Video – 2018 Culture & Leadership Conference

Shaun McCarthy
Human Synergistics Australia and New Zealand

Sustaining Success : That’s Culture

Sustaining performance is not about forever being outrageously successful and constantly growing – the notion of sustainability, is it could be about innovation, continuous improvement, overcoming obstacles, putting up with disruption, and surviving through such disruption. Shaun talks about the relationship between leader’s impact, decisions leaders make and the impact this has on the way people believe they have to behave in an organisation.

Shaun established Human Synergistics in New Zealand and Australia and brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and anecdotes from a long and distinguished Consulting career. If you have a question about Leadership or Culture – Shaun will have a story to illustrate an answer to it.


Kate Evans
Group Executive People & Culture

Performance : That’s Culture

We know that Constructive Cultures deliver better business results. Kate share’s her story of how SHAPE’s vision to have a highly constructive culture is being lived everyday as ‘the way we do things around here’. Demonstrating an undeniable link between the Constructive Culture Shape has built and the amazing business performance they achieved because of it. The SHAPE journey has involved making tough choices, increasing accountability, and building leadership capabilities. Kate share’s the decisions, approach and performance data through her insightful and personal experiences with SHAPE.

Kate commenced with SHAPE in 2004 and was an integral part to the introduction of a People & Culture department, where she now holds the Group Executive position. Passionate about Leadership and Organisational Development, Kate is responsible for all functions associated with People at Shape and enjoys being part of an effective leadership team that drives business results through highly engaged and motivated employees.


Robert A. Cooke, Ph.D.
CEO / Director
Human Synergistics International

Collateral Damage : That’s Culture

We see it all the time, organisations keep making the headlines and as you get into the text of it, it’s about the collateral damage that they have caused, due to something they have done; finding more and more, that it’s attributed to their culture. Dr Cooke talks about the relationship between an organisation’s culture and collateral damage, and how it can enable us to work to reduce the likely hood, the probability and severity of collateral damage.

Dr Cooke is the CEO and Director of Human Synergistics International and Associate Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Cooke was previously an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Kellogg School of Management.


Christian Campanella
HR Director
Pernod Ricard

Leaders Impact : That’s Culture

Over a period of a decade, Pernod Ricard Winemakers undertook significant change within their Australia operations as they reshaped their business footprint. During this time, successive employee engagement surveys demonstrated poor results and made Pernod Ricard Winemakers ask the question: what impact does leadership have on culture and performance? Christian share’s how they answered that question by developing leaders who positively impact their teams and have achieved business results which exceeded expectations.

Christian is the HR Director for Pernod Ricard Winemakers. Christian’s HR and leadership experience comes from over 20 year’s in multiple industries (beverage, automotive, professional services, local government and rail) based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK along with exposure and responsibilities across many other countries in Europe, Asia and North America.


Corinne Canter
Head of Consulting
Human Synergistics

Working Teams : That’s Culture

We know that teams are capable of achieving more together than any one individual could possibly achieve on their own… when they are effective! Corinne share’s how our new technology is providing teams with valuable insights through real-time feedback.

Corinne is the head of consulting, a facilitator and coach with Human Synergistics Australia. Corinne’s experience in leadership and organisations comes from over 25 years in leadership roles in Operations and Human Resources working in telecommunications, finance and construction industries. She is a published author on leadership, culture and innovation.


Rebecca Kardos
Managing Director / CEO
Aurora Energy

Courage and Commitment : That’s Culture

Shifting a deeply embedded culture is complex and difficult. What happens when things don’t go to plan? When you learn that your perception doesn’t match reality? How do you as a leader continue to lead and move forward with the journey in the face of a significant setback? Leaders need courage, focus and long term personal commitment to sustain change. It is something Rebecca Kardos, CEO of Aurora Energy knows firsthand. In an honest and thought-provoking presentation, Rebecca share’s her personal story and insights as a CEO of the ups and downs of culture transformation. 

Rebecca is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Energy the Tasmanian State Owned energy retailer. Rebecca has significant executive experience in the utilities sector in Australia and New Zealand in both the public and private sector. Rebecca also has non-executive director experience in the not-for-profit sector and with industry bodies.




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