in the ever-changing realm of work?

12:30 pm

  • Looking at how innovation and growth need to be balanced
  • Managing both domestic and international growth
  • Determining positive innovation, rather than innovation for innovation’s sake
  • What policy directive are needed to help create the framework for developing new-world leaders?

1:30 pm

Lunch and networking break


2:30 pm

As one of the most high-profile and ground-breaking examples of investigative journalism of the last century, The Panama Papers were a triumph of collaboration. But, to what extent was collaboration with competitors essential to this story and how was that culture encouraged?

3:00 pm

A discussion with Katherine Bray and the impact disruption and agility has had in reimagining the ways in which one of Australia’s most established banks, ANZ, operates.

3:30 pm

Network and refreshment break

4:00 pm

CASE STUDY | Promoting, leading and achieving in WAFL – defining an emerging professional sport

Amanda Farrugia, Captain, Greater Western Sydney Giants

4:30 pm

  • How do you manage and get the best from mavericks in your organisation?
  • Innovation in leadership policy to create better leaders
  • Customer obsession – leadership being informed by customer behaviour

5:00 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:15 pm

Networking Drinks

8:50 am

Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

  • Environmental factors that improve happiness
  • Changing attitudes
  • Motivating millennials — Workforce expectations

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

  • Why ethical leadership makes good business sense
  • Trust, cynicism and ‘The Establishment’
  • How can/have companies recovered trust from an increasingly cynical consumer-base?
  • Success stories and strategies to offer genuine and palpable social change
  • Innovation for both commercial and societal gain

11:45 am

A real-time analysis of how body language and speech can influence leadership ability.

12:15 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:15 pm

  • Being an energising and inspiring leader
  • The persona of ‘The Coach’ – being agile to elevate performance of the workforce
  • Facilitation as a prerequisite for achievement
  • Leaders, coaches and what it takes to build an empowered workforce
  • The art of creating an effective team – being more than just a group of talented individuals

1:45 pm

  • Changing expectations of graduates and young people and what education is doing to meet these
  • Are education and the corporate world working closely enough to create viable and beneficial pathways between one another?
  • How will the workplace change to energise and maximise the potential of emerging leaders?
  • What has the word millennials come to mean?
  • What can be expected to follow millennials?

2:30 pm

Dr Larry Marshall will discuss the unique power of science to unit government, business and community stakeholders around solutions.

3:00 pm

Network and refreshment break

3:30 pm

  • A look into what it takes to climb the leadership ladder, quickly
  • What it means to be a young leader, influencing strategy and culture
  • What the future holds for some of the most promising leaders  of today

4:15 pm

Maintaining high-quality leadership in research; Keeping Australia on the forefront of academic progress

Prof Michelle Y. Simmons, Centre Director & Work-Package Leader, Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology and Scientia Professor of Physics, UNSW and Laureate Fellow, Australian Research Council

4:45 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

4:50 pm

End of Conference


Packages Price
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Alan Joyce

CEO, Qantas

The Hon. Anna Bligh AC

Previous Premier of Queensland and CEO, Australian Bankers' Association

Andrew Thorburn


Pip Marlow

CEO, Strategic Innovation, Suncorp

Will Easton

Managing Director, Facebook ANZ

The Hon Linda Burney MP

Shadow Minister for Human Services

Kath Bray

New Ways of Working Transformation Lead, ANZ

Andy Vesey


Larry Marshall


Jo Gray

Editor - BOSS Magazine, Australian Financial Review

Simon Kelly

CEO & MD, Ardent Leisure

Gerard Ryle

Director, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Laura Berry

CEO, Supply Nation

Paul Migliorini

Managing Director - ANZ, Amazon Web Services

Stephanie Fahey

CEO, Austrade

Amanda Farrugia

Captain, Greater Western Sydney Giants

Stuart Irvine

CEO, Lion

Adrian Turner


Simon Longstaff

Executive Director, The Ethics Centre

Dominic Price

Head of Research and Development and Work Futurist, Atlassian

Martin Riordan

Director, MDR Education

Susan Just

Principal, Lauriston Girls' School

Craig Robertson

CEO, TAFE Directors Australia

Dr Louise Mahler

Director, The Art of Business

Helen Steel

Executive Director, Shared Value Project

Sue Kench

Chief Executive Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Sue Cato

Founder, Cato Counsel

Lisa Annese

CEO, Diversity Council Australia

Kip Williams

Artistic Director, Sydney Theatre Company

Shenaz Khan

Group General Manager Enterprise Strategy, Westpac

Damien Mu

CEO, AIA Australia

Prof Shirley Alexander

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education & Students), UTS

Christophe Gantzer

Senior Finance Leader & Director, Nestlé

Prof Michelle Y. Simmons

Centre Director & Work-Package Leader, Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology and Scientia Professor of Physics, UNSW and Laureate Fellow, Australian Research Council

when & where

15 - 16 Nov 2017

Intercontinental Sydney
117 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
+61(02) 9253 9000

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Call Lido on 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Conference Producer
Christopher Platt
02 9080 4037

Sponsorship Manager
Alex Cook
02 9080 4425

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