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Wayne Meecham
Wayne Meecham
Head of Data & Analytics, Ladbrokes
Laura Evans
Laura Evans
Senior Vice President, Data & Insights, The New York Times (USA)
Ryan den Rooijen
Ryan den Rooijen
Head of Data, Dyson (UK)
Pete Williams
Pete Williams
Head of Analytics and Insight, pladis Global (UK) | Director and Data Evangelist, The Decision Playbook
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Enhancing People Capability: Creating a Data Driven Culture in Your Organisation

This interactive session will include several different customer case studies – each demonstrating how they are improving the data literacy within their organisations. An audience-fuelled discussion will follow the presentations, giving the opportunity to discuss each approach with the speakers.

To have a truly data and analytics driven culture, organisations must embed analytics at the heart of both strategic and tactical decision-making, and manage the use of data and analytics in a cohesive, coordinated manner. Organisations demonstrating maturity in analytics, and with a best-practice approach, are serious about their data policies, processes, and activities governing the use of data to support decision-making. The benefits of cultivating a data-driven culture are extensive. When there is a better understanding of the value of data and how it can be applied to decision-making there is often an increase in backing up innovation with data and accurate measuring of outcomes.

Presenters include:

Wayne Meecham - Head of Data & Analytics, Ladbrokes

In the Pursuit of a Data Driven Culture: Providing the Right Answers by Changing the Questions

Ladbrokes have embraced Big Data and the business now wants Big Answers. While the data is becoming increasingly complex, so too is the task of using it, and some of the key challenges are now human ones. Not all stakeholders are equipped to ask the right questions, nor consume the corresponding answers.

As the Data & Analytics team has matured and improved their delivery, they’re no longer seen as just a provider of reports. They’ve become educators and informers. By catering specifically for the capabilities of their audience, and by owning not just the data, but also what the data means - they are changing the questions people are asking.

By developing data assets to suit the differing groups of users within the enterprise, the team can deliver credible and insightful results to all business stakeholders.

This has resulted in a better attuned audience, no longer fixated on what has happened. They are now asking what will happen, which is a much more interesting question.

This is about Ladbrokes’ journey towards a Data Driven Culture. It’s not just about the benefits BI and business analytics has brought to the business, but more about the challenges of delivering those benefits to an audience of vastly differing capability and comprehension.

Pete Williams - Head of Analytics and Insight, pladis Global (UK) | Director and Data Evangelist, The Decision Playbook

Find a Different Way of Doing Things with Your Users Who Had No Idea the Opportunities Existed

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Laura Evans - Senior Vice President, Data & Insights, The New York Times (USA)

Rethinking Processes and Creating Innovative Solutions to Change Your Culture to be More Data-Informed

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Embedding Analytics at the Heart of The New York Times

To have a truly data and analytics driven culture, organisations must embed analytics at the heart of both strategic and tactical decision making, and manage the use of data and analytics in a cohesive, coordinated manner. With all the advancements in technology gathering data can be easy, it’s what you then do with it that provides the challenge for many organisations.

Laura will share how The New York Times has changed its culture to be more data-informed, by rethinking processes and creating innovative solutions to grow audiences and create products. The Times data teams apply analytics to produce actionable insights that impact business KPIs, and use a variety of techniques to analyse and leverage data with machine learning.

Laura Evans joined The New York Times Company in 2016 as senior vice president, Data & Insights. In this role, Evans oversees data science, analytics and data operations across the organisation. Prior to The Times, Evans served as vice president of audience development and data science at the Scripps Networks Interactive, a position she held since 2013. Evans has also held leadership positions at major media organisations including The Washington Post and Dow Jones. She has a Ph.D. in political science with a concentration in quantitative methods from George Washington University.

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Business Intelligence is Dead, Long Live Intelligent Business

For many, the term business intelligence conjures up images of monolithic applications and staid reports, raising the question of what value they generate for businesses facing complex analytical challenges.

However, given the expertise and investment in this area, companies would be unwise to throw out the baby with the bathwater. Instead, how can they evolve their capabilities to tackle opportunities head-on, without having to reinvent the wheel? In this presentation, Ryan will look at examples of what this “analytics journey” looks like and practical principles that can help companies successfully navigate this path.

Ryan is a pragmatic leader who cares as much about delivering measurable impact as he does about evangelising the vision. Before Dyson, he was Google’s Global Capabilities Lead for Insights & Analytics. Ryan also serves as the Advisory Board Chair Oxford University’s M.Sc./DPhil in Social Data Science.

Leadership Principles for Analytics Success

We know that delivering analytical impact requires rethinking our business priorities, delivery capabilities, governance processes, and IT platforms - but what about leadership? With talk of agile and the need to re-evaluate our ways of working, what is executives’ role? To what extent do you need to employ digital natives to lead successful analytics teams, and ensure that you see a return on investment from your data initiatives? In this presentation, we consider what has truly changed, and what principles are still as relevant today as ever. How do leaders ensure that they anchor themselves in a way that provides stability for themselves, and their teams?

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Don’t Get Left on the Bench When the Data Game Starts

Your data is your number one asset. Your lens into what your customer needs from you, your way to engage better with your employees, your way to manage costs and drive growth. It’s the way you stay in business and relevant in your market. But getting started can be bewildering, particularly for large, legacy organisations.

Used effectively you’ll make faster, better quality decisions. And better decisions mean happy customers, happy employees and commercial growth. But for all the talk of AI, ML and robotics being explored at digitally native players, many companies still can’t even get a consistent sales figure.

Find a different way of doing things with colleagues who had no idea the opportunities existed. When people are shown what data can drive the speed of the uptake can be startling, and dangerous. Organisations can move quickly to reshape themselves around this when they see the benefits.

So how do you start? What do you need to do? What will it feel like when you get there? And the bit no one tells you - what don’t you need to worry about?

Before joining pladis, Peter was head of enterprise analytics at Marks and Spencer. In 2017 he was ranked number 6 on the renowned DataIQ top 100 list which profiles the most influential people in data-driven businesses.

Enhancing People Capability: Creating a Data Driven Culture in Your Organisation

This interactive session will include several different customer case studies – each demonstrating how they are improving the data literacy within their organisations. An audience-fuelled discussion will follow the presentations, giving the opportunity to discuss each approach with the speakers.

To have a truly data and analytics driven culture, organisations must embed analytics at the heart of both strategic and tactical decision-making, and manage the use of data and analytics in a cohesive, coordinated manner. Organisations demonstrating maturity in analytics, and with a best-practice approach, are serious about their data policies, processes, and activities governing the use of data to support decision-making. The benefits of cultivating a data-driven culture are extensive. When there is a better understanding of the value of data and how it can be applied to decision-making there is often an increase in backing up innovation with data and accurate measuring of outcomes.

Presenters include:

Wayne Meecham - Head of Data & Analytics, Ladbrokes

In the Pursuit of a Data Driven Culture: Providing the Right Answers by Changing the Questions

Ladbrokes have embraced Big Data and the business now wants Big Answers. While the data is becoming increasingly complex, so too is the task of using it, and some of the key challenges are now human ones. Not all stakeholders are equipped to ask the right questions, nor consume the corresponding answers.

As the Data & Analytics team has matured and improved their delivery, they’re no longer seen as just a provider of reports. They’ve become educators and informers. By catering specifically for the capabilities of their audience, and by owning not just the data, but also what the data means - they are changing the questions people are asking.

By developing data assets to suit the differing groups of users within the enterprise, the team can deliver credible and insightful results to all business stakeholders.

This has resulted in a better attuned audience, no longer fixated on what has happened. They are now asking what will happen, which is a much more interesting question.

This is about Ladbrokes’ journey towards a Data Driven Culture. It’s not just about the benefits BI and business analytics has brought to the business, but more about the challenges of delivering those benefits to an audience of vastly differing capability and comprehension.

Pete Williams - Head of Analytics and Insight, pladis Global (UK) | Director and Data Evangelist, The Decision Playbook

Find a Different Way of Doing Things with Your Users Who Had No Idea the Opportunities Existed

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Laura Evans - Senior Vice President, Data & Insights, The New York Times (USA)

Rethinking Processes and Creating Innovative Solutions to Change Your Culture to be More Data-Informed

Data for Good: Data Driven Insights Drives Commercial Success But Can Also Do So Much More!

Organisations are investing heavily in data skills and structures yet often they have a similar dataset and the ultimate outcome is growth. The third sector has some of the most fascinating datasets and “use cases” that when investigated could make a substantial difference to individuals and society.

There’s no better demonstration of the power of data than the ability to improve the lives of those less fortunate. Benefiting these charitable organisations through skills based volunteering is an all-round winning scenario for everybody involved.

One group trying to make a difference in this space is Datakind, join this session to hear Pete share how he got involved with them and what it meant when these charities were offered pro bono data science.

JT Kostman
JT Kostman
PhD - AI Symbiote (USA)
Peter O'Donnell
Peter O'Donnell
Independent
Tim Davison & Megan Skinner
Tim Davison & Megan Skinner
Manager Business Intelligence & Manager Exploration & Analysis, Auckland University of Technology (NZ)
Fiona Gordon
Fiona Gordon
Executive Manager Customer Insights & Analytics, CommSec
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Applied AI - Coming Soon to a Company Near You… Preparing for the Near Future of Artificial Intelligence

Future generations will remember these as the days we pulled back the curtain and made the mysteries of the world accessible to all. With technology providing intuitive tools to professionals across a wide-range of functions, the secrets of the matrix are finally being revealed. Every part of your business is and will fundamentally change – the most striking changes are about to come.

Join us for a provocative conversation with Dr JT Kostman, one of the world’s leading experts in Applied Artificial Intelligence, as he takes us on a whirlwind tour of the recent history – and near future – of the technologies that will fundamentally change the way we work.

JT has hunted terrorists for US Intelligence Agencies, tracked criminal networks for the FBI, advised on analytic strategies for the Department of Defence, and led social media analysis for the 2012 Obama Campaign. In the corporate sector, he served as Chief Data Officer for Time Inc, Chief Data Scientist for Samsung, and serves on the Board of Advisors for Reimagine Holdings.

He has also been a Paramedic, Police Officer, Deep-Sea Rescue Diver, and Team Leader of an elite Scout/Sniper Reconnaissance Team with the US Army Special Forces.

Business Analytics: The Future Is Now!

William Gibson was right: "The future is already here; it's just not evenly distributed." As organisations in every industry race to take advantage of the extraordinary efficiencies, insights, and opportunities being occasioned by Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence... well, there's never been a better time to be a Business Analyst.

Join us for a rapid-fire, fun-filled, fast-paced tour and tutorial as we cram a year's worth of knowledge into a turbocharged lesson that'll have you learning, laughing, and loving the professional choices you've made. From basic statistics to support vector machines; from machine learning to deep learning, we'll pull back the curtain and prove that these concepts are simpler than you might think - and easily within the reach of anyone with a High School education (unless, of course, they're from New Zealand). Your bosses - and your bank accounts - will be thrilled with the skills that we'll put you on the path to acquire.

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The Art and Science of Data Visualisation – Bringing Theory into Practice

The idea of using pictures to understand data has been around for centuries. Data Visualisation is the presentation of data in a graphical format. Charts, tables, diagrams… we have an enormous array of options available to us when it comes to representing data visually, and the tools we have at our disposal can do more than ever. Done well, effective data visualisation can empower decision-makers to see and understand difficult concepts, or to identify new patterns for actionable insights. Done poorly, it can muddle and confuse, or worse, lead to poor decisions based on good data. Unfortunately, data visualisation is often done poorly, but it doesn’t need to be, and it doesn’t need to be difficult.

By taking a look at a fascinating history, this session will reveal simple DataViz design strategies for enhancing the portrayal of information in your reports and dashboards. It will draw on the latest advances in data visualisation theory and combine it with industry best practice, in an interactive, informative and open session.

To communicate data clearly, you have to think about it clearly, for those of you interested learning more about the science - and art - of data visualisation, this session is not to be missed!

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A Little Less Conversation, a Little More Action: Driving Change Through Technology & Analytics

There’s a lot of talk about how technologies like AI, machine learning, and IoT are transforming the ways we work and live. Tim and Megan will discuss some of the ways AUT is driving change through technology and analytics, particularly for the purpose of creating an exceptional customer experience. They’ll outline bot development at the University, starting with the award-winning prototype that began the journey before giving a live demo of some of the chat bot’s current applications. Tim and Megan will also talk about the integration of bot technology with learning analytics, and about their mission to democratise data using a curatorial approach. The session will be focused on showing what’s possible, often using out-of-the-box solutions. They will share lessons learned about the importance of getting underway, even when parts of the organisation may still be finding their way.

Tim Davison and Megan Skinner began working together in AUT’s Strategy & Planning team six years ago. Tim is responsible for Business Intelligence at AUT and has won multiple accolades for his work in emerging technologies, including the 2016 Microsoft Innovation Supreme Award. Megan leads a team exploring what’s next in higher education and manages a number of cross-university strategic projects. Tim and Megan are also co-Chairs of AUT’s all-staff network, Kin, which aims to build connections and collaborations between staff on campus.

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Game On! Creating Data Literacy Programs for Your People

Every day we are bombarded with data: When is the next train? Will I make it to my daughter’s dance recital on time? What’s happening on the ASX?

Frighteningly 4 out of 5 graduates are not data literate, and disturbingly the same applies for the current workforce.

Incorporating data into business processes and organisational strategy can be challenging when often people don’t know what data they have, or even what they are looking for. CommSec wanted their people to understand the power and the responsibility of the data, and so started thinking about ‘Data Literacy’ as a skill that could be prevalent throughout the enterprise.

CommSec have designed data literacy programs with a sprinkle of magic. Learn how Fiona and her teams built a bridge between business literate and data literate.

  • How to build your own data literacy program with gamified progress
  • Success and failure of using intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation
  • The uplifting results that are guaranteed to deliver
Melissa Song
Melissa Song
GM, People Analytics, Fonterra (NZ)
Simon Banks
Simon Banks
Innovation Author, Speaker & Artist
Benjamin Warren
Benjamin Warren
Insight Platforms Manager – Insights and Customer Experience, HESTA
Nic Ryan
Nic Ryan
Principal Data Scientist, DataFriends
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How People Analytics Can Unlock Value in the Future of Work

Big enterprises rely heavily on customer data to inform their decisions but often overlook a valuable data source much closer to home: their own people data. We know that getting the right people in critical roles has a compound effect on the bottom line and analytics is empowering better talent decisions. Melissa heads up a new division helping Fonterra prepare for the future of work by understanding the resources that will take it there: its people. In this session, Melissa will talk about how to link people data to business value, and share the pragmatic steps she took to earn respect in a new role and shift the conversation within and outside of HR.

Melissa has been helping business extract value through data and analytics, closing the “knowing-doing” gap and holds Masters in Statistics from McMaster University. Prior to Fonterra she consulted in advanced analytics with Spark and developed strategic routes for Air New Zealand and Air Canada.

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Kickstart a Culture of Innovation: How People and Human Connections (Not Just Technology) Will Drive Innovation in Your Organisation

If you want to shift your culture and create a workplace where innovation thrives, along with brilliant ideas, market-leading thinking, products and results, you don’t have to look far. All the ingredients exist to kick start Innovation and it’s right in front of you. It’s you. It’s your team. It’s people.

Innovation is an intensely human experience. It’s minds rubbing on minds. People drive innovation yet can be the most under resourced tool organisations have in their innovation toolkit.

Let’s get ready to change that.

  • Discover how curiosity and innovation are absolutely normal for people. We have been innovating since day one
  • Explore key workforce trends and how to build 21st century skills of curiosity, imagination and creativity into your organisation
  • Recognise three common innovation handbrakes and how to fix them (without spending a cent)
  • Develop three simple tips to bring your most human self to work
  • Create a culture where people and innovation thrive, along with brilliant ideas, market-leading thinking, products and results
  • Enable your team to thrive and fulfill their innovation potential so they see more possibilities than ever before

 

Author of the game-changing book, A Thousand Little Lightbulbs: How to kickstart a culture of Innovation in your Organisation, Simon brings you a BS-free guide to dealing with your creative OGRE, taking off the blinkers and leveraging the greatest innovation tool in your business.

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Use What You Have, Do What You Can: From Data To Insight

Using data to improve decision making and to more effectively personalise the customer experience is widely regarded as a competitive advantage. Yet many organisations get stuck in design and never make it to delivery and value. Hear how HESTA have used fast, focused iteration to take their analytics capability from square one, to the bleeding edge in under two years.

  • How HESTA’s purpose influenced how we developed our analytics strategy
  • How framing against needs of customers and people created value and focus
  • How we used rapid iteration to build momentum and create space
  • How we use co-design to crowd source the next big thing
  • A.I. for everyone! help people by unleashing the machines.
  • Moving beyond reporting and dashboards, our plans for the future.

 

Three take-away points include;

  1. How HESTA accelerated their analytics journey
  2. HESTA’s principles for creating value from data and analytics
  3. How data is now distributed across the organisation
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Data Science from the Top-Down. Getting the Most Out of Your Data Science Team

Creating a data-driven culture starts from the top-down.

Management need to TRUST the people that they hire to implement their strategy and allow the data to speak to them. But you need to hire the right people. When hiring a data scientist, what should you look for? What are the basic skills a data scientist needs? What kind of person does well in data science?

Once you hire the right people, you then need to get the right balance between autonomy and strategic alignment for your data science team to really shine. You need to think beyond the narrow scope of numbers, graphs and reports and build towards true data-driven decision making and a culture where the data science team can thrive.

Nic has worked in just about every role you can think of in a data science team, from excited newbie to quickly managing 3 teams across 2 countries.

Thanh Nguyen
Thanh Nguyen
A/g National Manager Enterprise Architecture, Department of Human Services
Tina Lundkvist
Tina Lundkvist
HR Systems & Analytics Manager – Fonterra
Justin Lake
Justin Lake
Finance BI Manager, Ventia
Dearbhla Stynes
Dearbhla Stynes
Business Intelligence Manager, Data Virtualization Project Manager, RMIT University, Melbourne
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Developing a Data Lake. From Strategy to Reality: How One Good Thing Leads to Another!

We will share with the community our story of the little red engine that could. How does a little team in a large organisation end up building a brand new data capability? Why do we love tech and what drives us? The story begins with an instruction to develop an analytics future state. It looked ok so the next instruction was to develop a data lake strategy. This looked ok too, and the next was to develop a data lake high level architecture. Again, this looked ok and the next instruction was to prove this data lake by delivering a project. Oh, that worked out also. We’ve had a lucky run, so why not have a crack at building out a holistic analytics architecture for the Department? This would include key ingredients such as Data Engineering, Data Science and Data Visualisation. Let’s wrap this up in AI, Cognitive Computing, RPA and Predictive Analytics but let’s not forget to underpin all of this by Enterprise Information Management (just to keep us out of trouble). Since we’ve built such a data platform, why not visualise some real-time data? So, we did!

  • Archiving use case to relieve production system capacity
  • Use data mining techniques to diagnose production problem
  • Getting away with high compression and decent response times
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How People Analytics Can Unlock Value in the Future of Work

Big enterprises rely heavily on customer data to inform their decisions but often overlook a valuable data source much closer to home: their own people data. We know that getting the right people in critical roles has a compound effect on the bottom line and analytics is empowering better talent decisions. Melissa heads up a new division helping Fonterra prepare for the future of work by understanding the resources that will take it there: its people. In this session, Melissa will talk about how to link people data to business value, and share the pragmatic steps she took to earn respect in a new role and shift the conversation within and outside of HR.

Melissa has been helping business extract value through data and analytics, closing the “knowing-doing” gap and holds Masters in Statistics from McMaster University. Prior to Fonterra she consulted in advanced analytics with Spark and developed strategic routes for Air New Zealand and Air Canada.

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It All Starts from the Top – a Journey to Setup a BI Project from Scratch

Starting from scratch with implementing a BI strategy can be frustrating when you do not have a strong sponsor. Organisations aspire to have sophisticated BI tools but rarely provide the best environments to support such initiatives. In Justin’s talk, he will outline the top principles to get right so that you secure a strong sponsor early on and create opportunities to establish your BI journey. The journey to successful execution doesn’t have to be a constant uphill battle.

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Harnessing the Power of Data Virtualization to Make Truly Data Driven Decisions in Your Enterprise

The dream is to have an organisation that consistently employs evidence-based decision-making by being truly data driven – all while maintaining a cohesive and collaborative relationship between IT and business. But can that truly exist AND be sustainable? Apparently so.

Attend this session with Dearbhla to gain a greater understanding of Data Virtualization and the success RMIT are seeing after implementing these tools.

This journey will take you from the realisation of the business problem to a successful implementation through to the wins so far.

  • Creation of a business strategy to get buy-in and funding from the business
  • Choosing the right tool
  • Implementing the solution into the existing landscape
  • Creating a support model that would create a cohesive and collaborative relationship between IT and business
  • How this solution satisfies the needs of the business and promotes a self-serve BI culture
Shailendra Kumar
Shailendra Kumar
VP & Chief Evangelist, Analytics & Leonardo, SAP
Gareth Thompson
Gareth Thompson
Head Financial Services & Systems, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Kshira Saagar
Kshira Saagar
Head of Data Sciences and Analytics, THE ICONIC
Kevin Janks
Kevin Janks
Co-Founder | Chief Meditation Officer, Centred Meditation
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Future Data Analytics and its Impact on Business

When asked about the future of business analytics, the first words that are spoken are AI, machine learning, automation, robotics – but what does all this mean right now? What value are these technologies bringing to business?

But what will happen in the next 12 months? Where will we be five years? There are varying opinions on the timeline of these game changing technologies, some say we will be replacing CEOs with robotics in 10 years, others are adamant this sort of thing will never happen.

So how do organisations use the technology available right now to leverage their data, improve decision making and create opportunities to stay ahead of their competitors – all the while creating value for their customers?

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Empowering Users with Better BI

Having access to quality data is one thing, but presenting that data in a meaningful manner is key to better decision making. A challenge today is how to equip business users with simple and effective analytic tools without compromising the integrity of the reports. This presentation outlines how the ABC is planning to solve this challenge using SAP Analytics Cloud.

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Designing Actionable AI Solutions from Ground Up - Exploring the Science, Culture and Commerce of AI-driven Solutions for the Enterprise

How do organisations use the technology available right now to leverage their data, improve decision making, engage end-users, and create opportunities to stay ahead of their competitors – all the while creating value for their customers?

The true challenge is not just implementing an AI algorithm or solution, but also finding a way to get the executive and end business user buy-in. Ensuring the solutions have maximum traction with the end users, and continuously learning to drive the maximum benefit for the organisation.

Kshira will share his experience with leading the cultural change of new technologies, through a very consultative approach of designing and envisioning the algorithm, by completely opening up the math behind the solution and ensuring the business gets maximum control and say of an AI-driven mathematical solution.

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Meditation in the Workplace: A Practical Guide

If you are interested in finding out about or improving your meditation practise, this relaxed session will be ideal for you.

Whilst at the core of every business lies the intention to positively affect people’s lives, there is a systematic failure of this purpose at the most basic, internal level (of employee). Stress alone is costing Australian business over $10b annually. Not to mention the detrimental effects of disengagement, poor culture and ineffective leadership. Having delivered successful programs to Australia’s leading businesses, Centred Meditation takes an evidence-based, integrative approach to addressing this problem.

  • Identify the problem and the impact on the workplace (5 mins)
  • Address meditation and mindfulness as a solution, using personal examples (5 mins)
  • Instruct how to meditate - basic overview (5 mins)
  • Guide participants through a meditation (20 – 25 mins)
  • Teach a simple breathing exercise to use in times of pressure/stress (5 mins)
Theodora Spathis
Theodora Spathis
Yoga Teacher, Emotion Code Practitioner, Energy Healing, Former International Athlete
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Join the Yoga Flow

An energising morning yoga practice can work as a natural stimulant to set you up for a productive day.

This class is designed for 'every body’ so let’s wake up and do something positive for your body! Come practise this morning yoga flow to get the juices flowing! Energise your body and mind, stimulating the nervous system, releasing tension and boosting circulation to alleviate sluggishness in the brain and body.

You’ll see how it sets the tone for the day ahead. Get your workout in early, connect to your breath, be mindful and find what feels good. Workout attire is preferable, showers in the gym are available. Other equipment is not required. LIMITED places available – to book your place simply email ian.collier@theeventfulgroup.com