Speakers

The Emerging Leaders Summit is packed with expert professional speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The summit attracts a fantastic mix of inspirational speakers and leaders from successful businesses sharing their own case studies and stories.

Would you like to be considered as a speaker at future ThinkTank events? You can submit an application here.

You can find full details of confirmed summit speakers below:

Mark McCrindle

Mark McCrindle is a social researcher with an international following. He is recognised as a thought leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. Having developed his reputation across two decades as an award-winning social researcher, best-selling author and social commentator, Mark has appeared across all major television networks, radio and print media, and been twice invited to speak at TEDx. He has presented thousands of keynotes and workshops in all major industries including finance, technology, health, mining, energy and education for top global brands and organisations. His advisory, communications and research company, McCrindle, count among its clients more than 100 of the largest companies and leading international brands.

Mark’s highly valued research and reports, presented through infographics, data visualisations, videos, media input, resources, and blogs, have developed his regard as an expert demographer, futurist and social commentator. Mark brings a fresh approach to his boardroom briefings, executive workshops, strategy sessions and keynotes. He speaks with expert authority on topics including future trends, leadership, customer engagement, generational change and business insights. Armed with the latest findings and presented in a customised and innovative way, Mark is an in-demand communicator.

Mark McCrindle, BSc (Psychology), MA, is the author of five books on emerging trends and social change. Generation Alpha, Work Wellbeing: Leading Thriving Teams in Rapidly Changing Times, The ABC of XYZ: Understanding the Global Generations, Word Up: A Lexicon and Guide to Communication in the 21st Century and The Power of Good.

Anneli Blundell

Voted as one of YMag’s Top Ten Women to Watch in 2019, Anneli’s passion for decoding people and performance dynamics make her a sought after speaker, mentor and leadership expert. She makes the complex job of understanding why people do what they do (and how to get the best out of them), both accessible and entertaining.

Anneli works with leaders to increase their influence, engagement and interpersonal impact for better business results.

She is the author of ‘When men lead women: Navigating the facts, fears and frustrations of gender equality as a male leader’, and the co-author of the acclaimed leadership book: ‘Developing Direct Reports: Taking the guesswork out of leading leaders,’ a leader’s guide to coaching the best from people.

Her client list includes Mercedes-Benz, Ernst and Young, Telstra, Victoria Police, NAB, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, and many more. She has been featured as an expert across multimedia publications including The Australian – Business Review, HuffPost, 3AW, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Advertiser, The Courier Mail and Modern Business Magazine, to name a few.

Oh and she’s a nifty parallel parker, a keen runner and a salsa dancing addict who loves any meal cooked by someone else! ☺

Blythe Rowe

Blythe Rowe is a ‘People, Culture & Performance’ expert and is widely recognised for her passion, energy and her ability to shake things up. After working in Senior Human Resources & Organisational Development roles for over 13 years in global organisations including McDonald’s Australia and the retail giant, Bunnings, Blythe’s obsession for people and performance led her to become the founder and director of the training organisation, Human Incite.

Blythe is brilliant at revving up productivity and performance in individuals and organisations, whether it’s via her high energy keynote presentations, training workshops or one on one leadership mentoring. Blythe is the creator of the ‘Business Connection Model’, the five key things organisations must do in order to connect the hearts and minds their people. She is also the author of the book ‘Bullies, Blamers & Bludgers’ and is on a mission to rid workplaces of toxic behaviours, build meaningful relationships and create workplaces worth belonging!

Blythe is a bit of a closet nerd as she loves to continually learn. She holds a Masters in Management Enterprise, a Bachelor of Business, she is an accredited NLP practitioner/coach and is a Global Partner of the About my Brain Institute (AMBI), offering her clients brain-based assessments and solutions through a better understanding of the brain.

Her passion, energy and enthusiasm is infectious. Combine these with her expertise in people leadership and neuroleadership and her ability to ‘tell it like it is’, in a fun, yet pragmatic and practical way, will prove the perfect ingredients to inspire you and your team into action.

Mark Wales

Mark Wales grew up in the red dirt of West Australian mining towns in the Pilbara. After deciding he wanted to join the SAS in high school, Mark embarked on a career in the Australian military that would eventually lead him to the battlefields of Afghanistan. As a Troop Commander in charge of 30 elite soldiers, Mark’s role was to lead combat missions against senior enemy commanders, deep behind enemy lines. Through this unique and harsh environment, Mark developed his skills in leadership, teamwork and high performance.

Like many in his situation, Mark battled depression and stress disorders after warfighting in Afghanistan. He tackled recovery with the same intensity he applied to Special Ops training. He rigorously researched the fundamentals of neurobiological science and the benefit of skill development. This approach underpinned a strong recovery, and drove personal growth far beyond his previous abilities.

Mark’s successful recovery and growth led him to embark on a high profile career in business. With four attempts of the GMAT, he was accepted into an Ivy League college in the U.S.A, and after graduation he joined McKinsey & Company, a respected consulting outfit also known as ‘The Firm’. He founded a fashion startup Kill_Kaptur, a tough-luxury ecommerce brand. He was a competitor in Australian Survivor 2017, the world’s #1 reality TV show.

An avid surfer, boxer, and cook, Mark stays active and keeps his experiences as varied as possible. He believes that past experience should never be a limitation to embarking and excelling in something new.

Mark loves to reveal the common threads that run through human competition in all arenas, and the importance of a growth-mindset to overcoming mental illness and drive success in future endeavours.

Kieran Flanagan

Kieran Flanagan is the co-founder of the Impossible Institute, a strategic think-tank that helps organisations make change positive and positive change. She is a speaker, trainer and author.

A rare female leader in the world of MadMen, Kieran was one of the youngest creative directors to lead an award-winning agency. She was behind the most successful product launch in Australian history, has headed up Australia’s premiere creative school, won awards all over the planet for her thinking and effectiveness and is on the faculty at Thought Leaders International.

Kieran has had her thinking published in over a hundred titles all over the globe. She has appeared on TV and radio. She was also recently voted as one of the USA’S C-suite speakers to look for.

Luke Sullivan

A respected and considered industry leader, Luke brings a wealth of executive leadership experience in operational management and strategic development.

Luke is currently an Executive General Manager with Coates, owned by Seven Group Holdings. In this role, Luke leads a large team in a complex portfolio, providing equipment and industrial services to a multitude of customers across all business sectors.

Prior to this Luke was the Executive General Manager – Services at UGL, with accountability for a national team of 5,000 employees delivering operations and maintenance in transport, power, oil and gas, mining and Defence.

With over 20 years’ experience, Luke has held leadership roles both in Australia and internationally and is passionate about authentic leadership and supporting new leaders at any stage of their journey.

Belinda Brosnan (masterclass facilitator)

While Belinda has an ability to make even the likes of Jack Sparrow feel at ease in the midst of Caribbean hurricane, don’t be fooled by her down-to-earth, ‘calm-in-a-crisis’ personality.

Bubbling just beneath that cool and collected surface is an intense desire to make a difference.

She wants the work we do to matter, as individuals, as organisations, and citizens of the world. And she most loves to work with organisations that feel the same.

Belinda’s specialist expertise lies in guiding senior leaders through change and uncertainty.

If anyone was prepared to help others be heard in the chaos, it’s Belinda. Honing her skills with a lifetime of Brosnan family Christmases (her Dad is one of 15 children and her Mum one of 8), Belinda also spent 20 years working in leadership positions with some of Australia’s biggest name organisations including News Limited, AVJennings, Macquarie Bank and Mirvac.

Add to this Belinda’s credentials in executive coaching, conversational intelligence and NeuroLeadership and she’s got a lot to give.

Belinda is an advocate and investor with The Hunger Project and has led leadership immersion programs in Uganda, Malawi, India, and Senegal. She is passionate about being a voice for those who don’t have one and giving people the opportunity to lead an expansive life on their terms for the betterment of others, organisations, and communities.

Belinda was the QLD Telstra Business Women’s Awards winner for Start-Up in 2015.

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