May 2021 | Sydney
Look out for our exciting 2020 program

2019 Schedule .

8.15 - 10.50am

Morning Sessions

8.15 - 9am

Registration and breakfast

9 - 9.20am

Open and Welcome by MC


Mary Haddock-Staniland

Head of Membership Services, Diversity Works NZ

9.20 - 10am

Opening Keynote: How to get what you want. Presented by RARE.

David Slocum

Professor & Faculty Director – The Berlin School of Creative Leadership

10 - 10.20am

Keynote: #ShowUs


Carmen Younis

Assistant Brand Manager, Dove ANZ

Petra O’Halloran

Creative Research, Getty Images

Fern Canning-Brook

Managing Director, Edelman Australia

10.20 - 10.50am

Morning Tea – networking break

10.50am - 12.35pm

Mid-morning Sessions

10.50 - 11.30am

Panel discussion – Is the communications industry aegist? Presented by Cummins&Partners.


Moderator: Rebbecca Wilson

CEO, Starts at 60

Panellist: Julia Zaetta

Editor, Pacific Magazines


Panellist: Greg Graham

Founder, The Nest Consultancy

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Panellist: Charmaine Moldrich

CEO, Outdoor Media Association

Panelist: Carrie Barker

Global Partner and Sydney MD, the projects*

12.15 - 12.35pm

Keynote: The hidden power of language. Presented by VMLY&R.


Dr Howard Manns

Head of Linguistics, Monash University

12.35 - 1.35pm

Lunch – networking break

1.35 - 3.50pm

Afternoon Sessions

1.35 - 2.15pm

Debate: Are quotas the best way to achieve greater diversity in the advertising industry?


Moderator: Deborah Clay

News Director, ARN

For: Mari Kauppinen

Marketing Chair, IBM ANZ

For: Arthur Georgiou

Strategic Recruitment Manager, Southern Cross Austereo

For: Tarla Lambert

Publisher & Co-Owner, Women’s Agenda

Against: Sarah Wyse

Head of Media, AFL

Against: Lisa Annese

CEO, Diversity Council Australia

Against: Ant Melder

Creative Partner, Coffee Cocoa Gunpowder

2.15 - 2.50pm

Keynote: How a philosophy of equality can inspire creative marketing solutions. Presented by Facebook.


Moderator: Alexandra Sloane

Head of Marketing, ANZ, Facebook

Sweta Mehra

Chief Marketing Officer, ANZ

Ricci Meldrum

Executive Partner, TBWA

Matt Stoddart

Creative Director, TBWA

2.50 - 3.20pm

Amy “Fritz” Fridlund


Global Content Lead, Kantar

Di Sandhu


National Business Director,  China Social Solutions – partnership with China Social Solutions

3.20 - 3.50pm

Afternoon Tea – networking break

3.50 - 6.30pm

Afternoon Sessions

3.50 - 4:10pm

Slam poetry performance

Sara Mansour

Co-Founder, Artistic Director and Host, Bankstown Poetry Slam

4.10 - 4.50pm

Panel: Using Courage for Change – LGBTI Perspectives on Changing the Ratio. Presented by WPP.


Tom Stevenson

Head of Talent Acquisition, WPP AUNZ

Elaine Czulkowski

Operations Manager – Pride Inclusion Programs, ACON

Katherine Maver

Senior Managing Consultant, IBM

Simon Thuijs

Digital Strategist, The Brand Agency

4.50 - 5.30pm

Closing Keynote

Amna Karra-Hassan

The Founder and President, The Auburn Giants Australian Football Club


Closing Remarks


Cocktail Party

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Early Bird

$ 499
  • Includes access to all sessions
  • Meals and drinks included
  • Network with attendees and speakers
  • Available until 10th April 2020

Full price

$ 599
  • Includes access to all sessions
  • Meals and drinks included
  • Network with attendees and speakers
  • Available from 11th April 2020

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$ Offer
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