With the rapid pace of technological progress, work and life in the future will look very different from today. We believe we are walking into the human age and technology will be an enabler that amplifies human potential. But there is a need to shift the conversation from a negative fear based one to one of opportunity, personal accountability, and social action. This panel event seeks to bring together respected business leaders in the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds with the objective of curating meaningful conversations around how we can individually and collectively humanise the future of work and create thriving communities and happier lives.
About The Panelists
Happiness Hacker | Future Of Work Thought Leader
Penny Locaso is the world’s first Happiness Hacker, on a mission to teach one million women and girls, by 2020, how to future-proof happiness in work and life. When Penny couldn’t find a disruptive global education company, that could skill her to future-proof her happiness, she went out and created one, Bkindred.
Partnering with corporations like Booking.com, SalesForce, General Assembly, The Department Of Defence, LuluLemon Athletica, Australia Post, schools and technology communities, Penny is transforming lives and organisations, by humanising the future of work. Penny’s passion is focused on technology amplifying human potential, rather than replacing it.
Three years ago, Penny turned her life upside down. In a 7-month period, she left a 16-year career as an executive, relocated a family from Perth back to Melbourne, left an 18-year relationship, and started BKindred, to positively impact the lives of others. In just 3 short years she has firmly placed herself as a global thought leader on Humanising the Future Of Work, by teaching the ‘how’ of happy change.
As a disruptive leader, Penny went viral on Linkedin (50,000 views) and created a global movement after delivering a keynote in her bathing suit, to demonstrate how stepping into fear, opens the door to possibility.
Penny has been published and quoted in the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Mail UK, SmartCompany, Conscious Magazine, StartUp Smart, Smarter Magazine, The Age, Women’s Agenda, The Sydney Morning Herald and NZ Entrepreneur.
Career Coach | Hiring Advisor | Founder @
The Careers Emporium
Ruby Lee is a career coach, hiring-adviser to startups, recruiter, founder and speaker.
Initially beginning her own career as an accountant, Ruby soon realised her interest was with people. She made her first big career change into recruitment where she thrived, quickly moving up the ranks to become Head Of Recruitment of some of the biggest corporates in Australia.
With ten years of recruiting under her belt, she learnt her true passion was for candidates and their careers. This led to starting The Careers Emporium, an online careers community which quickly grew into the thousands. Ruby is now recognised as one of the leading career coaches in the online world.
Realising that there are learnings that both startups and corporates can learn from each other, Ruby launched her own startup, Tribe9. Tribe9 is a business dedicated to teaching startup founders how to build their tribes and the hiring tips and tricks that come with it.
When Ruby is not recruiting or coaching, she can be found enjoying an almond croissant and enjoying the sun with her kids.
Head of Organisational Development – Diversity & Inclusion
People & Culture
Gem is passionate about creating opportunities for people to further themselves and is excited by the impact that a quality employee experience can have on business outcomes. Ready to challenge the status quo, Gem chases new ways to source and retain diverse talent and welcomes creative ideas from others to engage candidates and employees.
Currently, at Medibank as Head of D&I & Employment Experience, Gem aims to listen, learn and make positive change for others. Out and proud lesbian and founding member of Medibank’s LGBTIQ network, Gem wear her rainbow heart on her sleeve.
A leader in the cyber security space, Bastien started CTRL IT in 2009 to address the lack of cybersecurity awareness, and services being provided to the Australian and Asian markets. Since, Bastien has built an all local team of security specialists to combat the war against cyber-crime; which has an ever-increasing human and social element.
CTRL IT now provides security services for some of the biggest brands and companies within Australia. Such as Aesop, Luxury Escapes, Mitre10, MAC, Mecca, Jemena, Metricon and many more. It is also worth noting the government organisations that CTRL are trusted with to keep safe on day to day basis. These being the Department of Education, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Land, Water and Planning, Victoria Police and State Revenue Offices.
Student and Advocate For The Leaders Of The Future
Carey Baptist Grammar School
Matthew is a 17-year-old student, currently attending Carey Baptist Grammar school. He has a strong interest in the humanities and sciences, especially philosophy and psychology. From these interests, Matthew has observed some very significant shifts in the teenage psyche, much of which relates to the future of our world and our future in it. Matthew brings insight into the worldview of many young adults, and the ability to show why humanising the future of work is so important for those of us coming into the workforce.