As technology, globalisation and demographic shifts continue to shape how businesses compete, it’s becoming clear that automation and artificial intelligence will result in a greater proportion of jobs relying on ‘the human side’.

Leaders need to invest in people to effectively grow their business and our economy. Soft skills and their importance are growing, and their impact on the bottom line is too big to ignore.

A recent forecast shows that soft skill-intensive occupations will account for two-thirds of all jobs in Australia by 2030, compared to half of all jobs in 2000. Further, the number of jobs in soft-skill intensive occupations is expected to grow at 2.5 times the rate of jobs in other occupations.*

But do we fully understand the workforce skills necessary to create teams that drive success? How can we help our teams and indeed, ourselves, navigate the pathway from the skills we have currently to the skills we need for the jobs of the future?

As humanity and technology continue to merge at an alarming rate, is your company future proof? 

Join AMSRO and special guests in Melbourne on Thursday, March 28, as we explore the future of the workplace and how leaders can prepare themselves and their teams to ensure company success.

See a full copy of the Leaders Forum 2019_program or refer to the snapshot below.

THURSDAY 28 MARCH – The Langham Hotel – 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank


Alison Earl

Author, International speaker and Positive Psychology Practitioner

Presentation: Empowering people & companies to grow potential

Alison Earl

Alison Earl is the author of Tripowerment: The why, the will, and the way of breakthrough change and works with people and companies around the globe to empower self-directed change as an international speaker, trainer, strategist and Positive Psychology Practitioner. She has lived in Sydney, London, and New York, where she helped build new business from the ground up, and worked with people and companies in over 20 countries.

Alison has been guest lecturing in behavioural economics at the Harvard School of Public Health for the last 5 years and leads a think tank, which is dedicated to solving the most complex problems in behaviour change – bringing together leading academic and commercial minds – in collaboration with Harvard. Recent attendees include the Global President of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, the CMO of the Olympics, CFO of Comcast in addition to senior executives from Facebook and startups founders who are revolutionising education and empowerment.

Alison’s talk will focus on ‘owning change and empowerment – how to future-proof your people, your company and yourself against the pressure of constant change. 

Bernard Salt AM

Leading business advisor, author, speaker and columnist

Presentation: The Future of Work

Bernard Salt is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community.

Bernard heads The Demographics Group which provides specialist advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business. Prior to that Bernard founded KPMG Demographics.

He writes two weekly columns for The Australian newspaper and is an adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School. Bernard also holds a Master of Arts degree from Monash University.

Bernard Salt is one of the most in-demand speakers on the Australian corporate speaking circuit and has been so for more than a decade.

He is perhaps best known to the wider community for his penchant for identifying and tagging new tribes and social behaviours such as the ‘Seachange Shift’, the ‘Man Drought’, ‘PUMCINS’ (pronounced pumkins) and the ‘Goats Cheese Curtain’. He was also responsible for popularising smashed avocados globally.

Bernard has popularised demographics through his books, columns and media appearances. His body of work is summarised in six popular best-selling books. Bernard appears regularly on radio and television programs and recently hosted a business television program “The Next Five Years” on SkyNews Business Channel 602.

He was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2017 Australia Day honours.

David Pich MA (Cantab) FIML Chief Executive | Institute of Managers and Leaders

Presentation: Accidental Manager to Intentional Leader

David Pich

As the first national Chief Executive of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (formerly the Australian Institute of Management), one of Australia’s oldest, largest and most pre-eminent Membership-based organisations, David advocates for sound management and leadership practise in the workplace and beyond.

He began his career in a senior HR role at Hewlett-Packard, and followed this in executive roles in Marketing, PR and Consulting at PwC and Computer Associates. His first CEO appointment was at a medical research start-up at a major teaching hospital in Sydney.

David is a graduate of Cambridge University and Western Sydney University. He sits on the Board of the Intensive Care Foundation of Australian & New Zealand and lives in Brisbane with his wife and two daughters. He has a passion for long distance running, although the sub-3-hour marathon continues to elude him.

David is also co-author of the Institute’s Leadership Matters – 7 skills of very successful leaders.

David will present on ‘Intentional leaders, not accidental managers: Why technical skills are no longer enough’:

  • The importance of soft skills and why they matter in the pursuit of intentional leadership
  • The 5 success factors to leading with intent

Dr. Tom Johnson PhD l MBA

Presentation: The Human side of creating a winning culture

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has held a number of senior positions with some of New Zealand’s leading companies including, Europa Oil NZ Ltd. Spiers Group Food Division and Central Division New Zealand Breweries. At an early age, Tom combined his love of business with Rugby and played for NZ’s Hawke’s Bay and was an All Blacks trialist. He chaired the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union in 1972 and, upon transfer to Wellington with Europa Oil, served on the council of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU – renamed the New Zealand Rugby Union, NZRU, in 2006) from 1973 to 1986.

Tom drove a number of coaching and development initiatives that helped New Zealand maintain a pre-eminent position in the global game, leading to arguably his most important role: writing the original position paper on the need for a Rugby World Cup. At one stage, it was out-voted 17–1. However, a year later, he overcame the opposition to achieve unanimous support and to this day remains a member of original World Rugby Cup Organising Committee.

Tom will tell us his story about leadership and a learning culture and how any company building a company without a winning culture is doomed to mediocrity.

Wendy Stops AM

Non-executive Director

Wendy StopsWendy Stops transitioned from a 30+ year technology consulting career with Accenture in 2014, leaving as senior managing director of the group’s Asia Pacific technology division. Geographically mobile, Wendy was promoted through successively more regional and global senior leadership roles over her final 15+ years in the company. She lived in Singapore, Malaysia and New York during her career.

Wendy currently sits on the Board of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Altium and the newly established Coles Board. Wendy is also a Non-Executive Director of Fitted for Work (a not for profit organisation that helps women experiencing adversity to find and retain work), a Council Member of The University of Melbourne and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Wendy was named in the Top 10 Australian Financial Review’s Top 25 Directors of Power and Influence for 2016.

Presentation: The Human Side of Managing Teams and dealing with Tough Decisions

Wendy will share her leadership journey and examples, including:

– how to use the human side to rally a team

– how to deliver tough news

– the importance of communication

– the importance of people skills in technology projects.

Asheley Jones

Head Professional Practice & Industry Partnerships l DeakinCo.

Ashley Jones

Asheley is a highly autonomous, senior education executive with more than two decades’ experience in the education, technology and professional service sectors. Her leadership is highly focused on developing business strategy, organisational change management and professional credentialing initiatives. She has successfully worked with multiple stakeholders in academia; state and federal governments; industry and not for profit sectors. Asheley Jones holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Victoria University.

Currently, she heads, Professional Practice and Industry Partnerships at DeakinCo, the commercial arm of Deakin University and leads the development and delivery of industry-verified, evidence-based employability credentials, aligned to skills capability frameworks as well as the Australian Qualification Framework.

David Rumbens

Partner l Deloitte Access Economics

David Rumbens

David Rumbens is a macroeconomist and regular commentator on the Australian economy. He leads Deloitte Access Economics’ macroeconomics practice and has over two decades of experience with Australia’s pre-eminent economic consulting firm.

David has considerable experience in labour market analysis, having led a range of projects examining workforce trends and future workforce and skill needs. This includes recently developing a ‘Future of Work playbook’ for the Australian Institute of Company Directors. David examined the increasing role that soft skills are playing in our workforce in the DeakinCo. research ‘Soft skills for business success’.

Asheley and David present ‘Soft Skills for Business Success‘ – Digital disruption, globalisation and demographic shifts are shaping Australia’s future skill needs, with soft-skill intensive occupations expected to account for almost two-thirds (63%) of all jobs in Australia by 2030. But do we fully understand the workforce skills necessary for success?