2018 Employer of Choice Awards

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Last updated on June 19, 2018

Business Workshops and Awards Lunch

Tuesday 3 July 2018 at Wrest Point Hobart

To celebrate the presentation of the 2018 Employer of Choice Awards, we have a program of outstanding speakers and practical workshops designed to help you build a better workplace. Plus excellent food and the chance to network with your peers!

Join us for the day, or choose the morning or afternoon session to suit your schedule.

The program at a glance

See below for full details and registration links.

8.30 Registration
8.55 Plenary 1: Skills utilisation - building capability and culture with Lisa Denny
10.00 Morning tea
10.15 Concurrent workshops: leadership, action learning, mental wellbeing
12 Lunch including the 2018 Employer of Choice Awards presentation SOLD OUT
1.45 Plenary 2: Power networking with Kate Carnell
2.15 Afternoon tea
2.30 Concurrent workshops: diversity, mentoring, leadership
4.00 Close




Wrest Point Boardwalk

8.55 - 10.00

University of Tasmania

Plenary 1

Skills utilisation - building capability and culture

Lisa Denny Demographer and UTAS Research Fellow.

Lisa Denny will discuss the relationship between skill utilisation and productivity.Three in five Australians with post-school qualifications are not working in a job which matches their complement of skills.  Lisa will explain the factors which contribute to this under-utilisation, the impact on productivity for organisations as well as the implications for individuals in achieving successful life outcomes. Understanding these factors will enable organisations to engage in workplace reform and more effectively target their investment in skills, thereby improving capability, productivity and workplace culture.

Grace Jennings will present the findings from her 2017 honours research project on the key characteristics of Employers of Choice.

10.00 - 10.15


Light morning tea

10.15 - 11.45

Concurrent Workshops One

Workshops delivered by Employer of Choice Program Partners. (Please choose one when making your booking)


Action Learning DIY

with Genevieve Cother

Action Learning Institute logoThis workshop will introduce the fundamental tenets of action learning and offer an opportunity for participants to experience an action learning set meeting. A model for Self-Managed Action Learning (SMAL) will be presented. Skills for effective participation and other critical success factors for action learning will be explored.

Action learning delivers personal learning outcomes for employees with direct business impact for employers. Deceptively simple in theory but complex in practice, action learning promotes exploration and reflection, through questioning, as key drivers of work-based learning.


Leading in complexity

with Margo Lockhart

SwinburneToday's workplaces are often uncertain and complex environments. As leaders we need to navigate ourselves and our teams through Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA) - to increase our ability to adapt and thrive at work.

In this masterclass, Margo Lockhart will outline some of the key characteristics of adaptive leaders; those with a high capacity to deal with complexity. You will explore practical strategies to start moving towards that mindset; improving your capabilities of leading in a VUCA workplace and working with the adaptive challenges we all face.


Mental wellness for you and your workplace

with Claire Evans, Wellways and Mark Leopold, beyondblue

Worksafe logoA practical session on understanding and supporting people to achieve mental wellness at home and at work.

For you, from the Wellways to Health program - achieving optimal health, managing stress, increasing self-awareness and maintaining wellness.

For your workplace, from beyondblue – the new how-to guide Developing a workplace mental health strategy.




Wrest Point Derwent Room

12.00 - 1.30

2018 Employer of Choice Awards Presentation


Master of Ceremonies
Michael Bailey, CEO, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Awards Presentation
Kim Evans, Secretary, Department of State Growth

Guest Speaker
Kate Carnell, Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman


1.30 Registration

Wrest Point Tasman Room

1.45 - 2.15

Plenary 2

Power networking forum

Kate Carnell will provide her top tips for power networking, and lead a lively practice session that will have you working the room like an expert.

2.15 - 2.30

Networking and transition

Light afternoon tea

2.30 - 4.00

Concurrent Workshops Two

Workshops delivered by Employer of Choice Program Partners (please choose one when making your booking).


Diversity and inclusion drive business performance

with Lauren Jauncey, Frankly Diversity

AHRI logo

This interactive workshop provides attendees with the skills to develop a business case to gain management buy-in for their Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Harness the powerful business benefits of diversity and inclusion by learning how to:

  • create a compelling and effective inclusion strategy
  • develop diversity and inclusion initiatives that can be put into practice
  • measure the practical impacts of your organisation’s actions.


Great workplace mentoring

with Daniela Schurink-Moeller and Andrew Hyatt

Business and Employment logoA mentor can steer your personal growth and development as a business leader – motivating and encouraging you to achieve your individual and business goals.
Mentors can help by sharing their in-depth experience to support and guide your business to the next level of growth, job creation and new investment.
This workshop will outline how to combine a mentoring approach with workplace training, workforce planning and the review of recruitment opportunities for existing and new staff.

Discover how utilising mentoring can assist your business to attract, retain and develop the skilled workforce to achieve business success.


From technical specialist to manager and leader – how to avoid the ‘accidental manager syndrome’

with Michelle Brooks, GM People and Culture, Aurora Energy;
Beth Mathison, Telstra Entrepreneur of the Year; Ariadne Braz Magalhaes, MD, BluPrint Consulting; Janine Arnold, Associate Director Alumni & Events, UTAS

IMAL logo

Did you know 50% of staff leave an organisation due to their manager? This interactive workshop will explore the transition from staff member to managing a team to leading a business. Managers and aspiring leaders will gain insights to equip you to make the next step in your career and avoid becoming the ‘accidental manager’.

  • Identify key attributes to becoming a better manager
  • Learn to identify and manage personal and professional development
  • Get a competency framework to develop skills essential to becoming a better manager
  • Learn from case studies about the pitfalls of poor management


Please select the link for the session you would like to attend, and you will be taken to the Eventbrite ticketing page.
On that page, select the green Tickets button, and you will be able to choose the workshop(s) you wish to attend.


Morning only
8.30 am to 11.45 a.m

Plenary with Lisa Denny, one workshop and morning tea



Afternoon only
1.30 pm to 4.00 pm
Plenary with Kate Carnell, one workshop and afternoon tea$15


All day
8.30am to 4.00pm

Both plenaries, two workshops and Awards lunch 



Morning and lunch 8.30 am to 1.30 pm

Plenary with Lisa Denny, one workshop, morning tea and Awards lunch 


Lunch and afternoon 11.45 am to 4.00 pmAwards lunch and plenary with Kate Carnell, one workshop and afternoon tea$45


Lunch only
11.45 am to 1.30 pm

2018 Employer of Choice Awards Presentation lunch



Accommodation at Wrest Point

We have secured special rates for 2 and 3 July – please see details here and book directly with Wrest Point.

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