NextGen in Business Event Series

Global experts share the secrets of workplace reinvention at NextGen in Business.

For the first time, we have five different generations in the workforce – but the things that drive Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers and Traditionalists are very, very different.

To cater to them all you need to rethink a lot of things you take for granted inside your business, from communications and technology to recruitment, working practices, incentives and process automation.

This new event series brings global experts to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to share insights on how some of the world’s most advanced companies are turning these problems into a new opportunity.

Hear from:

  • Netflix’s culture architect Patty McCord;
  • Atlassian work futurist Dom Price;
  • Business transformation expert Tom Goodwin;
  • Billion-dollar startup founder Cyan Ta’eed;
  • Workplace by Facebook with Ben Gould
  • HubSpot Australia’s Culture & Engagement Manager Claudia Shepherd


And many more besides.

Start honing your skills to tackle the next generation of business challenges, and get practical takeaways to make your workplace work better.


Patty McCord
Author of “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility”

How to meet the highest workplace expectations

In the last year, the world has been turned on its head, with changing worker expectation and increased calls for diversity and more female leaders ensuring business as usual is no longer acceptable for any business if it is to succeed.

With shifting workplace practices and changing expectations from Millennials and Gen Zs entering the workforce for the first time, how can businesses built on traditional ideals adapt, and ensure they take their older and established workforce on the journey?

Patty McCord, widely regarded as one of the leading workplace culture thinkers in the world, has been there and done that. During her 14 years at Netflix she helped the business transition from a DVD delivery company to the world’s biggest entertainment provider.

It was a journey that taught everyone in the company a lot, and gave rise to what Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg described as “the most influential document to ever come out of Silicone Valley”: the Netflix Culture Deck.

With more than 15m views, the deck is the backbone of Netflix’s fabled open and honest culture which demands nothing less than excellence from each employee.

In this session, McCord will share some of her experiences from her time at Netflix, and subsequently as a consultant to some of the world’s biggest brands, on preparing for the next generation of the workforce and creating a culture that everyone can embrace.

Tom Goodwin
Business transformation leader

How to brace for the changes technology is bringing to your business

The robots are coming, and they are gunning for your job. In the next decade, different types of artificial intelligence will perform arduous tasks that currently take large teams of people in moments.

And that is just one of the many disruptions coming for your business that will help ensure the jobs people are doing today will look very different in the next 20 years, and the skills you need to have in the company are entirely different.

But how do you go about training and preparing the people you already have for this brave new world, and what are the traits and skills you should be looking for in your new hires to make them adaptable for it?

In this session Goodwin, who has spent his career helping some of the world’s biggest companies prepare for disruption, will outline some of the technologies you need to be aware of, and how you need to think about training yourself and your people with a new range of skills to make them fit for purpose in the new environment.

Dominic Price
Atlassian’s Work Futurist

How to build 21st Century-ready teams

All successful businesses are built around strong teams, but many companies are unable to create teams capable of creating the products and services they need.

Dom Price has spent his career studying how teams operate, and is on the cutting edge when it comes to creating high-performance workplaces. At Atlassian he has created the Atlassian Team Playbook, which details more than 100 team building activities that have helped take the company from a Sydney-based tech startup to multi-billion dollar listed company with offices across the world.

In this presentation he will detail how he approaches thinking about workplace structures, creating agile teams, and why taking the traditional approach to work will ensure your company is doomed to fail fast.

Claudia Shepherd
HubSpot Australia’s Culture & Engagement Manager

Winning at your employee experience strategy

As Manager of Culture and Engagement, Claudia is an integral part of ensuring HubSpot’s award winning culture flourishes in the APAC region. Since joining in 2015 she has helped triple HubSpot Sydney’s team while maintaining their culture. In a keynote she will delve into winning at your employee culture.

Ben Gould
Growth Lead at Workplace by Facebook

Ben leads growth for Workplace by Facebook across Australia and New Zealand. Workplace is an internal communications and collaboration platform that unlocks human potential by giving the world a place to work together. With over 30,000 customers globally, Facebook helps companies be more open and connected with their employees in a mobile first world.

Amber Johnson
Human Resources Manager at Envato

Amber Johnson is the HR Manager at Envato, the world’s leading community for creative assets and creative people. Amber has spent more than 10 years in human resources, covering the entire spectrum from talent acquisition to implementing people and culture strategies. Amber will join our panel discussions in Brisbane 22 May and Sydney 23 May 2018.

Cyan Ta’eed
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Envato

Cyan Ta’eed is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Envato. She began her career as a graphic designer, founding Envato out of her parent’s garage. Cyan has created a diverse,  inclusive and female empowered culture at Envato that promotes innovation, flexibility and robust HR practices. Cyan will join our panel discussion at the Melbourne event on 24 May 2018.

Zach Kitschke
Head of People at Canva

Zach is Head of People at Canva, one of the world’s fastest growing tech start-ups with over 10 million users in 190 countries. Zach plays an integral role in the 250 strong team, by focusing on team goal setting and celebrating achievement, as well as building a collaborative and inclusive culture that empowers everyone to grow and develop. He will join the panel in Sydney on 23 May 2018.

Lauren Trethowan
Head of Technology, People and Culture at Australia Post

Lauren is a registered psychologist with over 15 years’ experience in people and change, with a focus on designing great workplace cultures, employee experience and developing capability. Lauren is currently Head of HR, Technology at Australia Post and a member of the Technology Senior Leadership Team. Her role involves providing strategic HR advice, consulting and coaching for all of Technology and supporting the new technology strategy. Prior to that she was Head of Culture at Australia Post and spent eight years in Management Consulting at PwC.

Claire Madden
Social Researcher and Demographer

Claire Madden

Claire Madden is the Australian go-to expert on generational engagement. The social researcher, media commentator and author of Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials, will be the master of ceremonies for the series.

Dr Alicia Aitken
Transformation & Change Delivery at ANZ


Alicia is tasked with ensuring ANZ has the talent, culture & capability needed to execute the organisation’s strategic agenda. ANZ is embracing new ways of working by breaking down hierarchies and increasing collaboration across business units ensuring the change capability to adapt and grow.  Alicia will join the panel discussion in Brisbane on 22 May 2018.


More speakers and session information will be added to the program as details are confirmed.


We live in an era of rapid technological and social change, and this is changing how we live and work. There is now a multi-generational workforce spanning five generations, and digital technology continues to transform the ‘who’, ‘how’, ‘why’, and ‘where’ of doing business.

Businesses who want to thrive into the future will need to effectively balance the three pillars of leadership, diversity and flexibility in order to attract and retain the best staff and maximise the productivity of their people.

The Next Gen in Business conference series features a stellar line-up of expert business leaders and entrepreneurs who can assist businesspeople to work better together for a better future.

Topics include:
  • The art of managing a multi-generational workforce
  • Leading through uncertainty
  • Meeting the market: recruitment and retention
  • Diversity and inclusion as a driver for innovation, creativity and productivity
  • Succession planning: mentoring and development
  • Managing a flexible and diverse workforce

Download the full program here

Dates and locations

The NextGen in Business Event Series will take place in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne from 22 May to 24 May.

BRISBANE | 22 May, 2018 – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

SYDNEY | 23 May, 2018 – International Convention Centre (ICC)

MELBOURNE | 24 May, 2018 – Melbourne Convention Centre


If you are an Australian Chamber or State Chamber member you are entitled to receive $150 off non-member pricing.

Please contact Liz Wheatley on 02 6270 8047 for further information.

Australian Chamber members
Discounted rate: $500

Standard: $650

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