Top 100 HR Tech influencer, Top-25 Global Consultancy influencer and Global VP Talent & Product Strategy at Oracle
Chris has worked diligently through her career with business and HR leaders—as an internal HR or HR strategy/technology practitioner, Consultant/Adviser, or Researcher/Analyst —on radically improving talent strategy, technology, and leadership—as well as the tech vendors who serve them.
With a unique blend of technical, HR practitioner, business and vendor experience, she laughingly describes herself as a bit of a talent, HR Tech and Future of Work “whisperer”. Chris has a degree in MIS, with a concentration in AI, from the UGA Terry College of Business. She loves figuring out how the latest trends and innovations in data, tools, and technology can help change the face of HR and the world of work.
She will say technology and data does play a huge role in how we make work better for people and people better at work — and not just be the work. And that humans are the ones who ask questions, solve problems, and take actions — with tools/technology in hand. Chris loves helping companies and people think about their outcomes — ask the right questions — determine technology and data strategy — and how it should all be utilized and applied to get their desired outcomes. She doesn’t profess to have the answers, but how to help you solve for them.
Chris was named as an Onalytica recent research report, “Who’s Who in Future of Work?” as well as their “Top 25 Global Consultancies Influencers” research study across all C-Suite topic categories — including the AI, emerging tech, and future of work sub-categories. She is also featured in Human Resource Executive® and the HR Technology Conference annual Top 100 HR Tech Influencers list, which recognizes individuals from the HR, technology, and business communities who are impacting the state and future direction of HR technology.
Professor of Work, Innovation and Technology at Macquarie University
Kristine Dery is the Professor of Work, Technology and Innovation, and Associate Dean Curriculum and Learning- Post-experience at Macquarie Business School.
She leads the strategic development and delivery of all post graduate programs for executives with business experience looking to upskill or transition to new roles. These courses include: MBA, GMBA, Master of Applied Finance and a suite of Executive Education open and bespoke programs including micro-credentials. Kristine is also an Academic Research Fellow with MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (MIT CISR).
Kristine’s current research explores what it takes for large companies to transform their workforce to be relevant in a digital world. Together with colleagues at MIT CISR, Kristine has recently published a framework that helps firms understand the degree to which their workforce is future-ready. Kristine’s previous research has explored the employee experience in the context of Agile Ways of Working, Virtual Connectivity, and also what it takes to attract and retain the Talent with the digital skills to successfully deliver on the challenges of new digital business models. She works closely with research colleagues both at MIT CISR and Macquarie Business School to ensure that her research is integrated into the broader context of digital transformation.
Alistair is an Associate Partner focused on unlocking potential and performance through culture, organisation design, change leadership, and operating model design and leadership development.
He is a leader of McKinsey’s People and Organisation Performance Practice across Asia. He is passionate about mental health and is one of the founding leaders of the McKinsey Health Institute, with a focus on workplace mental health, and an advisor on McKinsey’s global mental health program “Mind Matters”.
An accomplished TED speaker, Dom is proud to work at Atlassian, the home of the most intelligent t-shirt wearers in business.
As their resident Work Futurist, Dom is Atlassian’s in house “Team Doctor” helping Atlassian scale by being ruthlessly efficient and effective, and spends over half his time helping their customers navigate transformation, agility, leadership, and the future of work.
Dom helped pioneer Atlassian’s Team Playbook and has a deep passion for understanding of teamwork and the changes needed today to build thriving businesses.
He has previously been the GM Program Management for a global gaming company and a Director of Deloitte.
A keen traveller, Dom has traversed over 53 countries so far, but after 17 years on these shores, he calls Australia home.
Founder, Emjoy and Former GM, Culture & Employee Experience, Virgin Australia Group
I am Emma, Founder of Emjoy. Emjoy is about stripping away the big words, the fancy diagrams and standard frameworks. It’s about real human leadership. It’s about remembering what it’s like to be an employee at all stages and what that means to people. It’s about giving people a reason to get up every morning. Giving them something to believe in. It’s simple, its inspirational, it’s the future and it delivers joy in spades.
And what do I know about Culture and Experience? I’ve spent the last 15 years of my career at the global leader in creating epic Cultures, the Virgin brand, Virgin Australia. I began my career in early days of Virgin Blue and experienced the unique challenge that comes with aviation. My last role as the General Manager of Culture and Employee Experience gave me the opportunity to lead a 9,500 employee base. From hiring the best of the best, to having to let go thousands of employees during COVID that loved what they did. It was a role that encompassed the breadth of human emotion.
Throughout the most challenging year globally, I made a push to implement Workplace by Facebook to all employees. In a time of extreme stress, anxiety and sadness the roll out of this tool transformed the way we approached our people and allowed us to do something extraordinary. Proving that communicating with your people as real, raw humans will always triumph.
Liz is an Associate Principle at NOBL, a global organisational design firm born in the US with a new office in Sydney. She’ll break down what leaders can do to create and retain a high-performing team, drawing on her experience in operations, human resources, and organisational strategy to drive meaningful and lasting change.
Chief People & Sustainability Officer at REA Group
Mary is the Chief People Officer of REA Group and is responsible for the Group’s people strategy across its global network.
She leads teams across business partnering, talent acquisition, remuneration, organisation development, HR operations, employee communications, community partnerships and sustainability. Mary joined REA in March 2018, and with more than 25 years’ experience in HR, she is passionate about realising enterprise value and growth by creating an exceptional employee experience.
Prior to REA, Mary worked for Campbell Arnott’s where she was the Vice President – Human Resources for Asia Pacific for eight years and worked in a variety of senior HR roles with Campbell Soup Company both in Australia and the US. Previously, Mary worked with Lion – a leading beverages company in Australasia – for 6 years in HR roles across Australia and China.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Manufacturing Management from the University of Technology Sydney and is a founding member of the International Women’s Forum Australia.
As Director of Strategic Research at ADAPT Matt Boon, is responsible for directing and developing ADAPTs research content and positions. In his role at ADAPT Boon advises C-Suite executives across the end-user and technology provider landscape. Boon is also responsible for bringing together groups of C-Suite leaders to discuss and prepare for the myriad of challenges and opportunities they face.
ADAPT host’s numerous industry leading IT focused events annually and Boon is responsible for hosting, chairing and delivering ADAPT independent content and positions to help attendees make informed IT decisions.
Jim is well known in the local market for delivering on his promise and his entire career has been spent connecting the right people at the right time in roles across Europe, China and Australia.
He founded ADAPT to deliver quality outcomes with integrity and now in our 8th year, growth has been consistent. Jim is still positioned across sales and account management where he delivers innovative results and programs and leads by example.
He also runs entrepreneurial product development and the evolution and clear differentiated value of ADAPT’s offerings. As well as a NSW Small Business Excellence nomination, ADAPT were 55th in BRW’s 2014 Top 100 Start Ups – Jim’s 3rd time there – previously as Founder of Strategic Path, an award-winning ICT publisher, he steered the company to make the list in both 2009 and 2010.