A New Era Of Leadership

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22-23 Sept, 2016 | Sydney, Australia



Mindful Leadership is the real point of leverage

~ Bill George, Harvard Business School

Australia's Premier Leadership Event

In two years, 1000 executives from more than 350 companies have come together to explore a new style of leadership. It's all about helping individuals, teams and organisations to thrive in the digital age. It's part of a global movement that’s sweeping across the corporate world where innovative companies such as Google, LinkedIn and the Harvard Business School are using evidence-based tools to unleash creativity, productivity and purpose-driven performance.

Let's Reinvent Leadership, Together

In 2016 we are bringing together some of the world’s leading thinkers, scientists and business leaders to learn how to inspire a new style of leadership, energize corporate cultures and be a force for good in the world.

Peter Bostelmann

Peter Bostelmann (US)

Director,
Global Mindfulness
Practice, SAP

Peter is on a mission to bring the science of mindfulness into SAP, the world’s largest provider of business software with over 77,000 employees in 130 locations. From an initial pilot program, Peter has helped SAP become an industry leader by bringing Google’s Search Inside Yourself trainings into its culture. He has demonstrated measured business impacts including a 200% return on investment and over 4,700 staff on the training waitlist.

Nancy Costikyan

Nancy Costikyan (US)

Director,
Office of Work/Life
Harvard University

While overseeing Work/Life at Harvard University, Nancy has learned valuable lessons about sorting through the mindfulness hype and the need for a new-paradigm approach to wellbeing. Increasingly, she views self-compassion as critical for attuning to others, responding wisely to stress and enabling more creative decision making. Nancy is the mother of twin sons who enjoy reminding her that she isn’t the paragon of mindfulness that she would like to be.

Nick Udall

Dr. Nick Udall (UK)

Chair,
New Models of Leadership
World Economic Forum

Nick is CEO of nowhere and and the former Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. Since the nineties, nowhere catalysts have been working behind the scenes, and at the highest levels, tuning the creative frequency at which global corporations operate, enabling them to: build 4th realm cultures of innovation; breakthrough their most important, strategic, complex and intractable challenges; and, co-create game-changing strategies with peers and partners.

Emiliana Simon-Thomas

Emiliana Simon­-Thomas (US)

Science Director,
Greater Good Science Centre, UC Berkeley

Emiliana is one of the leading authorities in the scientific revolution uncovering the deep roots of human goodness. She specialises in the biological underpinnings of prosocial states like compassion, kindness and empathy and how they benefit well-being and psychosocial functioning. Emiliana leads the Expanding Gratitude Project and The Science of Happiness online course for over 300,000 students based at the University of California, Berkeley.

Debbie Jeremiah

Debbie Jeremiah (UK)

Mindful Leader Program Manager,
General Electric

While other businesses are still asking ‘Should mindfulness feature in our organisation?’, General Electric has commissioned Debbie with the challenge, ‘How can mindful leadership help us create world class performance?’ In response, Debbie is creating a company wide approach to mindfulness to improve GE’s collective intelligence, performance and health awareness. Debbie is a chartered accountant and was previously the CFO for Ferrari.

Murray Paterson

Murray Paterson (AU)

Head of Learning and Development
Herbert Smith Freehills

Murray is a mindfulness practitioner, senior leader and manager of educational design. For over 20 years he has applied mindful principles in all aspects of his work, particularly as Head of Learning at one of the world’s leading law firms. He has been an integral part of Herbert Smith Freehills being awarded a place on the prestigious 2015 Legal Innovation Index for their staff mindfulness initiative, the first program of its kind in the Australian legal industry.

Clare Bowditch

Clare Bowditch (AU)

ABC Radio Host &
ARIA Award Winning Songwriter

Clare is one of Australia's most successful songwriters, an ABC Radio host and ARIA award winner for Best Female Artist. Rolling Stone Magazine named her Woman of the Year and she has toured with the likes of Gotye and Leonard Cohen. She is the founder of Big Hearted Business that helps people use their business to positively contribute to the world. Clare will make you laugh, cry and nudge you closer to finding your authentic voice.

Jono Fisher

Jono Fisher (AU)

Founder,
Wake Up Project

Jono is the founder of the Wake Up Project, a community of 150,000 celebrating mindful leadership and living. Over the past 7 years, Jono has hosted events for over 45,000 people with visionary authors such as Brene Brown, Eckhart Tolle and Marianne Williamson. He has twice been invited to speak alongside the Dalai Lama and was the campaign spokesperson for Dove Men+Care exploring a more updated version of male masculinity.

Katharine McLennan

Katharine McLennan (AU)

Senior VP, People & Culture,
Cochlear

Katharine is an innovative leader having been the Head of Operations for the Sydney Olympic Games, Head of the QBE Global Leadership Academy and Executive General Manager, Talent and Business Unit HR for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. She is passionate about people being honest and real at work and the need to learn skills that foster a culture of kindness and creativity rather than a culture of stress.

Dr. Libby Weaver

Dr. Libby Weaver (AU)

Best Selling Author &
Leading Nutritional Biochemist

Dr Libby is one of Australasia’s leading nutritional biochemists and number-one bestselling author. Hugh Jackman describes her as a “one stop shop for achieving and maintaining ultimate health.” Libby brings a refreshing, no-nonsense approach to health by looking at the biochemical, nutritional and emotional reasons behind wellbeing and high performance. Her mission is to inspire health and happiness, igniting a ripple effect that transforms the world.

Gillian Coutts

Gillian Coutts (AU)

Author & Country Director,
Potential Project Australia

Gillian is the co-author of groundbreaking book, “One Second Ahead” that is based on 10 years of development within Accenture, Nike, Google and 200+ other large global organisations. She has 20+ years experience as a corporate leader and views mindfulness as a critical tool for improving wellbeing, decision making and productivity. Gillian is passionate about supporting busy professionals looking for new ways of working within today’s fast-paced, always-on culture.

Petrea King

Petrea King (AU)

Best-Selling Author & CEO,
Quest for Life

Petrea is an Australian treasure who provides a much needed perspective for living a meaningful life. The Women’s Weekly called Petrea “An Angel on Earth” with the rare gift of helping people live resilient lives in the midst of challenging circumstances. She is a best-selling author of eight books and a frequent guest on ABC Radio with Richard Glover and Tony Delroy. Over 100,000 people have been through her transformational programs.

Please note: Speakers, program and topics are subject to change. All speakers are confirmed as of May 2016, but availability is dependent on changing travel and work schedules.

A Transformative Experience

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INSPIRATION

Enjoy talks, case studies and masterclasses with top scientists, business leaders and change agents.

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EMPOWERMENT

Learn why self-awareness, compassion and authenticity are the most profitable skills for business.

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CONNECTION

Meet like-minded people who want to foster compassion, wellbeing and innovation at work.

Leaders Are Missing What Matters Most

79%

of employees are disengaged, leading to lower productivity, innovation, and wellbeing.

only8%

of people strongly agree that they experience overall wellbeing because of their work.

(Source: Gallup, 2013)

The Three Pillars Of Mindful Leadership

The mindful qualities creating greater performance, compassion and discernment to help individuals and organizations flourish.

Self-Awareness

Mindful leaders understand how to respond wisely to stress and learn the skills to allow more intelligent and creative choices in challenging situations.

Authenticity

Mindful leaders bring their whole selves to work. They don’t have to act like someone else. They “walk the talk” and people experience them as honest and real.

Compassion

Mindful leaders value high quality relationships. They learn skills to create a culture of kindness and creativity rather than a culture of stress.

The Forum Experience

Many people are calling this "the best leadership conference in Australia". In 2016, you'll meet like-minded people, discover the proven skills for 21st century leadership and learn about the pioneering work taking place at Harvard University, SAP, the Greater Good Science Centre, the World Economic Forum and much more.

Listen to Inspiring Talks

Be inspired by main-stage talks from visionary leaders. They'll offer pragmatic, real-world case studies and insights on how you can increase creativity, productivity and purpose-driven performance.

Master Classes With Leadership Experts

Dive deep into the mechanics of mindful leadership with our master classes. This is the place where leading minds share best practices on everything from developing a focused mind to building an energised work culture.

Connect, Network & Enjoy

The Mindful Leadership Forum provides you with endless opportunities to network with fellow attendees and to be exposed to new ideas.

Be inspired by main-stage talks from visionary leaders. They'll offer pragmatic, real-world case studies and insights into how you can increase creativity, productivity and purpose-driven performance.

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Dive deep into the mechanics of mindful leadership with our master classes. This is the place where leading minds share best practice on everything from developing a focused mind to building an energised work culture.

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The Mindful Leadership Forum provides you with opportunities to network with fellow attendees in an environment that supports meaningful connection.

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The 2016 Program

This event blends evidence-based tools, inspiring presentations, international case studies, first hand stories, mindful practices, networking and interactive master classes.

Session 1: Leadership for Human Flourishing

Morning Break

Session 2: A New Way Of Being

Lunch Break

Session 3: Creating A Mindful Organisation

Afternoon Break

Session 4: Wisdom, Wellbeing and Leadership

Please choose 1 of the 2 master-classes below. These master-classes will be running concurrently on day 2 from 8:30am until 5:30pm.

Option 1: Compassion: A Core Leadership Practice

The Science of Compassion for Courage, Connection & Wellbeing Facilitator: Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD

Option 2: Holding Space

From Being at the Centre to Holding a Centre Catalyst: Dr. Nick Udall

Morning Break

Lunch Break

Afternoon Break

Book Your Tickets

Most organisations bring a team to the Forum to plan and learn together.

Discounts are available for teams of 4+.

BOOK YOUR TEAM TODAY!

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‘Convince Your Boss’ Pack

We've written a template letter for you to convince your boss to attend the
Mindful Leadership Forum.

Fill in the blanks, print it out and attach the PDF brochure with all the details about the event.
We’ve even included some media articles about the benefits of Mindful Leadership.

We advise accompanying the letter with a cup of coffee :-)

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The Mindful Revolution

Join the thousands of people at leading-edge companies including Google, Facebook and the Harvard Business School who have adopted the principles of mindful leadership to unleash creativity, productivity and high performance.

Financial Times

quotation Yoga, meditation, ‘mindfulness’ – why some of the west’s biggest companies are embracing the east. Financial Times

quotation The newly mindful Anderson Cooper.CBS, 60 Minutes

Time Anderson Cooper

quotation The key to succeeding in the 21st century.TIME Magazine

Huffington Post

quotation Compassion in business benefits employers and employees, workplace stress research shows.The Huffington Post

The Mindful Revolution

Join the thousands of people at leading-edge companies including Google, Facebook and the Harvard Business School who have adopted the principles of mindful leadership to unleash creativity, productivity and high performance. The front cover of TIME magazine declared that there is a ‘Mindful Revolution’ underway around the world and the World Economic Forum is integrating mindful leadership into their process.

Financial Times

quotation Yoga, meditation, ‘mindfulness’ – why some of the west’s biggest companies are embracing the east. Financial Times

Time

quotation The key to succeeding in the 21st century.TIME Magazine

Huffington Post

quotation Compassion in business benefits employers and employees, workplace stress research shows.The Huffington Post

Anderson Cooper

quotation The newly mindful Anderson Cooper.CBS, 60 Minutes

Innovative Companies Adopting
Mindful Leadership

Some of the visionary companies leading the ‘mindful movement’ by integrating evidence-based tools to unleash creativity, productivity and purpose-driven performance.

  • Google
  • Apple
  • Unilever
  • ebay
  • Harvard Business School
  • World Economic Forum
  • LinkedIn
  • Yahoo
  • The Huffington Post
  • Nike
Jeff Weiner

quotation Nothing is more important than the ability to be wise and compassionate.Jeff Weiner
CEO, LinkedIn

Arianna Huffington

quotation What’s missing in business isn’t higher IQ’s – what’s missing is
wisdom.Arianna Huffington
Editor in Chief, Huffington Post

Biz Stone

quotation Daily mindfulness will make you a healthier, more productive
person.Biz Stone
Co-Founder, Twitter

Who Has Attended Previously?

Over the last 2 years, 1000 executives from over 350 organisations have gathered to be inspired by the world's top thought leaders and scientists.

  • Virgin
  • Google
  • Westpac
  • eBay
  • NineMSN
  • LinkedIn
  • NAB
  • Allianz
  • KPMG
  • Origin
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Conscious Capitalism
  • Department of Health
  • Tooheys
  • Metlife
  • Suncorp
  • Swisse
  • Woodside
  • IBM
  • Melbourne Business School

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What People Are Saying

Neil Thompson

CEO, Virgin Velocity

Dr James Doty

Neurosurgeon, Stanford University

Mark Britt

CEO, iflix

Gordon Cairns

Chairman Origin Energy

Paul Roos

AFL coach

Shivaune Cotter

Australia Post

The Numbers Speak For Themselves

Survey results from the 2015 Forum in Sydney, Australia

95%Improved ability to reduce stress

94%Enhanced clarity of mind

79%Increased energy levels

89%Improved ability to remain calm

81%Shifted leadership paradigm

95%Increased ability to connect with others

* Numbers reflect % of participants who agree or strongly agree with survey questions.

Our Stunning Venue

The Concourse Theatre
409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW 2067

The Mindful Leadership Forum unfolds at the gorgeous Concourse Theatre, one of the most intimate theatres in Australia.

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Our Mindful Partners

Training Partner

Education Partner

Media Partner

Book Your Tickets

Most organisations bring a team to the Forum to plan and learn together.

Discounts are available for teams of 4+.

BOOK YOUR TEAM TODAY!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by mindful leadership?
Mindful leaders recognise that skills such as self awareness, authenticity and compassion are essential - not just optional - for the success of individuals, organisations and entire industries.
Who should attend the Mindful Leadership Forum?
This forum is designed for business leaders, leadership teams, executives, academics, consultants, managers, professionals and CEOs across all sectors. Janice Marturano, founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, recently said via The Huffington Post: “Mindful Leadership is needed from every one of us. Whether we’re leading a global organisation, a team, a classroom or a family, each of us is a leader. Mindful Leadership is about whether we choose to lead with excellence or not.”
Why is mindful leadership so important now?
The way we’re working isn’t working. In a world with increasing demands, people are working more hours, spending more time connected to digital devices and taking less time to renew. As a result, there are unprecedented levels of stress, exhaustion and overwhelm. This is creating work cultures where people are unfocused, running on “autopilot” and disengaged. Stress is costing Australian business over $17 billion a year (Medibank Private, 2008) and absenteeism is estimated to cost $6.4 billion a year. Mindful leadership is a great way to bring out the best in people and create a workplace that is purposeful, innovative and successful.
How is this going to help me in my job?
As you build the skills of mindful leadership, you will become less stressed, less overwhelmed and less distracted. As you increase your mindful presence you will become more focused, engaged and make better decisions. This increases efficiency, productivity as well as making you more available to receive creative ideas and insights. You will also increase your capacity to connect with other people and respond in wiser ways to everyday events as well as significant challenges, upsets and difficult relationships.
Is mindful leadership evidenced based?
This forum draws upon decades of scientific research in the realms of psychology, medicine, and neuroscience, as well as well-regarded and accepted theories of emotional, relational, and collective intelligence. The principles of mindful leadership have been scientifically examined at places like the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the University of Wisconsin's Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, and Stanford University’s School of Medicine.
I’m new to mindful leadership, will I still benefit?
Participants range from people that have had little to no experience with mindfulness to those who have had many years of practice. Most attendees report significant benefits from attending this event. One of the most obvious benefits is learning to calm our minds and balance our nervous systems so that we can shift away from running on adrenaline to more sustainable modes of operating.
What if my work culture doesn’t support this kind of leadership?
Mindful leadership helps shift an organisation from a short-term focus and driven mode to a longer-term, more compassionate way of operating. Most organisations that have transitioned towards mindful leadership have done so one person, one team and one choice at a time. This forum invites you to be the leader the world needs now by getting in touch with your capacity to make a difference in your own life and your organization's culture.
Do I need to bring anything?
Bring an open heart and your favourite pen. We’ll provide a journal to write in. If you know that you need a particular snack (gluten free, a special protein bar, etc) to keep you happy and focused we suggest you pack it!
Are you going to feed us?
Morning, afternoon tea and continuous tea and coffee will be available. However, we encourage you to bring whatever essential snacks you need to keep your motor running. For lunch, you’ll have the option to explore the world-class restaurants located around the venue area.
What are my transport options getting to the Concourse?
By Car: 15 minutes from the CBD, with 500+ parking spaces underneath the venue. By Train/Bus: 2 minute walk from Chatswood train/bus interchange. For more venue details please visit The Concourse website http://www.theconcourse.com.au/content/getting-here
I’ll be flying into Sydney, where should I stay?
Chatswood is located on Sydney's North Shore, 15 minutes from the Sydney CBD and 30 minutes from the airport. There are two hotels located in the centre of Chatswood and that are close to the venue: Mantra Chatswood www.Mantra.com/chatswood and Sebel Residence Chatswood www.thesebelresidencechatswood.com.au
What should I wear?
Wear something that you feel confident and comfortable in.

Get in touch

Ticketing Enquiries
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Holly Horne

Operations Officer

+61 422 598 005

holly@wakeupproject.com.au
Other Enquiries
Terry Gaechter

Terry Gaechter

Community Engagement

hello@wakeupproject.com.au

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