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EXCHANGE KNOWLEDGE. BUILD CONNECTION.

Connect Media acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the land on which we facilitate our events. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and recognise their ongoing connection to this beautiful country, with knowledge and stories that have been handed down since time immemorial.

OUR EVENTS

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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29 February 2024
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
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1 & 2 MARCH 2023
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

The Sustainability Leaders Summit is an executive level event uniting sustainability decision makers from the region’s most influential companies.

The Summit features an ambitious, outcomes-focused agenda with over fifty frontline perspectives from the highest levels of sustainability practice in Australia.

Over two days of case-based exploration and international vision, more than 250 of the nation’s leading corporate sustainability executives will explore the macro and micro issues shaping the sustainability journey with a collective purpose: to transform business for the better.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
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15 & 16 MARCH 2023
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Returning in March, the Retail Leaders Forum arrives at a critical juncture for the nation’s Retail community.

The industry has responded emphatically to the unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as consumer confidence builds and our operating environment begins to correct, Retail executives are accountable for securing opportunities emerging from the upturn economy.

The Forum secures national and global speakers of immense authority to arm attendees to succeed in this undertaking.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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15 & 16 FEBRUARY 2023
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Firmly established as the singular CHRO leadership event of the Asia-Pacific region, the HR Leaders Forum is returning in 2023 with a refreshed format to guide you through the year ahead.

This year, over 250 of your industry peers and an unrivalled selection of C-Suite speakers will make the ICC their home for two powerful days of learning & networking.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
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4 MAY 2023
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

The true value of Diversity and Inclusion can be hard to envision, and harder still to unleash. The Diversity and Inclusion Forum is dedicated to better understanding and unlocking this value by drawing on the shared experiences of Diversity and Inclusion Leaders from some the nation’s most respected businesses.

The Forum secures national and global speakers of unmatched quality and immense authority to advance this crucial dialogue, providing delegates with practical, case-based insight into advancing and refining their diversity and inclusion programmes.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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23 & 24 MAY 2023
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Corporate Affairs executives are mapping uncharted waters. As the tides of consumer sentiment change, and with technology and politics locked in a pattern of upheaval, new opportunities for influence are erupting on the world stage.

Uniting the nation’s premier Corporate Affairs and Communication executives, the 13th annual Corporate Affairs Summit is the ideal forum to uncover the imperatives for exemplary practice in a changing world.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
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30 NOVEMBER 2022
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Continuous learning is essential to thrive in times of innovation, technology, globalization, and a rapid pace of change.

A Strong Learning and Development strategy can help organizations unlock exponential value, retain top talent, improve productivity and is imperative to staying competitive.

The L&D Forum offers exclusive chance to gain the insights of the nation’s leading L&D leaders from a diverse array of organisations. Discover their visions and strategies for effectively enriching employee experience, gain insights into latest L&D trends, technologies, and best practices to stay ahead of the curve.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
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15 JUNE 2023
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Retail is operating in a changed world. Consumer expectations are heightening, global pressures are mounting, and leaders have a remit to respond with pace and precision. Now, the industry is starting to look forward once again, and leaders are readying their strategies and models with a revitalised energy to pursue growth, strengthen loyalty and embrace innovation.

This industry leading event is designed for Retail leaders and delivered by Retail Leaders. For a one-day conference and networking event, the Forum invites an esteemed delegation of executives and world-class speakers to come together and drive powerful, case-based discussion and insight. Together, we will interrogate the challenges and opportunities underpinning the industry, arming attendees with the tools to lead as a future-first business.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
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12 JUNE 2024
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

The Corporate Affairs Summit is arriving in Auckland in June 2024.

The Summit congregates senior communications and corporate affairs executives for a one-day, cross-sector conference designed to unravel the complexity of operating in a world shrouded in uncertainty.

As an independent and closed event, the Summit hosts both speakers and delegates from across the national and around the world, facilitating networking and shared learning between key leaders of industry.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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1 AUGUST 2023
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

The Health Tech Forum is firmly established as the premier national event for Healthcare executives, congregating key stakeholders for top-line perspectives on management, policy and innovation.

Gathering senior leaders from across the public and private healthcare spectrum, the annual Healthcare Leaders Forum equips executives with the insights they need to adapt and succeed in a dynamic climate.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
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16 AUGUST 2023
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Human Resource Leaders are navigating a changed world. Operating environments have extended, workplace expectations heightened, and businesses have a consequential remit to align their imperatives with collective purpose. Now, as industries start to look forward once again, leaders are readying their strategies and models with a revitalised energy to pursue growth, strengthen empowerment and embrace innovation.

This industry leading event is designed for HR leaders and delivered by HR Leaders. For a one-day, cross-sector conference and networking event, the Forum invites an esteemed delegation of executives and world-class speakers to come together and drive powerful, case-based discussion and insight. Together, we will interrogate the challenges and opportunities underpinning the industry, arming attendees with the tools to lead as a people-first business.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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7 & 8 JUNE 2022
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Celebrating its 11th year, the Business of Sport Summit is a prestigious event that congregates local and international business leaders from all sectors of the sports industry. Uniting all the key industry stakeholders, it is the ideal platform to unlock the competitive edge to lead and succeed in 2022.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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17 OCTOBER 2024
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Uncertainty always threatens to obscure opportunity. Businesses that can effectively combine dynamic responses with considered foresight will unlock new, often unexpected, pathways to progress. While the challenge of charting this course through uncertainty falls on all business leaders, CFOs are uniquely positioned to lead the way.

The 7th Annual CFO Forum is dedicated to this pursuit. Over 150 leading financial executives will unite for a powerful day of case-based exploration and vision. Converging from all sectors of the national economy, we will combat precise challenges with tangible responses that help reinforce business resilience.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
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25 & 26 OCTOBER 2022
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Formerly known as the Brand Forum, the Marketing Leaders Summit has adapted and grown in acknowledgment of the escalating responsibilities and increasing importance that marketing and brands play in an organisation’s strategic growth.

Celebrating its 6th Year, The Marketing Leaders Summit is the most senior gathering of CMOs and brand marketing professionals in Australia.

Gathering executives from leading local and international brands, this event is the ideal platform from which to formulate strategies to successfully overcome the challenges of the future and enhance business performance today.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
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22 NOVEMBER 2023
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Social and environmental sustainability have become a mainstay of both our political climate and economic reality. As a result, Sustainability Executives have been positioned at the helm of corporate responsibility, navigating the complex pathway towards transparency and lasting impact.

The Sustainability Leaders Summit congregates these executives, facilitating an esteemed platform of cross-industry insight, discussion and connection between some of New Zealand’s most respected organisations. The Summit features an ambitious, outcomes-focused agenda, driven by world-class speakers for set on transforming businesses for the better.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Pioneers, Leaders & Trailblazers

Past Speakers

Deborah Nicodemus

Chief Executive Officer

Moda Operandi (USA)

Michael Fraccaro

Chief Human Resources Officer

MasterCard (USA)

Babak Parviz

Vice President

Amazon (USA)

Ron Johnson

Founder

Apple Store

Dave Samson

General Manager, Public Affairs

Chevron Corporation (USA)

Mike Fernandez

Corporate Vice-President, Corporate Affairs

Cargill (USA)

Tatjana Haenni

Head of Women’s Football

FIFA (SUI)

Tom LaForge

Global Director of Human & Cultural Insights

The Coca-Cola Company (USA)

Judith H. Edge

Corporate Vice President, Global Human Resources

FedEx Corporation (USA)

Jean-Marc Pailhol

Head of Global Market Management & Distribution

Allianz SE (GER)

Marc Firestone

President, External Affairs & General Counsel

Philip Morris International (SUI)

Geoff McDonald

Global Vice President, Human Resources

Unilever (UK)

Lord Peter Chadlington

Chief Executive Officer

Huntsworth (UK)

Seema Kumar

Vice President, Global Health, & Policy Communication

Johnson & Johnson (USA)

Alex Aiken

Executive Director Communications

HM Government (UK)

Murray Barnett

Head of Global Sponsorship & Commercial Partnerships

Formula One (UK)

Patrick Noone

Managing Director

Costco Wholesale

Alexandra Badenoch

Group Executive, Human Resources

Telstra

Pierre Goad

Global Co-Head of Communications

HSBC (UK)

Kirsten Walkom

Global Communications Director

Save the Children International (UK)

Zenia Mucha

Chief Communications Officer

The Walt Disney Company (USA)

Jeffrey Sampson

Group Senior Vice President

Fast Retailing (JPN)

Antonia Jermendy

Head of Retail Innovation & Test

Swarovski (CHE)

Justin King CBE

Former Chief Executive Officer

Sainsbury’s (UK)

Mark Levy

Global Head of Employee Experience

Airbnb (USA)

Peter Ruis

Chief Executive Officer

Jigsaw (UK)

Jenny Bryant

Chief Human Resources Officer

Wesfarmers Limited

Sir Craig Oliver

Principal

Teneo

John Koryl

President

Neiman Marcus Direct (USA)

Jordan Pettman

Global Head of People Data, Analytics & Planning

Nestlé (UK)

Melissa Fleming

Chief Spokesperson

UNHCR (SUI)

Jack Harari

Vice President - International Partnerships

Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues (USA)

Brett Gosper

Chief Executive Officer World Rugby & Managing Director

Rugby World Cup

Eric Petersen

Senior Vice President Global Brand

Lululemon (CA)

Ricardo Fort

Vice President, Global Sports Partnerships

The Coca-Cola Company (USA)

John Gillam

Managing Director

Bunnings

Ken Murphy

President of Global Brands

Walgreens Boots Alliance (USA)

Andrea Thomas

Senior Vice President

Walmart (USA)

Gordon Cairns

Chairman

Woolworths

Michael Burgess

President

HBC Digital (USA)

Kate Morris

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Adore Beauty

Ian Ayre

Managing Director

Liverpool FC (UK)

Deborah Yates

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Reckitt Benckiser (UK)

Diarmuid Russell

Senior Vice-President & General Manager International

Glassdoor (USA)

Gabrielle Valdez Dow

Vice President Marketing & Fan Engagement

Green Bay Packers (USA)

Gordon Bitko

Chief Information Officer

Federal Bureau of Investigation (USA)

Jessica Powell

Vice President of Communications

Google (USA)

Rocco Braeuniger

Country Manager

Amazon

David Boynton

Chief Executive

The Body Shop (UK)

Terry J Lundgren

Fmr Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Macy’s (USA)

Lana Hopkins

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

MON PURSE

Mark Waller

Executive Vice President of International

National Football League (USA)

Sharon Price John

Chief Executive Officer

Build-A-Bear (USA)

Judith Williams

Global Head of Diversity

Dropbox (USA)

Ian McLeod

Chief Executive Officer

BI-LO (USA)

Jack Leslie

Chairman

Weber Shandwick (USA)

Shane Meeker

Corporate Storyteller & Company Historian

The Procter & Gamble Company (USA)

Gwen Morrison

Chief Executive Officer

The Store (USA)

Gary Sheffer

Vice President Communications & Public Affairs

GE (USA)

David L. Bunch

Global Vice-President

Shell Brands International (UK)

Henrik Amsinck

Senior Vice President, Business Technology

Lego (DNK)

Chaz Giles

Global Head of External Innovation

Estée Lauder (USA)

Alexandra Willis

Head of Communications, Content & Digital

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) (UK)

Jennifer Storms

Senior Vice President, Global Sports Marketing

PepsiCo (USA)

Simone Niven

Global Head of Media & Communications

Rio Tinto (UK)

Dave Richardson

Chief Executive Officer

ICC (UAE)

Paraag Marathe

President

San Francisco 49ers (USA)

Will Dean

Chief Executive Officer

Tough Mudder (USA)

Kylie Watson-Wheeler

Managing Director

The Walt Disney Company

Max Van Den Doel

Global Head Sports Marketing

Adidas (NL)

Kate Johnson

Global Head of Sponsorship Marketing

Visa (USA)

Roger Fisk

National Director

Obama for America (USA)

Redmond Yeung

President

Gap Inc. (China)

Liz Gottung

Chief Human Resources Officer

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (USA)

Richard Murray

Chief Executive Officer

JB Hi Fi

Kathryn van der Merwe

Group Executive Talent & Culture

ANZ

Jeri Buchholz

Chief Human Resources Officer

NASA (USA)

Michael O’Keeffe

Chief Executive Officer

Aesop

Dr Gordon Campbell

Chief Executive Officer

SPAR International (NED)

Ian Moir

Chief Executive Officer

Woolworths (ZAF)

Gerrit Meier

Executive Vice President of International

WWE (USA)

John Durkan

Managing Director

Coles

Ravi Saligram

Chief Executive Officer

Officemax (USA)

Bob Neville

Global Retail Creative Director & Head of Retail

New Balance (HK)

Susie McCabe

Senior Vice President of Global Retail

Under Armor (USA)

Stuart Crabb

Global HR Head

Facebook (USA)

Todd Greenberg

Chief Executive Officer

National Rugby League

Simon Thompson

Chief Product Officer & Non-Executive Director

Ocado (UK)

Richard Goyder AO

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Wesfarmers

Lord Mark Price

Fmr Managing Director

Waitrose (UK)

Lord Stuart Rose

Chairman

Marks and Spencer (UK)

Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth

Human Resources Director

BBC (UK)