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Humanising The Future Of Work / Sydney / 8 Feb

February 8 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

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


Penny Locaso
Happiness Hacker | Future Of Work Thought Leader

With a bold mission to teach 1 million women by 2020 how to future proof happiness in work and life Penny Locaso is transforming lives and organisations through her disruptive global education company BKindred.

Partnering with corporations like LuluLemon Athletica, Bookings.com, General Assembly, Australia Post and Powercor along with global women in technology communities Penny is focused on skilling women and technology companies to thrive in the future of work.

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 three 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.

A truly authentic leader, Penny was accoladed globally for her bold move to deliver a keynote in her bathing suit (in front of 100 professional women) to demonstrate how stepping into fear and vulnerability 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, Womens Agenda, The Sydney Morning Herald & NZ Entrepreneur.


Keran McKenzie
Futurist in Residence

A self-confessed geek, Keran is constantly exploring how ‘things’ can be made better, simpler or more fun, through technology. Having spent the past 2 decades empowering business change through cloud technology, Keran shares advice, tips, tricks and thoughts on business (and life) growth and efficiency. As Futurist in Residence at MYOB, his mission is to enable true business change in Australia & New Zealand. Fascinated by the change from complex to simple, Keran frequently draws on the experiences of his kids as they grow up in a technology-centric world, what used to be expensive business tools are now kids toys. From AI to Blockchain, Automation to advisory, Keran is an engaging speaker helping demystify tomorrow’s technology.


Stephen Davie
Director, People Advisory Services Practice
Ernst & Young

Stephen Davie is a Director in EY’s People Advisory Services Practice, based in Sydney.  With experience of large and complex organisational transformations, Stephen brings to clients knowledge in people engagement and talent management, performance improvement, risk, operating model and organisation design, culture, leadership and change management.  Stephen has twelve years’ experience of consulting across sectors, including financial services, transport and infrastructure, government, mining & resources, defence and health in the UK, Hong Kong, Philippines, and Australia.   He is currently supporting a number of organisations to think through the Future of Work and the implications this has on the workforce, on productivity and on building and sustaining high-performance cultures.


Corrie Ackland
Clinical Psychologist, Co-founder
Sydney Phobia Clinic

Corrie is the Clinical Director, co-founder and the principal Clinical Psychologist of Sydney Phobia Clinic (SPC) and International Phobia Association (IPA). Corrie holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and Master of Psychology (Clinical) from Western Sydney University. She has experience across psychological presentations and has worked in the area of severe anxiety presentations and phobias for more than 5 years. At Sydney Phobia Clinic, Corrie sees clients with Specific Phobia presentations- particularly Fear of Flying and medical phobias such as Blood/Needle phobias and Emetophobia (fear of vomit)- and is heavily involved in the development of Virtual Reality solutions for health and performance fields.
Over the last year, Corrie has been engaged with various media in association with her phobia and VR work. Her media appearances include national TV appearances, radio, and print media, where she has discussed phobias, phobia treatment, and the application of Virtual Reality in Exposure Therapy for phobias.



February 8
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm




General Assembly, Sydney
Level 2, 1 Market Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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