It is no longer the day of the first, the fastest and the fearless. Great leaders are reshaping the leadership paradigm, understanding that the key to ongoing success is a robust culture that inspires and supports its people to work together towards a common purpose.
Big business, regulators and organisations of all shapes and sizes are progressively turning their attention to culture – the network of shared practices and beliefs that define behaviour and the way things are done in an organisation. Underpinning the superstructure of culture are ethical foundations. These are the values and principles that guide people’s everyday choices – the decisions upon which culture grows.
Leadership styles vary greatly, but the most effective leaders are willing and able to preserve and enhance these foundations – often at great personal cost. Our Leading Edge series of intimate events explores the experiences of today’s leaders and how they have managed the intersection of culture and ethics when faced with the myriad challenges of business.
Join The Ethics Centre’s Executive Director Dr Simon Longstaff in conversation as we explore innovative leadership, cultural transformation and leading with edge and integrity in a complex world. The audience is invited to engage directly with the speakers in a Q&A and join us for a pre and post-event drink. Doors open at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.
Greg Medcraft – Finance + Regulations Leader
4 April 2016
Greg Medcraft, Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), is an outspoken advocate for strong corporate culture. "When culture is rotten it often is ordinary Australians who lose their money. Markets might recover, but often people do not," Medcraft has said.
Before joining ASIC in 2009, Greg spent almost three decades in investment banking at KPMG and Société Générale in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. More recently, he was Board Chair of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and Managing Director and Global Head of Securitisation, New York.
Holly Kramer – Retail Leader
7 June 2016
Holly Kramer is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Woolworths, AMP Limited, Australian Post and Nine Entertainment Corporation. She also serves on the Boards of community-owned regional telco Southern Phone and the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation.
Formerly a senior executive of Telstra and previously holding senior positions at Pacific Brands, Ford and eCorp, US-born Holly took on the role of CEO at Best & Less in 2012. During her three years in the role, she drove a dramatic turnaround in the fortunes of the discount retailer, transforming its culture to be built on a core set of values such as “being down-to-earth” and “having empathy for the customer”. Holly left the organisation in 2015 to pursue a career as a non-executive director.
Michael Ebeid – Media Leader
1 September 2016
Michael Ebeid is Managing Director of SBS. He is passionate about organisational culture and has worked hard to strengthen it within SBS since taking the role in 2011. Michael embarked on a change program with SBS’s 1200 plus employees and significantly improved key measures in employee morale and engagement. This has translated into improved performance outcomes and the retention and attraction of high-calibre team members.
Before joining SBS, Michael was the Commercial Operations Director at Optus Communications for 10 years, and more recently, the Executive Director of Corporate Strategy and Marketing at the ABC. He has more than 25 years’ experience in senior management and executive roles across technology, telecommunications and media.
Alison Watkins – Brand Leader
15 November 2016
Alison Watkins is CEO of Coca-Cola Amatil. She was tasked with turning around the drinks giant and has employed her personal philosophy of listening to customers, employees and the leadership team to lead the organisation through a period of change.
Alison has previously been CEO of GrainCorp Limited, CEo of Australian juice company Berri Limited and Managing Director of Regional Banking at ANZ. She spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company before moving to ANZ Bank as Group General Manager of Strategy. She has been a non-executive director of ANZ, Woolworths Limited and Just Group Limited.