Featured Speakers 2018

Ms Toni Wren, Project and Policy Lead, Australian Network on Disability

Dr Libby Sander, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Bond University

Dr Libby Sander, PhD, Master HRM, Bachelor of Arts (Japanese), Bachelor of Business, Fellow AIM, is the founder and director of the Future of Work Project, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Bond University, founder of Rethink, and past Chair of Goldspaces an urban renewal and cultural development platform.

She works globally speaking and advising business. Libby designed the new workplace for ITMS at Charles Darwin University that won the Northern Territory AIA award for Interior Architecture in 2017.

Libby has appeared on ABC TV’s science program Catalyst, and spoken at TEDx .

She is regularly featured on radio and in national media, is a feature writer for The Conversation and a contributor at the World Economic Forum. Libby is also a freelance feature writer and published author, and her work has been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and on SBS on issues on work, society and future trends in organisations.

Libby is the co-author of Work in the 21st Century: How do I Log On? which was published by Emerald in 2017.

Ms Natalie Goldman, CEO, FlexCareers

Natalie Goldman has over 20 years experience in human resources, learning & development and organisational design across all major industries across corporate, government and not-for-profit here in Australia and across APAC. Industries include professional services, financial services, FMCG, construction and engineering, retail and more. Her background includes psychology, communication and technology. For a large part of her career Natalie has been public speaking as a trainer and facilitator as well as developing instructional design. Furthermore, she has been coaching for the most of this time as well. The other aspect of her career is that she has been heavily been involved in organisation change and transformation projects across various sized organisations. In the last 10 years many of her roles were in leadership roles which added another layer of experience and perspective on the work that she was participating in. Apart from the various projects and organisations that Natalie has worked on, she has also run her own business for a number of years giving her another perspective into the world of work.

Most recently she is the CEO of FlexCareers, a disruptive online talent matching platform connecting talented people with progressive employers offering flexible work. Natalie is Portfolio CEO of Heads over and also sits on a number of boards including the Women’s Indigenous Network and is an Advisor on the Blue Chilli #SheStarts Program. Natalie can often be found speaking as a keynote speaker at conferences and events on topics including the future of work, diversity & inclusion and flexible work. She is a believer of challenging the norm, being curious and innovating, finding better and different ways of doing things, of connecting and collaborating.

Ms Kristy Masella, CEO, Aboriginal Employment Strategy

Kristy Masella is a Murri from Rockhampton, Dharumbal country in Central Queensland who has dedicated her life to empowering Aboriginal communities. She has worked in Aboriginal Affairs for more than 25 years across many portfolios in both NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Kristy is the CEO and Executive Director of the national Indigenous recruitment and training company, AES, who empowers Aboriginal people through employment and community development. Prior to this role she was the head of Social Justice for Aboriginal Affairs NSW and led a major review of the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act.

Kristy has been named one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influencial Woman by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac. She also went on to be awarded one of the Top 10 Category winners as Diversity Winner.

Kristy studied Journalism at the University of Queensland and has been presented with a number of prestigious awards in her career such as the National Trust Print Media Commendation Award and the Australian Society of Archivists Mander Jones Award for her work as Co-author of Connecting Kin. Kristy holds a Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of NSW specialising in Indigenous rights.

Kristy is the Chairperson of Tranby Aboriginal College. She has been an active member of the Tranby Board of Directors since in 2009. Kristy is also the Deputy Chairperson of Wunanbiri Incorporated, one of the most successful independent Aboriginal community preschools in NSW which she has been committed to supporting for 15 years. Kristy is a member of NSW Justice Reinvest which works to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in the criminal justice and prison system in NSW through the implementation of justice reinvestment by the NSW Government. She was invited on to the inaugural Committee of Sydney University’s National Centre of Cultural Competency’s to establish the Community Council; is a former Co-chair of the NSW Reconciliation Council, and; was nominated for the NSW Justice Award in 2014.

Kristy is a mother of two daughters.

Ms Marcela Slepica, Director Clinical Services, Access EAP

Marcela has more than 20 years’ experience in providing psychological services across a range of industries including health, finance and human resource. Her experience includes counselling, critical incident stress management, Manager Support, mediation, organisational consulting and training. Marcela’s passion is to understand the needs of an individual, team or organisation and to work to empower them to find solutions and to help themselves. She is interested in promoting well-being and mental wellness in all its aspects from physical to mental to emotional.

She draws on her skills and expertise to effectively manage clinical services at AccessEAP. She is also responsible for the design and delivery of mental health programs, professional and personal development training.

Marcela has a Master Degree in Psychology, Honours Degree in Psychology and a member of Australian Psychological Society.

Mr Charles Cameron, Chief Executive Officer, Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA)

With over 25 years’ experience in workforce management, Charles experience spans across economics, advocacy, risk management, lobbying, compliance and professional standards.

Charles joined RCSA as Chief Executive in May 2016, and since that time has established the foundations for a workforce services business integrity certification scheme which will define professional service providers within the marketplace in Australia and New Zealand for years to come.

Charles is a Director of the World Employment Confederation and represents international federations on the Executive Committee of the Board.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Economics and Graduate Diploma in Labour law.

Born in country Victoria, Charles lives in Elsternwick, Melbourne and can be found running, watching cricket and listening to soul music.

Mr Toby Whittington, CEO, Green World Revolution

As the founding CEO of Green World Revolution (GWR), Toby Whittington has been involved with the supervision of over 300 Work for the Dole (WFD) participants since 2013. With a background in operating two small business enterprises for over 20 years, Toby has extensive experience in design, construction, manufacturing and supervising staff.

His lifetime interest and involvement in environmental and sustainability activities led him to establishing GWR as a not-for-profit social enterprise developing urban farms, to provide long-term unemployed with sustainable employment. Toby’s hands-on involvement with all aspects of GWR’s urban farming activities includes horticulture planning and construction of infrastructure that has taken GWR’s Gladstone Street Urban Farm from a vacant gravel covered block, to a thriving urban farm supplying over 30 of Perth’s top restaurants.

Mr Darren Coppin, Head of Research & CEO, Esher House

Darren is a behavioural scientist specialising in employment policy and real world application. Well over 100,000 participants have been through his employment programmes across five countries, with world-leading increases in outcomes. However, his academic discoveries often simply endorse employment service front-line common sense whilst debunking conventional wisdom. Darren has keynoted at large conferences in the UK, US, Canada and Australia…but retains a healthy fear of the podium!