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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 Yates

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Reckitt Benckiser (UK)

Alexandra Willis

Head of Communications, Content & Digital

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

Chaz Giles

Global Head of External Innovation

Estée Lauder (USA)

Jack Leslie

Chairman

Weber Shandwick (USA)

Sir Craig Oliver

Principal

Teneo

Ian Ayre

Managing Director

Liverpool FC (UK)

Diarmuid Russell

Senior Vice-President & General Manager International

Glassdoor (USA)

Redmond Yeung

President

Gap Inc. (China)

Richard Goyder AO

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Wesfarmers

Simone Niven

Global Head of Media & Communications

Rio Tinto (UK)

John Gillam

Managing Director

Bunnings

Gerrit Meier

Executive Vice President of International

WWE (USA)

Jeri Buchholz

Chief Human Resources Officer

NASA (USA)

Mark Waller

Executive Vice President of International

National Football League (USA)

Ian Moir

Chief Executive Officer

Woolworths (ZAF)

Shane Meeker

Corporate Storyteller & Company Historian

The Procter & Gamble Company (USA)

Susie McCabe

Senior Vice President of Global Retail

Under Armor (USA)

Tom LaForge

Global Director of Human & Cultural Insights

The Coca-Cola Company (USA)

Zenia Mucha

Chief Communications Officer

The Walt Disney Company (USA)

Stuart Crabb

Global HR Head

Facebook (USA)

Kathryn van der Merwe

Group Executive Talent & Culture

ANZ

Kate Morris

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Adore Beauty

Mike Fernandez

Corporate Vice-President, Corporate Affairs

Cargill (USA)

Lord Stuart Rose

Chairman

Marks and Spencer (UK)

Dave Samson

General Manager, Public Affairs

Chevron Corporation (USA)

Ron Johnson

Founder

Apple Store

Gordon Bitko

Chief Information Officer

Federal Bureau of Investigation (USA)

Gabrielle Valdez Dow

Vice President Marketing & Fan Engagement

Green Bay Packers (USA)

Richard Murray

Chief Executive Officer

JB Hi Fi

Michael O’Keeffe

Chief Executive Officer

Aesop

Alex Aiken

Executive Director Communications

HM Government (UK)

Paraag Marathe

President

San Francisco 49ers (USA)

Peter Ruis

Chief Executive Officer

Jigsaw (UK)

Sharon Price John

Chief Executive Officer

Build-A-Bear (USA)

Jessica Powell

Vice President of Communications

Google (USA)

Jenny Bryant

Chief Human Resources Officer

Wesfarmers Limited

Simon Thompson

Chief Product Officer & Non-Executive Director

Ocado (UK)

Will Dean

Chief Executive Officer

Tough Mudder (USA)

Jeffrey Sampson

Group Senior Vice President

Fast Retailing (JPN)

Patrick Noone

Managing Director

Costco Wholesale

Dave Richardson

Chief Executive Officer

ICC (UAE)

Rocco Braeuniger

Country Manager

Amazon

John Koryl

President

Neiman Marcus Direct (USA)

Melissa Fleming

Chief Spokesperson

UNHCR (SUI)

Eric Petersen

Senior Vice President Global Brand

Lululemon (CA)

Ken Murphy

President of Global Brands

Walgreens Boots Alliance (USA)

Dr Gordon Campbell

Chief Executive Officer

SPAR International (NED)

Andrea Thomas

Senior Vice President

Walmart (USA)

Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth

Human Resources Director

BBC (UK)

John Durkan

Managing Director

Coles

Lana Hopkins

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

MON PURSE

Ravi Saligram

Chief Executive Officer

Officemax (USA)

Henrik Amsinck

Senior Vice President, Business Technology

Lego (DNK)

Murray Barnett

Head of Global Sponsorship & Commercial Partnerships

Formula One (UK)

Kylie Watson-Wheeler

Managing Director

The Walt Disney Company

Gordon Cairns

Chairman

Woolworths

Ian McLeod

Chief Executive Officer

BI-LO (USA)

Antonia Jermendy

Head of Retail Innovation & Test

Swarovski (CHE)

David Boynton

Chief Executive

The Body Shop (UK)

Alexandra Badenoch

Group Executive, Human Resources

Telstra

Babak Parviz

Vice President

Amazon (USA)

Pierre Goad

Global Co-Head of Communications

HSBC (UK)

Liz Gottung

Chief Human Resources Officer

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (USA)

Geoff McDonald

Global Vice President, Human Resources

Unilever (UK)

Tatjana Haenni

Head of Women’s Football

FIFA (SUI)

Lord Peter Chadlington

Chief Executive Officer

Huntsworth (UK)

Max Van Den Doel

Global Head Sports Marketing

Adidas (NL)

Jennifer Storms

Senior Vice President, Global Sports Marketing

PepsiCo (USA)

Judith Williams

Global Head of Diversity

Dropbox (USA)

Jordan Pettman

Global Head of People Data, Analytics & Planning

Nestlé (UK)

Todd Greenberg

Chief Executive Officer

National Rugby League

Bob Neville

Global Retail Creative Director & Head of Retail

New Balance (HK)

Seema Kumar

Vice President, Global Health, & Policy Communication

Johnson & Johnson (USA)

Gary Sheffer

Vice President Communications & Public Affairs

GE (USA)

Mark Levy

Global Head of Employee Experience

Airbnb (USA)

Michael Burgess

President

HBC Digital (USA)

Michael Fraccaro

Chief Human Resources Officer

MasterCard (USA)

Gwen Morrison

Chief Executive Officer

The Store (USA)

Terry J Lundgren

Fmr Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Macy’s (USA)

Lord Mark Price

Fmr Managing Director

Waitrose (UK)

Roger Fisk

National Director

Obama for America (USA)

Justin King CBE

Former Chief Executive Officer

Sainsbury’s (UK)

Ricardo Fort

Vice President, Global Sports Partnerships

The Coca-Cola Company (USA)

Marc Firestone

President, External Affairs & General Counsel

Philip Morris International (SUI)

Jack Harari

Vice President - International Partnerships

Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues (USA)

Brett Gosper

Chief Executive Officer World Rugby & Managing Director

Rugby World Cup

Kirsten Walkom

Global Communications Director

Save the Children International (UK)

Judith H. Edge

Corporate Vice President, Global Human Resources

FedEx Corporation (USA)

Jean-Marc Pailhol

Head of Global Market Management & Distribution

Allianz SE (GER)

Kate Johnson

Global Head of Sponsorship Marketing

Visa (USA)

Deborah Nicodemus

Chief Executive Officer

Moda Operandi (USA)

David L. Bunch

Global Vice-President

Shell Brands International (UK)