Announcing our first four speakers
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From Silicon Valley to Pixar to Juniper, My Collaboration with Steve Jobs, and Why I Left Corporate Life to Study Eastern Philosophy and Meditation
One day in November 1994, Lawrence Levy received a phone call out of the blue from Steve Jobs, offering him a job running Pixar, a little-known company that had already lost Jobs $50 million. With some trepidation Lawrence accepted the position – and after a few weeks discovered that the company was on the verge of failure. Everything was riding on the studio’s first feature film, code-named “Toy Story”, and even then, it would have to be one of the most successful animated features of all time…
As we all know, Toy Story went on to break box office records and Lawrence and Steve Jobs created one of Hollywood’s greatest success stories producing Academy Award winning films like Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Cars.
We are thrilled and honoured to announce Lawrence as our keynote speaker.
This fascinating talk will explore the culture of innovation, what it means for leaders to also be collaborators, and the challenges of harmonizing business and creative imperatives. Lawrence will describe the hidden costs of performance culture, and what we can do to build better, stronger, more humanistic organizations.
Lawrence is also the author of To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History. The London Sunday Times described the book as “a magnifying glass held to the small print that is needed to make magic” and the New York Times called it “enchanting.” The book is an Amazon Best Book of 2016 in Business and Leadership and A Fortune Magazine Best Book of 2016.
Brain Boss: Simple Strategies to Boost Focus, Creativity and Resilience
Dr. Heidi Hanna is a New York Times bestselling author, Chief Energy Officer and
founder of Synergy, a company providing brain-based health and performance programs to organisations such as Microsoft, GE, Google, Starbucks, Boeing, Morgan Stanley, Ameriprise, Nationwide and many more.
In this interactive presentation, participants will learn the critical components of brain health that provide a foundation for improved cognitive functioning throughout the lifespan, understand the power of mental and physical training to stimulate energy, and create an actionable plan for implementing a sustainable brain-body fitness program that can be applied to their everyday life. Real-world solutions currently being used successfully within organisations will be discussed in order to develop a brain healthy toolbox for both individuals and groups.
Heidi has featured at the Fortune Magazine’s Most Successful Women in Business Summit, the ESPN Women in Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Roundtable.
For fun, Heidi is a national board member for Blessings in a Backpack, a volunteer speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association, and has established a non-profit called Beyond Funny that provides resources related to humour and the brain. She has recently been appointed to a faculty position with the International Brain Health Education Institute and will be teaching a new course on the Applied Neuroscience of Stress and Health in the spring of 2018.
A Journey from Learning to Meditate to Becoming eBay Australia’s Mindfulness Ambassador
Britta Baumann will share her journey of driving a culture of mindfulness in a fast paced, corporate organisation. The Mindfulness Initiative introduced by eBay Australia has increased employees’ empathy, stress resilience and self-control, while helping to reduce anxiety and the feeling of being “burned out”.
Britta will discuss:
- What practical steps were taken to incorporate Mindfulness into eBay Australia’s culture
- How to approach, engage, and gain leadership support
- Employee reactions and the benefits gained
- How to sustain the mindfulness practice
- What lessons they learned
This presentation will empower and offer practical advice to anyone embarking on their own journey to become a Mindfulness Champion in their own organisations. Are you ready to change your colleagues’ lives for the better?
Britta is the head of eBay Australia’s Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) business which represents a healthy proportion of eBay Australia’s trading volume. As well as being responsible for the private seller and buyer strategy, she’s also the Marketing, Product Experience, Business Development, and Innovation lead for this segment.
After relocating from Germany in 2007, Britta worked at PayPal Australia in Merchant Services. In both her personal and professional life she’s passionate about spreading the mindfulness message to increase resilience, productivity, as well as mental and overall wellbeing. She lives in Sydney with her husband and three gorgeous children.
Mindfulness for Improved Human Performance, Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive Mastery in the Australian Army
Richard will share research on the benefits of mindfulness training in the Military and its application for corporate environments. These benefits include improved job performance, arousal regulation, impulse control, trauma recovery, emotional-intelligence and decision-making.
The Australian Army, the Defence Science and Technology Group and seven partner Universities have established the Human Performance Research Network (HPRnet) to enhance the physical and cognitive performance of Australia’s military personnel.
Richard will discuss the challenges and opportunities for making mindfulness programs acceptable in large organisations and the sensitivities and ethics of mindfulness training in the military and corporate environments.
Richard has led teams involved in peace keeping, humanitarian assistance and conflict resolution in East Timor, the South Pacific, Iraq and Afghanistan.
He has been practicing mindfulness for 20 years. In off-duty hours he facilitates a community meditation group. Richard has been trialling mindfulness training in the Australian Army as part of research initiatives to improve human performance, resilience and recovery of military personnel.
Richard’s works supports the Human Performance Research Network (HPRnet) comprising the Australian Army, the Defence Science and Technology Group and seven partner Universities.