Wellington, 24 July – Shed 6 (7-9am)
Auckland, 25 July – SKYCITY Theatre (7-9am)
Christchurch, 1 Aug – The Piano (7-9am)
Harnessing tomorrow’s talent, the next generation is entering the workforce! Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, make room for the next generation set to hit the work force, Gen Z; a diverse, digitally-driven generation who are socially conscious, committed and practical. Understanding them will be critical to businesses wanting to succeed in the next decade and beyond. Our exciting line-up of speakers delved into the generation change set to transform the way we do business tomorrow.
Sam Stuchbury – Creative Director & Founder, Motion Sickness
WELLINGTON | AUCKLAND | CHRISTCHURCH
Sam Stuchbury is the 28-year-old Founder and Creative Director of Auckland-based creative agency Motion Sickness.
Sam Stuchbury founded award-winning creative agency Motion Sickness in 2014 while living in his student flat in Dunedin during his final year of study, whilst completing a marketing and design degree at the University of Otago. The now Auckland-based company works on delivering unique creative campaigns and content, using social media and high quality production. Their unique and fresh approach to advertising has landed the company a suite of New Zealand and international clients such as Les Mills International, Icebreaker, Oxfam and Blunt Umbrellas.
In March Sam was also selected to be on this year’s Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list of creative ‘disruptors’, the only kiwi to make the list in 2018.
Komal Mistry – General Manager, Fonterra Ventures
WELLINGTON | AUCKLAND
Komal is the General Manager of Fonterra Ventures responsible for building new revenue streams globally for Fonterra. This involves generating future growth opportunities for the business through a diverse range of sourcing levers such as external partnerships, pursuing strategic investments and building internal ventures.
Komal has been with Fonterra since 2011 and previously held roles in the Co-operative’s consumer business in New Zealand. Prior to joining Fonterra, Komal worked for Deloitte across both the London and New Zealand offices. She has completed the Executive Program at Stanford University School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Waikato. Komal is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand as well as a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
She was named New Zealand’s Young Executive of the Year in the 2017 Deloitte Top 200 Awards.
Sam Johnson – Head of Community, Mycare
Sam Johnson is the Head of Community Innovation at Mycare, Chair of the Student Volunteer Army and an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Canterbury. Most well-known for founding the Student Volunteer Army after the Christchurch earthquakes and for his work in the international disaster risk community, Sam returned home in 2016 to develop a social enterprise that can connect generations for mutual benefit. His venture joined forces with Mycare in 2017 to help recreate mutually beneficial models of community and new types of peer to peer social infrastructure. Sam has been previously named a Young New Zealander of the Year award and Communicator of the Year. He is a board member of Westpac’s Sustainability Advisory Board and Prince’s Trust New Zealand.
Robert Stewart – Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Mycare
After seeing the struggles of family caring for aging grandparents Robert Co-Founded Mycare; a social enterprise that matches people who need help, with workers or volunteers in the local community. With a belief that through technology there must be a better way to support our aging population to live where they want to; in their own homes, supported by people they have meaningful relationships with. Mycare is creating jobs and training opportunities for young people, strengthening generational ties, all the while supporting communities to develop their own solutions.
Robert is passionate about applying technology to enable and enrich people’s lives, with over 12 years’ experience working with businesses and government agencies in both Australia and New Zealand.
Nuwanthie Samarakone – CEO, ICE
WELLINGTON | AUCKLAND | CHRISTCHURCH
Nuwanthie is the CEO of ICE, an early in careers people consultancy firm specialising in designing, delivering and developing schemes for organisations looking to build talent pipelines for the future.
She believes that young and aspiring individuals represent the future of the organisational environment and will be responsible for driving the seismic shift in both workplace culture and functionality that we will begin to witness emerge over the coming years. Due to this phenomenon, it is critical that organisations look forward towards future thinking that both aligns and proofs their strategic talent schemes.
Moving beyond the traditional graduate processes and explore new alternatives for how we can develop emerging young professionals in this constantly changing world of work is critical. Approaching these issues holistically has enabled the development of having offices across 6 markets with the team of specialist thinkers, designers and consultants. Some of the clients ICE partner with are FTSE 500, Forbes top 100 brands and across Government Agencies here in New Zealand and overseas.
Lauren Merritt – Head of xone and Innovation, Vodafone
WELLINGTON | CHRISTCHURCH
Lauren is the Head of xone and Innovation at Vodafone – an NZ-based Innovation Lab and Startup Accelerator helping to bring the best startup and corporate ideas global. Previous to this she led Ministry of Awesome as the Chief Awesome Officer where they supported early stage entrepreneurs to take the first steps in developing their ideas for startups, businesses and social enterprises. This work focussed on building the Christchurch entrepreneurial ecosystem in a post-earthquake context.
Lauren’s passion is in supporting people to live a life they love. Previously, she managed the southern branch of StarJam working with young people with disabilities in performance, resettled refugees in the US and leads leadership programmes for a personal and professional development company.