Network with other business leaders like you

The CEO Institute hosts a range of business events, meetings and webinars that feature prominent keynote speakers who address topical issues faced by CEOs.

You’re bound to share some great conversation, resources, networks, and innovative ideas. We give you opportunities to meet the people and have the conversations that matter to you!

Upcoming Webinars / Forums

Stay tuned for upcoming webinars. Contact your state office for attendance instructions.

Managing Reputational Risk and Staying Ahead of the COVID Change Curve

Date / Time: Friday 14 August 2020, 2:00pm AEST

Presented by: Tony Nicholls, CEO of Good Talent Media and Syndicate 11 Member, David Latham, Public Relations Manager of Good Talent Media, Melissa Le Mesurier, Founder of MLM Consulting and Linley Watson, Co-Founder & CEO of Peak Performance International

COVID-19 has changed everything - except the need to actively manage your business' reputational risk. Engaging your stakeholders - especially employees, media and customers - has never been more critical than in this fast-changing environment.

Previous Webinars / Forums

Sales and Business Growth Recovery Post COVID-19

Date / Time: Friday 7 August 2020, 2:00pm AEST

Presented by: Sue Barrett, Founder & CEO of Barrett

Within every crisis lies the demise of some and the making of others. Within every crisis also lies a myriad of opportunities. Those first movers who gain an early advantage will realise the opportunities first in the new normal and make it harder for the competition to match. Sue will explore and present the latest changes and findings from Australian and international businesses about what they are doing to adapt their sales processes, sales teams and strategies to stay in business, attract and retain customers, and sell better in the new normal.

Navigating Your Way Through Financial Distress - You're Not Alone

Session 1: Date / Time: Friday 24 July 2020, 8:00 - 9:30am AEST

Session 2: Date / Time: Monday 27 July 2020, 3:30 - 5:00pm AEST

Presented by: Shaun McGushin - Practice Director & Lawyer, Ash St. Legal & Advisory, Mark Robinson - Senior Advisor, dVT Group and Pauline Vamos - Non-Executive Director & Chair 

Business leaders may be feeling overwhelmed looking for ways to pivot their operations. Whilst some have been able to adapt quickly, others are looking for robust solutions to enable them to ride out the storm and to come out the other end, stronger and more resilient. This webinar will provide leaders with insight and practical steps to take to navigate through rough terrain.

Workplace Best Practice in the COVID-19 Environment

Date / Time: Friday 17 July 2020, 2:00pm AEST

Glenn Campbell, Executive Director of DeakinCo. and Facilitator, will introduce the panel made up of:

  • Dr Neil Cowen, MBA PhD. Neil is an immunologist and will discuss the importance of getting COVID-19 under control.
  • Annette Alexander, Senior Health & Safety Adviser at Ai Group, will discuss workplace best practice in the COVID-19 environment.
  • Mike Woods, Syndicate 58 Member and Creative Director of the COVID-19 Workplace Training Scheme, will discuss the content and program delivery.

Building Your Best Salesperson - Your Website

Date / Time: Friday 3 July 2020, 2:00pm AEST

Presented by: Irwin Hau - Founder & Director, Chromatix and Syndicate 10 Member

A specialist in building highly engaging conversion based websites, Irwin explains how to fast forward the rapport building process on your website so that you increase the quality of your leads and ultimately the number of enquiries you get. This is achieved by blending human psychology with technology - balancing the 3 core areas of design, development and data. Irwin will present a simple framework that will allow members to walk away with practical ideas, tools and tips that they can implement straight away. The session is both educational and interactive.

Life After Lockdown: Readying Business For Rebound

Session 1: Date / Time: Friday 26 June 2020, 8:00 - 9:30am AEST

Session 2: Date / Time: Monday 29 June 2020, 3:30 - 5:00pm AEST

Presented by: Diane Shelton - CEO, Forethought

2020 has forced us all to live in new ways, and our choices are changing. Forethought has been conducting weekly polls to understand how consumers’ values and behaviours are changing as a result of COVID-19. But are the changes fleeting, or will they endure? The Australian Normality Index monitors the results, which have significant implications for leaders and organisations ready to re-orient and economically rebound.

Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Session 1: Date / Time: Friday 19 June 2020, 8:00 - 9:30am AEST

Session 2: Date / Time: Monday 22 June 2020, 3:30 - 5:00pm AEST

Presented by: Paul Bloxham - Chief Economist, HSBC Australia and Karl Turner - COO, AFIA & NSW Syndicate Chair 

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact businesses and households, join Paul and Karl in discussing the domestic and global economic outlook as a result of the pandemic.

The Adaptive Workplace: Responding to Accelerated Workplace Changes

Session Date / Time: Monday 15 June 2020, 3:30 - 5.00pm AEST 

Presented by: Daniel Afonso and Tina Cerar, NPM

This webinar is aimed to answer questions business leaders have today:

  • What will my workplace look like?
  • Do I have enough space / too much space?
  • How much will this cost?

Daniel and Tina will take you through their design pathway and present a case study for what their office will look like into the future.

Support Your Mental Health and Understand the Role of Wellbeing in the Future of Work

Session Date / Time: Friday 12 June 2020, 8:00 - 9.30am AEST 

Presented by: Jono Nicholas and Kevin Clancy, The Wellbeing Outfit

Mental health is defined as our cognitive, emotional and behavioural wellbeing but is most often spoken about in terms of psychological injury. What can we do to make sure people are happy and able to operate at full capacity? And for the 1 in 2 who will face mental difficulty in their life, how do we help them get back to full capacity? Jono and Kevin will be providing solutions that focus on understanding the risks and realities of your organisation, and developing strategies that positively influence the mental health of your people.

If Manufacturing is the Answer, What is the Question?

Session Date / Time: Friday 12 June 2020, 2:00pm AEST 

Presented by: Ben Kehoe, QLD Syndicate Chair

Australia has enjoyed 29 years of prosperity. COVID-19 has brought it to an end. Ben Kehoe hypothesises that Australia is different now and we need to behave differently. This is the opportunity of a millennium. It involves a major paradigm shift in our thinking. There is necessary urgent work to do to address COVID-19, maintain and sustain the health of Australians and to get the Australian system working again in whatever form that emerges.

Customer Loyalty - The New Gold Standard of Business

Session Date / Time: Friday 5 June 2020, 2:00pm AEST 

Presented by: Darrell Hardidge, Founder and CEO, Saguity and Syndicate 3 Member

There has never been a greater need for customer loyalty than now. The key question is “how do we get our customers back?”. Most don’t measure loyalty, and therefore without realising are flying blind into a financial storm. We will cover the vital steps in leading your team to secure customer loyalty and revenue.

Emotional Intelligence: a Key Leadership Skill

Session Date / Time: Friday 5 June 2020, 8:00am AEST 

Presented by: Kristyn Haywood, Experienced Leadership Educator, Executive Coach, and World-class Facilitator

Leaders high in emotional intelligence display more integrity, are easy to trust, and can motivate us to achieve great things for the organisation. Although, this type of leader is rare because to improve your EQ requires personal commitment and no one will keep you accountable for your progress but you. What does EQ look like practically in the actions of a leader? Find out in this webinar.

Cash Flow - Power of One Process

Session Date / Time: Friday 29 May 2020, 2:00pm AEST 

Presented by: Alan Miltz, Managing Director, Cash Flow Story

Cash Flow Story software includes the Power of One Process for doing quick what / if scenarios to stress test your cash flow. Cash Flow Story has been designed for both financial and non-financial people to understand the numbers. They have eliminated accounting jargon and made the complex simple, so that everyone can understand and enjoy talking about the numbers with an ultimate objective to improve the profit, cash and value of a business.

React, Respond, Rethink. Business as Unusual Post Crisis

Session 1: Date / Time: Friday 29 May 2020, 8:00am - 9:30am

Session 2: Date / Time: Monday 1 June 2020, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Presented by: Katja Forbes, Designit, Member Syndicate 62

The business world has been forced to completely rethink its ways of working. As restrictions ease, how do you manage return to work? Adapt to a possible new hybrid model of physical and remote, or continue remotely with a new intentionally designed virtual workplace?

How to Lead Your Business out of COVID-19 with Strength & Agility

Session 1: Date / Time: Friday 22 May 2020, 8:00am - 9:30am

Session 2: Date / Time: Monday 25 May 2020, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Presented by: Diana Tapp, World Class Teams

Australia is facing an unprecedented test. As CEOs, we must lead decisively, innovatively and with true insight if our businesses are to survive and thrive. How can you start to turn the focus to the future, to lead your team and your business out of COVID-19 with strength and agility? Learn how to build world class resilience and agility in your team and much more in this webinar.

Life After Lockdown: Rebuilding a High-Performance Workforce

Session 1: Date / Time: Friday 22 May 2020, 8:00am - 9:30am

Session 2: Date / Time: Monday 25 May 2020, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Presented by: Trudy MacDonald, Managing Director - TalentCode HR

As we start to move through the initial business and personal phase of disruption associated with COVID-19, forward-looking organisations are establishing plans and taking action to rebuild a high-performance workforce. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Reimagine and redefine greatness for the future 
  • Establish new ways of working
  • Understand the capabilities needed for future success 
  • Find and retain the talent needed to thrive

Working in Isolation: How Leaders Can Get the Best From Their Teams Through the COVID-19 Crisis

Session Date / Time: Friday 22 May 2020, 2:00pm AEST 

Presented by: Karen Gately, CEO - Corporate Dojo Pty Ltd and Syndicate 3 Member

Leaders face great opportunity and challenge in guiding their teams to be healthy, engaged and performing through these times. Understand the essential steps you can take to win in these times of unprecedented uncertainty and rapid change. Karen is a highly sought-after speaker, educator and advisor who brings a fresh perspective to what it takes to lead people and teams to reach their potential. Her off-beat, funny and self-deprecatory style disarms and inspires even the most difficult audiences.

Industry Forums - 2020

Retail Sector: Friday 15 May 2020, 8:00am - 9:00am, Moderated by Syndicate Chair  Bernie Brookes

Service Industry Sector: Friday 15 May 2020, 8:00am - 9:00am, Moderated by Simon Meyer 

Manufacturing Sector: Monday 18 May 2020, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Moderated by Syndicate Chair  Mary Verschuer

Industry Forums give members the opportunity for insightful talks and thought exchanges on current issues, innovations and developments that are influencing their sector / industry. Learn more.

Crisis Media Management

Session Date / Time: Friday 15 May 2020, 2:00pm AEST 

Presented by: Tony Nicholls, CEO - Good Talent Media and Syndicate 11 Member

Learn how to stay ahead of the game in the digital space and deal effectively with online crises.

With an effective Crisis Media strategy, we minimise impact. We can improve business and individual digital footprints - saving money, brands, and reputations. In this workshop, Tony will cover:

  • Crisis Media Management essentials
  • How Google works and ranks
  • Creating a positive / effective social media strategy

Surviving & Thriving Through Crisis: Weathering the Storm and Bouncing Back Stronger

Session 1: Date / Time:  Friday 8 May 2020, 8:00am - 9:30am (Large member organisations)

Session 2: Date / Time:  Monday 11 May 2020, 3:30pm - 5:00pm (SME member network)

Presented by:   Tom Leary, Q5 - Partner & MD Australia

Q5, global leaders in business transformation and change, will lead a webinar to discuss how to move from crisis to stabilise your business and then innovate to build a bridge to the future. The session will provide expert guidance on approaches, practical examples of its application, and opportunities to ask questions on the challenges that are affecting your business.

VIC: COVID-19 Employment Law Issues

Session Date / Time:  Friday 8 May 2020,  2:00pm AEST

Presented by:  Dan Feldman BEc, BA(Hons), LLB(Hons), Managing Partner, HRLegal

This webinar will discuss some of the employment law issues arising from COVID-19. Dan will cover the pros and cons of 'stand down' vs 'redundancy' vs 'variations to employment contracts' and how JobKeeper fits in to all of this. The webinar will also answer many FAQs about JobKeeper including what you can do if an employee refuses to work.

The CEO Institute Summit

This highly anticipated annual event is held in all major capital cities around Australia. The day is filled with thought provoking content that not only raises awareness and discussion, but is sure to help you enhance your business agenda and priorities for the coming year.

Each event is driven by a topical theme that guides the content focus. You will enjoy networking opportunities, discussion panels, keynote addresses, and ample time for interaction. Members and guests are invited to join together for an energetic and exclusive day of learning, networking, and sharing.

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