Keynote Speakers

Shemara Wikramanayake

Shemara Wikramanayake

Managing Director & CEO, Macquarie Group

Shemara became Macquarie Group’s Managing Director and CEO on 1 December 2018.

Macquarie is a global financial group providing clients with asset management, banking, leasing, advisory and risk and capital solutions. Headquartered and listed in Australia, it operates in 27 countries and has approximately $A550 billion in assets under management.

Shemara joined Macquarie in 1987 in Macquarie Capital in Sydney. In her time at Macquarie, Shemara has worked in six countries and across several business lines, establishing and leading Macquarie’s corporate advisory offices in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and the infrastructure funds management business in the US and Canada. Shemara has also served as Chair of the Macquarie Group Foundation.

As Head of Macquarie Asset Management for 10 years before her appointment as CEO, Shemara led a team of 1,600 staff in 24 countries. Macquarie Asset Management grew to become a world-leading manager of infrastructure and real assets and a top 50 global public securities manager.

Before joining Macquarie, Shemara worked as a corporate lawyer at Blake Dawson Waldron in Sydney. She holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from UNSW.

Opening Address

Mike Cameron

Mike Cameron

Group Executive, Customer & Revenue, PEXA

A finance industry executive with more than 25 years’ experience, Mike specialises in delivering transformational change outcomes. In his current role, he is responsible for boosting the growth of PEXA’s national e-conveyancing solution and driving adoption by banks, lawyers and conveyancers.

Mike joined PEXA in 2012 as the Chief Operating Officer, subsequently as the Group Executive, Operations before being appointed Group Executive, Customer and Revenue in July 2017.

Prior to PEXA, Mike held several leadership positions at National Australia Bank.

Mike holds Diploma's in Management and Manufacturing from UNSW Business School and RMIT University.

Session: Panelist - What does it take to get to GM Level?
In this session you will be joined by esteemed professionals in the industry sharing their experience on how you make the leap from middle -management to GM level, what are the skills you need and how to effectively position yourself to be considered for top jobs. In addition, what qualifications or additional studies do you need such as overseas study at Harvard or Oxford Universities.

Taking a ‘MythBusters’ approach to further studies, does having this level of education on your CV really set you apart from moving up on Your On Top of the Ladder to a GM role? This session will have you walking away with insights on how to approach the next step in your career.

James Castrission

James Castrission

Founder and Program Director, MyAdventure Group

James Castrission is a famous Australian Explorer constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance.
Most recently, on the 26th January 2012, he made history by completing the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time, alongside his best mate, Jonesy. In 100 years of polar exploration no-one had EVER walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without assistance. Many had tried, none had succeeded. After 89 gruelling days they made it back to the coast after having skied 2275km with everything they needed to survive in the harshest environment on Earth.

Four years earlier they Crossed the Ditch – paddling 3318km without assistance across the Tasman Sea for another world first. They braved 10 metre swells, howling winds, endured severe food and sleep deprivation and adverse winds and currents. They became the first kayakers to cross the Tasman Sea as well as becoming the longest transoceanic double kayak expedition. Staggering upon the shores of New Zealand, the adventurers were sunburnt, bearded, underweight, and physically and mentally wasted…but most of all happy to be alive.

In 2013, he founded MyAdventure Group – business commited to providing Australia’s premier corporate Adventure-based development programs. Harnessing lessons learnt from the most hostile environments on earth, his corporate programs are designed to develop teams and drive competitive advantage in organisations.

He holds 2 Guinness World Records for his accomplishments and is highly regarded as one of Australia’s premier public speakers. He has written 2 bestselling books: Crossing the Ditch and Extreme South.

Session: 6 Step Journey from Inspiration to Execution
In this lively session you will takeaway the six critical steps that ensured James survival, but also helped him achieve two Guinness World Record adventures.

James developed this six step model so that you can apply these learnings to achieving any BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). It’s a model that will help you and your team build clarity and alignment to organisations achieving the impossible.

Lisa Dowie

Lisa Dowie

Chief Customer Officer, PEXA

Lisa has been with PEXA since November 2012, and during this time has held various roles in both Technology and Operations. Since February 2016 in her role as Chief Customer Officer, Lisa is transforming the way property is transacted in Australia.

PEXA is an online exchange that keeps everyone in the picture as property settlement progresses. Conveyancers, lawyers, banks, land registries and state revenue offices all collaborate, increasing transparency for a better overall buyer/seller experience.

Lisa has 20 years’ experience in Finance, Information Technology and Telecommunications industries. Prior to joining PEXA, Lisa led various transformation initiatives at ANZ and Telstra, and spent time in the United Kingdom working with Accenture and JP Morgan Chase.

Lisa brings to her role extensive experience in leading transformation, stakeholder management and operational excellence. Lisa has successfully motivated and inspired teams to deliver large-scale change, driving a superior customer experience.

Lisa is passionate about creating a purpose led organisation, placing Customer at the centre of strategy.

Rebecca Evans

Rebecca Evans

Group Executive Director, PEXA

Rebecca joined PEXA in 2013 to lead the human resources function, building a people and culture team from the ground up. Rebecca is responsible for aligning PEXA’s people and culture with PEXA’s strategy and vision.

Rebecca has previously held human resources roles in a number of different industries from financial services to education and recruitment, including positions at IG Markets and Queensland Teachers Union.
Rebecca holds a Diploma in Human Resources from the Swinburne University of Technology and attended Harvard’s Authentic Leadership Program in 2016.

Session: Panelist - What Constitutes Bullying?
Following on from our popular Deep Dive series in 2018 we continue the discussion with our panel of HR Professionals and Employment Lawyer on ‘What Constitutes Bullying?’ Is Bullying the same as conflict between people or disliking someone? Is it the tone or the language used between two people and not knowing your boundaries? Is Bullying when people repeatedly and intentionally act against someone causing distress and risk to their wellbeing? How does a Bullying case stand up in court? How should you react and what steps should you take if you need help.

You will walk away with tips on how to better manage conflict and to also improve your interaction with colleagues and staff.

Deegan Fitzharris

Deegan Fitzharris

Partner, Shanahan Tudhope Lawyers

Deegan is partner in the workplace law group at Shanahan Tudhope Lawyers. He specialises in all aspects of workplace law, including employment contracts and employment policies, incentive, bonus and remuneration schemes, industrial relations issues, workplace litigation, discrimination and work health and safety. He has particular experience in the banking and finance industry. He acts for a number of banks and financial institutions and was previously seconded to the legal team of a bank.

Session: Panelist - What Constitutes Bullying?
Following on from our popular Deep Dive series in 2018 we continue the discussion with our panel of HR Professionals and Employment Lawyer on ‘What Constitutes Bullying?’ Is Bullying the same as conflict between people or disliking someone? Is it the tone or the language used between two people and not knowing your boundaries? Is Bullying when people repeatedly and intentionally act against someone causing distress and risk to their wellbeing? How does a Bullying case stand up in court? How should you react and what steps should you take if you need help.

You will walk away with tips on how to better manage conflict and to also improve your interaction with colleagues and staff.

Elly Johnson

Elly Johnson

Founder & Managing Director, TruthAbility

Elly specialises in identifying situations where there is a higher likelihood of hidden truth and reveals how to influence for truth and build trust in important interactions and high-stake situations. Whilst people get excited at the idea of becoming ‘human lie detectors’, Elly encourages them to first become ‘truth-attractors’, learning how to create a truth telling environment and reducing the need to spot lies.

Swinging her very own Wonder Woman inspired 'Lasso of Truth', Elly channels her superpowers to show you how to read behaviour, get information, and attract more truth when it matters most. She debunks myths and leaves the audience with valuable tips to get more truth, build more trust and spot more lies, whether in the boardroom, the interview room, the lunchroom or the bedroom.

With experience in law enforcement, sales, senior management and business, Elly’s passion shines through as she shares stories and case studies that illustrate how a greater awareness of the importance of truth and trust can reduce risk and result in more productive, authentic and trustworthy relationships.

Session: 4 Ways Truth Can Impact Your Success

This session introduces the 4 Truth Circles and explores how they are used as a guide to understand the power of TRUTH in every interaction. When relationship and communication breakdowns are present there is often a Truth Dilemma® at the core. Understanding how to identify, decode and navigate a tangled situation involving hidden or twisted truth can result in better outcomes and stronger relationships.

Building your confidence to hear, speak and uncover TRUTH when it matters most can strengthen communication skills and equip you with skills to get the information you need to get your message across and make better decisions.

Katrina McCarter

Katrina McCarter

Founder & CEO, Marketing to Mums

Katrina McCarter is the founder and CEO of Marketing to Mums. She is a marketing strategist who specialises in understanding mothers as a powerful market sector, through experience and research.
She holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Masters of Business Administration (International Business) and has more than fifteen years sales and marketing experience working across diverse industries including grocery, hardware and online.

Eight years ago after the birth of her three children she launched Bubbler.com.au, an award-winning shopping website for mums which she grew to a community of more than 150,000 mums before selling in late 2016.

Katrina is the author of the best-selling business book, Marketing to Mums : How to sell more to Australia’s most powerful consumer.

Katrina is an accomplished international speaker having spoken in Paris and New York in 2018.
In 2019 Katrina will release three new pieces of research: a report into what Australian Mums want from automotive brands, a study into Mums and their relationship with Money and attitudes towards banks and financial providers and, a study into how to reach pregnant and first time mothers.

Session: Redefining Success

What does it mean to be successful? In this presentation, award-winning businesswoman and mother of three, Katrina demonstrates that success differs for everyone as she shares seven learnings she has made on her journey from corporate businesswoman to stay at home Mum to successful entrepreneur.

This is Katrina’s signature motivational keynote designed to entertain, inspire and motivate your audience to question how they view success and reflect on their personal contribution to their organisation.

Greg Miller

Greg Miller

Owner, GKM Consulting and Advisory

Greg has been a leader and pioneer in many parts of the financial planning industry. While having 36 years of experience, Greg has introduced many new businesses and programs to the industry. This includes starting Garvan Financial Planning for the Lend Lease Group, starting MLC Direct and commencing the Stanford University study groups. MLC Direct included introducing customer DIY tools to attract customers to a different proposition, phone-based advice and MLC Advice franchises.

Greg has been a director of a wide variety of NAB financial planning licensees (from 2001 to 2018). In addition, he has been a director of JBWere and Chairman of Calibre Asset Management in Hong Kong. Some of these directorships also included membership of investment and risk committees. He was also a long-term member of the Financial Services Council Advice Board. He is also a member of the Institute of Company Directors.

Leadership and challenging the status quo has been at the essence of Greg’s career. This was added to by the completion of the Stanford Executive Program. Greg also has experience attending parliamentary enquiries – the senate estimates committee and the parliamentary joint committee into life assurance.
Greg is now consulting and participating in advisory boards for businesses, as well as providing executive coaching for women.

Session: Sitting on a Board - What's really involved?
In this session we look at the level of involvement in sitting on a board. You will be joined by experienced executives who will pass on their knowledge on the pros and cons of sitting on a Listed Company Board or a Not for Profit board. Is it what you think it is? How do I lay the foundation for board roles in the future? What do I need on my CV? Are Board placement companies worth it or should I be using my networks? What are the pros and cons of being on the board? What are the risk that I should know about and time commitment?

You will walk away with insights and tips to determine if being on a board is for you now or in the future.

Michelle Sales

Michelle Sales

Owner & Director, Michelle Sales

Michelle Sales is passionate about helping people tap into their true potential – in leadership and in life.

As a highly sought-after speaker, facilitator, coach and author, she has helped thousands of senior leaders and their teams learn to show up as the best version of themselves, to build their confidence and influence with others, and to maximise their leadership and performance.

Michelle worked for 28 years in corporate roles – with many of those being senior and executive leadership roles in financial services – before establishing her own leadership business in 2012. From her experience, she understands the real challenges and opportunities that leaders in business face every day. Stepping up with real confidence takes work – both to build confidence and, more importantly,
to sustain it. So, the systems and processes she uses are based on real-life results and are things she practises regularly herself.

Michelle loves learning and is constantly seeking to improve her own knowledge, capability and edge in order to add value to her clients. She is currently studying positive psychology and is a past graduate from the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education’s Art and Practice of Leadership Development and Women and Power: Leadership in a New World programs. In 2016, she was nominated for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Michelle is loved by her clients, colleagues and friends for her authenticity and warmth as much as for her hard-hitting ability to hold people to account.To find out more about Michelle, go to michellesales.com.au.

Session: The Power of Real Confidence

If you, like many of us, find yourself sitting back and playing by the rules, certain that with enough hard work our natural talents would be recognised and rewarded. And yet as we work, ever diligent, the more confident people around us are promoted more frequently, paid more and are more influential.

How much closer would we get to achieving our full potential if we had the confidence to give anything a go!

In this session on The Power of Real Confidence Michelle will:
1. Talk about what confidence really is and how it can take us to a whole other level in terms of our performance and influence.
2. Talk about how to develop real confidence.
3. Identify and harness those aspects of yourself that are uniquely you and use that to build a brand that supports your career.

Be prepared to walk away with a desire to take action, be energised about the possibilities to build or expand your confidence and have a willingness to embrace what is uniquely you.

Tim Steele

Tim Steele

General Manager, NAB Financial Planning & NAB Direct Advice

Tim joined NAB Financial Planning in 2016 where he is responsible for more than 400 salaried and self-employed advisers providing quality advice to NAB clients.

Prior to this, Tim was Managing Director for ipac and Genesys Wealth Advisers where he successfully led various customer focussed and strategic business initiatives.

Tim was also Director of AMP Horizons and other programs to support emerging talent. Prior to AMP, Tim worked in financial services in the United States for 8½ years.

Throughout his career, Tim has demonstrated a track record of leading large teams to help advisers grow and develop their businesses, and provide customers with high quality financial advice and an exceptional experience.
Tim is a Director of the Australian Rugby Foundation.

Session: What does it take to get to GM Level?
In this session you will be joined by esteemed professionals in the industry sharing their experience on how you make the leap from middle -management to GM level, what are the skills you need and how to effectively position yourself to be considered for top jobs. In addition, what qualifications or additional studies do you need such as overseas study at Harvard or Oxford Universities.

Taking a ‘MythBusters’ approach to further studies, does having this level of education on your CV really set you apart from moving up on Your On Top of the Ladder to a GM role? This session will have you walking away with insights on how to approach the next step in your career.

Catriona Wallace

Dr Catriona Wallace

CEO & Founder, Flamingo Ai

Dr Catriona Wallace is the Founder and CEO of Artificial Intelligence FinTech and ASX Listed company (ASX:FGO) Flamingo Ai, provider of Cognitive Virtual Assistant and Knowledge Management technologies. Flamingo Ai is the second only woman led (CEO & Chair) business to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Based in NYC and Sydney, Dr Catriona Wallace has been recognised by the Australian Financial Review as the Most Influential Woman in Business & Entrepreneurship (2018), and as the FinTech Leader and Overall Excellence in Finance award by Women in Finance (2018). Catriona is one of the world’s most cited experts on the Future of Customer Experience, Artificial Intelligence and Bot Strategy.

Catriona has a PhD in Organizational Behavior: Human Technology Interaction and is a well published author and commentator.

Catriona is a highly recognized business person having recently been awarded Advance Australia’s highest award in Technology & Innovation for Australian’s working abroad. Catriona has been inducted into the Australian Business Woman’s Hall of Fame, has won Telstra Business Awards, and is Alumni of the Springboard Enterprises Women Entrepreneur’s and EY Entrepreneur of the Year programs. Catriona was awarded a prestigious Pearcey Foundation award for tech entrepreneurs. She was recently named among the Top 9 Female Entrepreneurs by the Sydney Morning Herald and Top 30 Women redefining business by Womens’ Agenda.

Catriona is also a philanthropist, human rights activist and mother of five.

Session: My Journey
How do you turn a software start-up into an ASX Listed Company in just two years? As one of the world’s most cited experts on the Future of Customer Experience, Artificial Intelligence and Bot Strategy, Dr Catriona Wallace will share with us what it took to get to where she is now and the difficulty of being a woman in a male-dominated industry. From a dream of becoming a farmer, to becoming a Police Officer and owning a nightclub to where she is today. Learn what it takes to be the second only women CEO and woman Chaired business ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange? An incredibly successful woman in business who is unstoppable.