10 reasons to attend AdNews Live: Lessons in Leadership

By AdNews | 15 October 2018

Here are 10 reasons to attend (and to convince your boss to buy you a ticket) AdNews Live: Lessons in Leadership, which takes place on 24 October at Monkey Baa, Darling Quarter, Sydney. The event is half-day and you can get five tickets for $1000 with the code: LIVEVIP18.

  1. The powerhouses that are Willie Pang (CEO) and Gemma Hunter (Global ECD and head of MediaCom Beyond Advertising) will grace two sessions and impart their wisdom. These two are frank, honest and open about their business and their respective rise to the top. 

  2. Melinda Geertz. The national CEO of Leo Burnett rarely makes public appearances, and with more than 30 years experience in the industry, you're going to want to hear what she has to say. Alongside Jaimes Leggett, CEO of M&C Saatchi, she will be covering the several different paths to the c-suite and the challenges of the top roles.

  3. Janine Garner. Garner is our keynote opener and for good reason. Prior to running her own company Janine held various senior leadership roles at Oroton Group, Ralph Lauren, Citizen watches, Sainsburys and Coats Viyella in the UK. Her clients include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC Technologies, CBRE, EY and Westpac among many other top 100 ASX listed companies. If brilliant leadership is the goal, look no further than Garner. And she’s going to tell you how she did it.

  4. Our second session will spotlight three of our 30 Emerging Leaders: the people who stand out in our industry and are on the cusp of leading their organisations in the near future. From Olivia Warren, head of brand experience at Initiative, and Michael Wretham, Match & Wood digital communications director to John Dawson, Initiative communications design director - if there was ever a time to glean information from those currently on the upper rungs of success it’s now.

  5. What do the recruiters and headhunters actually look for in a leader?. Our closing session brings together leading headhunters, think Simon Hadfield of Hourigan International; Patrick Flaherty from Scout Talent and Luke Achterstraat of Commtract to tackle the burning questions. How do you land a position in the c-suite? What is it that sets a CV apart? What are companies in our industry really looking for nowadays? The answers to these questions will transform leadership potential into actionable strategies.

  6. Sports Talk. Ben McCallum, GM of MediaCom, diversifies the lineup by drawing on his Alex Ferguson inspiration, Man United fanship and other key lessons he’s learned from his titans of sport.

  7. Des Speakman, the former CEO of the Campaign Palace and Whybin/TBWA has been retired for a few years now, but spent his entire working life in Australian advertising. We are filming an exclusive interview with Des who will shed light on how leadership has changed since he started in the business.

  8. Networking. Connection and community are the lifeblood of innovation and progression within the industry. Come engage with colleagues, peers and icons in person, out from behind LinkedIn profiles and tiny headshots.

  9. US! We’ll be on hand to connect with familiar and new faces alike. Come say hi, tell us what you think is most important in the industry right now, what we should be covering, what you think we’ve smashed and what could use improvement.

  10. Inspiration. No man is an island. No leader can succeed without guidance. And no cliché can go unpunished - which means we’ll have to leave it here and trust you’ll accept this opportunity of unparalleled industry insight, all in one morning, no less.

Head on over to our tickets page to find out more. Remember you can also get five tickets for $1000 with the code: LIVEVIP18.

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