Conference Program

Monday 28 June 2021

The Emerging Leaders Summit is New Zealand’s key event for the next generation of managers, directors and leaders. The summit brings together inspirational speakers, the latest industry trends and insights, and hundreds of ambitious, determined professionals looking to get an edge in their career. You’ll hear from the best in the business on how they achieved their dream roles and all of the lessons they learned along the way. You’ll walk away feeling inspired and reinvigorated, with new contacts and a game plan towards being a leader others inspire to become.
8.30 – REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE
9.00 – OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR
  • 9:10
OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: LEADING BY EXAMPLE – CREATING AND NURTURING A HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE TEAM

JACQUI MAGUIRE, TVNZ’s go-to psychologist and a regular contributor to Stuff, NZ Herald, Radio New Zealand and Newstalk

It is only leaders that are truly able to influence wellbeing at every level of the organisation. This is both a privileged and pressured position, but as an emerging leader, is one of the most important skills you can master.

By ensuring good psychological wellbeing at work, you will foster powerful outcomes such as loyalty, perseverance, team morale and health. In turn, this will boost productivity, creativity, innovation, client satisfaction and decrease absenteeism and staff turnover.

Research suggests that individual wellbeing is most likely to succeed when their leaders’ behaviour, processes, interactions and manner reflect and support these efforts. Regardless of an organisation’s policy, if leaders are unsupportive, discouraging or lacking in action, this can obstruct wellbeing.

In this session Jacqui will delve into the skills, actions and habits that will help you be the leader of a happy, healthy, productive and innovative team.

  • 10:00
HOW DO YOU BUILD A STRONG CULTURE ANYWAY?

GERRY LYNCH, Business leader, business and strategy consultant and coach

In a strong culture, everyone knows what is expected of them, they have shared goals and core values, and they understand why they are important. So, what is an emerging leader’s role in fostering a strong, high performance culture? How can you lead with integrity and facilitate a culture that is inclusive, diverse, engaged and collaborative?

Gerry Lynch is passionate about creating strong workplace culture in New Zealand, taking Mars NZ to the finals of the IBM/Kenexa Best Workplace for ten years in a row. Hear Gerry’s experience and his learnings and invaluable advice on how, as an emerging leader, you can help your organisational culture to thrive.

Gerry will discuss:

  • Defining a common language, vision and values
  • Ensuring clarity of expectations
  • Leading with humility – What does this look like?
  • Building a psychologically safe environment
  • How to bring your values alive
  • Being open to feedback and embracing ambiguity
10:30 – MORNING COFFEE
  • 11:00
THE 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGE FOR EMERGING LEADERS: STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP IN TIMES OF CHANGE

ALICIA MCKAY, Strategy and change expert, author and trainer

Leaders of today face more complex challenges than ever before. Economic uncertainty, environmental concerns and social imperatives mean what we used to know, is no longer enough. How do you stay ready for the future, when the present needs your attention now?

Strategic leadership expert Alicia McKay will share her insights on how to become a confident strategic leader, so you can:

  • Keep an eye on the big picture
  • Stay flexible in the face of change
  • Keep your leadership relevant, as the world goes mad around you!
  • 11:45
VALUES AND PURPOSE-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP

DIGBY SCOTT, Change maker, author and mentor

 

The need to lead with a purpose and values has never been more critical than it is now. Our workplaces and organisations face constant change, but a values and purpose-driven leader can instil trust and maintain the focus of their teams. So why is it that values and purpose driven people and organisations thrive, and how can it be incorporated into your leadership journey?

Change maker and passionate leadership mentor Digby Scott will share how to create greater impact by:

  • Establishing a set of values that inform your leadership style
  • Ensuring you can always articulate your purpose and values
  • Developing values that allow for innovation, diversity and transformation
  • Being thoughtful and deliberate in your choices and decision making
  • The broader context of your leadership style and decisions
  • Establishing a framework to ensure your purpose is clear and consistent
12:30 – LUNCH BREAK
  • 13:30
CREATING & LEADING A RADICALLY AUTHENTIC TEAM

CALLUM MCKIRDY, Neurodiversity champion, curious thinker, leadership mentor and team facilitator

In an era described by increasing urgency, importance and change, there is often a tension between driving hard at the risk of leaving people behind and slowing down too much to the point where opportunities are missed and people disengage.

Forbes recently ranked the ability to use ‘candour with empathy’ as one of the top leadership traits to emerge as necessary for a post-COVID world of work. In this keynote, Callum will take you through how to lead an environment in which everyone thrives – where everyone can show-up and be the best version of themselves.

You will learn:

  • The role of empathy in identifying potential inclusion issues
  • How to be an audacious leader in times that require different perspectives
  • The importance of enabling a diverse and inclusive team to drive innovation
  • How diverse leadership can lead to better financial performance
  • 14:15
CREATING HIGH-PERFORMANCE TEAMS THROUGH BUILDING AND MAINTAINING TRUST

FILIPO LEVI, Former International Rugby Captain, and expert in helping leaders build strong and resilient teams

How can you, as a leader, help your team reach shared goals with a sense of purpose by building and maintaining trust? How can you empower your team by building confidence, both in themselves and in you?

Former International Rugby Captain and high-performance coach Filipo Levi understands the importance of being transparent in leadership and how we communicate to build trust. This, in turn, provides the foundations for employee wellbeing, psychological safety, team morale and engagement levels.

Filipo will share his experiences so you can:

  • Ensure you create and communicate a clear vision and direction for your team
  • Align your words and your actions and always being consistent
  • Find ways to demonstrate good judgement and expertise
  • Keep the lines of communication clear, transparent and open
  • Demonstrate trust in others and offering autonomy where possible
  • How do you get trust back if you lose it?
15:00 – AFTERNOON TEA
  • 15:30
LEADING THROUGH CHANGE AND CRISIS

DR SUZE WILSON, Senior Lecturer, Executive Development, Massey University

2020 has been a masterclass in living and leading through change and crisis.  While we hope not to see another crisis any time soon, we can be assured that change is constant and consistent.

Dr Suze Wilson is passionate about leadership research, cutting through the jargon and providing practical learnings to apply in New Zealand workplaces.  Hear how you can prepare to lead through change and crisis by:

  • Remaining agile and adaptable
  • Gaining buy-in from your team and organisation
  • Communicating your vision, mindset, behaviours and a clear direction
  • How to ensure maximum participation and engagement from your team
  • Strategies to deal with resistance and difficult transitions
  • Maintaining focus, and your vision, to completion
  • Embracing lifelong learning
16:00 – SPONSOR PRIZE DRAWS
  • 16:10
POWERFUL LEADERSHIP – HOW TO GROW AND DISCOVER THE LEADER INSIDE YOU

LISA O’NEILL, Author, speaker and business leader

Having awareness, taking responsibility and trusting your decisions are a huge part of the curve into the leadership world. Self awareness and a commitment to who you are BEING is the true north for any great leader.

Lisa will share:

  • How to level yourself up into who you want to be
  • Understand your ‘leadership leaks’ – where are you not effective
  • Trusting yourself and the people around you
  • Develop the confidence to DO YOU
  • The importance of authenticity
16:55 – CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR
17:05 – NETWORKING DRINKS
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