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Digitising Business: Game changing rules and the power of code to generate new revenue streams

It would be easy to attribute the rise of Netflix and Amazon, along with the demise of Blockbuster and Borders, to the digital revolution. In this workshop, we will paint a more complete picture and show how organizations can thrive in the coming years. How did Facebook beat MySpace? How did Google beat Yahoo!? And how can more traditional businesses ensure their own success in a time of massive market shifts? The answer: by harnessing the power of code.

This workshop is an action-oriented session for understand and utilizing the blankets of code that surround every person, place, and thing. Every time someone likes, shares, reviews, purchases, comments on, or searches for a product, important information is generated. As people spend more and more time engaged in the online world, they create fields of data around and about them. These are Code Halos, and they are vital to success in a rapidly digitizing world.

This is more than just a Big Data story. This is about the next era of business. Anyone who thinks the data revolution is limited to IT or marketing is in for a real shock - and not the good kind. Companies such as Disney, GE, and Nike all recognize the potential of Code Halos, and the traditional businesses in every industry would be wise to follow suit. The risk of not understanding Code Halos is growing every day, and examples like Blockbuster and Kodak show that this mistake is a one-way ticket to irrelevance.

Guest Presenter


John Burgin – Region Vice President, Australia and New Zealand – Cognizant Technology Solutions

John Burgin, Vice President for Australia and New Zealand, leads Cognizant's operation in the region. With over 25 years of experience with leading global players in IT services, software and networking, John has led the delivery of market making IT services engagements to clients in Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe. John also has extensive experience in R&D, product development and marketing, and has managed business units covering the entire IT services lifecycle including: consulting, program management, enterprise architecture, systems integration, operations management, and business process outsourcing.

John's open leadership style has helped in building strong relationships in the region with clients, industry peers, and associates.

John holds a PhD in the Statistical Modelling of Broadband Packet Networks from Monash University and a First Class Honours Degree in Engineering from the University of Melbourne. John is a keen cricketer and a life member of the Elsternwick Cricket Club. His other major sporting interest is golf where John is continually trying, but seldom managing, to play to his handicap.

Women and men working together: How to achieve a more sustainable, successful work environment

One of the puzzles of the persistent gender gap is why women are highly overrepresented in certain fields, like the non-profit sector, and hugely underrepresented in other fields, like financial institutions and executive positions in major companies. One reasonable question to ask about the gap is: How much should we blame "the system" (i.e. clubby nepotism, sexism, lack of paternity leave) and how much should we chalk this up to women's decisions (i.e. leaning out in their late 20s and choosing careers that pay less even when they had options to earn more).

Research indicates:
  • In order to sustain outstanding results in business; leadership must build a culture and environment where both women and men will thrive.
  • Future generations expect to work within an organisation that offers a culture and environment where both women and men can thrive and work together as equals.
  • Our young men are used to working with women as equals.
  • Today’s university population is 60 per cent female.
  • Organisations have not been successful at creating such a workplace that provides opportunities for both men and women. This is reflected in the pitiful amount of female senior management positions.
Today we will explore how we, both women and men, can change it.

Guest Presenters


Kathryn Fagg – Board Member – Reserve Bank

Kathryn Fagg is an experienced board member and senior executive having worked across a range of industries, from resources, to manufacturing and logistics, as well as banking and professional services in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. She was appointed to the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia in May 2013.

In her executive career, Kathryn was with Linfox from 2009 through 2011, primarily as President FMCG, where she was responsible for providing logistics services to nine of the world's tenlargest FMCG companies in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, with most of the employees based in Asia.

Prior to joining Linfox in early 2009, Kathryn was with BlueScope Steel. She was President Asia, based in Singapore from 2007. Her other senior executive roles with BlueScope Steel included President, Australian Building and Logistics Solutions where she had responsibilities for BlueScope Lysaght, BlueScope Water, International Markets, IT, and Logistics. Kathryn joined BHP Steel, which subsequently became BlueScope Steel, in 2000, from the ANZ Banking Group. Her roles at ANZ included Managing Director – Global Transaction Services, Managing Director - Banking Products, General Manager, Retail Banking, in New Zealand, and State Manager, Retail Banking for South Australia and Northern Territory.

Prior to the ANZ, Kathryn was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co for four years, working on engagements focused on strategy and change management, across industries from resources through to financial services.Kathryn commenced her professional career as a petroleum engineer with Esso Australia, focused on extracting oil and gas from the fields in Bass Strait.

In terms of academic qualifications, Kathryn holds a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland, and an M.Com. in Organisation Behaviour from the University of New South Wales.

Kathryn is Chair of the Melbourne Recital Hall and a Board member of the Breast Cancer Network of Australia (BCNA). She previously served on the Board, including as the Chair, of Parks Victoria. Kathryn is also a member of World Vision's Business Advisory Council and is on the The Hunger Project’s Victorian Development Board. Kathryn is actively involved with Chief Executive Women, as Chair of the Thought Leadership Committee, and as a member of the Scholarship Committee.

Kathryn resides in Melbourne with her husband, teenage son and assorted pets.

Pamela Young – Managing Director – Growthcurv

Pamela is a globally experienced executive director and strategy and change consultant. She is a visionary and strategic thinker, business developer and change agent; a specialist in culture and organisational change; and a leader and motivator.

Pamela has worked in many cultures including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, continental Europe and the USA. Her cross-cultural and international expereince with global businesses adds richness to her insights and vision for the future of business and society.

Pamela has worked with global businesses to formulate strategy and lead major transformation, post-merger integration and culture change programs in four corners of the world.

She has worked with global leaders including Barclays Bank, Lloyds Bank, Prudential Bache, Winterthur Life, Zurich Financial Services, KPMG Europe Freshfield Bruckhaus Derringer, Fletcher Challenge, Sun Alliance, Macquarie Bank, AGSM, Fairfax Media, ACP Magazines, Russell McVeagh, Mallesons, Beca Group, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Pamela has held a number of executive roles including: Executive Director, Shook Lin & Bok, Singapore; Principal Consultant Kinsley Lord Towers Perrin, UK; and Transformation Director, Coffey International Australia.

Pamela has recently published a book about the need for culture change in Australia to boost diversity and productivity, stimulate growth and support our advancement into the Asia region. Its title is Stepping Up: Lead culture change for diversity and growth in the Asian century. Pamela interviewed 100 leaders from 16 cities and 26 industries across Australia and Asia and there are hundreds of quotes in Stepping Up that provide a true and accurate picture of the challenges and opportunities for Australian businesses and society to consider

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